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The place where I occasionally spill some thoughts and excerpts and other fun stuff.

  • NaNoWriMo Week 2: Fear of Flying

    November 10, 2015

    So we’ve made it to week 2. If you’re on schedule, you should hit 16,670 words sometime today. I am not on schedule. I am SO AMAZINGLY behind schedule. It’s not a time factor, or laziness. It’s fear. I am terrified of the story that I am trying to tell. So instead of telling it, […]

  • NaNoWriMo Week 1: The Valley of Despair

    November 3, 2015

    Happy NaNoWriMo everybody! November is one of my favorite months precisely because of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. To celebrate, I’ll be writing about my own experiences with NaNo all through November. I’m kicking things off with a reprint of my guest blog post over at Robyn Bachar’s blog from October 1 of this year. […]

  • The Birth of a Fangirl

    October 20, 2015

    It’s hard to overstate the importance Star Wars has had in my life. I know, me and millions of other people, but hear me out. The new trailer came out last night, and I watched it with the same breathlessness as a lot of other people, and then rewatched it. And rewatched it. And I’m […]

  • Only Funhouse Mirrors

    October 13, 2015

    By now you’ve probably heard about the incident where YA author Meg Rosoff proclaimed “There are not too few books for marginalised young people. There are hundreds of them, thousands of them.” Her comments were sparked in reaction to a crowdfunded picture book called Large Fears by Myles E. Johnson. She doubled down by saying […]

  • Arguing with Discouragement

    October 6, 2015

    Today I am a writer who is discouraged about writing. It happens to everybody from time to time. I wrote a guest blog post for Robyn Bachar a few days back that addressed one source of discouragement: the middle of the book syndrome, or the Valley of Despair. Me, I have a terrible case of […]

  • Building Muscles

    September 29, 2015

    I’m going to get a little more personal today than I normally do, and talk about progress. I have never been what anyone would call physically fit. I was one of those kids who hated gym class (thanks to gym teachers and my fellow students, but that’s a rant for another place and time), hated […]

  • Letting Go of My Instincts

    September 22, 2015

    Everybody who starts writing has some particular skill or skill that comes more naturally to them than others. Call it a talent, if you want. Some people are good at dialogue. Some create amazing characters with seemingly no effort. Some can create intricate plots. Whatever your strength is with a writer, there are certain areas […]

  • So You’re Not a Bestseller…

    September 15, 2015

    Now that The Farther I Fall and As Lost as I Get are out, I think it’s safe to say that I am not going to be showing up on the NYT Bestseller lists any time soon, nor have I set the world on fire with my astonishing debuts. And you know what? That’s okay! […]

  • A Confession

    September 5, 2015

    I’ll let you in on a secret: for someone who writes about far-off places and exotic jobs… I’m not that fond of research. I read about writers who talk about getting lost in research to the point that they end up not writing and that is not me. I just want to tell my story—why […]

  • The End Isn’t Always the End (Except When It Is)

    June 18, 2015

    So far I’ve learned that you don’t “finish” writing a book just once.

    The first time is when you finish the first draft. That’s probably my favorite time. The first draft is usually the longest process for me, so it’s immensely satisfying when I finally reach the first “THE END”. The story is out and told, as flawed as it is (and it is always, always flawed the first time around). Finishing the first draft is when I want to celebrate, even if it’s just with a cookie or some ice cream.