for October, 2013

Why PETA wants me dead.

October 21, 2013

So, if you didn’t know this about me before, I’ll let you know right now: I value a piss-free carpet over my cats. Don’t get me wrong. I love my cats. I have three and a half of them (I say half because one of them isn’t mine and I haven’t had the opportunity to bring her to her new home). Because they’re cats, they all have their own little personality quirks. The Half-Cat’s biggest issue is clawing shit up. For some reason, she thinks clawing up my furniture will make me feed her more quickly. What it actually does is makes me pick her up and throw her in the dog kennel with our giant, fluffy mutt. The dog thinks it’s great, and she spends the whole time licking the cat until she comes out covered in drool. Good times. (As such, she actually has more or less stopped clawing furniture to get what she wants). One of the […]


Book Review: Scar Night

October 20, 2013

You know how I talked about that book I’m reading on my Nook? Well, this was it. I actually picked up the second book in the Deepgate Codex series (Iron Angel) over a year ago on accident. You’d think I’d have learned that lesson by now, since the vast majority of books on fantasy shelves written by the same author are part of a series. Oops. Imagine how annoyed I was when I opened the cover at home only to see “…in this awesome sequel to…” Anyway, I went back to the bookstore seven or eight times only to find the second and third books in this series. I finally gave up and bought it on the Nook because I wanted to read it so badly. And then… it took me about eight months to get around to reading it. I’m awesome. I bet I could have found it in print by at LEAST July. Meh, I guess I got […]


Yet another reason outlining is important: character development.

October 19, 2013

I know, I know. I talk a lot about how important it is to outline your novel. The link attached to the word “outline” in the previous sentence will bring you to a search page of my website, where the search term was “outlining.” It’s pretty ridiculous. There are a lot of reasons outlining is such a crucial step to the writing process, especially if you’re writing a longer-form work like a novel, that I still can’t believe some writers don’t do it. Keep in mind, as well, that many of the writers who don’t outline produce multiple drafts of the same work. Their previous drafts essentially work as an extended outline. What I’m saying is, very few people will write a book in one go and sell it instantly. In fact, that “very few” number may actually be exactly zero. Anyway, back on track–one of the most important elements in a novel is the characters. In order to have […]


Naming a novel is way harder than it should be.

October 18, 2013

Maybe I’m the only one with this problem, but seriously, coming up with a name for a novel probably takes me longer than writing the outlines does. In fact, I know that’s true. And even if I do have a name already in mind, I end up changing that name at least twice before the book is even completed. Do you really think Martyrs was originally called Martyrs? (It was actually called Lucky Number Seven first, but that totally didn’t make any goddamned sense at all.) The name Martyrs is relatively new, for how old the story itself actually is. I think I came up with it about a year ago, after using Lucky Number Seven for about six before that. And now, as I work on a new project, my husband and I have spent two days brainstorming potential names for it. Oh, I should also probably mention, when I say “new project,” I mean “project I have been […]


Idiot dog’s first battle scar.

October 17, 2013

So my idiot dog decided to cost me more money today (and by today, I clearly mean Wednesday, the day on which I wrote this article). He and the other idiot dog, who we will call “the Fluffy Terror” for this particular episode, were in their dog run in our back yard. Or they were supposed to be. The Fluffy Terror decided to dig out, leaving the Idiot Dog alone in the run. She flopped her furry little butt right in front of our back door and stared at us as we were playing Pokemon. (Don’t judge.) So the Partner in Crime goes out to figure out how the Fluffy Terror got out, and whether or not Idiot Dog would have to be scolded for digging in the yard. I stayed inside and started getting my shoes on. Since the dogs were already out, we may as well take them on a walk, right? The next thing I know, my […]

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