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Why I’m So Quiet These Days

Hi everyone! 🙂

I’ve been a bit on the silent side the last few weeks, both on social media and with any non-work related emails. It started out as a writer break (the first I’ve taken in over a year) to give my brain a rest. From there, the avalanche of life decided to take some hard left turns. Normally at such junctions, I go outside and enjoy the sunshine, work in my garden, do some active exploration to get my head clear. Of course, Washington State decided to give spring and summer a miss this year and head straight into fall, so there is no warmth or sunshine to go outside and play in.

Or, there wasn’t until a few days ago. I digress…

Taking a break had the reverse effect I was hoping for...

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Are You Ready to Pitch?

With the holidays over and spring thaws happening, I tend to think of this time of year as the start of pitching season. Agent inboxes are open, yearly budgets are restocked again, and publishers and looking to get their hands on some crafty new stories. If you’re like me, you’re probably sitting on a pretty polished manuscript ready to pull up query tracker and yell “bombs away!”

Story: Last year I put all my spit and polish on a manuscript I was pretty damn proud of. But (dot dot dot) I knew there was something missing. Something I couldn’t quite pin down with any accuracy. I entered #PitchWars, got a request, but didn’t make it into the final round. Best thing that ever happened...

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Winterviews Wrap-Up

Happy Spring! 🙂

The warmer weather’s on its way here, and that means Winterviews is officially over for the season. A humongous THANK YOU to all the interviewees, partners and spotlight guests for their time and dedication in this project. You guys are seriously the best!

A second huge thank you to all the people who stopped by and gave a few minutes of their time to read about these authors and artists. Readers and commenters are always welcome on my site.

If you missed out on any of the fun, be sure to visit our Winterviews 2016-2017 page and see what everyone’s working on. Or meet the authors and artists directly by checking out their blog sites or Twitter feeds:

A.J. Super | A.Y. Chao | Christopher Woolf | Dianna L. Gunn | Ian Barnes | Jennifer Galambos | Kaelan Rhywiol | M.A...
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Winterviews Start 21 December 2016

So, what is this Winterviews thing, you didn’t ask? Pull up a chair, a cup of coffee, and take a lot of time getting comfortable, because this is likely to be the shortest blog post ever.

Winter + Interviews = Winterviews. <– That’s it.

Yes, that’s right. Haven’t had my coffee yet and I’m already mathing you. 🙂

Starting on 21 December 2016, I’ll be opening a new segment of my blog. For thirteen weeks I’ll be interviewing thirteen talented writers and artists. Their interviews will go up on the blog every Wednesday for the thirteen weeks of winter. If you want to know more about each interviewee, feel free to ask questions in the comments section, or just say hi and show a little love.

So, who’s on the menu for Winterviews 2016?

If you scoot on over to the right ——> you’ll see a section ...

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Self-Editing Your Novel

National Novel Writing Month is coming to an end, and that means it’s time to take all those words and add a little magic. December is editing month, and also a time when many literary agencies are closing their query boxes for the year to enjoy the holidays. Some writers are polishing their virtual knives and preparing for editing season. Others may be shelving that story for a few weeks in the spirit of a little self care. Still others may be looking at an unpolished pile of vomited words thinking now what?

Well, now the real work begins.

It’s also when the real fun starts. Now you get to bring that black and white drawing of a story to life by adding color, depth and composition...

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