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Poems and Index Cards and Williams Biography

This is a brief and heterogeneous update post. First, I am trying to put together a chapbook of poetry to submit to real publishers. Um. this is a challenge. And probably premature. But I’m trying it anyway. I may send out some individual poems to publishers as well. I am also trying to figure out […]

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The Bounds of Reason

Today I thought I’d share the results of a writing exercise I did with one of my writing groups. I forget the exact prompt, but it was something about having to disarm a bomb while tied up. In my group, we spend 30-40 minutes on these and share the results with each other. It’s interesting […]

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Diana Wynne Jones

People love children’s and young adult fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones because her novels are funny, action-packed, full of twists and turns, clever, and skillful in their manipulation of and commentary on fantastic and mythological tropes. Some that I only care about only a little (I don’t require lots of action, and clever or “clever” reworkings […]

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Writing Agenda, 2017

Exciting stuff this year. I didn’t set the following two goals formally as New Year’s resolutions, but they might well be. They are: 1. Query agents about Pet, my YA LGBTQ PNR in verse ( I couldn’t resist the alphabet soup; more comprehensibly, my young adult lesbianish paranormal romance in verse). 2. Revise and submit a novella to […]

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Literary Theory, English Major Stuff

I have a bachelor’s in English literature, and I believe that I managed to acquire it without ever figuring out how to write a paper–mostly because I didn’t put in the time, but partly because I didn’t have even a basic grasp on what, in a broader sense, a critic was trying to do. When […]

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Stuff I Make: The Overview

Having introduced myself and pontificated on the successes and failures of the human imagination, I thought I’d give you a whirlwind tour of some projects I’ve been working on and plan to talk about. What’s Happening Now Pet The first in a set of romances (sort of) between teens and bodiless aliens. Being wants teen artist Elinor […]