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June Newsletter: Waving Back

I’m waving through a window, oh Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me? -Ben Platt, “Waving Through a Window” from “Dear Evan Hansen” So there I was, like, five minutes ago, curled up in the chair I’m still … Continue reading

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May Newsletter: Ice Cream and Hope

So there I was, feeling good. I was in the grocery store for maybe the third time since February, buying ice, salt, frozen strawberries, and the other ingredients of home-made ice cream. My headphones were in my ears, playing Terry … Continue reading

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Wealthgiver Beta is done!

My experimentation with Terry Pratchett’s “scaffolding story” writing process continues, now with ingredients from the Eleusinian Mysteries! Not many ingredients. Just a bit. Okay, so remember how I wrote the alpha draft of Wealthgiver by the seat of my pants? … Continue reading

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April Newsletter: Stripping the Gears

So there I was, locked in the attic, stripping my gears. I bounced in my chair, heart racing, breath baited, teeth clench, shoulders scrunched together, tingling fingers typing furiously away at nothing. And I mean nothing! I was moving words around … Continue reading

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The Wildness of Logic

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January Newsletter: Hating the Sun

(warning, there’s a curse word below) So there I was, glaring up at the gold and magenta sky, cursing the sun as it set. Fuck you, sun! Another day ends, and I’m still here! Blip! The lights in the park … Continue reading

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Writing Processes

This year I’ve been looking for mentors. Mostly that means cyber-stalking authors I admire, sifting through their interviews and essays for nuggets of incite about their processes. Note that this isn’t writing “advice” it’s reporting by authors about their everyday … Continue reading

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The Story of Protector

Protector is an idea that can’t be pinned down to any one brain. Simon took the first step when he made a project about godlike aliens assisting in a post-apocalypse archaeological dig. I asked Simon questions about the world, which started … Continue reading

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Interchange Alpha is done!

Back in the middle of December, I got a call from my agent, saying Flametree was interested in a sequel to Junction. Could I do it? I said yes of course, and I spent the rest of the month arranging … Continue reading

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Workshop notes: Having Fun While Writing

The Human Library and I put on a workshop/discussion yesterday about having fun while writing, and it evolved into a sort of writing-as-mental-health thing. There were lots of good bits of advice, including: Track your writing. What time do you … Continue reading

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