Training Your Writing Assistant

Step One: Procure writing assistant. Local PetSmart adoption event is a good place to look.** Step Two: Give new assistant a few days to become acclimated. Don't force him to work right away. Step Three: Start working on edits at dining room table and wait. The assistant will appear and lie all over your notes. Step … Continue reading Training Your Writing Assistant


When Life Happens

I'm one of those people who plans. I love lists. I love checking things off on those lists. I love figuring out a plan of attack, step by step, and I love the joy of implementing that plan and watching it unfold exactly the way it should. Last summer, the novel I'm querying got a … Continue reading When Life Happens

On Not Writing

The day after I got married I lost my mind. The morning started out great.  We were staying in this beautiful B&B in western New York, which meant a cozy room in a Victorian house and breakfast on cute china. I had just married the love of my life, all was good. But that first … Continue reading On Not Writing


On Illya Kuryakin and Coming Full Circle

A couple days ago, I tweeted: "Seeing @ManFromUNCLE again this weekend. Yes, I know I should be writing. But movie has a tall Russian in it. It's practically research."  At the time, it was mostly a quick joke along the lines of ha ha, procrastination, because if there's one thing writers are good at, it's doing … Continue reading On Illya Kuryakin and Coming Full Circle