Category: blog

  • old and new beginnings

    September: sweater weather and sharpened pencils. I think I’ve written everywhere I write about the magic of early fall and the back to school feeling that goes with it, the vibrance of the changing leaves that signify the coming chill, the relief that comes with routine. This year is the same as ever. The leaves […]

  • a new start

    I was working on another YA fantasy novel, my third. I like it a lot. I like the characters, I like the setting, I like the plot. It’s fun. But I got an itch to try something else, something different, because I was having a tough time actually getting words out. Then I saw the […]

  • so many rejections

    I finally heard back from the queries I sent out for my finished novel, and they’re all form rejections. Every single one thanks me for considering them but my work isn’t a good fit and they wish me luck in finding representation. My first novel at least got two requests for more pages, but this […]

  • stuff i like

    A non-exhaustive list of things I’ve enjoyed lately. Books: Brazen by Pénélope Bagieu – a graphic (as in, novel, not as in content, although a little) non fiction book about rad women. I didn’t know a lot of them. I got it for Bookmas and loved it. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – four siblings […]

  • creative space

    A thing I’ve known about myself for a long time is that I am a limited resource. I love to do lists, categorizing things, and thinking about process, so I’ve got a solid working theory on how to do stuff. A lot of people look at my life – real or social media – and […]

  • just thinking

    Twitter reminded me yesterday that one of the worst things to do is fall prey to despair. I’m really good at it, though; I usually freeze and give up in the face of danger, as opposed to fight or flee. But in the case of this particular catastrophe of ecological destruction, that isn’t helpful. I […]

  • we suck

    I am so afraid, all of the time. I have three kids and I don’t think they’re going to get to have anything resembling the life I have. Definitely not a life like my parents’. We are all fucked. I have this little fantasy of my old age that I can’t bring myself to write […]

  • like a rock

    My neck has been a real jerk since my birthday six weeks ago. I’ve been trying to keep doing all my usual stuff in spite of it, because I know from my back issues that not using it just makes it worse, but it’s not getting better either. So I went to physio yesterday. It […]

  • cozy stories

    I’m on a cozy mystery kick lately. My top three: Agatha Christie (the master), Miss Fisher, and Flavia de Luce. I like them because I can read them really quickly, and they tick one of my favourite boxes: “wasting” a big chunk of time on a book. Since I learned to read I have loved […]

  • earth day

    It’s a deep breath, this time between the never ending impossible frost and the scorching oven. I inhale it deeply, and it makes me sneeze, the uncovered rotten leaves, the new pollen, the smell of wet dirt. The frozen air hurt my lungs and made me cough. The baking air will make me sweat. But […]