Category: life or something like that

#AmCurrently

#AmCurrently

I’ve decided to occasionally do update posts that aren’t just for the entire year. I stole my #AmCurrently format from Cait at PaperFury because it’s so shiny and versatile. She has agreed to forgive me as long as I feed her lots of cake. Nothing! I almost feel horrible about it, but not quite. I’m supposed to be writing Arizona which is the book I intend to query with agents and traditional publishers. I worked through the landmarks a few weeks ago and have been meaning to sit down and start getting the draft I have into that shape I just… haven’t. There are reasons I haven’t and they are […]

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things of 2015

things of 2015

If 2014 was the year of traveling, 2015 has been the year of author events. I discovered, somewhere along the way that there’s a lot of great book community activity around me and I jumped into the middle of it. Even made a new friend on New Year’s Eve. The other part of this year has been editing my audiobook. I had no idea when I started everything that would be involved or how long it would take. My goals for the year were laughable. I was going to publish the audiobook of Tattered Heart by March and publish Enchanted Storms (which didn’t even have a title yet). I was […]

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Their Fractured Light

Their Fractured Light

This story is not nearly as much fun as the one for These Broken Stars. Mostly I was excited to see Amie and Meg again because they are so much fun. And to complete the trilogy and get Their Fractured Light. I had no idea I would laugh so hard or be so giddy when the night was over. Amie started off with, “I flew 20 hours yesterday so this is either going to be glorious or a car crash. I’m as excited as you to find out which.” It was, in fact, glorious. I think, perhaps, this just made them a little more free when answering questions, which they […]

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Things I’ve never done

Things I’ve never done

In light of my revival of 101 Things, I decided to post the things I’ve left undone. Start a coffee blog. One Christmas my mom told me that my grandfather used to salt his coffee. I become fascinated with the idea of mixing different flavors with coffee grounds so I bought a French Press and started adding spices to the coffee grounds before brewing it. I tried cinnamon and salt and Ras El Hanout. I even made Swedish coffee which was a mess but tasted good. I entertained the idea of having a blog about my experiments with coffee (more like making it an itinerant addition to my tumblr). But […]

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101 Things

101 Things

I stumbled across 101 Things in 1001 Days several years ago – 7 or 8 or something because I’ve done it twice with gaps in between. The thing I like about it is that it helps me remember priorities outside my immediate day to day. I set small goals and I set big goals and I set this-is-never-going-to-happen-but-wouldn’t-it-be-awesome-if-it-did goals. I even chose not to do one of those goals because it’s also important to reevaluate and adapt rather than hold slavishly to a list. I found myself listless today. And not in the sense of: without a list. But more in the literal definition of being without spirit or motivation. […]

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These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars

There’s a story behind this book, but don’t worry. It has a happy ending. When I read it, I loved it. It was clever and interesting. I liked the world and I liked the characters. And then I got to The Thing. And I didn’t know what I thought anymore. I thought it was handled very well for what it was, very authentic emotions and didn’t gloss over anything or pretend it wasn’t what it was. But I was still left extremely unsettled. Part of that was due to how well The Thing was handled – I was supposed to be unsettled. But part of it was also due to […]

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things of 2014

things of 2014

Initially this post was a filler, just a way to space some things out. But once I started writing it, I realized it’s actually a year worth remembering. I published my first novel, Tattered Heart. That should have been a clue right there that I should write something about this year. It was exciting and gratifying and I learned so much about self-publishing and traditional publishing along the way. Since I decided to self-publish I also decided to do everything myself. I had two great editors, so not quite everything. But almost. I designed the cover. I handled the interior design. My sister did an awesome job drawing the map. […]

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London

London

This is the tale of an accidental bookmark collection. Which is an odd thing for a girl who finds bookmarks an implicit defeat when reading. It starts at Westminster Abbey. Well, I suppose it starts a bit before that, sometime after I landed in the UK on a Monday, had lunch and decided to spend the afternoon walking around London. Which then led to Parliament and so of course Big Ben, and then Westminster Abbey. A service was near beginning so the lines were far too long to consider going in. But I told a friend I’d bring her back a post card and the shop outside Westminster seemed much […]

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the Summer Solstice

the Summer Solstice

I have this idea that solstices are more interesting than the equinoxes. But that’s probably just because I like the word so much better. A solstice is one of the few days of the year that feels like it has magic inherent in it; that possibilities are more wild and freedom is more tangible. Because when the world is in transition, it is not a hard and fast thing. And if the world itself is malleable, perhaps our reality is too, just for a moment. Of course, they usually end up being pretty much like every other day and by the time 11am rolls around I’ve completely forgotten it’s the […]

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adventures in audiobooks

adventures in audiobooks

I hadn’t planned on doing an audiobook. I hadn’t really planned on much of anything. When I first decided I was going to self-publish Tattered Heart it was just going to be an ebook for who knows how long. Then, maybe, something hard copy. And that was it. But I got a request through goodreads to record an audiobook. By then I’d figured out that print on demand was going to make the whole hard copy thing super simple. And I was (admittedly) pretty confident in my ability to format the ebook. Not to mention, I already had a trip to LA planned where there are facilities for that sort […]

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