Interview with Crystal Wilkinson + GIVEAWAY For THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Crystal Wilkinson was a guest lecturer my first semester of my MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She spoke eloquently about circular, fragmented, and braided forms. She spoke about how Point of View can circle overhead like a bird, coming to rest over different people. I wrote it all down very carefully, because I was not particularly good at writing linear stories and it was the first time I heard…


Kaitlyn’s Favorites

This week we’re writing about our favorite things, and this, my friends, is a topic I’m well versed in. I love to love. So, without further ado and in no particular order, my favorite things. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. I have extremely dry skin and have since I was wee, and this stuff is the only thing that can keep me from drying out like a tumbleweed. Chai with lots of black…

Friday, March 30, 2018

Julie’s Favorite Things

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I love a lot of things…and people…but here is my list in no particular order. Barbecue potato chips. On Valentine’s Day, instead of giving me chocolate, my students bought me many bags of barbecue potato chips because they know that’s what I love! A great book that I can’t wait to pick up every day. The fact that both of my boys see themselves as “writers” and are working on…


Kimmery’s Favorite Thing

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

  Look, I know I am supposed to write something every week, but today writing is hard. I’m on vacation. And it’s especially hard to write now, not only because I’m in chill mode but also because I’m out of the country with no wifi and some kind of stone-age 2G network on my phone. This article is taking twenty hours to upload. I’m going to do my best, though,…


My Most Favored Things

I have many favorite things—I’m a lover of tchotchkes and have been collecting things since I was a child. For today’s post, I will take some pictures of my some of my favorite things with another one of my current favorite things, my brand new iPhone 7+. But first, let me tell you the top three most amazing things about my iPhone. (iPhone haters, just scroll to the bottom) It…

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Whiskers on kittens, certainly

Monday, March 26, 2018

This week, the Debs are discussing our favorite things, and I’ve decided to resurrect and cobble together some good old-fashioned surveys to the purpose: Favorite fast food restaurant? Five Guys Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip Favorite chocolate candy? Snickers Favorite fruity candy? Jujubes Favorite flavor Starburst? Strawberry (there is no other correct answer to this question) Favorite Asian dish? Chicken fried rice Favorite food of all time? Beignets…


[News Flash] March 25, 2018

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lindsay Ribar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway for a WINNER’S CHOICE—select your choice from The Art of Wishing, The Fourth Wish, Rocks Fall Everyone Dies, or The Pros of Cons!  You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview w/…


Interview w/ Lindsay Ribar + Winner’s Choice Giveaway!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

This week, I have the pleasure of welcoming to the ball one of my oldest friends within the publishing industry, Lindsay Ribar. Lindsay was actually one of the first people who ever knew anything about From Unseen Fire, as she was one of the agents I pitched the book to back at a Harry Potter convention in 2012! I was brave enough to pitch to her, honestly, only because her younger sister…


On Giving Yourself Grace

Friday, March 23, 2018

I have an MFA in poetry. For three years I read 3-4 books a week– novels, critical theory, craft, and everything in between– plus countless essays and poems and short stories. Not to mention the endless reams of classmates’ work, student papers, and submissions to the literary journal where I served as poetry editor for some of that time. On top of all that reading, I wrote. I wrote furiously…


Things That Are Not Writing, But Will Grow You as a Writer

  Read – books in your genre and books outside of your genre. I spent many, many years just reading before I ever sat down and tried to write a book. I absolutely think it helped. Go Outside – alone, with headphones on to eliminate your urge to talk. Being silent with your thoughts and just letting them wander. Never forcing them down one lane or along one problem’s path,…

Thursday, March 22, 2018