I began a new short story yesterday. It started as a warmup for a day of writing, but a few hours later I was still within it, toiling away. I think this was a trick I played on myself. I’ve already resolved to write short stories this year, though yesterday was not the day I planned to start. So why was it the thing I started with? Probably because it’s the thing I should be writing. Read more “I’m writing short stories again”
I didn’t write a ton in 2017, mostly because I was busy revising a project, revising it again, and then creating auxiliary resources (like a series synopsis) for submission. Once that all got handed over, my job as a writer became: WAITING. For the first time in two years I was without a project to hold my attention, and it was a feeling that was both liberating and stupefying. What was I going to work on next? I’ve avoided asking myself this for ages, for two reasons.
At some point this summer, Sal and I fell into the habit of using our gym time to discuss cosplaying. We’d gotten tickets to New York Comic Con (NYCC) and needed to figure out something spectacular. Our deliberations looked like: one of us rhetorically debating the pros/cons of being the Thundercats while the other suffered underneath a bench press; one of us rhetorically discussing how to make the Demogorgon into a ‘Sexy Demogorgon’ while the other dangled from a pull-up bar. It was a very specific and odd series of vignettes and I think a lot about what we must have sounded like. Read more “Creating our Hawkmen cosplay for New York Comic Con”
Okay so I couldn’t really say anything about this until today but it’s official: I’m now represented by Veronica Park at Corvisiero! I’m absolutely beyond thrilled to be working with her and her agency. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m tortured by big decisions like this, but Veronica’s wit and savvy made this an easy one. I’m so glad to join her list of clients, and to demand all of her attention until she inevitably realizes she’s made a huge mistake and flees the country. Read more “Some big news”
Betsy DeVos, our new Secretary of Education, has such a fantastic mind for fantasy and whim! I just love the little daydream she had about bears and schools and firearms, and it really got me inspired to do some writing that really mattered. After a long talk with all of the other books I’m in the middle of writing, on such banal topics as queer representation in fantasy and mental health, I got cracking on a fanfiction I think America needs. Let me know what you think!
For a while I avoided considering writing another book because it seemed like an act of defeat. It felt this way because my first book was this big, messy thing that lived in pieces upon my desktop, and I hadn’t really sent it around to agents, and it wasn’t published. For that reason alone, the idea of starting a new book felt like giving up on the old one. Read more “Plotting new things in 2017”
Sebastion: Ariel listen to me
The human world is a mess
life under the sea is better than anything they got up there
Sebastion: And besides, you’re a young girl who has been forced into a premature fame by your royal heritage, so it’s extra important that you, of all people, don’t compromise this kingdoms secrecy nor sovereignty by exposing our ‘mythical’ existence to humans, who we can all agree are absolutely monstrous when facing something they don’t understand. Read more “Unabridged Disney Song Intros: Under the Sea, The Little Mermaid”
It’s hard to write in the summer. At least for me. And maybe I’m alone in this — other people brag about how much writing they’re doing on Twitter, but the quiet irony of this pleases the jealous and bitter part of me (which is, really, most of me) greatly, and so I have to repeat myself: It’s hard to write in the summer. Read more “How to avoid your publishing dreams in the summer of 2016”
Something you should know about me is that from a very young age I decided that reality just wasn’t for me, and that I was going to spend about 100% of my time pretending I was anyone else. The result was that I was a horrible little liar fascinated with my ability to trick people, especially kids my own age. Read more “Things I Have Lied About: At Summer Camp”
I’ve been listening to Sarah Enni‘s First Draft podcast non-stop since I discovered it via Twitter a few weeks ago. I tweeted at her to let her know. She tweeted back. It was great. Still waiting for her to reach out to interview me, but I know she’s busy and heaven knows I’m busy. Gosh. Read more “Writing Spaces”