When a Novelist Wishes She Could Write Short Stories

File this under: Current Distractions. I know I’m working on a new novel proposal right now, quite possibly two, and I know I just revised a novel and will be revising said novel again soon enough—did you see that 17 & Gone has a season? It does! Spring 2013! Plus, I’ve been gobbling up aContinue reading “When a Novelist Wishes She Could Write Short Stories”

Inside an Artist Colony

What happens at an artist colony? I keep getting asked this, and each one is different, but here at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in the northern California mountains I’ll give you a small peek of what happens: You must apply to get in, and international artists of many disciplines can apply, so right nowContinue reading “Inside an Artist Colony”

My Muse at the Artist Colony

Today, I: Worked feverishly—and will continue to work—on something due in to my publisher this week. Attempted to cook myself tofu for lunch and dinner and set off the smoke detector in the house kitchen. Awesome. See? I can barely survive without Thai takeout. Finished the amazing new novel by my friend Cat Clarke: Torn,Continue reading “My Muse at the Artist Colony”

Turning Points: “How Michael Jackson Helped Me Love Writing Again” Guest Post by Aimee Phan (+Giveaway)

Dear Readers: Thank you so much for stopping by to take in the Turning Points series here on distraction no. 99, in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? Today’s guest post is the last before I take a short hiatus at a writers colony—but the Turning Points series will returnContinue reading “Turning Points: “How Michael Jackson Helped Me Love Writing Again” Guest Post by Aimee Phan (+Giveaway)”

A Brief Moment of Confidence

Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. Confidence! Doubt. I keep wavering between these two emotions. Source: flickr.com via Nova on Pinterest • Photo by Brooke DiDonato Actually, I want to tell you about the day I turned in my big revision for 17 & GONE. I’d beenContinue reading “A Brief Moment of Confidence”

Turning Points: Guest Post by Andrea Cremer (+Giveaway)

This guest post is part of the Turning Points blog series here on distraction no. 99—in which I asked authors the question: What was your turning point as a writer? I’m honored and excited to host their stories. Read on as Andrea Cremer reveals the accident that led her to writing her first novel, and the choiceContinue reading “Turning Points: Guest Post by Andrea Cremer (+Giveaway)”