The Well

I know a lot of random information, and I have the blessing-curse combo of being able to see every side of a problem. I figured I could put all this to good use. So I’ve introduced “the Well,” my contribution of knowledge to the world. Ask me anything–advice on a relationship problem, how to make your own jewelry, what book you should read next, how to properly use punctuation, whether the moon is made of cheese, etc. The world is your oyster, and I want nothing more than to help you harvest the pearl. So ask away!

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What Writers Do (and Don’t Do)

I was talking with a friend the other day, one who knew I worked as a writer, and it came out in conversation that she just assumed I wrote everything by hand. Being a writer, this of course baffled me, but I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about writers in general, but especially about people who make a living from it. So, for those of you who aren’t writers, here’s a little primer for you… (more…)

10 Books That Were a Chore to Get Through (That Everyone Else Loved)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is books that were a chore to get through or books you didn’t finish. I seem to always dislike the books that everyone is raving about, so here are ten books that I didn’t really enjoy reading but finished anyway, mostly so that I could legitimately tell people I didn’t like them.

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Pregaming and Publications

Tonight seems to be more about organizing and less about writing, and I don’t know whether it’s from a lack of creativity, the fact that I do nothing but write and my mind just gave up, or some reason I’m just not thinking of. Probably all of the above. And also none of the above, because it’s not actually possible to run out of creativity. It’s a finicky fountain of manic self-hatred and joy, but it runs forever.

Anyway, that’s what I started the alphabet challenge for, however many years ago I actually started it. Blogging is hard.

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10 Must-Read Short Story Collections

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is ten hidden gems in any given genre, and because my tastes are all over the place and I couldn’t come up with ten in any one specific genre, I’m going with short stories. All short stories seem to fly under the radar for some reason. I don’t actually read them that often, but I haven’t met many that I didn’t like. Here are ten that I really did.

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Top 10 Worst Books I Had to Read for School

Top Ten Tuesday (I know, I’m a few days late to the party) is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is anything related to back-to-school, and while I read some pretty great books in school, I read a lot of really terrible ones, too. This list is dedicated to those.

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Best Advice

Fandom Friday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Fangirl Initiative about all things fandom. This week’s topic is the best advice you’ve ever taken from a fandom, and my first instinct was “don’t panic” from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us,” from The Lord of the Rings, because those quotes have been with me for as long as I’ve been a fangirl. (more…)

gtfo tumblr: On Accidentally Racist Villains

Tumblr is a cesspit of bad advice and poorly constructed arguments, but thing that really gets my goat is the plethora of bad writing advice on there and, consequently, floating around on Pinterest. Why does this bother me so much, you ask? Well, for one, because I have a hard time passing up correcting people I know are blatantly wrong. But the real reason is this: in the era of self-publishing, there’s a plethora of really, really bad fiction. Like, really bad. Seriously. And do you know where most of it comes from? Dear little tumblr users taking this terrible advice because they know no better. So, in the name of bettering the fiction of the future (and a little for my own gratification), I am starting a column in which I correct some of the terrible advice I see on tumblr. Enjoy. (more…)