November Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total books read: 10 Books read for 2017 so far:  144 Couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook: Righteous by Joe Ide and a re-listen of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (and I haven’t reread a book in years– so glad I did.) Nonfiction topics explored: insect sex in Sex on Six Legs by Marlene Zuk and US history andContinue reading “November Wrap-Up”

NaNoWriMo Check-In: Part II

Alright, friends. I’m back from my break with the internet and staying accountable with the goals I set, which were: Stay off of social media until Saturday this week: check Write 15,000 words of NaNo project from 11/16-11/24: almost, but not quite. broke the 12k mark and over 40k total on the novel! Grade 30Continue reading “NaNoWriMo Check-In: Part II”

August Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total Books Read: 15 ARCs: 4 Audiobooks: 6 Books I read this Month that I can’t stop recommending: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson Best of the Month, which I also highly recommend: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin-(I can’t believe this trilogy is over!) and And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled HosseiniContinue reading “August Wrap-Up”

Shiny New Things and Slumps

I got a project successfully off to prom and immediately spent the next week stewing and miserable. I stomped around the house and sighed a lot and refreshed my email like I was giving it rescue breaths. Yesterday, I started outlining something and felt that pressure ease almost immediately. But I feel that slump sneaking upContinue reading “Shiny New Things and Slumps”

Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February

The Month in Numbers: Books read: 11 Audiobooks: 3 Nonfiction: 3 Birthdays this month: 1 Girls Nights Out: 3 Hours spend editing new project: 43 Papers graded: 85 Most steps in one day: 14,534 Details Best Books of the Month: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (how had I never read Waters before?) , Homegoing by YaaContinue reading “Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February”

Forging a Successful Beta-Reader Relationship

So, you’ve written something and stared at it for hours. You’ve done whatever spit polishing you can with it, but it needs a fresh eye. You need a beta-reader, or a beta. You can even just call them B.A.s if you want to, because they are bad-asses, at least the best ones are. How doContinue reading “Forging a Successful Beta-Reader Relationship”

Writing: Accepting an Invitation No One Sent

It’s so easy not to do something. Don’t want me to play with fire? Ta-da. I just didn’t play with fire right then, so you’re welcome. It’s also easy not to work out, as proven by my low step-count totals for the past few days. Even more than avoiding something stupid or skipping the gym,Continue reading “Writing: Accepting an Invitation No One Sent”

Querying Trenches and Community

It’s dirty down here, here in the trenches. Mostly, it’s dirty with coffee grounds and crumbs from that roll of Caramel Delights you ate while rewriting your query letter for the thirtieth time. I’ve been doing something lately that makes me feel the smallest ounce better, and maybe it will for you, too. I’ve beenContinue reading “Querying Trenches and Community”