Category Archives: Writing

From the Field to the Page

If you’ve read the “About Me” in this blog, you’ll know that I have a background in archaeology. I worked on a lot of digs, got my MA in Archaeology from UCLA, and I put four years into the PhD … Continue reading

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Taming the Worry Monster

I am a chronic worrier by nature. Always have been, always will be. As a writer, I battle the Worry Monster a lot, especially late at night, when I can’t sleep. When I started querying for the first time, my … Continue reading

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My Agent Announcement

The short version: As of today I am officially represented by Erin Niumata at Folio Literary Management!   The longer version: I’ve been waiting to write this blog post for three years. Three years, people! That’s how long I’ve been … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from #PitchWars: The All Is Lost Moment

Over the past month, I’ve been fortunate to work with the very talented (and very patient) Karma Brown, my mentor for Pitch Wars. One of the benefits of being a Pitch Wars mentee is that we have our full manuscripts … Continue reading

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Writerly Resolutions for 2014

When I first started getting serious about writing, my New Year’s goals usually looked like this: Send out queries Get an agent Sign a publishing contract. Kind of unrealistic, not to mention self-defeating, since  #2 and #3 weren’t in my … Continue reading

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Pitch Wars Mentee Bio

Rather than explain the intricacies of Pitch Wars (since most of you reading this post will be mentors and fellow mentees), I’m posting a link here. Basically, it’s an online contest for writers hosted by the fabulous Brenda Drake. Even … Continue reading

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A Whole New (Adult) World

If you’ve visited my blog before, you might notice a few changes. Like the fact that I’m now labeling myself as a writer of Young Adult and New Adult. I haven’t given up on my YA projects, but I’m adding … Continue reading

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Piper Girl Illustrations!

Middle Grade Minded is a great blog run by a group of middle grade writers who offer advice, contests, and reviews. If you’re interested in writing MG, or just want some good writing tips, I encourage you to check it out. Two … Continue reading

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The Year of Writing All the Things

As much as I hate changing our family’s wake-up time from ‘whenever’ to six a.m. I always get excited when the school year starts. I don’t write a lot during the summer, because of family commitments, but once the entire … Continue reading

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On Trunking a Novel

As the lazy months of summer come to an end, I become possessed with a crazed urge to clean/purge/organize ALL THE THINGS before the chaos of the school year starts. Usually I focus on the kids’ rooms and their shared … Continue reading

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