Kimmery Uneasily Discusses Ethics

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gahhhh. I have been marking the approaching date of this week’s Debutante Ball topic—the ethics of representing marginalized characters—with fervent dread. Who in their right mind is going to want to listen to me yammer on about the ethics of representing marginalized characters? I’m straight, I’m Christian, I’m able-bodied, and I’m whiter than Gollum. (Yep. I did my DNA one time and it came back greater than 99% English and…

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The Beta Question

Monday, January 15, 2018

The above quote from the inestimable Neil Gaiman is a lot of why I’ve had beta readers since my fanfic days, but have never had a dedicated critique partner in another writer, at least not since leaving school. Writers have a much, much harder time resisting the urge to say how we would do something — which is not always helpful when talking to another writer. I think it can…

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Speaking of Distractions…

Friday, January 12, 2018

I totally forgot to write my blog post yesterday. This isn’t a bit. I was distracted by life and day job and eight million other things and totally freaking spaced. So definitely listen to what I’m about to tell you. Writing has never been an act of perfection for me. I write messy first drafts and carve moments out of my life wherever I can find them to get words…

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2018: Hope is like the sun

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! For us Debs that means… our year is here! At last! This is both exciting and, well, terrifying. My book comes out in 105 days, and that simultaneously feels like it will never get here and like there’s still so much to do in so little time. I’m a high-functioning bundle of nerves on a good day, so I can only imagine how tightly-wound I’m likely to…

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Winter Writing Zones

Friday, December 22, 2017

I’m writing this on day 3 of a fever, so please excuse me if it’s super loopy. I get stir crazy being quarantined for this long, but I’d hate to get anyone else sick. I love my office. It’s a tiny room at the top of the stairs that I painted navy blue just before we moved into this house. I have a bitsy green velvet sofa and a phrenology…

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Things Need Not Have Happened To Be True

Monday, December 11, 2017

I have long been a hoarder of quotes. I keep files and files full of them, some organized by theme, some separated by source. I genuinely miss the days when I could show them off and use them to express my current mood in AIM away messages or in LiveJournal subject lines. This week, the Debs are sharing some of our favorite quotes about writing, books, stories, all of that….

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Telling Myself the Story: Composing a first draft

Monday, November 27, 2017

It’s fortuitous that this topic falls here, at the end of November, as I’ve spent the past 26 days frantically drafting Book 2 of the Aven Cycle as my NaNoWriMo project (with intermittent work on two other projects at the same time). It’s also a bit unfortuitous — I’ve been so busy drafting that I haven’t had a lot of time to think about how I draft. What leaps to…

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On Fear

Friday, November 3, 2017

Publishing is rife with fear. Fear of bad reviews, fear of being dragged, fear of being forgotten or never published again or having our books canceled. And the thing is, some of these fears will, inevitably, be realized. We writers aren’t perfect, and the publishing industry certainly isn’t perfect. Something is bound to go wrong. I realize that, as I write this, I’m in the calm before the storm. I’m done…

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The Other Side of Fear

Thursday, November 2, 2017

In 2012 I lost one of my best friends to cancer. Sharon was only forty-two years old, and left behind an amazing husband and two young kids. It happened fast. In May she was healthy, driving up to Los Angeles to take me out for my birthday. By August it had metastasized to her liver and bones, and by the following March, we’d lost her. It changes you, to watch…

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Into the Future

At the end of my MFA thesis defense, someone asked me what I wanted to do next. I’d been thinking about this question for a while, and I told the committee that I thought I might try my hand at writing for young people. After a few moments of resounding, deeply uncomfortable silence, someone told me that I should stick to poetry and literary fiction. The underlying implication, that books…

Friday, October 27, 2017
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