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Second Place in the YARWA Rosemary Contest!

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All day I’ve been on tenterhooks. The last week has had an element of the surreal. The last month even more so. Today the winners and finalists for the Young Adult Romance Writers of America’s 2017 Rosemary contest were announced. My manuscript, IN HER OWN SKIN, won second place! (I’m sorry if you’ve never seen the Yatta video before. You …

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Scrivener and Story Genius

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It’s well established that Scrivener is a great tool for writers. You might not be aware of how well it integrates with other writing tools and systems. For this, there are Scrivener templates. A template is a collection of Binder items that are arranged and pre-filled with content to help you on your way. I’ve downloaded many templates over the …

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Grimm 108. Hans-My-Hedgehog

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This entry is part of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsHoly cow, I was not expecting to stumble across this. I came across the mere mention of a “hedgehog princess” and immediately had to look it up. I didn’t find a hedgehog princess, but I did find a half-human hedgehog boy who marries a princess! Yes, this requires …

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Pitch Wars 2017 Mentee Bio: Son of Bio

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It’s time for #PimpMyBio! Every year Pitch Wars hopefuls post fun profiles of themselves to share with the community. Pitch Wars is a contest where the prize is a mentor to help you revise your book. Learn more about Pitch Wars at organizer Brenda Drake’s website. About Me …this is the hardest part, can’t I leave it blank? I could …

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#RPmyBook: a chat for writers

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I realize I never made an announcement here, so here goes. I’m hosting a weekly Twitter chat for writers, called #RPmyBook. RP stands for role-play, and the idea is that writers answer questions as their characters would. What’s the benefit to writers? Character development, darling. Writers already spend a lot of time developing their characters, often with the help of …

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I’m a finalist for the 2017 Rosemary Award!

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This is the second major good news of the last couple of weeks. I actually learned about it around the same time I got into #QueryKombat (Round 2 Entry), but didn’t want to say anything until finalists were announced. The Rosemary is an award given by the Young Adult Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America (YARWA), “for excellence …

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I’m in #QueryKombat 2017!

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I was selected for QueryKombat! QK is a contest where queries and novel excerpts are pitted against each other, bracket-style, until the strongest query is reached. I’m on Laura Heffernan’s team, competing with the query for IN HER OWN SKIN, my YA selkie novel. As of last night I officially survived Round 1 and made it to the stage where …

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Grimm 198. Maid Maleen

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsThere’s a princess and a tower and a wedding, and yet this isn’t one of the more popular stories. Go figure. Source: SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Annotated Maid Maleen Synopsis Maid Maleen is the daughter of a king. She falls in love with a prince, but her father is …

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Anderson: The Dryad

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This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsMy summary isn’t going to do this justice. Anderson writes evocatively of the setting and the people, and I’m just going to focus on the main plot. Here we go. Source: HCA.Gilead.org.il Summary In the countryside of France, a massive tree is felled. The villagers replace it with …

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Grimm 122. Donkey Cabbages

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsDoesn’t “donkey cabbages” sound like a kid’s insult? I’m not quite sure how to even summarize this one, it is that strange. Here we go anyway. Source: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Knickerbocker Edition) Summary One day, a huntsman is walking around and comes upon an old woman. He’s …

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Princess Time 

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The above screenshot is from the January 2017 issue of National Geographic, which focused on gender. The page pictured asks, Is dressing up as princesses ‘a normal girlie-girl phase’ or does it encourage girls to define themselves based on appearance and passivity? I don’t know about other little girls, but the appeal of ‘Princess’, for me, included power. How quickly …

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Grimm 037. Thumbling

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsNot Thumbelina, but the German answer to the English Tom Thumb. You may well know the gist of this one. Source: The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (Knickerbocker Edition) Summary A lonely peasant couple wishes for a child. A boy is born to them, but he’s only as tall as …

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Fairy Tales on deck, starting Feb 28

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & Myths

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Fairy Tales & MythsNew project. In order to better familiarize myself with the fairy tale cannon, once a month I’m going to read and examine a fairy story. Preferably not super popular stories, I’m looking for unusual stuff. I want to do this for my own edification, and also to …

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Happy V-DAY 2017

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Today is Valentine’s Day, but it’s also V-DAY. Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues are traditionally performed around this time of year, with the end goals of raising awareness of abuse against women and girls, and raising money for organizations that prevent and heal. In college I performed twice, and loved every minute of it. The first year I was the British …

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Misconceptions About Plotting (vs. Pantsing)

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Right up front I’m going to be honest and disclose that I have a horse in this race and his name is Plotty McPlotface. It took me a long, long time to figure out how much plotting I needed to make a working novel happen, and yes, I started out pantsing. I plot because plot holes bother the crap out …

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The Year in Books, 2016

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Author Laura Brown has a new blog post titled “My Diverse Reads of 2016” where she takes a look at how many books she read in the past year that count as diverse. This seems like a worthy experiment to me, so let’s dig into my data. In 2016 I read 67 books. I had challenged myself to read 55. This …

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Counting Down 2016

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Hello, world. I’m still here. 2016 has been a really, really tough year for me. It’s been downright wretched for the world at large. I’m not sad to see it go. The Move is still in progress. We’ve bought a house that we move into in February, and life should settle into some kind of routine at that point. That …

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Productivity: Co-working and write-ins

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There was a time after college when my friend Vijay and I had a lack of external structure. There was no more school, and work was hard to find. So we would meet at a local library to work on our writing together. We spent our days working in studious silence, jockeying to reserve private study rooms, and then we’d …

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Getting on our way 

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I’m sitting in a rental minivan, having dropped off the last of our cars with its new owner this morning. My apartment is being disassembled by highly competent movers. My bags are packed.  Today is Moving Day 1. My apartment gets packed  up and tonight we drive to the airport hotel for a decent night’s sleep before our 11am flight …