Landing Your Dream Agent in One Easy Step

Earlier today, I put the last few words of revision into the manuscript for Project Macaroni and sent it off through the ether to my agent. For the foreseeable future I will try to forget about it while she reads through and determines which parts of it are decent—potentially even saleable, one hopes—and which parts […]

Fortune Favors the Foolish

According to the internet (and really, if we can’t trust the interwebs, who can we trust!?), Chinese philospher Lao-tzu wrote, “A journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath one’s feet.”  The common paraphrase for that, of course, is, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.” A journey of my own, one I’d […]

Not being left without a partner at the big dance, and more on Longshots

I know I’ve been kind of worthless when it comes to making any kind of sense or producing even a mildly entertaining narrative here this week.  Really, though, I swear, that’s over now and I’m going to be good and clean and room and eat all my vegetables and any and all the other kid-who-wants-a-puppy-style […]

This is where an interesting post would go

But this isn’t one of those.  I mean, it is.  A post, that is.  But interesting? Well, in the immortal (nearly immortal?  somebody check into that for me) words of Bob Barker, “Survey says?!  Oh, I’m so sorry, you’re answer is just not on the board.” Well, that might be more of a paraphrase. Anyway, […]

Quickly, because I’m trying to do other thinky things with my minds

This is pretty unusual for a Monday, but I’ve got a bunch of things occupying my grey matter at the moment, meaning I’m limited on the creative juice needed to put into writing a Snazzy Blog Post ™.  Admittedly, it doesn’t help that my brain normally operates about as well as that 1958 For-dge-olet jalopy […]

New Year’s Day 2013: A brief look at the year to come

It’s early afternoon on January 1, 2013.  After another raucous celebration to usher in the next 365 days, people everywhere are a slowly, determinedly getting themselves into motion, while trying very hard to ignore that splitting headache and the fact that vampires have, in fact, been correct about that annoying daylight all this time. Luckily, […]

We should all just want to be loved…is that so wrong?

In general, I try to avoid writing two consecutive posts about the same topic.  I mean, I guess I got a little wound up when I first started talking about the whole running business and no one could get me to shut up about it for a days.  But, hey, it’s my blog.  And besides, […]

Lessons from the Query Trenches

Before I go any further, I need to make something very, very clear.  The rules for actively querying a book are roughly equivalent to the rules for Fight Club.  Rule #1: You do not talk about Querying.  Rule #2: You Do NOT talk about Querying. I could go on.  Now that I think about the […]

Humor for the query-worn soul: Rep Me Maybe?

One day last week, as I was driving home from work and contemplating my query letter for Famine – you know, wondering again if a tweak here or there wouldn’t give it a little extra punch, like you do – my car radio assaulted me with a  terrifying song.  You know the one, right?  It […]