Usually the first Tuesday each month is my update post: how the writing’s going, the queries, the journal submissions… Things are pretty much the same in that regard, so instead I want to share some musings I had while reading Brene Brown’s book about vulnerability, “Daring Greatly.” It’s been resonating strongly with me, and in the spirit of what the book advocates (the positives of vulnerability and the courage it takes to express it), I decided to make this post a bit more personal in the hopes that it helps someone.
I LOVE book covers. As both a writer and artist, they are the perfect combination of my passions. Over time I’ve collected a bunch of cover art, many for books I haven’t even read; I just like gazing starry-eyed at them. Here are some favorites!
Happy May, everyone! I’m feeling particularly chipper today because I am FINALLY getting over a brutal cold. Ugh. This thing was a monster. The moment I realized I could swallow again without pain was a hallelujah occasion, and the first night I noticed I wasn’t coughing up a lung and half my spleen felt like a deer eating out of my hand. “KEEP VERY STILL… DON’T COUGH… DON’T… COUGH…”
While I was sick, I had plans to go to the famous Los Angeles Festival of Books on April 23rd, and after missing it every year thus far, I was determined to go even if I had to wear a face mask and be carted around in a wheelbarrow. Come on, guys. It’s a FESTIVAL… of BOOKS! I had to.
I have officially sent out the FIRST QUERY for my fantasy novel, The World Keeper. Ahhh! As I wait for responses, I decided to use this time productively and cast the actors for my book’s imaginary film adaptation. Haha. Because that is an efficient use of my day.
I’ll be on a blog break this week and next, due to the holidays. It doesn’t snow in my area of California, so if you need me, I’ll be making a snowman out of sand and stubbornly singing carols despite all the annoying sunshine. (Just kidding – I’m grateful for the warm climate as I feel like I’m freezing even when the temp drops barely below 60F, haha. Thank goodness I got so many socks for Christmas.)
In the meantime, I’ll try to catch up on all your awesome blogs. I’m sorry I got lax about reading lately – so much going on! I’ve been preparing for a hopefully-coming-soon interview as a library assistant, as well as putting the finishing touches on my novel with the goal of having it ready to submit by the New Year. Wish me luck! See you on January 10th!
I’m a bit of a logophile. A word nerd, you might say. I have a long, long, very long list of both English and foreign words I’ve been collecting, whether for their interesting definitions, their lovely sounds, or simply their usefulness in my lexicon. Here are some of my favorites. 🙂
Writers love notebooks. LOOOOVE notebooks. Writers send notes to their own notebooks that say: I LIKE YOU, DO YOU LIKE ME, CIRCLE Y N
Though I write my fictions via laptop, I possess plenty of paper pads for poly purposes. Say that a few times fast. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
Hey guys! I have a new story out!! Woooo! It’s a surrealist piece about a woman trying to literally eat her feelings away. Please give it a read over at the lovely Kaaterskill Basin Lit Journal; it would mean so much to me. Click that pretty blue link a few sentences back, then go to the bottom of the page for the free issue. Once you’ve opened the issue, find page 50 via the quick-jump pages at the bottom. Voila! Thank you so much for reading!
In other news, I’m taking a blog-break for the next few weeks. I could say it’s because I want to revitalize my soul by getting away from screens, frolicking in the summer air and experiencing life… I mean, I’m doing that too, but the break is because I’ve run out of posts. 😛 Need to store up some material!
The fabulous L.B. Scott nominated me for The Sunshine Blog! Fun and merriment ahead.
How to do:
~ Thank the person who nom’ed you, of course. (Nom = nominated, not “om nom nom.” You are not obligated to thank a cannibal for nomming you.)
~ Next, answer the 11 questions your nommer gave you.
~ Finally, nom some more folks and ask them 11 questions of your own!
A great feller named Alex nominated me for the Liebster award! Thanks, friend! (Sorry it took me so long to post.) I’ve been given 8 questions to answer, after which I must state 11 random tidbits about myself. Allez!