So Sword and Star - the final book in the Root Code trilogy (by the way, it honestly continues to be somewhat frustrating to have a trilogy split between two different publishers) - has been out for a month now, and it's kind of interesting to look back at its trajectory and its place in... Continue Reading →
tell me, what else should I have done?
(Please note: there's some mildly NSFW stuff in here. Not images, just words.) I think should is a bad word. My previous therapist and I talked a lot about should. It's a word I overused and still do. It's a word I used and use to beat myself up, to make myself feel guilty for... Continue Reading →
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
People love you. You need them. You can't live without them. They help you. But in the end the only person who can make you well is you. - I'll Be Yours For a Song I've been wanting to write this post for a while, but what kicked me into it now was two things.... Continue Reading →
Life and seconds – slowly working up the courage.
Here's a mini-confession (and it annoys me that it feels like a confession at all, because I don't think it should): I've been writing a lot of fanfiction this past year. Like. A lot. A frankly embarrassing amount. Or anyway, I am embarrassed by it. It's been a rough year. This stuff has become incredibly... Continue Reading →
the earth gives forth wonders
Just finished going back through The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower book 3) and trying very hard not to cry. Not because the ending itself is emotional - it ends on a rather infuriating cliffhanger, actually - but simply because this brings back everything about these books which meant so much to me at a... Continue Reading →
Writing: practice resurrection
I wrote this the other day for my Tumblr but I feel like it fits here as well. So here it is. Write. Read. Accept that your first draft will probably be shit. Accept that it can be shit. It doesn’t make you a bad writer. It makes you a writer. You’re writing. Fear editing.... Continue Reading →
2014 in Writing
So it was a year. It was a tough year, and that affected my writing a good bit. Last spring I found out that I was going to lose my doctoral funding - which for a variety of reasons was not handled particularly well, by them or by me. It was just... it was a... Continue Reading →
A light in dark places when all other lights go out
Any unfortunate person who follows me on Tumblr has noticed that it's lately become the repository for all my feelings about The Walking Dead (and for that I sincerely apologize to them). Most of it has been silly and more than a little odd, but one thing it's been doing for me - and the... Continue Reading →
Good Endings and Bad Deaths – on The Walking Dead’s mid-season finale and writing in general
[Hey, guys - meant to edit this earlier, but this is just to say... I no longer believe all of this. In part because of the very things I'm talking about here, which I frankly find unbelievable. Possibly just in the denial phase, but come February, well, we'll see if there's actually another writerly analysis... Continue Reading →
LABYRINTHIAN: why I stopped giving fucks and started writing porn again
My first paid sale ever was in 2009, a piece of flash erotica to Circlet Press for $5. It was a revelation: I could write stuff and people would pay me. More, I could write smut - something I enjoyed (and enjoy) doing and had been doing for years as part of the fanfic I... Continue Reading →