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Brave New World

2013. Thirteen years since I watched the millennium fireworks explode over Lake Washington.  Thirteen years since I wrote fanfic for the first time (Jane Austen style).  Thirteen years since I met Jennie and we started planning the Sugar Quill. Can

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Shiny Toys and Revisions

In this post, I exposed my lack of online cool and my contributing lack of cell phone technology.  Well, guess what, people?  Guess what shiny and beautiful toy I got for Christmas?  That’s right: a cell phone that goes …

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Think Break

I haven’t added to the manuscript in three weeks. I came to a stop a couple of chapters before the end, because I had run across some really big, series-affecting questions that have to be answered before I can write …

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Slow Going

O snail,
Climb Mount Fuji
But slowly, slowly!
               -Issa (translated by R.H. Blyth)

The agent who has 50 pages of my manuscript (or who has recycled 50 pages of my manuscript) is not …

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I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster. 
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do? 
Philip Henslowe: …

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Sick

Having a small child in full-time daycare has reintroduced sickness into my life.  Before my son went off to play in the petri dish with the other little germfarms, I wasn’t sick for years.  YEARS.  Oh, I’d take a sick …

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It’s a Draft

“The best writing is rewriting.” -E.B. White

As I launch into the final action sequence of this book, my husband hovers over me a little bit.  He is a math guy.  He likes numbers.  He thinks about how long the …

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Friends with Benefits

One of the greatest things about loving books and writing is that you end up befriending people who share your passion.  These are people who can differentiate between their and there, discreet and discrete (they know that these terms are, …

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BOO-YA

25 pages later. 

Me – 1.  Horrible inner voices – 0. 

Are the pages any good?  Who cares.  They’re written.  Good can wait.  I’m going to BED. 

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Self Doubt

“If I write rapidly, putting down my story exactly as it comes into my mind… I find that I can keep up with my original enthusiasm and at the same time outrun the self-doubt that’s always waiting to settle in.” …

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