for October, 2013
Halloween Harry Potter Party

Great literary ideas for all your Halloween needs!

October 31, 2013

Last weekend, I went to a Harry Potter Party. Yes, it was exactly how you can imagine it was, except way effing better because there is absolutely no way possible for you to really comprehend the awesomeness of what transpired without having been there yourself. The hostess of this party (I’ve talked about her photography before–the above picture is from her) and her boyfriend went above and beyond what you could ever expect from a typical Halloween party. Moaning Myrtle was in the toilet. There were candles floating above the kitchen. The Fat Lady sat at the entrance to the Gryffindor common room, where Sirius Black was in the fireplace. Pay close attention to the photograph above, you’ll notice all the pictures on the wall are Harry Potter themed. Everyone was in costume. You’ll see myself as Ginny, my husband as Harry, the host and hostess and Voldemort and Bellatrix, as well as Lupin, Tonks, Snape, Rita Skeeter, Trelawney, and […]


Writers should really blog.

October 30, 2013

As most of you know, I’ve challenged myself to write one blog post a day, every day, for the next year. Well, the next most-of-the-year. I’m more than two months in! Woo! Go me! I did this for a few reasons. One, I am really, really, really bad at keeping to a blog. Or, at least, I used to be. I used to be one of those people who wrote a blog post once every few weeks, if I was lucky. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but I want to write more. I want to have a regular blog with a reliable schedule that people could, if they decided to follow me, rely on. I also did it because I firmly believe that writing every day is absolutely essential for all writers. Even though I may not always work on a creative work every day, at least I know I’m writing something every day. Any kind of writing […]


Fix little things before they become big problems.

October 29, 2013

It’s funny–owning a house is a great way to get a lot of inspiration for this writing blog (like painting and fixing driveways). I never really thought it would be, but I guess, if you’re clever or desperate enough, you can make horrible analogies between household issues and writing conflicts. Today’s household issue is something a little… shitty. Like, literally. Like, backed up septic system shitty. I don’t really know everything that’s going on right now. All I know is this: the previous owner of my new house had tree roots from these giant, pain-in-the-ass cottonwoods digging into his septic system. When we had the system checked and drained before we moved in, the woman told us she cleared the roots out of the line (at no charge), but that it would be a problem again if we didn’t get rid of the tree. We totally plan on getting rid of the tree. This weekend, the husband and I were […]


Stop waiting for that “perfect” draft.

October 28, 2013

I can’t be the only writer who does this. I can’t be the only writer who obsessively reads my own work over and over again to make sure it’s absolutely flawless. I can’t be the only one who gets frustrated (and yet a little relieved) every time I read and edit things, because I always find something to edit. Frustrated because, god DAMN it, it still needs some tweaking, and relieved because thank GOD I found that mistake/clunky sentence/less effective word choice BEFORE I started submitting it to literary agents. I can’t be the only one, right? I’m telling you right now, you all need to take a chill pill and let go. This is still one of the hardest things for me. I am borderline obsessive with my writing (which is one of the reasons my outlines are gigantic). I want everything to be perfect–and in more than making sure my spelling and grammar is spot on. I want […]


Please correct my mistakes.

October 27, 2013

There’s a thing about being a writer called, “You can never make any mistakes ever without people losing their minds.” When you consider yourself a writer, people love to point out the errors you make. They love to call you out on every missed comma or misspelled word, and they feel SO good when they beat you in Scrabble (secret: I am horrible at spelling and I lose Scrabble almost every single time). When you are known for being talented with the written word, people can’t help but be twice as shocked to see you making the same errors they see other people make every day. For a while, I would get a little embarrassed every time I didn’t catch a typo or a misspelled word in a status or comment on Facebook. It was worse when I didn’t catch similar mistakes on my blog (this is before my old website crashed, mind you). I knew people had a higher […]

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