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Monday, June 30, 2014

A Very Temporary Hiatus

Hi readers!

I wanted to give a heads up that I am going to be ducking out for the month of July -- I will perhaps have periodic check-ins, but I will not be able to follow any kind of updating schedule.*

The excuse, if you need one, is that I'm travelling a lot this month starting this weekend and have a lot to do to prepare for my month of jetsetting. I'm also participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, so will be writing like a fiend for the next 31 days or so.

That said, I'll be back in August and I'll have some wonderful goodies for you when I do -- you'll see when we get there.

Until then, temporarily do svidanya!

*Some of you are wondering if I ever did ... point taken.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Be A Reader

Go me for being oh-so topical. Yes, I partook as a child. And yes, I'm a backer for the Kickstarter.

I missed yesterday's update. But I have a good reason.

I was reading.

I just finally got a library card, and may have gone a little crazy with it. You've got to understand, libraries make my soul feel complete. As much as my partner and kittens. I need libraries to be a real girl.

I love reading. I was definitely that kid with a flashlight under the covers in bed at night with a book. That's actually how I finished Bridge to Teribithia in 4th grade -- alone under the covers at 4am sobbing as quietly as a could so as not to wake my sister sleeping in the next bed over.*

I think this is an experience a lot of you, dear readers, can probably relate to. If not, find that little kernel inside of you that loves to read, and give it some water and light and let it flourish. Because a good writer should be a Reader, too.**

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Make 'Em Laugh!

Don't you know everyone wants to laugh? Ha-ha!

When I take a look back at the last few books that have really made me cry*, I've realized that what really makes the punch hurt is that these are the same books that have made me laugh. Good dramatic writing is a balance of light and dark, sometimes heavy and sometimes airy -- it isn't all one low tone of melancholy and tears.

Not to be cliche with the whole "you need the dark to know the light" -- because I don't agree with that. Funny things can be funny without being juxtaposed against tragedy. But the opposite isn't as true. In order for something to be exceptionally impactful and painful, you need to have a little levity.

And that's my advice today: lighten up.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Stacks of Cash

Work has been insane for me this week so, unfortunately, I will not be able to get a new post up. That said, I couldn't leave you with nothing. Therefore, I decided to bring back this old gem: Ms. Rowling dancing atop piles of cash-money.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How to be a better Writer in 4 Easy Steps

That's all it takes! You have more fingers than this has steps!
4 Easy Steps being a fairly relative assessment of easy and, perhaps, "steps", becoming a better writer is really as simple as knowing how to approach a solution. To be cliche but apt, no one is perfect and no writer is a perfect writer. Becoming better at our craft is something that we should all struggle towards. Sure, I'm sure there are those of us out there who can say "good enough!" and rest on our authorial laurels. But even to them, I would say pick up your butt and resist the temptation to embrace laziness. The act of writing, being a solitary one by nature, requires self-reflection as well as a willingness to put yourself out there and seek critique.
Let’s face it: seeking criticism is pretty much the antithesis of laziness, going against our basic instincts as humans. It is the opposite of protecting yourself. It is exposing yourself* to people who may not like you or what you have made. And that’s pretty scary.