Best books I read in 2014

Best book overall: “Mansfield Park” by Jane Austen What I loved about it: (*spoiler alert*) When I got to the moment when Henry Crawford proposes to Fanny Price, and she rejects him even as everyone tries to convince her she’s insane for saying no, I couldn’t put the book down. I stayed up well into […]

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WIPpet Wednesday: Bard of the Seelie Court

December is halfway over, there’s a week left in round four of ROW80—and there’s still so much to do. All the holiday shopping is done and I’m about halfway through wrapping presents, but I still have packages and cards to send out. And my little 13K novelette keeps getting longer and longer. I’m determined to […]

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Goal Changes: Midweek ROW80 check-in

I’m not so sure we choose our stories. Sometimes I think our stories choose us. Such is the case with my current WIP, a steampunk Cinderella retelling that took me by surprise. This is my first attempt at writing YA in a few years (though, since my master’s is in children’s lit, the story is […]

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Sunday ROW80 check-in

Well, Round 4 is off to a slow start for me. Lots of appointments and a migraine slowed down my progress this week, but I am excited to have started a new story, my first attempt at a novel-length work in a while—and my first-ever attempt at writing steampunk. It’s a fairy-tale retelling set in […]

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ROW80 Round 4 goals

I’m posting these a few days late, but here they are: my goals for 2014’s final round of A Round of Words in 80 Days. It’s been an amazing year, my first writing full time. I’ve finished four projects so far (two drafts of a novella and first drafts of two novelettes and a short […]

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A productive week: Sunday ROW80 check-in

Good news: I’ve met all of my writing goals for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days. This means, of course, that I have to decide which projects I want to focus on for the remainder of this round. I have a list of possibilities, but I haven’t narrowed it down yet. […]

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Writing experiments and a Midweek ROW80 check-in

It has been an interesting week writing-wise. This week I’ve challenged myself to write 2,000 words per day. It worked yesterday and Monday—2,921 words on Monday and 2,325 words on Tuesday. But today a headache derailed me, so I doubt I’ll reach 2K today. But there’s always tomorrow. The novella I started, tentatively called “At […]

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More than Writing: Midweek ROW80 check-in

When I left my job late last year to focus on writing full time, I was excited. Finally, a chance to focus solely on my creative projects, without distraction. Now, almost six months in, I’m actually starting to miss having an office to go to, people to be surrounded by and share my projects with. […]

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Why writers need hobbies and a midweek ROW80 check-in

The other night, I felt this restlessness creeping up on me. It always happens when I’m bored, and I told my husband about it. Without missing a beat, he simply said, “You need a hobby.” Well, he’s right. When I had a day job, my spare time was filled with writing, so storytelling—at that time […]

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A letter to myself as a fledgling writer

Dear fledgling writer-self, What words of “wisdom” can I impart to you, now that I’m a bit further down the writer’s road? Perhaps, these… Read voraciously. Read like you did when you were a kid, devouring every book in sight like a ravenous werewolf. Have adventures—both on and off the page—because without adventure there’s no […]

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