Why Practical Magic Works

As a witch, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is required reading. I’ve of course seen the movie countless times. But I only recently cracked into the novel. It was a far different journey than the one I was expecting. I’m not the only person to mention this, but the movie is far different than theContinue reading “Why Practical Magic Works”

Here to go, writing characters you plan to kill

Note: I’m going to be going into one big spoiler for the latest season of Stranger Things in this post. If you haven’t seen it yet and you plan to, maybe click away and read this later. This title is inspired by an issue of Transmetropolitan. In it, the main character was talking about aContinue reading “Here to go, writing characters you plan to kill”

You don’t have to do Nanowrimo in November

Camp Nano is more than halfway done, and this is the first post I’m doing about it. What is this, who even am I? So I was talking with some fellow writers during a writing date a few weeks ago. I, all bright eyes and ready for some writer bonding, asked if anyone else wasContinue reading “You don’t have to do Nanowrimo in November”

Nine things I’ve learned from nine years as a professional writer

Some of you who’ve been around a long time know that July 20th is an important day for me. It’s the anniversary of the day I came up with the idea of Woven.  Nine years, ten books, and two podcasts later, I’m still here. Still going strong. And it’s honestly kind of baffling. I’ve goneContinue reading “Nine things I’ve learned from nine years as a professional writer”

Writing a Gothic for your hometown

I am in love with a good, dark gothic story. The kind of story that’s as much about the setting as the serial killer.  You might think of a Southern Gothic, with massive plantations, kudzu and overt racism all crisping in the unending heat. Or maybe a Midwestern Gothic, with cornfields big enough to swallowContinue reading “Writing a Gothic for your hometown”

The best books I’ve read so far in 2022

It’s almost July, which is crazy for two reasons. I can’t believe the year is almost over. I also can’t believe we’re still here as a species.  While this year so far has been a struggle, at least my reading game’s been on point. So let’s take a moment to check out the top tenContinue reading “The best books I’ve read so far in 2022”

The world needs us to write

This post is later than normal, sorry about that. I’ve found it hard recently to sit down and write. And trust me, it’s got nothing to do with the weather. I’m not really a Summer kind of gal.  Rather, I’m having trouble focusing on my writing with the current state of the country. Women fightingContinue reading “The world needs us to write”