for August, 2013
Coldfire Trilogy Review

Book Review: The Coldfire Trilogy

August 26, 2013

I know I’m really behind in this one (these were published in the early 1990’s), but I just finished the final book of The Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman on my camping trip this last weekend. I originally picked up one of these books ten years ago, when my mom and I were visiting one of her teaching co-workers. He’d just lost his daughter in a car crash and had a bunch of her old books to relocate. This was one of them. Unfortunately, that book was the third part of the trilogy, and three pages in I realized that and put it down for the better part of a decade. I finally had the chance to buy all the books right at the beginning of 2012, and because I’m a really non-diligent reader, it took me this long to get through them all. Hey, when you’re writing your own book, you don’t read as much! Okay, I don’t read […]

Mendocino Starfish

Mendocino: the foggiest place on Earth.

August 25, 2013

If Mendocino isn’t really the foggiest place on Earth, it’s at least in the top ten. Maybe the top fifty. But it’s up there. Every year, the Partner in Crime and his family go to the coast to catch Abalone (AKA, the most expensive meat on the market). If you aren’t familiar with what Abalone are, they’re massive mollusks divers peel off shore rocks with a long, iron rod. You heard right. The most expensive meat on the market is essentially a giant, slimy, sea-snail. Anyway, every year the PiC and his family travel to the coast to hunt these little buggers down–and by hunt I obviously mean casually swim up to them, pick out the largest ones, and pry them off rocks. The actual family trip is next month, but my husband and his best friend were set on going this last weekend, so away we went. Now, I don’t dive. It’s not that I don’t like the idea […]

4 Programs for Writers

4 Top Programs or Applications for Writers

August 24, 2013

Writers in the good ol’ days did all their work by hand or on a typewriter (by the way, if anyone wanted to know what I’d like for my birthday, this would suffice). Today, though, most of our work is done on a computer. There are many programs writers use, from the simple to complex, to get their shit done. I use four programs more than any other when I’m working on something, and I use them pretty much equally. Okay, almost equally. Okay, not equally at all. How about this: I’ll list the programs in order of the most used to the least used. Sound good? Also, as a disclaimer, just because I think these are the best applications for writers out there doesn’t mean you will. You’re entitled to your opinion (however wrong it may be). Scrivener Scrivener is, by far, my favorite writing program. I seriously use it for everything from outlining to writing, all in the […]

Gdocs thinks "a lot" is one word.

I am NOT a “Grammar Nazi.”

August 23, 2013

I hear this a lot. “You’re an author? Does that mean you, like, judge people on their grammar and shit?” In short: yes. But that’s a pretty vague question, so let me elaborate. I have a lot of people worry about showing me their writing. I have a lot of people who assume I browse Facebook or Twitter looking for any and all abused commas, misused semicolons and colons, and improperly capitalized nouns. Let me make this exceptionally clear right now: I learned a long time ago that the vast majority of people have absolutely no idea how the English language is actually supposed to function in writing. Usually, I don’t blame them. English is one of the hardest languages to learn. I have quite a few friends who speak English as their second language (most of them know more than just two languages, too), and they all say the same thing: English was the hardest language for them to […]

Avoiding stress as a writer

Writing Roadblocks: Stress

August 22, 2013

I was originally going to just write on the way stress affects my writing, but when coming up for the headline for this topic I realized something: there are a lot of writing roadblocks we need to hurdle sometimes. So many, in fact, that I think it may be worth a “series,” if you will. (Keep in mind, this series is not chronological and I may never finish and, in fact, I may never write anything other than this first post.) That being said, part of the reason I haven’t been writing as often as I used to is because of stress. Lately, a lot has been going on in my life. Now, don’t mistake that with thinking my life is bad. My life is anything but bad. Actually, my life is pretty awesome. I have great friends, a great family, and great things going for me. But I’m a creature of habit, and when my routines get fucked up, […]


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