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I have some news.

June 8, 2014

Hey guys. There’s something I’ve been wanting to get off my chest for a while now, but I haven’t really had the chance to do it. It’s been tough, honestly, keeping this from everyone, especially since it’s been really affecting the way I run this blog. You’ve probably noticed my posts haven’t been as “on time” as they used to be. I’m sure I could blame it on the fact that I’ve been writing a blog post a day for almost three-hundred days at this point, but that would just be dishonest. It’s time I put this out into the open. Five weeks ago, my husband and I spent an hour in at the doctor’s office discussing a situation that was going to change our lives forever. He sat by my side and held my hand while the doctor explained what was going on and how we could move forward from there. When my husband got back to work, his […]


For you eBook readers looking for a deal.

May 28, 2014

Hey guys. Sorry today’s blog post is coming in super late. As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve been exceptionally lazy about getting the blog posts written the day before (I haven’t caught up from my most recent trip out of town–and I have another coming up. Ahh!). Long story short, work has picked up speed, I’ve been dealing with trips and parties and graduations, and I recently had a head cold/flu thingy that put me out of commission for a while. They’re all lame excuses, but it’s all I’ve got. Essentially, I need to catch up. Anyway, today’s article comes courtesy of one of my cousins–and one of the most avid readers of my blog (Hey, Jared!). After a slew of client meetings today, I got on my Facebook to find this link in my inbox. Basically, from what I can gather, this Humble Bundle website is a weekly deal site (anyone who knows me also probably knows I have a […]


Amtrak Residency? Excellent!

March 13, 2014

Yesterday, a friend of mine pointed out this awesome program Amtrak is setting up. They’re calling it the Amtrak Residency (usually with a hashtag, so it’s really #AmtrakResidency), and it’s designed to help writers get away from their busy lives and spend a two to five day adventure in a personal sleeper car in an Amtrak train. With nothing but a desk and a window, the idea is writers will get the opportunity for uninterrupted creativity from the comfort of their car. In other words, writers will get to spend a retreat doing what they love: simply writing. This residency is crazy appealing. I live a hectic lifestyle. I work more than forty hours a week, I’m married with five furbabies, and I’m working on setting Martyrs up for querying. Sometimes I barely make it through the day without passing out (and I take frequent naps). The idea of getting to spend some one-on-one time with my craft is really […]


Fame, celebrity, and the internet.

March 2, 2014

A friend of mine brought to my attention yesterday a man named John Campbell. He’d asked if I was following what was going on with him, and I hadn’t been. So I googled the name, and saw something about a politician, a philosopher, and an economist. I went back and asked my friend to fill me in. Basically, John Campbell was a successful webcomic artist for the series “Pictures for Sad Children.” It’s a dark comic that explores the idea of death and dying. At least, that’s what I think it is. I had a hard time tracking anything about it down, to be honest. It seems that almost everything related to John Campbell and “Pictures for Sad Children” was taken off the web. The site is. His twitter feed was wiped clean. His Facebook. Even news reports didn’t have much to say on the guy or his project. What did remain, however, was a Kickstarter video. I didn’t link […]


Cleansing the marketplace.

February 25, 2014

Yesterday two of my Facebook friends asked for my opinion on an article that makes a few extraordinary claims: one, that adults should not read or enjoy a book series written for middle-grade and young adults (Harry Potter); two, that JK Rowling should “keep writing for kids” or her “personal pleasure,” but that she’s had her turn for the adult market and should leave it alone; and three, that JK Rowling is responsible for why so many new writers can’t get found on bookshelves because she’s taking up so much attention by writing for a new genre. I’ve written an article already about JK Rowling’s writing–one that pretty much makes the exact opposite claim the woman who wrote the above article made. I don’t want to see JK Rowling confined to children’s books. I don’t want to see JK Rowling confined to the Harry Potter universe. I want to see JK Rowling stretching her wings and exploring other genres, other […]


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