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%
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
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?
I talked last time about the overall experience I had this year at the convention. Today, I want to share some of the lessons I learned from panels. Family Dynamics (Esther Jones, Maggie Bonham, Danica Waters, and Dean Wells) The most profound of the tidbits was given by Dean Wells. He said, "Family is shorthand … Continue reading Miscon – The Ascension, Part Two
Today, I wanted to get through a scene with several knots. I needed to get Gilda and Wilgnu free from their leashes so they can do magic. I needed to show the extent of Wilgnu's weakness and desperation. I needed to figure out the geography of the amphitheater, the hill, and the river. I let … Continue reading Monday Makeover 9/26/2016
I have an idea for a new weekly posting! Every Monday, I'll share a bit of what I've written and then show you how I munch on it to make it better...you know, like a paper wasp. Okay, maybe not that angry. Hopefully. "That night, the stormy girl from the argument earlier in the day … Continue reading Monday Makeover