Small Towns and Fires at the Portside Grill

Normally, I love my town a lot. It’s a tiny tourist-focused town in Downeast Maine on the coast. Every year hundreds of thousands of people flock here, checking out the mountains and the hiking and the kayaking and the whale watching and Diver Ed. But yesterday, I was walking to the grocery store in my […]

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Why Revising a Novel is Like A Firefighter Carwash

Why Revising a Novel is Like A Firefighter CarwashNo. Really it is.So, usually when I start revising a book, I feel like this:This is the person organizing the fundraiser, which was a bunch of firefighters washing cars to raise money for Dana Farber’s efforts to eradicate cancer. Notice how she has money in her hand? […]

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is Not Evil or Why I’m Not Cool With People Calling Other People Sheeple

Okay, here’s the thing. I was totally going to write about revising, but I am tired of people judging other people when they don’t know their stories. For example, there is a lot of judging about the ALS ice-bucket challenge, where people are called out to give $100 to support efforts to negate ALS. Instead, […]

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Five Things I Learned While Revising This Morning, The Dog Barking Edition.

So, basically, I had to wake up early because my dogs have decided that every motor vehicle that drives down the road and is not either a MINI Cooper or a Prius is a threat to all of canine-humanity’s (Caninemanity?) existence. This means that to eradicate the threat, they must bark as loudly and fiercely […]

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Revision Process Begins with a Letter

So, the first time you get a editorial letter from a new letter, it’s pretty freaky. The letter tells you about revisions to your book.It’s kind of like having a blind date with someone you have Google-stalked and knowing ahead of the actual date that you are stuck with this person for a really long […]

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My New Project That I Can’t Talk About Yet Officially and Which isn’t Really New

So, I have this new project that I can’t officially talk about yet, but it is: 1. A trilogy2. Not my awesome project with the awesome Tor Books, which is YA and science fiction (sort of) and I am so excited about3. Important to meYes, I actually wrote “important to me.” As a writer person, […]

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I LIKE THIS BOOK AND I CANNOT LIE…

So, I have a lot of author friends who are super cool and amazing writers. They are pretty much across the board awesome. I read their books. I read strangers’ books. I pretty much love books. But every once in awhile, I come across a book that makes me sick. It doesn’t make me sick […]

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