Category Archives: Writing

How Do You Query an Agent?

I finished my edits for The Devil Inside Me over the summer. There were some drastic changes–including changing my protagonist–that I did based on feedback from a published author, an agent, and a small press publisher. At first, I started out … Continue reading

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Top Five Things This Writer Is Thankful For

‘Tis the season for giving thanks, and here are my top five things (in no particular order) that I’m thankful for this November–related to writing, of course! Bloggers and twitter followers Without the continued chatter among bloggers and tweeters, where … Continue reading

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How to “Win” NaNoWriMo

Last month, I explained National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and now it’s here! As I write this, I have written 11,000 words into my second novel, The Devil Before Me since November 1. Crazy? Yes. And that’s why I do it. I’m … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo approaches…

It’s October, and you know what that means! Pumpkin spice everything–and NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. Never heard of it? Read Kristen Kieffer’s excellent distillation on her blog, well-storied. In a nutshell, it’s a bazillion people trying to write 50,000 words … Continue reading

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Stir It Up

In a writing rut? Don’t be afraid to change it up! Continue reading

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Back on the Wagon

As most teachers will tell you, August tends to be our version of the new year. Everything starts fresh again: new students, new notebooks, new pens that I don’t need…The summer tends to be a recharging time for me, and … Continue reading

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The Devil Inside Me–snippet #3

When I asked a few weeks back what YOU would like to see on this blog, some kind souls requested more from my work-in-progress, The Devil Inside Me. Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite suspects, Elyse Baxter. … Continue reading

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Real Life Interferes

It’s that time again: back-to-school. As a teacher, this middle part of August is a blur of putting a classroom back together, managing all of the new training modules the school/district/state dictates, and making deals with the copy machine that … Continue reading

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Fear of…

At C.S. Lakin’s website, LiveWriteThrive, a recent guest post by Kleia Paluca struck a nerve. Ok, maybe 16 nerves. While the post is geared toward writers, it easily translates to ANYTHING that we want to do, and how our fears can … Continue reading

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First Ten Pages…Critiqued!

My experiences at the Writing Workshop of Chicago (see posts here and here) were invaluable. Perhaps one of my favorites was having my first ten pages critiqued by Lori Rader-Day, author of The Black Hour, Little Pretty Things, The Day … Continue reading

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