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Oct 28
2013
The Writer Next Door reading event

This Friday, November 1st (yes, the first day of NaNo – you know you want to get inspired!) I will be at The Writer Next Door event reading from Hearts of Chaos. Yes, HEARTS OF CHAOS! which doesn’t come out until March. But you can hear a snippet super early on Friday if you are in the Seattle area. The event is put on by the Ballard Writers Collective.
The Writer Next Door

The Writer Next Door
Friday, November 1st Doors open at 6 p.m. Program at 7 p.m.
Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th Street
Author readings. “Ask the Writer” Panel. $15 three-book sampler. Raffle baskets. Additional… Read more »

Jan 5
2012
Why, Hello, 2012, what big teeth you have

Happy New Year, Dearies, only a few days late. Tired yet of crafting resolutions? As I pick my way through abandoned exercise plans and over ambitious word count goals, I reflect again on the inevitability of broken resolutions. Life gets in the way of our best laid plans. It’s the way the universe tests us to see how bad we want whatever goal we’ve held aloft. The new year gives us an excuse to start fresh; it is the first day of the rest of your life. But EVERY day is the first day of the rest of your life.… Read more »

Dec 6
2011
The End. And book 2 is off to the editor.

I did it. I finished my second novel, book 2 of the Deadglass Trilogy. I love these characters and this world, but can I say that 11 months is too long to spend working on a single book? These last two months have been great in forcing me to make dedicated time to write; there is nothing like a deadline to get the creative juices flowing. For my next book, the 3rd and final novel of the Deadglass Trilogy, I plan to spend the first month PLOTTING, the next three months writing, and an easy two final months editing. I’ve… Read more »

Nov 22
2011
I’m Thankful for Writing…and Words…and Write or Die

Book 2 of the Deadglass Trilogy, Hearts of Shadow, is due to my editor at Kensington on December 1st. I have not been blogging. Now you know why. But as Thanksgiving approaches and I’ve been digging deeper and deeper into my WIP, I’ve been thinking about how much I love my job and how lucky I am to do what I do. I’m not saying every day is roses and kittens; many writing days are like digging my wisdom teeth out with a piece of sea glass. But that’s why Write or Die exists. It allows me to get over… Read more »

Sep 22
2011
Writing retreat and Wrist pain: are you inspired yet?

Picture this: A secluded cabin on a spit of land jutting out into Puget Sound with nothing but wind swept seas and the Olympic Mountains to view. Two good friends who also happen to be writing friends. Tea. Cookies. Post-it notes. Sounds like heaven.

I just returned from a writing retreat near beautiful Port Townsend. Two days of brainstorming, plotting and collaging with my critique partner and friends. I wish it could have lasted longer! We ironed out some of the plot arc of my trilogy and drew a general map of book 3. I’m a bit plotting phobic. I… Read more »

Aug 10
2011
Express yourself

This is a pretty cool talk on artistic expression by spoken word artist Sarah Key. I don’t know much about spoken word, but her speech speaks to the heart of writing novels too. Write what you know, because what you know will help you reach out and understand what you don’t know. She says it better than that, but I can’t find the exact quote without replaying the whole thing. I’d recommend watching it whatever your art form is.
TED word on words Sarah Key… Read more »

May 23
2011
Revisions, Revisions

I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon, again, pretty quickly. I could say it’s because I’ve been sick, again, or because Mr. Kira went out of town, again, or because the baby has been sick, again. All would be right. Let’s reevaluate our blogging reality, shall we? New achievable goal: I promise to blog once a week on Mondays. I need to spend more time writing anyway. You don’t care, do you? I didn’t think so. Blogging is so 2004.
I have news: my revisions from my editor arrived! He had lovely things to say about book 1 and only a… Read more »

May 16
2011
Grammar: You’re doin’ it wrong, and the Art of Language

When I first started writing and had my first critique, I just about drowned in the load of crap advice aspiring authors are given.
Thou shalt not use adverbs!
Thou shalt not end a sentence in a preposition!
Thou shalt not use prologs!
Thou shalt not have your heroine and hero meet more than seven pages from the beginning!
Thou shalt use ONE point-of-view per scene!
Thou shalt not use the omniscient voice!
Meh. The list goes on. Check out author/former agent Nathan Bransford’s blog for more good ones. The advice, while well-meaning, debilitated my writing. I didn’t trust myself… Read more »

May 11
2011
Thor and Writing

I’m switching it up this week, obviously, as yesterday I wrote about a fabulous book you should buy and today I’m talking about writing. Rules are made to be broken and all. Last night Mr. Kira and I went on a hot date to see Thor. I love comic book movies, especially when they are well done. The Shadow and The Phantom were favorites when I was a kid. I’m not a fan of the Sin City type movies, which are visually appealing until they turn gruesome. Thor was excellent. They had a challenge keeping the characters in their silly… Read more »

May 2
2011
Writing Getaway to PDX and Afternoon Tea

Last Wednesday to celebrate my first sale and to get a much needed writing retreat, my Critique Partner and I took the train to Portland (Oregon) and back. We got up super early to take the 7:30 am train, which took about 3 and a half hours. Sleepiness impeded my writing ability, and the coffee on the train was crap, but I still wrote around 2,000 words on the first leg of the journey.

The weather in Portland was overcast, but dry, which in the Pacific Northwest is considered fairly decent weather. We walked to Powell’s–a book mecca for those… Read more »

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