On Query Letters, Pitching Events and Generally Freaking the F#%k Out

Last weekend, I went to a pitching event at the university where I work. It’s touted as the “American Idol for Books.” Terrified at the idea of pitching itself and then getting critiqued on my efforts, let alone doing in front of a room full of people, I decided it was better to pull a […]

Spring Cleaning

So, I didn’t make my March goal. Don’t get me wrong—I haven’t been procrastinating. I’ve been writing, nearly every day actually, in an attempt to reach another goal: finish my manuscript before the May date to sign up for agent and editor appointments for July’s R.W.A. conference. Every day, I inch a little bit closer […]

The Host

The Host by Stephenie Meyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars I waited to review this book until after I saw the movie. I was curious to see how they’d bring the story to the screen. I’ll warn you that I’m usually a total book purist. It’s very rare that I’ll think a movie does […]

Beware the Ides of March

  “A soothsayer bids you, beware the ides of March.” – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I’m dreading the fifteenth of March, and not just because it’s my husband’s birthday and I haven’t figured out what to get him yet. Mid March is my self-imposed due date to have my query letters and submission information ready […]

Unravel Me, and the Shatter Me series

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi My rating: 4 of 5 stars I almost pulled a Joey and put this book in my freezer several times. I would have, too, if it wouldn’t have ruined my kindle. Let me start off by saying I hate love triangles. HATE. There is never a happy ending, never a […]

Falling in love with fictional characters

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream   Valentine’s Day is coming. Once a year, everything is all hearts and roses. Countless pink and red-wrapped candies tempt us from grocery store shelves. There’s an abundance of jewelry commercials on TV, and pressure on those who […]

Seven Seven Seven

While those words may make you think of the Friends episode where Monica explains the erogenous zones to Chandler (get your mind out of the gutter!), right now it pertains to the post Mark Ethridge tagged me in: Go to either page seven or seventy seven of your current work in progress, go to line seven, and […]

Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m trying to find a way to review this book in a way that will do it justice, which isn’t easy, since it may be one of the best books I’ve ever read. I ask a lot of the books I read: […]


“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask….Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You […]

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!