The Sad Life of a Grammar Snob

So I’m workshopping short stories this week. I love workshops. I love the energy, the creative flow, the fresh perspectives you get from throwing writers together and saying “Go!” The problem, you ask? I’m kind of a horrible person. You see, nice, ordinary people would read the stories and say “Wow! You made a thing!Continue reading “The Sad Life of a Grammar Snob”

Writing Update: Things are…less terrible

So you might remember a few days ago I thought the solution to my writerly troubles was tea, sleep, and a deep breath? Spoilers: I was wrong. I don’t understand my brain. I spent an entire weekend trying to peck out the draft of a short story I had a deadline for and fought myContinue reading “Writing Update: Things are…less terrible”

Writing Update (I am, as usual, a lovely mess)

So it’s 11:30 at night, and I’m up writing. I have a deadline this week, and I have started five different projects without getting past the beginning of any of them. I only need one. Yeah, this is the part where the little voice in the back of my head that keeps me on trackContinue reading “Writing Update (I am, as usual, a lovely mess)”

Writing Books (that have already been written…)

It happened again. I know I’m not alone. You come up with a thrilling idea, write a short story or even a novel, giddily tell all your friends, enter it to contests, give it to early readers… …and someone has already written it. And it’s fabulous! And it’s popular! And everyone loves it! And it’sContinue reading “Writing Books (that have already been written…)”

Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Literally. We have history. I’ve been reading it since 2012 when the first one made its way to my library. I can’t think of the series without remembering being up with a flashlight after midnight that Christmas Eve, reading page afterContinue reading “Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey”

Writing Update/Library Card

So I hadn’t realized my library card had expired. For someone who considers it a more important ID than a driver’s license, this is significant. As I was renewing it, I discovered that my library has a “responsible party” signature on cards issued to young readers. And since I’ve been a patron hither and thitherContinue reading “Writing Update/Library Card”

Midwinter Stars, Dune, and Ink…another writing update

I’m quite terrible at astronomy. Always have been. Even before I became a nearsighted creature from too many books and the sky went blurry-blurry. But I do love a sky full of stars. It doesn’t matter what their names are or what pattern they make in their dance, I just find the night beautiful. MaybeContinue reading “Midwinter Stars, Dune, and Ink…another writing update”

Writing Update: December 18, 2020

How are things in my post-NaNoWriMo little world, you ask? Odd. Distinctly odd. Currently in the midst of arguing with one of my characters to the point we’re not speaking much. And even though it’s awkward, this is an improvement. I am not crying every afternoon I try to write over the possibility of hisContinue reading “Writing Update: December 18, 2020”

A Pre-NaNoWriMo/Harry Potter Ramble

So happy Eve of NaNoWriMo, Reformation Day, Blue Moon, Halloween, and Time-Change. Busy holiday. As I write this, there are two hours remaining to the start of NaNoWriMo. And I am guilty at this particular moment of having every intention to stay awake to meet it. Ready for the madness. On the other hand, withContinue reading “A Pre-NaNoWriMo/Harry Potter Ramble”

Not a Rejection!!/Writing Award

Confetti and cake time! Writers of the Future has awarded me a Silver Honorable Mention! You might remember “Rejection Slip,” a post about my last Writers of the Future entry. A flat-out refusal of a story that I loved. Things are looking up. The Silver Honorable Mention isn’t an official award. I won’t be publishedContinue reading “Not a Rejection!!/Writing Award”

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