Flipping the Writing Schedule and Hot Yoga Visions

Write February 26, 2014 I was feeling a bit stagnified in my writing. (Okay, I know stagnified isn’t technically a word, but it does come close to describing my feeling.) I’m still working on queries. That’s possibly why I feel like I’m getting nowhere. So I decided to change my schedule and shake something loose. … More Flipping the Writing Schedule and Hot Yoga Visions

How to Procrastinate Doing Query Letters

Write February 19, 2014 Read comic books. Do housework. Do laundry. Paint toenails. Collect book jacket blurbs from Goodreads. Go to the movies. Collect more book jacket blurbs from Goodreads. Go to the movies again. Analyze the book jacket blurbs for that magic hook. Listen again to the NPR interview with the writers of Dallas Buyers Club on … More How to Procrastinate Doing Query Letters

Catching Up on the Oscar Noms: The Just Shoot Me Edition

Bliss February 17, 2014 I had to put my mom’s cat to sleep last week. The remedy, apparently, was to see all the depressing Oscar nominated movies. A beautiful sky always helps. Sunday morning I was cruising Facebook and saw a status update from my friend Martha, saying that the family in August: Osage County … More Catching Up on the Oscar Noms: The Just Shoot Me Edition

Nashville, Please Don’t Dress Up the Black Girl and then Give Her No Place to Go

Write February 12, 2014 Dear Nashville, Don’t turn my girl Zoey into the token—and thereby annoying and dispensible—black person. Give her a goal, a conflict, and reaction that any reasonable person would have. So she decides she wants to be a backup singer. I can get behind that.  She goes to audition and the gatekeeper … More Nashville, Please Don’t Dress Up the Black Girl and then Give Her No Place to Go