The (Microscopic) Difference Between Good and Great

All of us - whether readers or writers, artists or fans, chefs or diners, producers or consumers or critics - have asked ourselves the question of what divides the good from the great. What divides that novel you trunked at 18 from the one that got you an agent? What's so different between your favorite … Continue reading The (Microscopic) Difference Between Good and Great

The Professional Impostor

I’m sad to say it no longer surprises me when many of my favorite authors – all of them incredibly smart, successful women who write damn good books – still struggle with Impostor Syndrome. It seems to be rampant, especially among us neurotic artist types, no matter how successful we get. I’m certainly no stranger … Continue reading The Professional Impostor

Valentine’s Day with Mad Queen’s Chess characters

  Your blood is red Even if you claim it's blue Get between me & my king And we'll see if it's true - Mad Queen Li of Dinari   You asked me what I’d Give up to have you. Body, heart, soul, and crown: Are these things that will do? - King Andonel of … Continue reading Valentine’s Day with Mad Queen’s Chess characters

2nd Biggest Day EVER (or “How I Got My Agent”)

This story starts, as so many YA stories do, with an angsty teenage girl. An angsty teenage girl who had just lost her best friend to the claws of a predatory fellow teenage girl who'd been committed to ruining first teenage girl's life since 8th grade. You guessed it. It was 2006, and I was … Continue reading 2nd Biggest Day EVER (or “How I Got My Agent”)

Invisible Illnesses: Fibroids and Endometriosis

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to do a few profiles of the invisible illnesses I wished I saw represented more in the world. This week, I'm tackling one two that are very near and not-so-dear to my uterus. (I would just do one or the other, but since I have both -- and … Continue reading Invisible Illnesses: Fibroids and Endometriosis

But You Don’t Look Sick: Invisible Illnesses

There's a huge push right now in literature to expand readers' understandings of POVs outside of their own experience. (THIS IS A GOOD THING.) Thus, many people are now actively seeking out stories and perspectives they might otherwise not even know existed. (THIS IS ALSO A GOOD THING.) And so, in the spirit of that, … Continue reading But You Don’t Look Sick: Invisible Illnesses

DON’T DO THIS (Or: The “Shortcut” That Made Me Gasp Aloud in Horror)

Uh, guys. I just read an article that had this very alarming thing to say: "A new route to getting a traditional book deal has recently emerged – one that avoids all that endless uncertainty and stress. This new route is not only much faster, but also means you start earning money before you secure … Continue reading DON’T DO THIS (Or: The “Shortcut” That Made Me Gasp Aloud in Horror)

On Wrath, Wings, and Golden Dawns

This is not like my usual posts. I will be (gasp!) waxing poetic about one of the most breathtaking books I have ever read. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN. For over a year, I have tried to put into words what Renee Ahdieh's masterpiece of a book makes me feel. Books have different feels, different … Continue reading On Wrath, Wings, and Golden Dawns