Whether you're a writing tortoise or a writing hare, here's some advice from people smarter (or at least more famous) than me.
I sat down at the desk today with one goal: get caught up on all the Internet stuff I've let slide while dealing with stuff IRL, as it were. So this was supposed to be a long post telling you all about... 1) The giant inflatable Santa that forced me to reroute my commute to the… Continue reading There will be blog.
You know that feeling you get when your teacher is posting grades for papers or tests? How you brace yourself, take a deep breath and hold it like you're doing the Ice Bucket Challenge? It's the same thing with books. Imagine getting your corrected test or term paper back, only it's 400 pages long. My edits still… Continue reading The Manuscript Cometh
Never give up, never surrender.... until you've tweaked and rewritten and second guessed it to death. Or the deadline comes. Whatever. See you guys if I survive.
My morning in haiku. Fresh hot coffee. Dribbles inevitable on white tee-shirt. --- Brilliant idea this late in manuscript is not so brilliant. --- Three dogs scratch at door. To ignore means poop on floor. Work paused, either way. --- I look up one thing Internet is so helpful Look! There are LOLcats!
Recently, for reasons that I will let you wonder about, I have begun a vain attempt to wedge a small gap between Rosemary Clement-Moore the (amazing! talented!) author of (award-winning!) books and what let's call, for purposes of this post, "Private Life Rose."Here's the first problem with that process. There IS no part of me… Continue reading Truth vs Fiction
In case you missed it, I announced Wednesday that I'd sold two new books to Delacorte. (Yay!) The announcement came complete with pie charts. I really love charts. They can express all kinds of ideas. Brilliant things. The world is a better place with graphs, charts and grids, and I’ll tell you why: It keeps my… Continue reading The Scariest Part
These are all the things that have happened since I sat down to write this post at 8:23 a.m. 08:35 The Fed-Ex van arrives. Dogs go crazy. 08:40 The package contains my edits on Texas Gothic. I go crazy.09:00 Cease hyperventilating, resolve to finish iLesson and Genreality post for tomorrow before further freak out. 10:13 Business phone call.10:45 Leaf-blower-of-doom arrives.… Continue reading A day in the life… (iLesson)
One of the problems coming up with blog topics, is that writers, contrary to public image in the media (I'm looking at you, Richard Castle.) Our day-to-day lives aren't really that exciting. I mean, they are, in the sense that we have a really cool job making stuff up, controlling our little fictional universes, like… Continue reading And They Solve Crime!
I spent the weekend at the DFW Writer's Conference, and it was a good one. I can say that because, except for teaching classes and lending my shining, celebrity presence, I didn't have anything to do with organizing the thing. The conference committee worked extremely hard to pull off an excellent conference. Multiple tracks of… Continue reading Love of Writing… and Prizes!