Archive for September 2009

My First Fan

When I was in fourth grade, I wrote my very first novel. A new American Girl story. (For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise, they are a historical fiction series about young girls growing up in various times of American history. They also sell dolls with each character.) **Sad story time: Oh how I…

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Photoshop Friday

I think we in the writing community are pretty supportive of our authors. We buy their books, write rave reviews on our blogs, and come up with complex, educated reasons why this author or that book is so great. But what if the rest of the world got as into these books and authors as…

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Photoshop Friday

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The One that Hurts

As many of you know, I have wonderful beta readers. Fabulous beta readers. I love them all to death. And when I gave them Searcher, they offered amazing, insightful advice, as well as MUCH appreciated praise. Seriously, their enthusiasm has been the one thing that kept me going in my darkest moments, as lame as…

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Meet the New Guy

Well, last week on the roller coaster ride of my writing, I’ve been swept away with edits on Searcher. But, the good news is I’m nearly finished with the 50 page section that I’ve been rewriting from scratch. (Woot!) So I’m getting closer. Though, I probably will hit the One Year Anniversary of working on…

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What does that say about me?

Well, so far things are going well with my Four Short Challenge. I’m about two thirds through with my first story. No working title yet (surprised?) However, I am working on a Short Story ticker for the sidebar of my blog. So as my body of work grows, it’s interesting to notice similar themes and…

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MICE!

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Did you notice the capital C I put for Character story? No, I wasn’t being cutesy, or playing around with orthography, e e cummings style. I was actually referencing a very interesting theory about writing: Orson Scott Card’s MICE quotient. Basically, the MICE quotient states, that there are four…

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Down with Perfection!

*No Photoshop Friday today. My humor well is all dried up. But don’t worry, I’ll have something by next week. Today I wanted to make an announcement on my blog, partly because I’m excited about it, partly because I will need you all to keep me accountable. I hereby decree that in the next thirty…

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Ugly Mortal Hands

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about ideas and Ideas–yes there is a difference between the two. Allow me to explain. Though we writers are a varied breed, every one of us gets ideas. We all approach them differently. However, I’ve noticed two distinct attitudes emerge when it comes to the nature and origin. 1.…

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Photoshop Friday

For the past week, I have been deep in edits on Searcher. (Yes, I’ve finally solved my dilemma of a few weeks ago. At any rate, I’ve been slaving over this book long enough to experience the many different emotions of a writer editing their book. Today, I’d like to highlight the stages I’ve gone…

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