Hello, dear readers! This week, I wanted to write about money, but in a very different sense than what I usually do, i.e., ranting about my lack of it and the difficulty of surviving as an adult in this consistently-increasing-living-expenses-without-an-increase-in-pay society (and that's without getting into the bullshit that's going on in the White House right now).… Continue reading Pressure and Expectations: Making it Financially as an Author
So, if you follow this blog, you might know that I try to participate in a weekly book meme called Top Ten Tuesday, where a list is posted, prompting you to list ten books that you associate with that list. This past week, I wrote about all the books I've shamefully not read from some… Continue reading Why Haven’t You Published This, Yet?
My boyfriend is really lovely in that he's super supportive when it comes to my writing career. And it includes all facets of it: cooking dinner so I can finishing up drafting a short story, listening to my confusing ramblings as I try to verbally work out plot holes as I'm editing my novels (even… Continue reading The Darker Side of a Dream
Last week, I received my first rejection over Artemis Smith and the Virtuous Marriage Quest. I won't lie. That sucked. Granted, it was different from any rejection I'd received before. I'd only queried my first trilogy, The Destiny of the Dragon, before this book, and I probably received around thirty rejections total, before I stopped querying… Continue reading You Could Call Me Stubborn (And You’d Be Right)
Writing has been hard, lately. Admitting that and looking introspectively at the reasons why has been even harder. There is no doubt that I'm a writer. I still don't doubt that writing is something innate within me, like a predator's instinct or a person's ability to breathe without thinking about it. But in the past… Continue reading The Point of Trying
I'm 95% convinced that literary agents aren't human. They are some sort of genetic hybrid combining the telepathic abilities of mind readers and the inhuman strength and perseverance of superheroes. What makes me draw such fantastic conclusions, you may ask? I'm glad you did, because I have answers.* In case you're unfamiliar, a literary agent is… Continue reading My Awe of Literary Agents
I've been thinking a lot about tropes and clichés lately. Between editing a previous trilogy with a foundation built on tropes--including everything from the Chosen One to vampires and werewolves to old men who know all yet tell nothing--and planning a new series that uses even more--and this time, purposefully--plus simply observing the dialogue surrounding the… Continue reading Tropes and Clichés
Out of all the famous and clichéd phrases, one that I live the most by (or the one I think about most often) is "Patience is a Virtue." My Aunt taught it to me when I was a young, impatient thing while we were at the bookstore and I just wanted the next book in… Continue reading Patience is a…Reward?