Creative, or Just Odd?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

My mother always told me that I was creative, by which I think she meant peculiar. I couldn’t draw, paint, or dance very well. Lord help me, singing was not my strong suit either. Writing made my hand cramp, my arm forming the awkward spiral common to left-handed children everywhere. I liked to make sculptures but I wasn’t very good at that either, and I showed no real talent for…

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Three Books I’ve Read and Re-read Countless Times

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My brother had a book with an orange cover called The Jet.(Disclaimer: book pictured is not my actual beloved book, but a similar looking one sold on Amazon.)  We were both in Montessori preschool, though he was a year older. I wanted that book so badly it hurt. It had a jet that knocked a man’s hat into the mud, for goodness sake—what could be better than that?  I begged them…

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Interview + Giveaway with Courtney Maum, Author of TOUCH

Saturday, September 30, 2017

I’m pleased to introduce everyone to one of the books I’ve talked the most about this summer, and by talking I mean to real people in real conversations in physical locations—not online. Just today I was talking about dog rentals, the run-pee app that tells you the best times during a movie to go to the bathroom, and self driving cars that come equipped with coffee machines. On the other…

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Agents Schmagents

Some people have agents. I am not one of them. It’s not that I don’t like agents, or appreciate their worth, it’s just that I got an offer for Girlish directly from Skyhorse Publishing. You see, I went with the “Wallpaper the Internet with Queries” technique when I was ready to place my book with a publisher. I started on Memorial Day weekend, 2016, and by September, I had an…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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Balance? What Is This Balance Thing You Speak Of?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Balance. Such a buzzy word these days. I think we are all looking for a magic recipe to make everything snap into place and grant us inner peace. I have no such recipe. What I do have is a sort of polar opposite energy flow on different days of the week. When the boys are at their father’s house, I work, drink coffee, stare into space. These are luxury days…

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Consolidated Characters: 5 People Without Whom My Book Wouldn’t Exist

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

In creative writing, we sometimes consolidate several people into one in the interest of not driving the reader crazy with an over-populated cast of characters. I’m doing so here to stretch my five people into many more because I have an inordinate love of finding loopholes. Here are five consolidated characters without whom Girlish wouldn’t exist. The Advisor: I was talking to a mentor about writing, and he said, “when are…

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My Slightly Awkward Introduction

I always find introductions fairly awkward. My goal is to be friendly, approachable, and professional, but not boring. Like this: I’m casually leaning in front of my bookshelf, so you know I have books. If you zoom in, you can see what the books are if the picture is in high enough resolution. My bestie’s book is to my right (your left) and I get a kick out of having…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
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