• May 2013
    I'm an edit-as-I-goer.  People ask me "how many drafts?" I don't really count drafts.  I have a continuously evolving manuscript that expands and contracts like some sort of hyperventilating boa constrictor.  Every month or so I save a copy of the...
  • May 2013
    Ha! I recently read Thank You Jeeves, my first Wodehouse, and I had similar thoughts on the names, too! I do love the names Terry Pratchett comes up with in his discworld novels, especially the three witches Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat...
  • February 2013
    Ha!  How did you know that I'm avoiding finishing my novel (well, editing the ending, since I hate the as-is final third, and am having a horrible time coming up with an entirely different concept)??  Yes, you totally called it. I was trying to...
  • August 2012
    I'm dreading having to market a book.  I'm an INTJ and I'm struggling just to write this response.  Seriously, I start typing, then I delete everything because every time I post something in a public forum I get a minor anxiety attack.  I suck at...
  • March 2012
    One of my favorite things to do is just put two characters in a scene together and see what happens.  Sometimes my first draft of a "talkier" scene is all dialogue.  I seem to be best a the "small" things:  character development, descriptions,...
  • February 2012
    I personally hate trying to discuss my projects to non-writers, especially family, friends, and my husband's co-workers.  My husband is very very eager to get me to practice my "pitching skills" because I get what Tin House in their "Field Guide to...
  • February 2012
    Definitely something to consider when looking at MFAs. As a student in one of those "freaky" low-residency programs, I have to say that most of the time I do find myself in that proverbial Room of One's Own: since most of the semester I do my...

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