Writing is hard work. That probably won’t surprise anyone reading this blog post, but it constantly surprises me. Take my current novel project: I started the first draft of it back in 2013. It was my NaNoWriMo project that year, and while I had a pretty strong idea of what the book would be, I … More #AmWriting — off the screen, onto the page
You guys! This is TOO COOL! Shenice, a staff member at Columbus Press, has gone onto the quiz site PlayBuzz and made a character quiz for Hagridden! You know the drill: Which house from Harry Potter do you belong in? Which of the Avengers are you? What Game of Thrones woman are you? (Gryffindor, Thor, and Daenerys Targaryen, … More The Hagridden character quiz!
There’s this writerly meme going around. The rules: to share five facts about the main character from my current work-in-progress. I got tapped for this on Facebook, by the amazing Ally Malinenko, author of one of my favorite stories ever in Jersey Devil Press. Ally has a book coming out (very!) soon, the beautiful-sounding This … More 5 character facts: the “special features” part of Hagridden
I mentioned last week that I’ve been writing an essay on Superman. I gave it up for a recollection of the ’96 Olympic Games, but the essay has still been on my mind. Then, the other day, a friend of mine posted an outraged link to Newsarama’s list of the 10 Worst Comic Book-Based Movie … More A Writer’s Notebook: Why I cried at the Superman trailer
Today marks the launch of Lidia Yuknavitch‘s new novel, Dora: a Headcase, the follow-up to her much-lauded memoir The Chronology of Water. To celebrate the launch, Lidia has decided to promote body image awareness and women’s rights issues through a viral photo campaign on her Facebook page. Here’s the explanation in her own words: the … More Dora says, “My body is not your battleground!”
Today’s exercise is visual. And it’s a mess. But I’ll just share with you what I’ve done, and then I’ll explain how and why I did it. All you need to know up front is that these are stories, mostly in collections, and the names of characters. I do this kind of thing all the … More A Writer’s Notebook: story cycles
(UPDATE — 8-31-2014: I mentioned while writing this series of posts that I was revising my Civil War novel at the time and was watching this miniseries for atmosphere. That novel I was revising is Hagridden, and it’s out now from Columbus Press. If you like this miniseries, you might like that novel. Click here for more … More Hatfields & McCoys & scapegoats & baptisms
(UPDATE — 8-31-2014: I mentioned while writing this series of posts that I was revising my Civil War novel at the time and was watching this miniseries for atmosphere. That novel I was revising is Hagridden, and it’s out now from Columbus Press. If you like this miniseries, you might like that novel. Click here for more … More Hatfields & McCoys — episode 2
You can always tell it’s March Madness time when everyone starts breaking out tournament brackets for everything imaginable. And we hopelessly nonathletic nerds will not be left out of the fun! So Half-Price Books is running an online “Tournament of Villains,” a bracket of evil that includes baddies from film, literature, and comic books, mostly … More But if Darth Vader got his hands on the Elder Wand AND the Ring of Power….
This is a true story. For now. The taxi driver’s name was Muhammad. He is from Pakistan. He has warm, kind eyes, something between hazel and blue in the dim passing light of the street lamps on the highway. A faint downturn at the outer edges, where his dark olive skin creases in fans from … More A Writer’s Notebook: life study / character notes