I am not lost…

May 29, 2017

Lessons in What Not to Say

As an indie author, I’m finding myself relying back on some of the earliest pleas I had as a writer: “Please leave a review if you liked the story!” This shows up constantly in fanfiction, because much like in traditional fiction, reviews can make or break an author. Archive of Our Own, a more recent and lovely fanfiction site, adds to this the concept of “kudos,” which is essentially the same as a Facebook like.

The more kudos, the more likes, the more likely someone is going to check out your story. The more popular your story looks, the more likely someone will look at it and say, “hey, maybe that author’s got a handle on these characters. I’ll try that one.”

Sound familiar?

So I don’t mind people asking about reviews and whatnot. I’m a book blogger in addition to my writing life. But I got a request recently that really knocked me off my stride. Authors, bloggers, whoever: here’s a look at what not to do.



April 3, 2017



This post has been a very…very…long time in coming. I’m writing it a bit in advance, and even now I find it hard to believe that I’m actually getting to a point where I can write this. It’s not TECHNICALLY official right now, as of the time that I’m writing this to you, but by the time you see this…it will be.

I’ve published my first novel.


January 25, 2016

Inspiration from Another Time

I’ve been very lucky to grow up in a family who value writing and books as much as I’ve grown to. (Post hoc ergo propter hoc, probably.) I was always encouraged to read, and had access to a wide variety of books in addition to any I might pick up myself. I’ve always been grateful for that–but it’s given me a set of references apart from a lot of the other people/writers my age don’t have.

It’s an interesting conundrum.


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