“I picture the shark's grotesque face. I see her trying to wring the life out of Ailesse. She isn't majestic like the alpine ibex or beautiful like the peregrine falcon. She isn't even charming like the fire salamander. I won't mourn to see her dead. But does that mean she deserves to die?” Title: Bone … Continue reading Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)
Books become books in different ways, but they usually take the same general path. But how does that work? Here's a general sense from a manuscript to a book in hand. #1 - Decide trade vs self-publishing If you want to go into trade publishing, your next step is to get a literary agent. Once … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part one
I've found that the best way to achieve my goals is to check up with them. Reminding myself of what I want to accomplish sometimes lights the fire underneath me to continue. So, back in December, I set some 2020 goals. Since June is halfway through the year, I'm going to go through them one … Continue reading 2020 goal updates
After every concert I go to, I notice more how artists are all different—unique—even if they play the same songs. For example, no one ever sings "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay" the same way. They all put their own twists and spins on it. If you don't believe me, try it. Click on … Continue reading Writers will never run out of stories to tell
“To compare spring to a temple to say a tree is a god both are illegitimate metaphors but metaphors is all I have” Title: Flash Cards: Selected Poems from Yu Jian's Anthology of NotesAuthor: Yu JianTranslators: Ron Padgett, Wang PingGenre: PoetryPages: 144 pagesPublication date: September 28, 2010Publisher: Zephyr Press Lately, I've been looking more … Continue reading Book review – Flash Cards (Spoiler Free)
I did a poll on Twitter and found that most of my followers don’t know about the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. Or maybe you’re curious about going. Since I went this last March, I’ll let you know about my experience. Pricing For national conferences, this is one of the cheapest I … Continue reading Should you go to AWP? My 2020 AWP experience.
“People act as if they no longer know me / I feel as if I'm speaking from inside an error” Title: GatekeepeerAuthor: Patrick JohnsonGenre: PoetryPages: 96 pagesPublication date: December 10, 2019Publisher: Milkweed Editions At AWP this year, I stopped by the Milkweeds booth at the book fair, and Gatekeeper caught my eye. Some pages inside … Continue reading Book review – Gatekeeper (Spoiler Free)
Dear literary agent, I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done. But I promise you, it doesn't take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, "Hey. I liked the query, … Continue reading Dear literary agent
Have you ever thought about doing NaNoWriMo during another month? Or even choosing your own month for it? (NaNoWriMo, if you don't know, stands for National Novel Writing Month. It's when writers get together to write a novel — or 50,000 words — in November.) NaNoWriMo is at the start of a busy season itself. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo in February?
“I wonder if there's a secret current that connects people who have lost something. Not in the way that everyone loses something, but in the way that undoes your life, undoes your self, so that when you look at your face it isn't yours anymore.” Title: We Are OkayAuthor: Nina LaCourGenre: FictionPages: 236 pagesPublication date: … Continue reading Book review – We Are Okay (Spoiler Free)