How I Got my Agent

I remember reading approximately three thousand "How I Got my Agent" posts while querying. Reading them made me feel so much less alone and more hopeful, so here's my contribution to the genre. Baby Author + Baby Three years ago, and shortly after my son turned one, I decided I needed to do something empowering … Continue reading How I Got my Agent

Random Lines Poem

Thanks to all that contributed! I put all of the individual lines into a list randomizer, took the first item on the randomized list as the title, and added stanza breaks. Behold, our Frankensteinian creation and happy National Poetry Month!   "Must this story be retold?" But when we forgot coffee, we lost ourselves. I’ll … Continue reading Random Lines Poem

March Wrap-Up and Bad Poetry Line Request

Reading Wrap-Up Books Read: 10 Audiobooks: 2 ARCs: 3 Memoirs: 2 Books read for my Goodreads Goal: 33/75 (may have to adjust upward!) Books left in my A-Z Reading challenge: 8 (D,E,I,K,P,Q,X,Y,Z) Best of the Month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Runners-up: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, and … Continue reading March Wrap-Up and Bad Poetry Line Request

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 up … Continue 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 Yaa … Continue reading Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February

Birthdays, Brothers, and The Bone Witch

It's my birthday today. Adult birthdays are kind of a funny thing. Just like no one really cares if you're sick  unless you get everyone sick at the office, no one really knows you have a birthday unless you bring treats. I'm not at the office today, so no treats. Birthdays have been bittersweet for … Continue reading Birthdays, Brothers, and The Bone Witch

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

Leave it On The Page

#PitchWars just finished for many of my comrades in arms and many of us are querying (as in watching their inboxes and going slowly crazy.) How do I know? I am one of those writers, so I definitely get it. One of the themes I kept seeing on the #PitchWars feed was Getting Ready for … Continue reading Leave it On The Page