Musings · New York · San Francisco · Writing

Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

Nothing says “welcome back” like the chance of 3 feet of snow in New York City. Most of you already know, but my time in California has ended, and I am back in the great city of New York, Brooklyn to be precise. When I told everyone in California I was moving back to New… Continue reading Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

Misc. · Quotes · Reading · Writing

Friday Writing Inspiration: Anthony Trollope Writing Quote

One of my favorite authors, and now, one of my favorite quotes. I’m not sure why Anthony Trollope never gets taught in school. He’s a British serial novelist who is, in my opinion, absolutely brilliant. His stories are so captivating and enjoyable, yet still very well-written, like a high-class old-time soap opera. But of course,… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Anthony Trollope Writing Quote

Misc. · Quotes

Friday Writing Inspiration: Jack London Writing Quote

That’s definitely me this weekend, hiking around the frightening wilderness of my mind, club in hand and desperately trying to turn my novel idea into a full novel (coming up on the 1/3 done point!). Now that I’ve dramatically discussed my writing process, hope you can glean some inspiration from this awesome quote! Happy Friday… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Jack London Writing Quote

Quotes · San Francisco

20 Awesome Quotes About San Francisco

My two years inĀ SanĀ Francisco has a special place in my writing career. After all, it’s where I wrote almost all of THE LAST TIME WE WERE US. SF is truly a magical place, and while I doubt I’ll be setting any books here in the near future (North Carolina is for the time being, my… Continue reading 20 Awesome Quotes About San Francisco

New York · Writing

The Bad Writing Party and Why Everyone Is a Writer

About a year ago, one of my best friends in New York had a brilliant idea–throw a Bad Writing Party where everyone brings one or two examples of their worst writing: cheesy short stories, embarrassing cover letters, novels you started when you were eight, etc. Let’s just say it was a hit. I read from… Continue reading The Bad Writing Party and Why Everyone Is a Writer

Publishing · The After Girls

Cover Debut, Catalog, and Amazon Link (This is Really Happening)

Friday was a good day. A day when it really finally hit me. I have a book coming out and it is really, truly going to be published … on paper … with a cover and everything … with my name! A lot of things happened at once. A good friend of mine requested a… Continue reading Cover Debut, Catalog, and Amazon Link (This is Really Happening)

Publishing · The After Girls

Book Deal!!!

I’ve been meaning to announce this for awhile, but between being superstitious/paranoid about telling too early and the little matter of driving across the country, moving into a sublet, and setting to work finding a new apartment, I’ve been a little preoccupied. That said, the contracts are signed, the revisions (which I completed–I kid you… Continue reading Book Deal!!!

Writing

Can TV Watching Be Good for Your Writing?

It’s Saturday morning (pushing afternoon), and I’m sitting on the couch with coffee watching AMC’s Breaking Bad. I have three writing projects I should be currently working on–reworking an article for a news site, completing an edit test for a potential gig in SF, and finishing revisions on my novel–and I am sitting here watching… Continue reading Can TV Watching Be Good for Your Writing?

Writing

To Outline or Not to Outline: Writing a Novel Starting in the Middle

The last couple of months I’ve been brewing ideas for a new novel, and I feel like I am finally ready to start something new. After a sad attempt at starting at the beginning (the writing was feeling really forced and just not there), I jotted down the first scene that came to my mind,… Continue reading To Outline or Not to Outline: Writing a Novel Starting in the Middle