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 →

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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 →

When I was in college, some older and wiser friends had a great phrase called "Defining the Relationship." The short form was "DTR."  As in, "Have you had a DTR with that boy yet?" (Um, no, because I know I shouldn't be dating him and if we have a DTR I will say that out loud and... Continue Reading →

ANOTHER!

You know that scene in Thor when he's so enamored of the coffee that he smashes the mug on the floor and excitedly demands another cup?  That is how I feel right now about sending out my novel to literary agencies. The last round of rejections were deserved, but I mean that in the nicest way possible. ... Continue Reading →

SHOW VERSUS TELL

This is one of the most elusive writing concepts to grab and squeeze onto the page.  Assuming nothing, let us talk about what it is not: It is not Show AND Tell.  Show and Tell is when you bring a smooth, dark gray beach rock to class because it has a white band that goes... Continue Reading →

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