The Thing About Otherness

Writing is hard. Writing in the last several months as we collectively watch the unraveling of the threads of our democracy has been damn near impossible. Ditto for reading. One book that managed to break through the storm of my thoughts and capture my heart was THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas. An incredibly…

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For the Love of Words

First, I would like to sincerely thank everyone that reached out to me about my last post and my post-election sadness. It has been a difficult month. Despite every impulse to give up, I kept writing, even through tears. I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November, but fell just short of the 50,000-word…

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It’s My (Dem) Party and I’ll Cry and Scream and Rage if I Want To

This post is going to be heavily political and I am not apologizing, just giving you fair warning. Last night America broke my heart. I’m not a fragile, naive soul. I’ve been kicked, spit upon, and told to leave far too often. I have lived through two Persian Gulf Wars and September 11th as a…

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Hello from the Writing Trenches

One of my resolutions for 2016 was to write at least one blog post per month. Reader, I failed. Miserably. But I did write. I completed my second novel, SMOKE & WISHES, a modern retelling of Middle Eastern genie mythology. I attended my first writer’s conference in September. I have queried limitedly and received a…

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A New First

My adventures in writing and querying have resulted in many new friendships, mostly in the Twitter-sphere. Although I’ve never met these people in person, I cherish them as dearly as my face-to-face friends. One lovely young lady Sophia (@literaryrambles) at http://ravens-and-writingdesks.blogspot.com/ offered me the chance to write a guest post on her blog. Check out my musings on writing and…

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Milestones, Mothering, and Moving On

Confession: I’ve been feeling old lately, well perhaps not so much old as weary. I’ve been querying my first novel, and I’ve even received a couple requests for partials and fulls, but so far no takers. I know this is to be expected especially as a novice writer, but it hurts a little all the…

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The four R’s…

Every year’s end I find myself stuck on four R’s: reading, reviewing, releasing, and resolving. Reading is obvious, if you know me, you know that I can almost always be found with my nose buried in a book, or more accurately these days, my face pressed against an Ipad screen. At every year’s end though I feel…

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Confessions of a Bad Blogger…

I brought my fledgling blog baby into the world earlier this year, and then I abandoned her by the side of the road. However during this shamefully long hiatus, I fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine… Drumroll… I completed the first draft of my first novel (note the optimism). Then I overcame my intense fear…

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Tilting at Windmills

Another book review at last! An older novel, but nonetheless fantastic — Going Bovine by Libba Bray. I had no idea going into this book what I was going to get, but I wanted to read Libba Bray since hearing her speak at the oft-mentioned YALLwest YA book festival I attended earlier this year in…

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Hope is a 4-letter Word

First, I would like to begin this post by apologizing for being offline for so long. I was busy attending to very adult issues, not all pleasant ones. Second, consider this my disclaimer that this post departs in nature from my usual discussion of books and movies, and instead delves into the very adult discussion…

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