fiction, query, writing, writing fiction

Standing Out

A few days ago, I finished the final edits to my manuscript, again, revised after receiving feedback from an expert on magical realism. After receiving a handful of query rejections, I wanted to see what I could improve from my end. Over the last few days, I've been taking a look at my proposal package:… Continue reading Standing Out

fiction, Uncategorized, writing, writing fiction

The Writer’s Burden

I'm going to be candid about where I am in the writing process, as I try to publish the first manuscript in a series of adult fiction. No embellishments. Honest and transparent. Sometimes despairing and isolating, and other times, exciting. The adventure started with a mystical experience that I cannot explain in any sensible way.… Continue reading The Writer’s Burden

fiction, poem, revising, writing

Book 1’s Manuscript is Done

The manuscript for Book One's done. Won't lie. It's been frustrating and fun. So much to consider when writing, not so clear. Developments, timing, turning points, oh dear. My learning curve seemed all too steep, in over my head, I had gone too deep. There's an important story to tell, you see. Not just for… Continue reading Book 1’s Manuscript is Done

book, book review, books

“The Hate U Give,” My Reading

It's after midnight. More like after one in the morning. I finished reading The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, less than an hour ago. I've been cooking the kiddos' lunches for tomorrow. This meal includes: dumplings, egg rolls, some veggies, apple slices, rice, all made gluten-free. The work isn't done just yet. Those delicious bites,… Continue reading “The Hate U Give,” My Reading

agents, query, rejection letters, writing fiction

Moving Past Rejection

I've been working on Book 2: reading, brainstorming, researching, plotting points, and taking care of my artist self (taking photographs with my film camera, trying different coffee shops). That has been well and good. No problem there. If I'm to be honest though, I've been hesitant in moving full steam ahead with Book 2. Why?… Continue reading Moving Past Rejection

community, hope, love, writing

Willing

I'm writing adult fiction, magical realism specifically. My desire is to cultivate a community — whether in writing, here, or in person — where people can be transparent and real, while also giving hope, showing that love in all its complexity exists and inviting the imagination out to play. All I need from you is: be willing… Continue reading Willing

publishing, publishingprocess, writing, writingfiction

Random Roller Coaster Ride

  For a few years, I worked on the manuscript to my first novel in a series of adult fiction, magical realism specifically. And then, someone with much more writing and publishing experience came alongside me and became my writing mentor. For nearly a year, this brilliant and talented individual guided me, and I kicked… Continue reading Random Roller Coaster Ride