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
Every time I turn the page on a new chapter of this wild author journey, I realize just how little I knew before. That continues to hold true even though I now have author friends a few steps ahead of me. Despite all their invaluable guidance and advice, each new stage still feels like a … Continue reading 4 Myths (and the Truth) About Getting a Literary Agent
The first week of January has been more eventful than expected! Because of that, this week’s blog is a news and notes post. I will also share my 2022 writing goals, as I didn’t want to get too specific last week before Cambion Book 2 was officially announced. Now that the Publisher’s Marketplace announcement is … Continue reading Big Publishing News and 2022 Writing Goals
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
Happy New Year, dear readers, and welcome to my first blog post of 2022! As one of my goals for the New Year, you should expect to see more regular posts from me. My “writing about writing” has been especially rewarding over the last few months, in large part because of readers who have reached … Continue reading The Year of Showing Up: Setting My Intentions for 2022
I warned y’all that I love my year in review posts, right? Last week I reflected on what I learned this year. This week, because I’m in holiday mode, no thoughts brain empty, I’m doing more of a round-up post. I’ll share my top blog posts, my favorite books from this year, some writing and … Continue reading 2021 Wrap-Up and Year in Review
I was going to blog about something else this week, probably editing and what it’s like to return to a book I haven’t looked at for awhile as I dip back into revisions on GALATEA’S PARADOX. However, life and my rogue immune system had other plans. I’ve been hesitant to write on this topic for … Continue reading Words Versus Spoons: On Writing with Chronic Illness
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
Today, one of my biggest writing dreams comes true. Today, I’m signing with my agent, Maeve MacLysaght of Ladderbird Literary Agency. Maeve’s passion for my spooky, time-bending science fiction mystery and her commitment to representing queer, diverse SFF makes her an ideal champion for GALATEA’S PARADOX. This is the story of a…story. Signing with an … Continue reading It Starts with a Dream: from Novel Idea to Agent Offer
Tomorrow is the last day of November, and I’m 7k out from a NaNoWriMo win. That’s too close not to go for it but far enough to be a crunch. Why do I do this to myself?! The truth is, I love arbitrary self-imposed deadlines. Panicking at the possibility that I might not meet my … Continue reading How to Hack Your Word Count and Win NaNoWriMo
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