This post is going to be short and sweet. I just want to give a big shout out to EDITORS. I’m just digging in on round 2 on my MS, and it’s amazing to me how much wonderful insight editors have. Having done several workshops on fiction, non-fiction and poetry, I know it’s not easy to give … More Props to Editors
Being a writer isn’t necessarily one of those jobs that leave you covered with dirt or chalk or charcoal. We can sit at our desks for hours, tea by our side type-typing away. I love writing and I love typing, but sometimes when you walk away and Word is powered down, it’s hard to feel … More Ink! — Getting my hands dirty
Dear Reader, I call you that because in the case of books, you generally are a reader. If you are anything like me, you love to crack open a new book, smell that old library smell or that new bookstore smell on the pages. You love flipping back to maps or character lists, seeing how … More Don’t Forget the Audiobook… A Plea
This is just a quick note to say that I’ve recently dusted off a manuscript that I was very proud of and realized *gasp* I don’t like the characters very much anymore. They’re just a little too 2-D for my taste, edging on the stereotypical; the easy to write, but not to love folks. I’ve … More Characterization and Motivation are Power
I live in the Washington, D.C. metro area and have to drive into the city and on the Beltway on a regular basis. So needless to say, I sit in a lot of traffic. It’s the way of the world, and I’ve begrudgingly accepted that. But today, while crawling along at an average speed of … More 10 Ways to Pass Time during a Traffic Jam
Today’s post is about passion; passion for what you do, and the passion it takes to make other people feel passionate too. (That was a little too much passion right there). Last night I had the privilege and good luck to see rockstar violinist, Joshua Bell, perform. Chances are if you’ve ever heard a solo … More That time I saw Joshua Bell play and died from joy.
I’ll start off this post by acknowledging the fact that I am actually writing it from my own couch at my own house, with my furry, cross-eyed kitten curled up next to me. However, in the spirit of the title, I came up with the idea in a hotel. Let me paint you a picture: … More Why writing in hotels can be way better than writing at home: A Proposition
Reading in bed is my comfort food. Being tucked in under my pink L.L. Bean down comforter with just my hands from the wrist out protruding—enough to hold up my book—is quite possibly the best activity in the world. It beats yoga. It beats mountain climbing and fishing and bungee jumping (this latter activity I … More Reading on a snowy day.
And now back from that (month-long) commercial break. During my blogging hiatus, I ventured down to the wonderful literary city of New Orleans. First, on a non-literary note, I purchased my second mask from a great shop right off Jackson Square. The first time I was down there I got a purple and gold beauty … More NOLA and Masks and Vampires, oh my!
I’m not going to lie… today isn’t fun. Today is one of those days where all I have the energy to do is lay on the couch and bemoan how crappy I feel. In honor of this, I thought I’d put forth some book recommendations to read while home sick. The Road (Vintage International), a … More Sick Day Book Rec’s