Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

The Review   Five boys went in, but only four came out. Ten years ago, Will Dillard’s preacher father put him in a “homosexual rehabilitation” camp which ended tragically. Now, Will is distanced from his family, but firm in his identity. Life seems to be falling into place as a film student when suddenly aContinue reading “Book Review: How to Survive a Summer”

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”

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”

#pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches

The next #pitmad event is coming up on Thursday from 8AM- 8PM EST. Never participated before? Well, first things first– read the link above. Done that? Okay. Double check that you meet all of the key qualifications: Is your manuscript completed? When you get a request for that awesome project that you’re only 1/3 done with,Continue reading “#pitmad- No Reason to Get Mad about Pitches”

A Case for Rereading

It’s hard to beat the shiver of recognition when you read words you’ve read before, almost like hearing a friend’s voice over the phone for a first time in a long time. As writers, reading is essential and it can be hard to make time to reread a book, but I’m learning how important itContinue reading “A Case for Rereading”