A Fire to Light Your Way: Writers and Professional Jealousy

We don't like to admit it, but it happens to everyone. With the Pitch Wars showcase fast approaching, AMM picks announced, awards season in full swing, and The Discourse piping hot, it’s time to get real about an experience that can sting worse than rejections on your own work: Watching your fellow writers succeed. That's … Continue reading A Fire to Light Your Way: Writers and Professional Jealousy

Mindful Querying: Seven Precepts For the Trenches

At first glance, mindfulness and the so-called "query trenches" don't seem to go together. The prospect of querying agents doesn't naturally evoke a sense of calm among writers. Instead, it can spark anxiety, dread, imposter syndrome, fatigue, and disappointment. If that's how you feel about querying, you're not alone. With that in mind, I have … Continue reading Mindful Querying: Seven Precepts For the Trenches

Santa’s Secret Pen 2021: The Wyrd and the Weaver

And now for something a little different... In December, I volunteered to participate in a Secret Santa short fiction exchange with other writers. Starting from a prompt from an anonymous requester, participants wrote a short piece of 1000 words or more for their recipient. My prompt became the first line of my story, and then … Continue reading Santa’s Secret Pen 2021: The Wyrd and the Weaver

Life Outside the Comfort Zone: Five Debut Year Lessons

Fair warning: I am a big year-in-reviewer. I love December's energy of reflection and processing. I spend time each holiday season curating a playlist to commemorate the past twelve months and I am an absolute sucker for retrospective journaling and blogging. New Year's is probably my favorite holiday. It's a whole thing. As part of … Continue reading Life Outside the Comfort Zone: Five Debut Year Lessons