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Serial Shorts

Now that Dru Faust is complete, I've decided to keep any serial fiction over on my Wattpad. They're still free to read with weekly updates, I think it just makes the blog a bit less cluttered to have everything over there. The current short is ESCAPE. It's a bit different from what I usually write,… Continue reading Serial Shorts

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Quarterly writing check in

How can 2017 be a quarter over already? I'm so far behind! Back in January, I posted a list of books I wanted to write or edit this year. I've gotten a lot done, but I've also been moving a lot slower than I wanted to. ALL FOR ONE: This is done and with my… Continue reading Quarterly writing check in

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Querying Multiple Projects: a How-to Guide

The Basic Query Process Pretty much every writer who hopes to be published has to query at some point. A Query letter is an email/letter sent to a publisher or agent, introducing yourself and your work. It may or may not be accompanied by a synopsis or sample pages, based on the requirements of that… Continue reading Querying Multiple Projects: a How-to Guide

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Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

I recently got into a discussion on Twitter about transitioning from short fiction to writing novels. The person I was talking to had difficulties, because by the time they wrote a one page synopsis, they basically had the entire story on one page, from beginning to end. They'd become so used to writing short stories… Continue reading Tips for Transitioning from Short to Long Fiction

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Writing WIPs & What’s Next

I've got a busy writing year ahead, if you couldn't tell from my list of goals. I've already started to put a dent in it, though. Drafting In progress: ALL FOR ONE. This is the gender-bent Three Musketeers I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I've been posting snippets on my Twitter feed, if you… Continue reading Writing WIPs & What’s Next

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Full Time, Part Time, Double Time: Writing and a Day Job

When people find out I'm a writer, the conversation usually takes a specific turn. The first question is usually, "Do you have a real job?" Nevermind the way this question makes my left eye twitch, yes, I do have a day job. The second question is always, "How do you manage to do both?" Oddly… Continue reading Full Time, Part Time, Double Time: Writing and a Day Job

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2017 Writing Plans

Well, I've talked a bit about my overall goals for the year, but not much about my writing. Obviously, January was pretty focused on getting THE SPIDER'S WEB back out (P.S. Did you know you can read it for free with Kindle Unlimited?) and finishing her third book, but now that both of those are… Continue reading 2017 Writing Plans

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Things I’ve Learned about Writing

2016 was a whirlwind. In December of 2015, I was teetering on the brink of giving up ever getting published. I'd been working towards it since first grade, and missed every benchmark I set for myself--to be published before I started high school. Then before graduation. Before I finished my degree. Before I turned 25.… Continue reading Things I’ve Learned about Writing

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2017 Events and Appearances

That's right! I'm going places in 2017! Well, a place. But I'm hoping to add more stops throughout the year and going into 2018. For now, you can look for me at Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati on April 28, 29, and 30. I will be co-hosting 2 panels, and possibly a reading. I might also have… Continue reading 2017 Events and Appearances

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Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part III

The conclusion for my 3 part series on writer's block. Part 1 covers mental blocks, and Part 2 plot & setting issues. The second lesson I learned while writing The Spider's Web (and several subsequent stories) is that antagonists are hard. One of the hardest things for me to do is create realistic, fleshed out… Continue reading Writer’s Block & Building Blocks, Part III