Churchill yo self

"A professional is an amateur who didn't quit." This quote is attributed to Richard Bach, but he claims he didn't say it, that it's just a popular maxim. I'm glad for this quote upon the receipt of a rejection letter--a nice one, as form letter rejections go, inviting me to submit additional work at a... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Beatrix Potter

Here is a quote from Beatrix Potter, (saw it on Goodreads and Tumblr): "There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you." I want you to know, this is not my experience. At all. The first words of a story are fraught with danger,... Continue Reading →

Wait! That’s me!

Page 229. THEY ARE ABOUT TO KISS, WHAT DO I DO!?!?!?!?! This is the email I just shot off to a friend, the magical unicorn angel who sometimes begs for more pages; the kind of friend who, when you think about throwing in the towel and just writing maudlin fanfic the rest of your life, reminds... Continue Reading →

READ IN YOUR GENRE (?!)

"Fantasy is my favorite genre for reading and writing. We have more options than anyone else, and the best props and special effects. That means if you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian... Continue Reading →

FEEDBACK

In April, the first 250 words of my work-in-progress were featured as the "real life diagnostics" on my favorite writing help blog, Fiction University. I love the way this author teaches the craft of story structure. And it's free! Anyway, it was an awesome experience and you can go check out my excerpt and the... Continue Reading →

PACKRAT

"No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild... Continue Reading →

FOR THE CLASS

My husband whispers snarky comments to me all the time. This is our love language. Sometimes I disguise my guffaw with a lighthearted, church-appropriate chuckle (because Lord have mercy but that man is even more hilarious in the presence of God and these witnesses) and sometimes I don't. Either way, it's just between us. Nothing to share with the class.... Continue Reading →

Ain’t Got Time For That

Warning:  This blog post is meant to be a chat between girlfriends. Read at your own risk. This Saturday is my annual retreat day! I will go to the beach and stare at the ocean until my brain is quiet and see what joy or wisdom seeps in. I mention this because it was one... Continue Reading →

Just Refill The Glass

"Who is better off? The one who writes to revel in the voluptuousness of the life that surrounds them? Or the one who writes to escape the tediousness of that which awaits them outside? Whose flame will last longer?" --Roman Payne I wish I could say I am in the first category. Those paragons of... Continue Reading →

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