Archive for the ‘ essays ’ Category

Tuesday’s Larger on the Inside

9th April 2013 | 0 Comments

[Hands on Keyboard: April 9, 2013] So. Um. I discovered Doctor Who this week. Okay, to be honest, I discovered it about a month ago. Tumblr convinced me if I wanted to have any sort of credibility I needed to watch it. After all, the writing, the themes, the characters, had all been praised and [...]


that awful, plague of a question

24th September 2012 | 4 Comments

Have you lost weight? I hate this question. It’s supposed to be a compliment. It’s not. Inside it are a slew of horrific judgements beating down upon you. With this question comes the implication that the questioner noticed your physical appearance “before” and compared it to “now” and decided the difference of their perception was how [...]


a tiny love letter

11th August 2012 | 6 Comments

Dear Bourne Legacy: I went into you expecting fast action, a fairly typical plot, and Hawkeye’s origin story. I expected to watch your Kung Fu and make snarky comments on the impossibility thereof. I even expected to begrudgingly enjoy the burgeoning love story between soldier and scientist even if it was horrifically cliche. I knew exactly who and what [...]


Building a History

9th November 2011 | 4 Comments

I am a girl that pays attention. Okay, I’m a girl that pays attention to the things that matter to me and since lots of things matter to me I end up paying a lot of attention to a lot of things. Most of the time I call it research. I truly believe all knowledge [...]


Retreating into Writing

26th October 2011 | 2 Comments

I’ve been talking about this writing retreat for over a month now and it is finally here. This morning I flew into the dawn to spend a week pretending to be a full time writer for the purpose of finishing The Ninth Event. I’m at 77,000 words with an estimated 30,000 more to go. [1] [...]


Last Week’s Alien Invasion

15th September 2011 | 4 Comments

Last Thursday, all of San Diego county, parts of Orange County, and Mexico lost power. At the time I was under the guise of my secret identity [1] and watching one of the lawyers at my firm argue a motion. [2] It was getting intense, because my boss is really good at amping up the [...]


Hurricane Nostalgia

1st September 2011 | 4 Comments

So, a few days I started writing a cranky[1] entry about Hurricane Irene. Then it turned into something less cranky as I recalled my personal experiences with hurricanes. So I thought I’d share my happy memories. When I was in high school, I lived in North Carolina on the coast. My little patch of coast [...]


Whirlwind Writerly Weekend (with the footnotes to prove it)

28th June 2011 | 0 Comments

Yesterday I mentioned in my HoK post that I was still trying to think through and manage the emotional roller coaster that was Shelley Watter’s [1] First Page Contest. I think I’m finally ready, so here it goes.[2] It started Friday night. I pulled out Chrysalis’ prologue and dusted it off.[3] I figured out I [...]


Life as Research

9th June 2011 | 6 Comments

You hear a lot that good and successful writers write. I wholeheartedly believe this. You can’t be considered anything if you’re not doing it. I mean, obviously runners run [1], singers sing, ergo writers write. But I really feel that writers also have to participate in life. They can’t just be writers, they need to [...]


Customer Service is Run By Spam Bots

7th June 2011 | 0 Comments

I have this dream of posting cool and interesting blogs at least three times a week. It’s an important dream. I know, better than most, that in order to have cool and fun content, you actually have to have content to work with. Consistency at the beginning of an internet project is more important than [...]