Category Archives: Writing

Sick, Sad World

It’s been a month since the Pulse massacre. I haven’t been right since. Well, to be honest, I haven’t been right all year. Or even since last summer. If I’m going to be technical about it, it goes back well … Continue reading

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Listening

Something interesting is going on today on the Tumblr of TV writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Most recently, Javi was one of the lead writers on The 100, but he has a healthy list of well-known shows to his credit, including the underrated … Continue reading

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Tesserae

Realized I forgot to post about my new book here! Tesserae is my third novel, and the first of a two-part story (the sequel will be released later this year.) Basic gist, if you don’t want to read the back-cover … Continue reading

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Woman’s world

This piece on Tor.com about writing female characters is terrific stuff. Go read it. It also, however, makes a good jumping-off point for something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while: How the boring reality of everyday life … Continue reading

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Shipping and homophobia

“Shipping” — fans cheering on a relationship between characters in a story — is nothing new. The concept drives most love stories, after all: the writer wants the audience to pull for a given potential pair and then either pays … Continue reading

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Diversity and the perception of “normal”

Diversity in YA creator Malinda Lo is currently doing a great blog series on how reviewers often betray underlying biases when reviewing books about characters from marginalized groups. Highly recommended read. The topic is also a big jumping-off point for … Continue reading

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Authenticity policing

Have read a couple of things in the past few days that made me start thinking about “authenticity” when it comes to drawing characters who aren’t members of the dominant power group. First up was a great photo project featuring the huge … Continue reading

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Hard copies look great!

Much as I love my Kindle, and being able to carry several pounds worth of books around with me, I must admit, seeing my own stuff in dead-tree versions does kinda tickle me. My inner library-haunting kid is squirming with glee. … Continue reading

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Indie author, whatever that means

Contrary to something I posted just last summer, I decided to skip the sturm und drang of finding an agent and/or traditional publisher and go indie for my first two books. Now that it’s done? I couldn’t be happier. I … Continue reading

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Harper is live!

Earlier than expected, too. Woop! Please welcome my second novel, Harper. Back-cover blurb: — The rebirth of the harpies begins with one young man . . . Harper Reed’s post-high-school plans are up in the air. His promising football career … Continue reading

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