Time for a Road to Publication update. I just turned in my first round of edits for THE ART OF ESCAPING. For most books, the first and possibly second and third rounds revolve around developmental edits (also sometimes called content edits). Developmental edits address global issues with the plot or characters. Even though you may have to […]
There are few things more delicious than being in a midst of a novel you love working on. You know where you’re going, you’re reasonably confident about where you’ve been, and your characters are starting to feel like old friends. And then there’s the moment you start a new novel, when all you have is […]
Right around the time I sold THE ART OF ESCAPING, I decided to finally let my mom read it. She loved it (because of course—she’s my mom), but her reaction had some interesting layers. First, there was the sad and hilarious I had no idea you were so miserable in high school layer (my response: […]
I didn’t write a post last month because I’ve been saving a delicious little tidbit of news. After much ado, handwringing, and more rounds of revisions than I care to count…MY BOOK SOLD! Cue wide-eyed expression of awe. Now that it’s officially official, I’m so thrilled to announce that my rockstar agent Jennifer Chen Tran […]
Happy New Year, writer-peeps! Let us all do a dance of raucous joy for two reasons. 1) The shitstorm that was 2016 is behind us. 2) I have successfully completed a first draft of my angry, political, not-so-alternate near-future novel. It’s messy as hell right now but I feel pretty confident that it doesn’t suck.
I know, I know—things have been quiet here as of late. I didn’t write a November post and there are two big reasons for that.
I’m going to continue my listicle kick and use this post to celebrate my recent safari through the land of plucky princesses, green fairies, animatronic pirates, and excessively silly ears. Yes, I just spent ten days in the World of Diz, where my toddler shouted “Mick!” at every turn (no idea why she drops the […]
Last month, I tackled five songs that defined my teenhood. Many years have passed since I was a teenager and many things about me have evolved, including my taste in music. But somewhere in the depths of my psyche, teenage me is still hanging around, all pissed off and terrified and in awe of all […]
Because I spend most of my time writing about writing and bitching about TV shows, you wouldn’t know from this blog that I’m a massive music fan. Though I don’t follow music as closely as I used to and probably listen to more podcasts than albums these days, music has played, and continues to play, […]
Back in February, I wrote a rather long, rather ranty, rather snobby post about Syfy’s The Magicians, which is based on some of my all-time favorite books. Much to my surprise, that post has received more comments than any other post I’ve written, due, in part, to the strange fact that it can be found […]