In Praise of #MSWL Day

Tomorrow is another Manuscript Wish List Day on Twitter, and I just wanted to take a moment to praise this concept. I cannot recommend highly enough that aspiring writers follow the #MSWL tag. Without it, I don't know how long it would've taken me to find Connor. I'm sure I would have, eventually, through sheer … Continue reading In Praise of #MSWL Day

Women’s Voices in History

I read an article earlier today discussing the historical silence of women. It addresses both past and present, in a way, drawing from many of the current issues where women are verbally abused, insulted, and threatened (especially on the internet) if they dare speak up on "men's matters" -- whether that's politics, video games, comic … Continue reading Women’s Voices in History

New Draft, New Word Cloud

Binge Writing

This week, the New York Times published "Impatience Has its Reward: Books Are Rolled Out Faster", an article discussing the trend towards releasing book sequels faster and faster, three within a year or even all at the same time, to encourage "binge reading". It's a response to the way Netflix encourages binge watching. A lot of … Continue reading Binge Writing

Podcast Recommendation: The History of Rome

The History of Rome This podcast, apart from being a wonderfully entertaining and comprehensive documentation of the Roman Republic and Empire, was also a major source of inspiration for me before I began writing Aven. In that October before NaNo 2011, I discovered this podcast and listened up through what had been posted at the time. With … Continue reading Podcast Recommendation: The History of Rome

Writing as an Extravert

My agent, Connor, took part in a video panel today for #talkwriting, focused on the question of personality type when it comes to careers in the writing and publishing world. It's a topic I find super-interesting, and the conversation pinged a couple of things for me, so -- I blog! A lot of the panel … Continue reading Writing as an Extravert

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” — Terry Pratchett

In the past ten days, I have created a villain, orchestrated a sex scene, and killed half a dozen people who didn't exist in the first place. I've been editing, and I think can count the number of chapters left un-tampered with on one hand. Something like seventeen chapters saw substantial alterations, two of those were … Continue reading “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” — Terry Pratchett

This is just a quick note to say that it's really fun to be writing a heroine with sexual agency, one who demands rather than surrendering, and I don't know why more people don't do it.