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Stories in Gaming

Stories in Gaming

One of my favorite activities when I was younger (after reading of course) was to play video games/watch my older brother play video games. Not the first person army shooters or grind fests, because I’m terrible at game mechanics, and those types of games often […]

Why Your Writer is Crying: A Guide

Why Your Writer is Crying: A Guide

Is your writer crying and you don’t know why?
Never fear! Another writer is here.
Your writer is crying because…

Productivity is finally organizing my GIANT stack of greeting cards

Productivity is finally organizing my GIANT stack of greeting cards

Saturday started a little odd. I woke up around 8am feeling like I wanted to get THINGS done. But I didn’t know what kind of things. We’re still looking around for a new place to live (update: we are looking to move in the same […]

Happiness is watching Rachel&Jun Videos

Happiness is watching Rachel&Jun Videos

Lately nothing has been more effective in alleviating mental storm clouds or doldrums for me than watching videos by Rachel and Jun. They have three channels on YouTube and three adorable cats. Main Channel. Casual Channel. Jun’s Kitchen. I came for the content on Japanese […]

The Impact of the Notre Dame

The Impact of the Notre Dame

When I was studying abroad in Paris the fall of 2013, I struggled to navigate the city. I wasn’t confident in my language skills and I certainly wasn’t confident in my sense of direction. Paris was the first city I’d ever lived in. The ancient, […]

Portrait of a Day: The Filing Cabinet

Portrait of a Day: The Filing Cabinet

(Wherein I tell a long story about acquiring a new filing cabinet that also has a warm, fuzzy moral at the end). I like to be organized, and I’m fairly diligent about extending this sense of organization to my paperwork. Nothing made me feel better […]

A dream is a wish your heart makes…?

A dream is a wish your heart makes…?

Currently Reading: The Stone Sky (Book 3 in the Broken Earth Trilogy), by N.K. Jemison. Currently Listening to: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. It started at the old house, which comes as no surprise. Katie’s REM studio seems to have run out of sets […]

Welcome, Alexei

Welcome, Alexei

I’m finally working on a new book! I’ve been thinking about this idea…

STOP READING SHAKESPEARE (Go see the plays, instead)

STOP READING SHAKESPEARE (Go see the plays, instead)

“So you love… Shakespeare, right?”
It’s something you get asked a lot when…

Why Your Writer is Lying on The Floor After Completing Their Latest Book: A Guide

Why Your Writer is Lying on The Floor After Completing Their Latest Book: A Guide

Is your writer lying on the floor after completing their latest book? Have you poked them but…


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7 Easy (but they can actually be pretty hard) Steps for Taking Care of Yourself

7 Easy (but they can actually be pretty hard) Steps for Taking Care of Yourself

I write for a living. Then I go home and write for myself. Anytime I’m not writing, it feels like I should be writing. I live in a world of words.  Many writers do. But writing is hard. It takes time. It takes effort. It […]

What About Paris?

What About Paris?

What is it about Paris? This was the question I asked myself two weeks ago when I returned from my latest adventure abroad. I’ve been to Paris two times before this. Once, for a quick, 24 hour trip from London. I really enjoyed it that […]

I’M BACK (and exhausted, please send coffee)

I’M BACK (and exhausted, please send coffee)

Katie is a tyrant. It’s true. Wanna know why? She won’t let me work on Flame of Burnt Brandy right now. She won’t let me work on the query or synopsis or… anything. Because she says I need “rest.” What is this rest? But really, […]

I LOVE BOOK PEOPLE

I LOVE BOOK PEOPLE

Let me tell you a story… So, today I went into a bookstore… I know. That’s how most of my stories start. But this one is different. Well, not that different. BUT this time was different because I talked to book people! I met the […]

I Really Wanted Him to Be Dead

I Really Wanted Him to Be Dead

Writers are weird creatures. We all know it. We all agree. I thought I’d give you a glimpse of my creative process and show you a series of messages I sent to Katie today… It went something like this: “DARN  APPARENTLY, ROGER IS ALIVE  AND […]