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Ways to Grow as an Author: Feedback in Reviews

I love my friends and family. I love that I’m surrounded by supportive people who enjoy reading and want me to be a successful author. I know this is not something that all writers (and sometimes most writers) are lucky to have. I’ve heard stories from other authors about what it’s like and how theyRead more

Not A Book Tour

Not A Book Tour: Vermont

October was a big month for travel because I had two big trips.  The first was a trip to Vermont for a library conference.  I was going as a leader within the within the organization and because I was going to be doing a session about bullet journaling.  It has been a few years sinceRead more

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Changes on Tumblr!

I made some Tumblr changes! WHAT? WHY? HOW? WHEN? The last two questions really don’t matter.  I have some content that doesn’t really belong here on this blog, but it doesn’t belong on my webpage.  They are primarily my Stupid Haikus and some future, visual content.  I have revamped my Tumblr page to be theRead more

OMG What If They Like It!?

There are only 4 months left until Modern Persuasion is published.  I am dealing with a whole new set of emotions and anxieties.  Some I anticipated, but there are quite a few I did not expect at all. I have passed through the phase where I worry what will happen if people don’t like theRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: Is It Just Fan Fiction

I think the final, and most difficult, issue when modernizing a classic is the risk of it being nothing more than fan fiction.  It’s not that fan fiction is bad in any way, but that fan fiction is a beast unto itself.  There is more variety in fan fiction than in any other writing outRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: The Setting

When I talk about setting, in terms of old novels, I am not just talking about the place, but also the time.  Austen variations are fascinating, but the key is most of them merely extend the narrative of the original.  They focus on what happened before, what happened after, another point of view, or justRead more

Issues in Modernizing Old Novels: Character Development

There are a variety of problems and concerns I have as author and reader of modernizations.  One of those issues is character development.  I often ask myself the question: can said character exist in the 21st century?  There are plenty of follow up questions: What is it about said character that doesn’t/does work? What would beRead more

Issues in Modernizing Classics: Should I?

Clearly the world is, for good or bad, in some type of reboot mania.  At least, Hollywood executives are.  While movie reboots seem to focus on changing the sex of characters or utilizing new technology to tell the same story, I have noticed something connected going on in fiction books.  I have ranted (typically) aboutRead more

I Feel Stabby

One of the big projects I am working on is creating a universe from some very bad fan fiction mashups in my past.   See, much of what I wrote for NaNoWriMo in the first, oh, 10 years, was me writing elements of a story I had in my head, but was primarily my versionRead more

Weekly Reading: Xenocide

I have read 3 of the books in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Wiggin Series.  I enjoyed the first two books, but Xenocide, the third in the series, left me irritated.  Why?  Well, for the same reason my own work can sometimes irritate me: too much explaining.  All that seems to happen in the book is peopleRead more