Category: Life or something like that

things of 2016

things of 2016

2016 is a bit odd to look back on because things have changed so much. It feels like years have passed between now and March and yet, oddly, things in December are beginning to look a little more like they did earlier in the year. I know, cryptic. It’ll all make sense once I get through the months. Suffice it to say, where 2014 was the year of traveling and 2015 was the year of author events then 2016 is the year of change; of building new paths to create new futures. And I like change! January I guess I truly began as I meant to go on since January […]

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Why everyone needs to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Why everyone needs to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War

I had planned to do the first of my DIY Publishing posts today but then I saw The Huntsman: Winter’s War and kept thinking about it and decided I wanted to talk about this instead. Everyone needs to see The Huntsman: Winter’s War for one simple reason: so they make more. Those who know me have heard me say for years that in Hollywood you vote with your money. The first Huntsman (of the Snow White variety) made $56.2M opening weekend and went on to $155M domestically. So, of course they made another one. Winter’s War made $20.2M opening weekend. There’s plenty of reasons Winter’s War did so poorly. The […]

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#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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The confluence of YA and comic books

The confluence of YA and comic books

I was catching up on Variety articles this week and read a commentary about the latest installment of Divergent. “Allegiant’s” performance has some on Wall Street doubting that Lionsgate has figured out a formula for young adult films — something it seemed to have discovered in the wake of “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight,” its other tween hit. I’m sorry but Lionsgate never had anything figured out. I understand why Wall Street (and also Hollywood) thought they did – because the movies were making money. But Hollywood has the same blinders on about young adult (YA) material as it had for comic book movies. Changing Comic Book Films Despite his […]

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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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Rick Riordan and Chasing Magnus

Rick Riordan and Chasing Magnus

I have yet to blog about any of the author events I’ve been to this year. I took pictures (which I will belatedly instagram) and got signed books (yay!) and that has been enough for me. But I went to Rick Riordan’s Norse American tour last night with my sister and nephew and there are things I’d like to remember. I admittedly haven’t read any of Riordan’s books. I saw the Percy Jackson movie and was less than impressed – with some of the casting and with some of the plot and with how wrong most of the mythology was. But my nephew has read the first Percy Jackson series […]

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When a holiday is a Monday

When a holiday is a Monday

When a holiday is a Monday…. It’s like a gift to Sunday. Sundays are practical days, things to do days. While I can sleep in, it’s not indefinite. There are timelines and clocks and a week ahead to prepare for. There is grocery shopping and cooking and money to reconcile and putting things in place for the coming week. So that Monday I can wake up bright and early and go to work. And work. And work when I get home. But when a holiday is a Monday, Sunday gets to take the day off. It’s the grace of an extra day. A day to relax and another day to […]

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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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