I finished my first novel about two years ago. I had a professional editor look at it, cried as I cut away the fat, and trimmed it up to a respectable manuscript. Then, I started vying for literary agents, presenting my lovely novel with my first query letter, then a shiny new improved one when … More Going Back to Basics
I sent out nearly twenty queries mid-March. I’ve gotten four rejections so far. Having a rejection is nicely concrete, actually. I recognize that I’m not always the best at self-marketing. I have moments of ramped-up energy, where my fingers spill like lava across the keyboard and smears of magma come away from the computer screen. … More Metaphors, Metaphors Everywhere (And Not a Drop to Drink)
This has been a long transitional period for me, filled with various upheavals while I’m trying to keep steady on my feet. A new city, a new job, a new direction. Questioning my writing, my religion, my relationships, my identity. It feels like the ocean is rolling beneath me and I’m trying desperately to stay … More The More Things Change
The Midnight Tide You can now read my fully finished fantasy novel, “The Midnight Tide,” at Figment. Let me know what you think!
I have never had a problem coming up with new ideas. I’ll stumble out of dreams and hastily jot down the last wisps of a REM cycle, or see an image and have a story unfurl before my eyes, or hear a song verse and can hear my characters singing along before they’re even born. … More On Why Finishing a Project is My Fatal Flaw
I have had a rough few weeks. I’m vacating my apartment by the 31st, still don’t have a real job, and I’m seriously contemplating moving to Denver for my next big adventure. Which, obviously, I will let you guys in on all the details. However, I have some awesome author stuff to announce. One: I … More Shameless Self-Promotion Time!
So I have finished my third draft. My beta reader (aka my long suffering older sister) has finally finished it and given me the last few tweaks. After this, I think I’ll have it ready to go. I’m sorta slightly terrified. I’ve been working on this thing for so long that it doesn’t feel real. … More It’s the Final Countdown (Doodle Ooo Doo)
It’s the beginning of May now. I had hoped to be finished with my third draft at the end of April. Sadly, that is not the case. I do have to factor in how it was finals week, that I’m officially graduating from grad school (!!!), and that I recently quit my job (!!!). All … More How Life Happens and Mucks Up Your To-Do List
I have officially sent off my manuscript to a professional editor, a creative writing professor and friend of my sister’s (thanks, Cari!). Now that it’s sent, I’m almost not sure what to do with myself. I have three or so other novels that I need to outline, setting up scenes like stills from a cinematic … More The Query Letter and Not Sounding Like an Egoist