Sometimes I fret about the way I flit from one thing to another. Why can’t I focus? I’ll wonder. Why can’t I devote myself to one thing?
Earlier this year—much earlier—I was working like mad to finish the first draft of a sci-fi novel for teens. I even posted about it on social media! It was the longest thing I’d ever written, and I was terribly excited about finally getting it done and pulling all the story threads together. And when it… Continue reading Reality Check
Today was the one year anniversary of the publication of She Made a Monster. Yep, one year ago today I finally became a published author! And it’s been a pretty great year. But a lot of things really haven’t changed, and I thought I’d list some of those. —I still get ridiculously excited when someone… Continue reading One Year of SMAM!!!
Look what came in the mail today! The first foreign edition of She Made a Monster (or, as I call it, SMAM!) Somehow this is almost more thrilling to see than the original book--I guess because it's so familiar and foreign at the same time. I wish I could read it--I wonder if it was… Continue reading Gained in Translation!
I bought this beautiful teapot from a ceramic artist at a sale in Walnut Creek... ... She sold it to me for a fabulous price because the sale was almost over. She said she really didn't care that much about making money from her pieces, because she just liked to make things and she wanted… Continue reading Brewing Inspiration…
January is more than half over. The holiday train wreck has been cleared from the tracks, and I have no more excuses not to finish this novel. By “finish,” of course, I mean complete the first draft from A to Z. (If only you could just write “the end” and then have a finished book!)… Continue reading January–Time to get going!
I hit the NaNoWriMo milestone today: 50,000 words! Never mind that it’s December 13, not November 30. Or that I started with 20,000 words I’d already written. Or that I still have miles of story left to tell… It still feels like 50,000 is a magic number. That’s about 200 pages, maybe more if you… Continue reading Beyond 50,000