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the fall of Camelot

the fall of Camelot

I just finished the 5th season of Merlin. It’s one of my favorite shows because I love the characters and the mythology and the actors are great and the story is fun. I’ll only allude to how it ends, but you won’t be surprised since it’s based on Arthurian legend. I mean, if you don’t […]

the Gore Verbinski conundrum

the Gore Verbinski conundrum

That’s an unwieldy title but it’s because of his last name and not at all that I just like the word conundrum. Gore Verbinski had an interview years ago, I think in Movieline, long before any of the Pirates movies. He talked about making The Mexican and Mousehunt and he said that if something was […]

Tattered Heart Cover Reveal

Tattered Heart Cover Reveal

I love stories. I even like stories about stories so I’m going to subject you to mine. I’ve written Tattered Heart probably a dozen times. Officially, there have been 10 drafts, but that doesn’t count the two or three false starts where I couldn’t figure out how to get from the beginning to the end […]

forays into the unknown

forays into the unknown

I got the idea for my first novel in late Oct 2006. I toyed with it in fits and starts but I didn’t actually start writing it until Feb 2008. It was a fairy tale and the story of how I thought of it and what it became will be the beginning of my Idea […]

300 words

300 words

Last night I wrote 300 words in my current novel. It wasn’t much – a little paragraph and a snippet of a scene. But there was something about it that was immensely satisfying. And then I figured out what was so great about 300 words. They were my words. My style and my voice and […]

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Author Initiative

Author Initiative

As an aspiring author one of the things I’ve learned is that it’s easy in this writing/publishing industry to feel like you’re at everyone else’s mercy. This isn’t new territory for me after living in LA for years. Whether you’re a writer, actor, screenwriter, director of photography, costume designer, or almost any other creative profession […]

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an open letter to Amazon

I try to be positive on this blog. I hope that the things I write are amusing or helpful or just fun in general. But sometimes things come to my attention that I feel strongly enough about and I need to say something out loud. And this is my place to do that. The girls […]

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Character plotting

Character plotting

I’m not a plotter. Character and dialog I’m completely comfortable with but plot is a struggle for me (hopefully less and less as a I write more and more but for now it’s tough). So, I’m always looking to learn more about plotting or hear how successful authors address plot or read things that give […]

Things of 2012

Things of 2012

Lots of people had great lists of books from 2012, much more creative ways of looking back like Tracy Neithercott’s YA Superlative Blogfest. I just have a boring old list of the best books I read in 2012 – but it’s got superb books on it! For my book list I went to goodreads and […]

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NPR’s Teen Novel vote

You may or may not have heard that NPR is compiling a list of the Best Teen Novels Ever (you can vote here). In principle I think it’s a fun idea. Though the title, and therefore the premise, is a bit pompous. Best Teen Novels *Ever*? Really? I don’t know that you, or anyone, has […]

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