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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…

Classics We All Wish Were Shorter

Classics We All Wish Were Shorter

I get why a lot of people hate classics…

Best Books of 2018 (and a few from 2019)

Best Books of 2018 (and a few from 2019)

The Secret Cord by Geraldine Brooks This was a book I’d had for a while, but I finally got around to reading it. It’s a historical re-imagining of King David and it is brilliant. It’s an emotional and empathetic view and I highly recommend it. […]

I wrote a poem, and I liked it.

I wrote a poem, and I liked it.

To clarify, I have written poems before. I have written many poems before actually, most of them for a creative writing class, a few inspired by whatever contemplative muse happened to float through my brain in the moment, and once as a sort of spontaneous […]

Reading this blog post will help you accomplish your 2018 reading goal…

Reading this blog post will help you accomplish your 2018 reading goal…

It’s been a year. Ever have those years where you know where you want to be, but can’t get there because… doing stuff takes time? That’s kinda how this past year has been. I’ve been waiting for things. I’m still waiting for things, and my […]

Pros and Cons of Winter

Pros and Cons of Winter

If you know anything about me, it’s that I don’t like the cold. Every winter reinforces my reasons without fail: It’s cold. It’s dry, so much that my skin cracks, especially lips and hands. Wet socks. Wet cold that seeps into bones and actively dampens […]


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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 […]