10 Books That I Want to Read This Summer

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This is part of The Broke and the Bookish‘s “Top Ten Tuesdays” meme. This summer is shaping up to be an action-packed adventure-of-a-lifetime type of summer, with trips to Cape Cod, Minnesota, Iceland (H*CKING ICELAND YOU GUYS) and the UK lined up. I’m super excited to go to new and familiar places, some of which are a […] Read more…

On My Shelf: Soundless

Do you know how many times I checked out Soundless, by Richelle Mead, from the library before I actually read it? Three. I saw it, got all excited, checked it out, and then just let it sit in my TBR pile. I swear the cover model has started to stare at me accusingly. Why haven’t you read […] Read more…

10 Kickass Fictional Mothers

This is part of The Broke and the Bookish‘s “Top Ten Tuesdays” meme. Last Sunday was Mother’s Day here in the States, which means that it’s time to celebrate moms and all that they do. And that includes fictional moms. While fictional moms tend to bite the dust in YA (and indeed most genres), here are […] Read more…

Why I Needed A Separate Blogging Voice

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Something that I’ve been thinking about lately is writing voice. Voice is so important to a writer—it’s what makes your work recognizably your own. It’s your own personal stamp. I’ve got my own writing voice—wordy and dryly humorous. I’ve also got my academic writing voice, which is best described as “cram all the ideas into […] Read more…

May 11 Writing Update

My WIP has had a major, major problem for a long time: the falling action (the bit between the climax and the conclusion). I blame Past Ruby and her unwillingness to plot stories before writing them. I’m lousy at conclusions, but the falling action—in this work, anyways—is even worse. I’ve already had the Big Dramatic […] Read more…