The Cat Ate My Homework

In the past I’ve been pretty lucky in the pets department. There are very few physical things I value highly in the world–the top three that come to mind are my shoes, my notebooks, and my books (both paper and electronic form)–and never before have I had a pet (read: dog, fish, bird, or turtle)Continue reading “The Cat Ate My Homework”

To the Former Owner of My New Home

I am officially a homeowner. Or, at least, a condo owner. I spent all of Friday scrubbing down every surface I could reach in preparation of move in (of course, on Saturday, aka Move-In Day, it snowed. What a pain). Though it’s a tiny place–not more than eight hundred square feet–and a little lacking inContinue reading “To the Former Owner of My New Home”

Dear 2011, You Win at Life: My Year in Review

The “Year in Review” has been a theme across the blogosphere this week and though I’m a bit belated—having been busy cramming some lovely last-minute activities into 2011 like skiing and fireworks in an area of the country where a good internet connection is hard to find—I thought that it was a worthy effort toContinue reading “Dear 2011, You Win at Life: My Year in Review”

Writing Advice From Neil Gaiman

According to the Random Buzzers, it’s officially Writing Week.  They have a facebook page up called “Writing & Editing Advice from Around the Web” with a bunch of links up, so go check it out if you’re interested.  I’m providing you with one of the links right here because of my inexhaustible fondness for NeilContinue reading “Writing Advice From Neil Gaiman”

Stories that Haunt our Memories

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”  –Neil Gaiman IContinue reading “Stories that Haunt our Memories”

Even Ernest Hemingway Got Rejection Letters

To make you all feel a bit better about your most recent rejection letters, to keep you amused while you wait for some more rejection letters, and to encourage you to ignore those rejection letters and keep submitting your short stories and manuscripts anyway, I thought I’d provide a link to this rather hilarious articleContinue reading “Even Ernest Hemingway Got Rejection Letters”

Learning the Nuts and Bolts to Getting Your Book Published

This is my understanding of the process and, thus, how I’m going about it personally.  Any disagreements?  Got any suggestions to add? 1.  Write the Book The whole thing.  Agents and publishers are only interested in completed fiction.  They want to know the final word count and they want to start working on the projectContinue reading “Learning the Nuts and Bolts to Getting Your Book Published”

Getting a Job is Exactly Like Getting Published

Even if you’re not a writer or if you’ve never taken your writing out of that secret shoebox and tried submitting it, you all know what it feels like to wait and wait and wait for a VIP response letter.  You wait weeks, praying that somebody will take pity and acknowledge your existence with aContinue reading “Getting a Job is Exactly Like Getting Published”

Shakespeare is Not SEO Friendly

I’ve been hearing so many lectures on SEO the past few weeks (definition: repeating the same words over and over to up Google hits) and since the only things I’ve been writing for the past few weeks are notes on these SEO lectures and my blog posts where I try to use SEO (apparently notContinue reading “Shakespeare is Not SEO Friendly”

Today Shall Henceforth Be Known as “The Day I First Met Meg Cabot”

True story. Went to the 31st Annual Conference of the Romance Writers of America in the NYC Marriott just to get her signature for my sister’s copy of Abandon.  I desperately wish that I also owned a copy of The Princess Diaries to have gotten signed for myself and I desperately wish that my friendContinue reading “Today Shall Henceforth Be Known as “The Day I First Met Meg Cabot””