books · Writing

GIVEAWAY! IN THE BEGINNING: The Story of “Babylon”

TL;DR: I’M GIVING AWAY FREE BOOKS! I recently announced that a story of mine will be published in an anthology in October. It comes out later this month. Here is the story of how I wrote it and grappled with it. Almost two years ago, I was a high school senior in an AP Literature class. My… Continue reading GIVEAWAY! IN THE BEGINNING: The Story of “Babylon”

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Today Month9Books is revealing the cover and some excerpts for the charity anthology, IN THE BEGINNING, in which I have a story and which releases October 25, 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to be one of the first readers to receive an eGalley!     Title: IN THE BEGINNING: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales Editors: Laureen P.… Continue reading COVER REVEAL: IN THE BEGINNING

Writing · Writing Articles

May & June Writer’s Links: SEO Guide, 15 Free Applications, Chuck Tingle, & Why Writers Are Always Cold

May and June writer's links

We’re going to organize the link roundup a little differently today to make it easier, because they just seem to be piling up! Here’s what’s been on my reading list lately.

Indie Authors

On Page SEO Guide

Author Solutions and Friends: The Inside Story

Price-Shaming Book Lovers: The Worst Marketing Idea Ever

“I’m a huge fan of self-publishing” – literary agent David Fugate

The Write Life (And Other Life)

Self Care for the Writer

What to Do When No One Shows Up to Your Reading

Why I Was Wrong About Liberal Arts Majors

“But it’s easy for you…”

They Found a Meth Lab in Cole Porter’s Childhood Home

Against the Cult of Travel, or What Everyone Gets Wrong About The Hobbit

Town People and Circus People

Craft & Resources

15 of the Best Free Applications for Writers

How Do You Know if Your Writing is Any Good?

Study shows the value of copy editing

The Art of the Crossover

Cinda Chima’s Books for Writers

Is your query letter ready for submission? (image)

Publishing &etc.

YA is Too Late: Gay Characters in Middle Grade Fiction

12 Things I Noticed While Reading Every Short Story Published in 2015

Chuck Tingle’s massive troll of conservative scifi fans, explained


50 Best Literary Gifts for a Modern Day Reader

Magical items for fantasy writers (image)

Why are writers cold? (image)

English teacher retitles classic poems as clickbait

Please share with me any great reading you’ve been doing lately! I love to keep updated on what’s going on in the writing ecosystem.

Personal · Weekly Updates · Writing

update: 6/19/16 | prepping for #SFFPit & Deutschland

Writing & Reading I have had another lovely two weeks of writing and have officially broken the 50k mark in my total rewrite of Sigma Radiant which started in late May! I’ve been writing like nuts because I will be spending July in Germany and am then banning myself from writing fiction (journaling only!). (Yes, I… Continue reading update: 6/19/16 | prepping for #SFFPit & Deutschland

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9 Bite-Sized Reviews of Multicultural Young Adult “Classics”

In the spring of 2016, I took ENG 385: Multicultural Young Adult Literature. I took the class because I love YA lit and it satisfied an “around the world” literature requirement, and I knew I would enjoy it, but I didn’t know how much I would learn. As I read all of the books assigned… Continue reading 9 Bite-Sized Reviews of Multicultural Young Adult “Classics”

Weekly Updates · Writing

Update: 6/6/16 | Animazement Aftermath & Writing Like a Maniac

In the time since my last update, I’ve attended Animazement, finished the first draft of one book, started work on a new (or, well, new to being rewritten) book, worked diligently on my summer classes, and laid around the house. Writing & Reading For the first time in a few updates, here’re my word counts… Continue reading Update: 6/6/16 | Animazement Aftermath & Writing Like a Maniac


CON REPORT: Animazement 2016

PROS: local/no hotel costs great dealer’s room and AA friends everywhere! “Doing the ‘Write’ Thing” panel great costumes + masquerade hard to get bored with panels, shopping, and stuff in Raleigh CONS: overpriced registration line on Sat morning was rough parking is evil PLEASE ALLOW WESTERN MEDIA PANELS ALREADY (although panels are continually improving) Animazement is… Continue reading CON REPORT: Animazement 2016

Writing · Writing Articles

4 Comma Mistakes That Make Your Copy Editor Want to Cry

I’m the annoying person who, until she learned to be more polite, corrected people for saying “Mom and me” instead of “Mom and I” and “less” instead of “fewer” and “who” instead of “whom.” Now I work out my irritating grammar obsession through copy editing. I’ve been the copy editor for the undergrad lit mag Atlantis for… Continue reading 4 Comma Mistakes That Make Your Copy Editor Want to Cry

Cosplay · Wildcards

On Animazement 2016: Cosplay, Community, and Panels–Oh My!

It’s time to talk about an event that holds a special place in my heart: Animazement. For the past half-decade of my life, I’ve explained to people that I have this strange little hobby of making costumes based on fictional characters, and then wearing those costumes to conventions. Mostly the conversation goes like this: Me:… Continue reading On Animazement 2016: Cosplay, Community, and Panels–Oh My!

Weekly Updates · Writing

update: 5/16/16 | RUNAWAY complete

Today’s update is in honor of my biggest accomplishment of last week–finishing my rewrite (draft 3) of Runaway. Runaway’s synopsis and working cover is up on my WIPs page with my other novel projects, but just so everyone is caught up: Roscoe Pratt, now 18, is supposed to kill his mother to take over leadership of the… Continue reading update: 5/16/16 | RUNAWAY complete