As we go into October, America begins to shift. Halloween decorations pop up here and there. Scarecrows and witches appear in equal measures. Turkeys fat, round, and made of crepe paper rule over their dominion of seasoned breadcrumbs at grocery stores. In a sudden shift, almost overnight, after the blackest of Fridays, Christmas trees sprout […]
When you read you end up drinking a mixture of black tea, coffee, and condensed milk.
Allow me to explain.
I come at this with a lot of love. I grew up on 70s and 80s fantasy. Our bookshelves weighed heavy with Jordan and Feist and Eddings and, of course more apropos to today’s post, Brooks. I went from picture books to epic fantasy in not very many steps. From the Pokey Little Puppy to […]
The last couple of weeks have been a tornado filled with sentence shrapnel. (Not to mention actual tornado warnings.) Words whipped up around me as I stood in the center, or perhaps I have been flung around with them. Have you ever seen those pictures of the aftermath of a tornado? Where a stake of wood has […]
WHAT WAS I JUST SAYING? Does anyone remember last week’s post? Anyone? No? For a refresher: Why is realistic synonymous with dark, gritty, and violent? Why is so much of our narrative going there right now? Ok. We are all caught up. Now for today’s. Oh, it’s about the same thing. The same thing that […]
I am not a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire. Or, for that matter, Game of Thrones. I said it. It is out in the open. On the internet. For people to find in years to come. There are many things I appreciate about it. There are many things I find problematic about […]
The Toast is closing. Long live The Toast. I’m not sure what the point of this post is going to be, but I feel like I need to acknowledge the internet news of today in some way. As a feminist cat-loving writer, recently turned librarian, The Toast is, was, a community I felt at home […]
Dear Agent That Absolutely Wants To Represent Me Via This Unsolicited Query, This is where you put a one line hook to your book that may or may not actually be completely out of tune with the rest of your query. You desperately try to match it to the style of your book. You stare at […]
Say it with me: I don’t need permission to write. Let’s shout this from the rooftops. There is all sorts of writing advice on the Internet. By browsing writing tags on WordPress, you are inundated with words of varying degrees of wisdom. Some of it is great. Some of it is terrible. Some of it shouts […]