Today while (stalking) researching agents for queries, I read that a certain agency I was (stalking) researching only requests fulls on 1% of their submissions received. One percent. That's some daunting odds. It didn't stop me from querying them, and that's why I keep writing here and on Patreon. The number one piece of advice … Continue reading 1%
Middles are hard for me to write because I've placed all (or most) of the questions in front of the reader, and now I have to start answering them! Right? Raise your hand if writing middles makes you wobbly and break out in a rash. It makes me think of Candy Land. You know, the … Continue reading The Crescent Moon
con·ven·tion \ kən-ˈven(t)-shən \ The first year of a convention is a lean, bony beast. Exposed sinews and growing musculature. FanNexus was no exception, but this gave us the advantage of close connections and conversation. I didn't have the energy to gnaw on the knowledge-bones offered at FanNexus. Part of this was my fatigue, part the choice of … Continue reading FanNexus 2017
Today I went for a walk to find the invisible thread of a story I'm trying to write. It was a gorgeous September sky, the blue you only find when it's gentled by the golds of fall. Two crows hummed a song as they circled, and their wings sounded like swung rope. Since I haven't … Continue reading Story Prompts
Last night, I pushed through chronic illness pain and misery to listen to Daniel Handler give a speech. We then stood in line (I sat) for a Long Time to get his signature on books and a picture. It was completely worth it. If you don't have kids or haven't read his A Series of … Continue reading Lemony Snicket Comes To Town
What defines a writer? This is an internal fight many of us battle daily. Many of us don't feel we qualify, even though we write. I don't have an answer, but I do know that each of us has value to contribute to the conversation. If you'd like to do an interview, contact me. It's … Continue reading Jeff Sullins – writer & beta-reader
I attended my first local writing group through SCBWI, and whoo! Talk about impostor syndrome. It’s real y’all, and if you experience it, you are, ironically enough, in good company. One of the women who attended is an award-winning illustrator. Now, those of us who aren’t artists believe anyone who can draw more than a … Continue reading The Catalyst – SCBWI meeting
You are steaming along, fingers flying and brain tossing out cool ideas like heroes on horseback and heroines swinging swords, when you realize you've never done either of those things. How heavy is a sword...wait, what KIND of sword? And horses...pffft. [insert despair emoji here] (My biggest pitfall is boats. Aft your starboard and swing … Continue reading But…how do you pick a lock?
Happy Hump-Day Earthdwellers! I know, it's not happy much. Maybe it is happy where you are, but you don't want to crow about it loudly because you know it's not so happy in other spots. I hear you. So, instead you are using your inside voices. The ones you use when you wear uncomfortable clothing. … Continue reading Fill ‘er Up – Want to do an interview?
Not everyone in the writing community has support or resources. You know this. Not a revelation. The #writestuff twitter chat this week stumbled upon another commonality. Many (not all, but more than I expected) of us are chronically ill, whether diagnosed or stuck in the something-is-wrong-but-what stage. How do you find time or motivation to … Continue reading Keep Calm and Write On