Overly Ambitious, or Just Ambitious Enough?: October Updates

Hello lovely people! This has been quite a year so far for me. From Under the Mountain was published, I went to three cons (with two more still to come), I took over as Marketing Director at REUTS, and came out as agender. I've been writing pretty steadily through the year, but it's occurred to … Continue reading Overly Ambitious, or Just Ambitious Enough?: October Updates

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Project Updates and OH HEY, I have a newsletter!

Hello lovely people! This has been quite a year so far for me. From Under the Mountain was published, I went to three cons (with two more still to come), I took over as interim Marketing Director at REUTS, and came out as agender. And it's only just now September! I've been writing pretty steadily … Continue reading Project Updates and OH HEY, I have a newsletter!

Hard Writing Days and the Importance of Dedicated Writing Time

Writing is amazing. There's nothing quite like the rush you get when you're on a roll, pounding out words, watching the scenes take shape and feeling that momentum urging you on and on. It's no wonder writers write because they need to--the feeling is addictive. But it's not always like that. Sometimes it's hard, because … Continue reading Hard Writing Days and the Importance of Dedicated Writing Time

Editor Confessions: Extrapolation

I'm going to level with y'all. There are few things that frustrate me more than an author who does not extrapolate my editorial comments. extrapolate (verb): extend the application of (a method or conclusion, especially one based on statistics) to an unknown situation by assuming that existing trends will continue or similar methods will be applicable. … Continue reading Editor Confessions: Extrapolation

Code-breaking Challenge!

When I was in college, I took a math elective called History of Codes and Ciphers. Math has never been my strong suit, but hey, codes and ciphers are indisputably cool, right? That class remains one of my favorites, and it's provided some key inspiration over the years for my stories.My main work-in-progress right now is … Continue reading Code-breaking Challenge!

Why I Chose Self-Publishing (Guest Post by Heather Lin)

As always, I'm very happy today to welcome Heather Lin back to the blog! In her last visit, she told us about Westridge and the inspirations that led her to tell that story. Now, she's introducing Rosa's Story, another side of the Westridge universe, and giving us a little insight into her on-going publishing journey.  … Continue reading Why I Chose Self-Publishing (Guest Post by Heather Lin)

Subjective and Objective Assholes (I Mean Opinions)

Hello! I am at the Willamette Writer's Conference for the day, but I still have a post for you. Oh yes. Last week, I wrote about why I think stories about true love or fated love are boring and unfulfilling. Unsurprisingly, some people disagree. This post also happened to coincide with the re-invigoration of the … Continue reading Subjective and Objective Assholes (I Mean Opinions)

True Love is Boring, and Other Musings on the Subject

It is a truth universally acknowledged that romance is a hugely important aspect of novels. And, if Goodreads reviews are any indication, it's also often a make-or-break aspect for readers. Genuine and powerful romances pull readers in. Insta-love with no basis in character development turns readers off. I, personally, have never been a reader of … Continue reading True Love is Boring, and Other Musings on the Subject