Chasing Dreams, Literary Magazines, and Why Not Now?

Today I’m thinking about chasing long-held dreams and finally stopping all the excuses and the, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Or “Next year.” Or the vague but still hopeful “One day.” You see, this is a thing I do to myself, and have been doing for years. I have dreams of writing certain novels. Of moving … Continue reading Chasing Dreams, Literary Magazines, and Why Not Now?

Filling the Well

I hear this advice often—I think I read it first from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, one of the books I borrowed from my mother’s bookshelf way back when. Artists need time to “fill the well,” or replenish our creative resources, especially after we’ve completed large, all-encompassing, energy-draining projects such as novels that … Continue reading Filling the Well

Turning Points: Guest Post by Elana K. Arnold (+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? Here is Elana K. Arnold revealing hers on the eve of her debut YA release, Sacred... Guest post by Elana K. Arnold It was the summer of … Continue reading Turning Points: Guest Post by Elana K. Arnold (+Giveaway)

“Louis,” or The Scorpion and the Frog: What Scares Timothy Braun

What scares you? That’s the question I asked for this blog series. Stay tuned for interviews and guest posts as authors visit and reveal their frightening—even surprising—fears. Today’s guest is writer and editor Timothy Braun. What scares Tim? He's written us a Halloween fable to tell us... Guest post by Timothy Braun Nova has been kind … Continue reading “Louis,” or The Scorpion and the Frog: What Scares Timothy Braun

Turning Points: Guest Post by Shannon Messenger (+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? Here, less than a week before her middle-grade debut Keeper of the Lost Cities comes out, is Shannon Messenger revealing hers... Guest post by Shannon Messenger I didn’t … Continue reading Turning Points: Guest Post by Shannon Messenger (+Giveaway)

Turning Points: Guest Post by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

This guest post is part of the blog tour for The Stone Girl as well as 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? Here is Alyssa B. Sheinmel revealing hers... Guest post by Alyssa B. Sheinmel When asked, I always say … Continue reading Turning Points: Guest Post by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Turning Points: Embracing Fear by Meagan Spooner (+Giveaway)

This guest post is part of the SKYLARK Blog Tour as well as 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? Here is debut author Meagan Spooner revealing hers... Guest post by Meagan Spooner Fear is a terrible thing for a writer … Continue reading Turning Points: Embracing Fear by Meagan Spooner (+Giveaway)

Turning Points: Guest Post by Leigh Fallon (+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? Here is YA author Leigh Fallon revealing hers... Guest post by Leigh Fallon I haven’t been writing all that long. The first “real” thing I ever wrote … Continue reading Turning Points: Guest Post by Leigh Fallon (+Giveaway)

Turning Points: How I Tricked Myself into Writing Fantasy by Rebecca Barnhouse (+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? Here is author Rebecca Barnhouse revealing hers... Guest post by Rebecca Barnhouse This is me at fourteen, skinny legs splayed Gollum-like on the living room floor as I … Continue reading Turning Points: How I Tricked Myself into Writing Fantasy by Rebecca Barnhouse (+Giveaway)