I am not lost…

July 29, 2015

BOOK REVIEW – I’m Not Her by Cara Sue Achterberg

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Take a person who is the opposite of everything you are, or try to be.

Now imagine suddenly being that person.

That’s what happens to Carin Fletcher one day as a Valentine’s Day display at the local supermarket comes crashing down on her head: she body-swaps with Leann Cane, the cashier in her line. As can be expected, hijinks ensue.



June 2, 2015

Long Time No See / MFA Programs

Hey there everyone! I know it’s been a while since I posted last, and I apologize for that. (Actually as I look back, it’s less time than I thought. But it’s still more time than is really permissible.) I still owe a good friend a review for her book that I read, and I intend to deliver. Things are still going a little rough for me; I haven’t found a new job yet, I’m still doing battle with depression (though the new meds are working better than any of the others), and it’s hard to find a pattern or routine when there’s–quite literally–nothing forcing you to do anything. But I’m still going to try.

However, I’m back today to bring some attention to an article I just read, and talk about what it made me think. Before jumping under the cut, go take a look at Kameron Hurley’s article “I Don’t Care About Your MFA.” Then let’s chat.


December 24, 2014

Book Review – Since You’ve Been Gone

I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

I’ve had a little bit of a hit-or-miss vibe with the books I’ve gotten from NetGalley. Sometimes they’re lovely, other times they’re The Chase. But I’ve had better luck with their young adult stuff than I have the rest, so when a book shows up with the tagline of “Is it possible to outrun your past?” comes around, I’m clicking on that email.

Here’s the official blurb:


November 5, 2014

NaNoWriMo Week 1 – Is It Secret? Is It Safe?

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For the month of November, I’m taking it as my civil duty to help out the Wrimos of the world. If you’ve been around for a while, you may have seen my guest post last November over on Denise Drespling’s blog (if you’re new in town, you can read my post here) about how I believe that NaNoWriMo changed my life. This is my 9th year in the program, and my (hopefully) 7th year of completing the challenge. It is my 3rd year as an ML, and my 3rd different region to be living in. I was ML of New York::Elsewhere for two years, and will still serve as virtual ML there this year, but am currently in “training” to be the co-ML of Virginia::Richmond next year. I love the program, and I love helping people along the way. So in addition to the pep talks that go out to all the Wrimos, I’m going to put out posts each week of November to help the Wrimos (and anyone else who’s writing this month, for any reason!) to help along the way.

Week 1 is today.


July 10, 2014

Debrief: Anthrocon

So I know this isn’t quite my normal thing to talk about, but it’s justified and I think a cool idea, especially for authors trying to find their footing and wrangle themselves an audience. So I’m going to give you a debrief on what I got to do and experience while at Anthrocon in Pittsburgh.


July 9, 2014

Inspiration Wednesdays: Dance Break!

I’ve decided to move my old inspiration newsletter to a blog post instead, thus consolidating and making for a better archive. The standard format will change a bit, however, now that it’s on the blog. Since Thursdays are usually set aside for writing help and tips of the trade, as it were, I’m not going to try and burn myself out by doing that two days in a week. (In a row, nonetheless.) So instead, I’m going to try and post something inspirational, or something that I think particularly helps me in my writing, along with a prompt. Sound like a plan to everyone? Good.


January 14, 2014

Revision and the Self

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I know I said I wasn’t planning on writing much during my residency, but this topic came to mind and I couldn’t pass it up. I have some free time between events at the moment, and as much as I’d love to keep revising this story, if I look at it again I’m going to chuck my computer out my window. So. Let’s take a break, and write a blog post about it, shall we?


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