the last dance

sweater 4

(with 2 bonus sweater-destroying illustrations!) I’ve had a blast with this blog. It began accidentally in January 2010, with this post on Two Rules of Storytelling. I wasn’t after a blog; what I really wanted was a website. I thought I needed one, so that droves of literary agents and editors could find me and … Continue reading

Friday Five: Beta Bliss

nano gophers

1. I’m beta-reading a book that I like so much, I’m cranky I have to take time out to write this blog post at all. Seriously, the beta reads I’ve done in the past year? Really enjoyable. Friends, keep writing fab books, because you’re making the “work” part of critiquing, well, less like work! 2. … Continue reading

Battle of the Protagonists

three gophers - one dressed as a surfer, one with a blond ponytail holding cash, and one dressed as a witch

Let’s just assume it is normal for a writer to have her characters talking inside her head. I’m not saying this happens to me…okay, fine, it does. But it’s usually limited to conversations between the characters within a single book. Awhile ago I got to wondering what would happen if my various main characters met … Continue reading

Ink by Amanda Sun

Holy rats how did it get to be Friday?! It’s been ages since I reviewed a book, but when NetGalley offered a YA by an author I met through Miss Snark’s First Victim, of course I had to snatch it up. Well, as much as one can “snatch up” an ebook. They’re not very, ya … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Writers Shouldn’t Drive

Col Shifty Goes for a Drive

Woo! Back from my Social Media Blackout. It was very refreshing. While I’m happy to be back and check in with people, I’m coming away from this with a definite desire to set more limits on my social media use. A comment a writer friend made got me thinking of…this. Blech. Let’s just jump in, … Continue reading

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