Monthly Archives: January 2010

Motivators

This is timely because yesterday I had one of those days when it seemed like every word I pulled from my brain was the wrong one. Simple scenes were impossible to describe, dialogue was forced and transitions moved sluggishly. I … Continue reading

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More Wonderful YA

(Yes—this is one of my little bookshelves; the one closest to my bed). In keeping with the celebration of YA novels I seem to have going right now: Kelly’s YAnnabe blog has gathered an almost definitive list of a bunch … Continue reading

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YA Inspiration

I formally state here that I co-opted this blog topic from fellow author Nova Ren Suma. You can find her original post here at her blog Like me, she started as a middle grade witer and then found herself writing … Continue reading

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Share Too Much?

I have a friend. Let’s call her Trixie. She is a truly talented visual artist, still struggling to make it, but really creative and ambitious. I have no doubt that she’ll be huge some day soon. She’s working on a … Continue reading

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It Came from the Slushpile

There was an article recently (in the Guardian/UK I think though I might just be pulling that out of my ear) which I can no longer find. Such is the impermanence and permanence of the internet. It’s there forever but … Continue reading

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Jo’s Big Big News (at least I think so!)

This is…. the Scholastic Building in New York City. Note how imposing, how stately, how big. Doesn’t it appear to be stuffed full of books? Of editors and writers? Ooh. Ahhhhhh. Ok, now here is a sentence from Publisher’s Lunch … Continue reading

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Agents: love ’em and love ’em

There are probably more blogs and comments dedicated to the subject of agents than there are to any other discussion topic fundamental to publishing and writer, but I thought some people might be interested in hearing about my own journey. … Continue reading

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The Remove

I have recently finished my WIP and emerged rumpled and sweaty with a book I call, LUCKY. Usually when I write I have the ending at least all figured out. This time the opposite was true. I knew exactly where … Continue reading

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Landscaping

I used to be a landscaper. You might be thinking rose trellises, wild flower meadows, deciding just where the boxwood hedges would go. Marching around the acreage with a brimmed hat and a notebook, making squiggles and hatch marks to … Continue reading

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Pick a Thread

I’m working on something new (possible title- FIERCE).I’m trying to get my thoughts in order. I’d already written about 3/4 of the book but after putting it aside for a year or so while I was working on something else, … Continue reading

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