Creating a Lexicon

I have a number of writing books. They focus on various aspects of the craft; some are genre-based, some deal with plot or structure, some tackle drafting processes. One of my favorites is The Writer’s Portable Mentor, by Priscilla Long.

My Writing Space

My Writing Space

When it comes to working from home, efficiency and self-discipline are the names of the game. As a writer, I don’t have a boss or an office out of the house, so it’s up to me to stay on track and make sure I get my work done (although school-imposed deadlines help with that a bit, and publishing writers typically…

like a starling

Figments and Fragments

Anyone who follows my blogs knows that I’m a huge Laini Taylor fan. I adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and I’m reading Days of Blood and Starlight in tiny little sips so it won’t end. In addition to devouring her books, I also regularly check out the stuff she posts across the interwebs. That’s how I discovered the two…

Mara Dyer

Michelle Hodkin: The Mara Dyer Series

Last week I read the first two books in Michelle Hodkin’s “Mara Dyer” trilogy: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I basically had one immediate reaction: LOVE. Honestly, you don’t need to read the rest of this review. Just trust me. Go out and buy them. Right now. Okay, fine, that’s not enough for you?…


Make Good Art

Today’s inspirational quote is brought to you by Neil Gaiman: “Now go and make interesting mistakes. Make amazing mistakes. Make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art.” Photo credit: Mo Riza

The Everygirl's Guide to Life

Maria Menounos: The Everygirl’s Guide to Life

Maria Menounos is one of those people who has sort of been on my peripheral radar for a long time. She’s not super famous, so I didn’t pay a lot of attention to her, but her career (she’s an actress, a producer and a journalist/host) always struck me as interesting, so that, combined with the fact that she’s famous enough…


Drawing the Line in Revisions

I’m very lucky to have a talented group of writer friends. Whenever I have some kind of writing crisis — How do I write a query? Does my character motivation work? Is my synopsis terrible? — I know exactly where to turn for answers, which are guaranteed to be both helpful and brutally honest.

Until I Die

Amy Plum: Until I Die

May was a big month for book releases. Sequels to several novels came out, and one of the ones I was most anticipating was Amy Plum’s Until I Die. It’s book two in her “Revenants” trilogy, which she openly admits was inspired by the “Twilight” series (although, fortunately, Plum’s heroine is much more interesting and likable than milquetoast Bella). Here…