One of My Favourite Authors Died and My Heart is Broken

For the past five years, every time I’ve gone into a bookstore, I’ve checked under “R” in the hopes that I’ll see a new Louise Rennison title. And for the past five years, there’s been nothing. And now I know why that is. Turns out that Louise Rennison was another casualty of 2016. I’m not […]

I Just Read Meg & Linus and My Heart is Full of Rainbows

Get it?? Get it?? Because everyone is gay?? (shut up I’m hilarious) But there’s another reason why my heart is full of rainbows, and it’s because this book is just. So. Pure. It’s about best friends and Star Trek and being brave even when you’re sure you’re about to get your heart crushed and I just […]

How to Plan For, and Survive, NaNoWriMo

The first time I heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel-Writing Month), I was both intrigued and petrified. Write a 50,000-word novel in a month? Write every day? Track my progress online, where everyone can see it? Tell me more while I slowly back into the hedges à la Homer Simpson. Don’t get me wrong – not only […]

I Freakin’ Loved Lydia, Which was a Surprise

I’m generally not a huge fan of books that take a beloved piece of literature and say, “Oh, but what if the story was told from THIS character’s perspective??” because I live in fear of being told, “The characters you thought you loved are secretly awful! See them for what they are! Repent in dust […]

I Met a Literary Agent for Five Minutes and It Did Not Go Well

One of the things that YALC (the Young Adult Literature Conference) offered this year was a chance to pitch your novel to a literary agent. You got five minutes to talk with an agent about your book and get their thoughts on it. I didn’t realise this was happening until it was…happening, so I went […]