A few years ago I kept asking myself the question if I should go for an MFA in creative writing. Every time someone would mention it or I'd see an ad, I'd think rosy thoughts about a writing utopia of classmates and teachers who would encourage me and me encourage them in turn and I … Continue reading Thoughts on DIY MFA
I have a co-worker who is an incredibly gentle, soft-spoken woman, but who says things that make you realize she has a powerhouse of wisdom behind her and that she could yell truth at you through a single whisper that would change your life forever. I try to spend as much time around her as … Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Bring Your Books With You
I hope to foster a little pocket of community where we can explore and get excited about many things.
My first exploration into what it would mean to self-publish.
Last night I had a dream that I was fumbling around in college, not remembering where my classes were or getting homework done. And I felt panic because there was this big, wide world full of possibilities that was going to pass me by if I didn't get my life together. I rushed to my … Continue reading That weird dream that follows you the rest of the day
I have a whole list of notes that I hope to get around posting here at some point. And this is by no means the only thing I learned at CONvergence. But it's the one thing that has made the most immediate difference in my writing. I attended the usual panel of "What I Wish … Continue reading One thing I learned from CONvergence 2015
I took some time this past week to look up one of my early novels. Partly to see how far I've come and partly to get a smile out of the totally-enthusiastic-but-deprived-of-anything-mature writing style. It was set in England in the 1600s. I remember trying so hard to not include dragons in it, because it … Continue reading Keep some secrets for yourself
Queries are really hard. Good queries are even harder. Writing a query is the stage of the writing process that requires you to hack your beautifully honed story down into three paragraphs and sell your soul. Or is it hacking your soul into three pieces and selling your story? I’m not sure. Could be either. … Continue reading Good Cop, Bad Cop of Query Writing
I call it hidden because it is no longer being updated, and thus, you probably won’t be able to stumble upon it easily. If you do, you probably won’t know what you have found. If you’re anything like me, finding another writing blog but then seeing that the last post was in 2011 and is … Continue reading The Hidden Blog Every Writer Should Know About
This has been on my mind a lot lately so I might as well write a post and get it out. And not just because we recently moved and all my stuff is ... not where it usually is. My desk isn't even set up yet. This makes me kind of sad, but what better … Continue reading Writing Space Inspiration