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

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”

UNFOLD is available for preorder!

A little over a year ago, I took the leap and published FOLD via Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing. Here's the description: When baby Kumiko was dying, her father begged the spirits in the forest to save her life. But years later, when a festival comes to the palace, the teenage princess escapes the confines of … Continue reading UNFOLD is available for preorder!

finishing a novel: unfold has finally unfolded

Unfold is finished. I have to say, when I wrote FOLD last year I never expected to write a sequel. And it feels like I've been working on this book forever, probably because the world isn't new to me. But it hasn't really been long at all - I started putting words down in May, … Continue reading finishing a novel: unfold has finally unfolded

Pearl

I feel like sharing this poem today.   Pearl Steel crane necks poke above the grass, a congress of mechanical apatosaurs holding vigil against the gray October sky. You followed truth and rumor here to where the rusting bridge awaits those desperate people, driven by desire born not of lust but of despair, and so … Continue reading Pearl

a new story to tell

That case of completion molasses...es I had a few weeks ago turned into a finished first draft quicker than I'd expected, and while I'd meant to take a break in between writing books, the next one was calling my name. As of last night, the sequel to FOLD (as yet untitled) is underway, and here's … Continue reading a new story to tell

completion molasses…es

Sometimes, despite having the imagination of a child, I think I have the memory of...something that doesn't have much of a memory. See, I'm coming to the end of my current work in progress. And I'm DRAGGING my feet to get it done. I'm seriously like...a chapter away from completion. But the closer I draw to … Continue reading completion molasses…es

writing adventure: fictional love letters

So, I've been reading a lot about letter-writing, something which is near and dear to my heart. I participated in February's InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) and sent letters all over, and you may not know it, but April is National Letter Writing Month in the USA. I don't think I want to go through … Continue reading writing adventure: fictional love letters

April may or may not be the cruellest month

April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. ~T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land" T.S. Eliot knew a thing or two about April. I'm looking out my window and it's snowing. I only wish I could shout "April Fools!!" but the first … Continue reading April may or may not be the cruellest month

Midwinter

This is the last poem I wrote before I switched all my focus over to writing longer stuff, and although we're a little past midwinter, it seems appropriate now that the snow is showing itself.   In the kitchen we peel oranges, grapefruits: globes like handheld suns, hurling defiant brightness against midwinter, sharp tang of … Continue reading Midwinter