Working with an Editor: Not Change, But Evolution

While I worked for years – twelve of them – on my book, I knew one day I’d eventually send it to an editor as the final trial before publication. What I pictured that editor doing to my book either involved many measuring tapes and 10x magnifying loupes, many feather dusters or many match books. […]

NaNoWriMo Recap

I suppose I should talk about NaNoWriMo. About juggling multiple projects in a month-long attempt to write 50,000 words. I did the same for last year’s NaNoWriMo in this post and that format seems as good as any to rip off and use again. Goal Checklist Complete a new draft of Love & Pickpockets, goal of […]


April. Was. A. Beast.

I find myself thoroughly incapable of writing this post today. Such big things. April really whupped me. And of course, if you follow me on Social media, you know I signed a book contract with Parvus Press over the weekend. So, of course, I want to talk about that but today I think I’ll focus […]


I knew this would be a big week.

Sunday morning I shifted focus to completing the Grammarly/ProWritingAid pass on Flotsam so I could hopefully time another print proof with the final artwork I knew would be coming from Julie Dillon before the week was out. Yesterday I was kicking serious ass, moving through the proposed adverb slaughter (ignoring most) efficiently (see what I […]

Finished Proofreading

Editing Aftermath

I completed my proofreading edit review/implementation on Sunday. The proofreader I hired through Reedsy caught some fantastic issues, and while I am completely wiped out from the process, there is no way I could ever question the value of the effort or the cost of services. Lessons I took from the process: I can feel […]

2016: The Biggest Year Ever

David Bowie died on January 10th. Two days before, he released an amazing album that celebrated the process of his struggle with creativity and death. Listening to it on repeat on 1/11, I was moved to tears. Not just sadness, but absolute awe. Black Star lit a spark somewhere deep inside me. 2016 was my year […]

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