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  • This is Beth

    I live in northern California with my husband, two kids, and cat. I overuse parentheses and ampersands. I write short stories and young adult novels.

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    I've stopped regularly posting here in hopes that I'll use the extra time for family and fiction. Feel free to browse the archives, and you can find me every other Tuesday with the YA Muses.
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Pitch Wars Wishlist!

I’m breaking a looooong blog hiatus for a very good reason–Pitch Wars! Pitch Wars is one of those things I saw on Twitter all the time, and I wondered how to get involved but never really followed through, because, you know, LIFE. But when Helene asked me about co-mentoring with her, I jumped at the … Continue reading

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if you want to destroy my sweater

While on the way home from school, Weezer’s “Sweater Song” came on the radio, and Z was intrigued. “Can you really destroy a sweater like that?” Not being a knitter, I don’t know the answer, but I said you could definitely do some damage. Then we brainstormed other ways to destroy a sweater. Here are … Continue reading

one gopher says "Did you eat all the Halloween candy already?" and the writing gopher responds, "Don't talk to me. I have a masterpiece to create."

And the beat goes on…

I’m having a blast with NaNoWriMo. The one big tragedy that I confessed to a writing friend the other day is that sometimes I write a scene that cracks me up, and I’m laughing out loud while I type it. This is great, actually. The tragedy is that I can’t share it with anyone. It … Continue reading

One gopher saying to other gopher, "Yup, you're still crazy, I see." The other gopher stands in front of laptop with a box of Leftover Halloween Candy next to her, with thought bubble, "But I'm having fun!"

And let the madness begin…

National Novel Writing Month has begun. I wrote straight through Maverick’s nap and am 63% of the way to my goal. For the day, people! Not for the month! Blog posts will be short on Fridays (or not at all) while I join in the writing frenzy this month.

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Friday Five: Beta Bliss

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

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