(This post was originally a guest post on Living for the Books )thewritingfortress.tumblr.com When I was in high school, I told the career counselor I wanted to be a novelist. She looked at me and let out a huge sigh. “A writer? Of fiction?” she said in a toxic tone. “How about psychology? ” It was… Continue reading Ten Ways to Tell if You are a Writer
thinkhandy.comLast night I watched a Google hangout on branding with John Rakestraw and Rachel Thompson, two social media buffs and writers I admire. As a new indie writer, I'm still trying to get my head above water, so their conversation was instructive, to say the least.The bottom line is something we've all heard: writers today… Continue reading Author Branding and the One-Toothed Troll
This weekend I traveled to the UK to Newcastle for a pitching workshop. Not throwing a baseball -- which, I dare say I probably would have been better at -- but how to pitch your novel to interested (or mildly intrigued) parties. As one of the finalists in the Mslexia 2012 Children's Novel Competition, I… Continue reading Pitch Perfect. Or Not.
I wrote this a year ago, but thought of it this weekend when I saw how much my youngest has changed over the last months. It is an essay I feel speaks to how stress is not necessarily an adult thing. And how kids can be complicated creatures. wikemedia commonsDeath By FireI swallow hard as… Continue reading Death By Fire: Personal Essay on a Five-Year-Old’s Fear
The lovely Kyra Halland nominated me for the Beautiful Blogger Award. Now before you go looking at my profile pic and thinking "Huh?" -- it's not a beauty contest! Thank God, because there is no way in hell I'm gonna strut my stuff in a swimsuit. No, the Beautiful Blogger Award is more of… Continue reading Beautiful Blogger Award
http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.ukA year ago, my husband woke me up at 6:00 a.m., hands on his head, yelling, "It hurts! Get an aspirin! It hurts!"When I came back from raiding the medicine cabinet, he was unconscious on the the bed, foaming at the mouth, convulsing, and wheezing.My daughters' stuck their sleepy heads out of their bedrooms, their… Continue reading On Brain Aneurysms, Control, and Self Publishing