Coronavirus Anxiety: Traveling Through a Black Hole

It turns out that even when you’re staying at home, you can explore space. Sort of. If you deal with depression and/or anxiety, you know that it’s kind of like a black hole. It has its own gravity. Sometimes you maintain a balance with it, circling without getting too close. And sometimes, its gravity pulls … Continue reading Coronavirus Anxiety: Traveling Through a Black Hole

Murdering Mary Sue

Back in 2012, I wrote GATEKEEPER. I’d dreamed about the book in some shape for years before I wrote it, and it was the work of a little over a year to vomit out ~127,000 words. I was so proud—of the book, for existing, and of myself, for pushing past all my fear and actually … Continue reading Murdering Mary Sue

Thoughts on THE VVITCH

Spoilers, obviously. I just watched THE VVITCH for the first time. I heard that a lot of people loved it. One of my friends called it the best horror movie ever. I have to disagree. THE VVITCH had a few good moments, but overall it was a let-down from the beginning. A big part of … Continue reading Thoughts on THE VVITCH

Writing Process Blues

Autumn is here. Rain has been falling all day, making whispers when it hits the leaves or the ground or the wood of the deck. We ran the air conditioning all summer, and this is what we were trying to reproduce--a raw, wild chill that makes your fingers beg for a hot mug to curl … Continue reading Writing Process Blues

Is It INTJ?

I saw a post about “why do all INTJ superiority posts have all the same stuff in them”? And it got me thinking. I consistently test as an INTJ, both in terms of the simpler tests and after going in detail through the function stacks. So I wanted to share some things that are true about … Continue reading Is It INTJ?

10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

I recently made friends with a young writer on tumblr. In talking to her, I realized that there are a few things I do as a writer that she isn’t taking advantage of—and I’d guess a lot of starting writers are in the same boat. So here, without further ado and in no particular order, … Continue reading 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

free books? lemme get a heck yes

Hiya! I've been busy publishing and writing and being sick and doing some more writing. The first half of 2018 was total garbage - but I'm hoping the second half will make up for it! To kick things back into gear, I've just joined Wattpad. Now you can take a look at sample chapters of … Continue reading free books? lemme get a heck yes

new job, new analogue system 

Just under a month ago, I started a new job with a new company. This gave me the unparalleled opportunity to figure out a new analogue system to keep track of everything I do at work. As always, I keep my work notebook separate from my personal stuff, because I take way too many notes … Continue reading new job, new analogue system 

The question of “done enough”

It's hard to say when a story is "done enough." It probably depends on who's involved. If you have an editor and/or a publisher involved, it's probably done enough when everyone agrees it's ready. If the story is just for you, it's done enough when you're done tinkering with it. It's when you're self-publishing, I … Continue reading The question of “done enough”