for December, 2014

Monday Muse: On the Ledge.

December 29, 2014

Hey guys! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! I’ve been really absent from the blog for a while – and it’s only going to get worse! With New Years Eve and New Years Day happening this week, this is the only post you’re getting from me. And, when I have the baby (whenever THAT ends up being), I’ll be MIA for a while. I’m sure you guys will get an announcement, but I can’t promise you’ll get any articles of true substance. I’ll be sleep deprived after having a newborn, after all. My dad is also going to be in town for a couple of weeks to help me with the baby (assuming, of course, this baby shows up when he’s expected to and not really late). That will also put a damper on whether or not I’m posting, even if I don’t have the kid yet. Anyway, that’s all for the updates – here’s today’s Monday Muse! The […]


The Hobbit movies suck for a totally different reason.

December 19, 2014

I haven’t seen the third installment of The Hobbit trilogy yet, but it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that I really hated the first two movies (but I AM still going to go see the third because I hate myself and I just can’t not see it, even though I’m one-hundred percent prepared to be equally disappointed). Basically, The Hobbit is one of my favorite classics, and watching it get absolutely butchered hurts my soul a little bit. I also tend to think movies based off books are, generally, not very good, and even most of the ones that are good are still “not as good as the book.” You hear that phrase a lot, especially when you’re talking to people who like to read a lot. We tend to like the book better. Anyway, the main reason most movies based off of books aren’t really great is simple: there just isn’t enough time to really capture […]


Hemingwrite is here! Well, almost.

December 17, 2014

A while back, I posted an article about some cool tech toys for the writer-types in your life. The top of this list was a cool little device called “Hemingwrite,” which is essentially a modern typewriter. In other words, a device strictly designed for writing to help keep writers from getting distracted (because God knows there isn’t a more distractible group of people than writers). Well, at the writing of that last article, the Hemingwrite was still just an idea – mostly. They didn’t have a release date or a price or, well, anything that would help would-be buyers of the device. Earlier this week (or was it last week? I can’t remember anything – I’m pregnant), I got an email from the Hemingwrite team announcing their Kickstarter (and their presale)! Check out the video and the link. They already have a ton of backers and most of their presale Hemingwrite rewards have already been claimed! Regardless, it’s something I […]


Monday Muse: The Mental Hospital

December 15, 2014

“Inside a mental institution, a man tries to explain how he is not crazy to the hospital psychiatrist.” –1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts * * * In the two weeks since he’d woken up from his coma–since he’d been relocated from the hospital to the mental institution down the street–John hadn’t noticed much of the “improvement” his doctor was looking for. “How do you feel today, John?” Dr. Moss peered over his small, square glasses. He was the epitome of what John had always imagined a therapist would be. Tall and lanky, wearing earth-toned jackets that smelled like mothballs, and every time he spoke he did so slowly, methodically, almost like he was following a script. He probably was, John thought. “Okay,” John said with a shrug. He looked down at his hands. Where the fingers were laced and the thumbs overlapped felt transparent–like he only had half the sensation in his hands as he used to before whatever accident had […]


Why rejection is a blessing in disguise.

December 10, 2014

It really sucks being rejected. When you send out your query letters, you’re looking for that one-in-a-million chance, the opportunity to get your hard work into the hands of someone who can actually do something with it and help bring it to life on the shelf. So, naturally, when you get the rejection in your inbox, you can’t help but feel a bit (or a whole lot) deflated by the whole situation. But when it comes right down to it, each and every rejection letter you get is a blessing in disguise. Hear me out. I know it sounds like a load of crap, but seriously, each and every rejection letter you get is actually a good thing. When you find someone to help you publish your work, you want to find someone who is just as passionate about your writing as you are. You want someone who is going to vouch for your book with just as much enthusiasm […]


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