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I’ve been lying to you.

November 30, 2013

For the past month, you’ve been reading blog posts on this site covering a variety of topics: from characters to conventions, from short stories to writing exercises. Well, I’m here to tell you… Not a single one of these pieces was written in the month of November. Not one. I started writing them all at the end of September and by mid October I had thirty pre-written posts scheduled for the coming month. In fact, even this post, the one you’re reading right now, was written on October 11th. Why? Because this year, I took part in National Novel Writing Month. (I’ll wait patiently here for a few of you to get the giggles out of your systems.) You see, for those of you who know me, you’ve most likely heard a rant or two on my dislike of NaNoWriMo (I still think the acronym is lame). Knowing that, I’m pretty sure you’re sitting there chuckling in your chairs, saying […]


Fantastic Beasts and do we REALLY need to find them?

September 13, 2013

So, it’s all over the news. JK Rowling is planning on writing another series of movies in the Harry Potter universe to cover the stories of Newt Scamander, the author of “Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them.” I’m a die-hard Harry Potter junkie. This series is arguably what got me so into writing in the first place (and by arguably, I mean, absolutely and totally without question–more on that later). However, I can’t help but be a little apprehensive on this new film series. Don’t get me wrong–no fan wanted the Harry Potter saga to end, but wasn’t it Dumbledore who said, “To the well organized mind, death is but the next great adventure?” The Harry Potter series, for all intents and purposes, has died. It’s completed its run and it’s time for the living (aka, rabid fans who still read the books with the fervor they did upon their release) to move on. It’s not that I think […]

Your query letter is your first impression

Contest Update: Your sample pages are like a first date.

September 2, 2013

Last week I entered a query contest through New Leaf Literary, and I got the results back today. I’m sorry (though not entirely surprised) to report that Suzie did pass on my manuscript. I’m not going to give you her response verbatim, but the gist was that, even though she really liked the concept of Martyrs, she did not connect to the sample pages I sent her. I say I’m not surprised because, as I’ve mentioned before, it is exceptionally hard to get into this business. Everything has to be absolutely perfect. It’s not that I’m not a great writer, but rather that something about my writing didn’t click for her. This means another agent may love my work and connect to the sample pages, even if this one didn’t. However, that also doesn’t mean I’m not going to totally revamp my first three chapters. You see, if your query letter is like your “first impression,” your sample pages are […]

MCHunton and the River

Up and running again!

August 15, 2013

Hey folks. For a while now, has been MIA. This has been for two reasons: I was busy and lazy (you can be both simultaneously, don’t give me that look). In the midst of starting my own company with a few awesome friends, stressing out over time and money, and getting married (which contributed a great deal into the “stressing about time and money” thing), I just… stopped caring. I know, I know. Bad author. And, as it turns out, my absence led to another issue… My site was attacked by malware. Since I’m no tech wiz and I didn’t know how to dig through the code to figure out where the malware was, I opted to remove my whole site. This, of course, lost all the content I had previously written and destroyed my design, but what can you do, eh? This may seem like a bad trip, but I’m actually a little refreshed. Shortly before I’d gotten […]

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