Even the title of this piece can't help but sound both woe is me and Chicken Little, but even so, these lamentations are probably more justified now than at any time in recent memory. When have so many different forces coalesced to bring on both crippling anxiety and existential dread? Sure, there were periods when … Continue reading Writing Through Guilt as the World Falls Apart
When I heard that HBO was going to do His Dark Materials, my response was a combination of joy and relief. Joy, because, well, Lyra's tale is perhaps my favorite story of all time, and relief because it meant I could erase from my mind that travesty of a film from 2007 staring Dakota Richards … Continue reading His Dark Materials and Its Brilliant Use of Color
From time to time I make a journal entry to document the course of my fledgling writing career. I imagine it might be helpful to be able to look back and observe how experience has changed me. These posts could also be useful for other newish writers experiencing the same challenges. They will read it … Continue reading Book Promotion: This is fine
My debut novel, THE PHLEBOTOMIST, comes into the world on September 8, 2020, via Angry Robot Books! In a near future where citizens are subject to the mandatory blood draw, government phlebotomist Willa Wallace witnesses an event that makes her question her whole world. To recover from a cataclysmic war, the "Harvest" was created to … Continue reading Announcing THE PHLEBOTOMIST
In the words of George Michael Bluth, I've been sitting on this news for a week, hoping that it would sink in (spoiler: it hasn't), but wanted to go ahead and write an entry while my thoughts and emotions were still fresh. An awesome publisher made an offer to publish one of my books! … Continue reading It’s happening
My short horror story "Groundskeeper" was just accepted by The Ginger Collect literary magazine for their seventh issue. It comes out 9/22/18. I'm glad it found a home with them. They value the uncanny, the strange stuff. I've been writing for about four years now, primarily on any one of five novels I'm toiling away … Continue reading First Acceptance!
It took me ten months to produce the rough draft of my first novel. That was a scorching pace for me since I hadn't ever written anything and had to do things like ask google where the comma goes before and/or after a dialogue tag. Also I asked google things like: "What is a dialogue … Continue reading The 73 Day Novel
Completed/polished novels: 1 Queried novels: 1 Rejections so far: 25 In progress novels: 3 -[Sequel to novel being queried] - fully outlined, some written. Just waiting to see where Book I goes. -A Priori (working title) is about 110 pages in. I very much love this project and I will finish it, but it is … Continue reading What am I working on? How’s it going?
That is all. I've got the one book out on queries and I've started two others. Three books. I took a class on Sunday and the instructor showed us one of his first query letters. I was crushed. It was better than anything I have ever written. 🙂
Look, If I'd known I was going to realize the necessity of an important revision to my novel six months after I'd begun querying, I would have waited to query. My story was 2.5 years old, ten months to write and the rest for editing and revision. That's a lot of work put into polishing … Continue reading Major Revision with Queries Out