Five years ago today I started this blog, called "distraction no. 99" because I decided, oh so wisely, that I could use one more distraction in my life and that should be blogging. The day was July 31, 2005. Where was I in 2005? I was a few months back from my first-ever visit to … Continue reading 5 Years of Blogging My Writing Life
I happened to see this post called "The Big Fat Lie of the Author Bio"—hysterical. Even though I have no golden retrievers, my own author bio might make me sound at least somewhat professional, and hopefully productive, but it really says nothing about me, does it? So let's be honest here. Here's a new bio: … Continue reading A More Honest Author Bio
The world of publishing works in mysterious ways. Books need time to be marketed and sold well and one of the first steps toward this is finding the book's perfect cover! (Exclamation point accidentally inserted due to excitement. Please excuse me.) Often the cover! is designed before the manuscript is even completed. (I can't stop … Continue reading Special Break from Revising to Say: I SAW A COVER!
...I'm revising. Getting closer! If I don't say anything for the rest of the month, be assured I am alive, I'm just still revising. I'll tell you all about it after. (Or I'll keep my secrets secret and just hope you like the book next summer.) p.s. I may not have words for a blog … Continue reading Sorry for the Radio Silence…
I wrote up something about Imaginary Girls this weekend... and reading over the final version yesterday got me so intensely excited about this book! Just beyond thrilled! I'm just so— CATCH YOUR BREATH AND FINISH YOUR REVISION. Sometimes I can't help but leap ahead to Summer '11. Sorry. I've never been this excited about a … Continue reading Getting Ahead of Myself and Other Novel Fantasies
Revising. Making my plot race, my words sing. No matter how hard this is, there isn't anything I'd rather be in life. A writer, I mean. I've become very one-note when it comes to my aspirations. It's all I want. It's all I want to do. I want things for other people, too. I want … Continue reading The Dream and the Hard Work
I tried to go dark for the whole summer. I failed. So I came back to Twitter and Facebook for the past week with a vengeance. But I have a month to finish my book, and this book is the most important thing I've ever written in my entire life and... here we are. I'm … Continue reading Banned!