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Press Here

August 7, 2013 by


I was wandering down State Street in Los Altos last week (mostly because there’s a diner there called Rick’s Cafe). Part of the street is closed at the moment, which the city seems to have taken as a cue to turn it into a playground with fake grass and toys and chalk for drawing on […]

I Am Not Your Boxable Statistic

June 20, 2013 by


So now you can be an unspecified gender on some Qantas forms. Which is lovely. Because you couldn’t do that last time I flew. Also, on the ESTA* website there’s a section that says, If you obtain a new passport or change your name, gender or country of citizenship, you will be required to apply […]

This is My Writing Tip for the Week: Jello Shots

March 12, 2013 by


So I broke through the tricky transition part of the book last week. (Yay!) (And also, finally. Sucker took me a week to get right.) Which means that I am now on the sprint to the finish line. The part where I can see everything between here and the end and I just have to […]

Okay, Nobody Relax. Everybody be TENSE.

February 26, 2013 by


One of my beta readers read the most recent chapter I’ve written of Wizards and told me that it reads like this could be the end of the book. Which makes sense. This is the… well, action climax of the book. And for… reasons… there’s an emotional climax at the same time. So, yeah. Feels […]

Possibly More ‘Violates’ Expectations Than ‘Subverts’

February 21, 2013 by


Me: I am in this kind of drifty, exhausted, sleep-deprived place. It is doing funny things to my head. And my spelling. My head space is not aided by the fact that I just read this story that was all deep and metaphysical and twisty with philosophy and literary references. It was not fun per […]

When You Relate to Your Characters a Little TOO Much…

February 19, 2013 by


I’m trying to figure out the next section of Wizards. So far this has meant a certain amount of banging my head against the wall and then deciding I was right to start with and circling back to the beginning. At which point it becomes clear that I am wrong and… I have no idea […]

Head —> Wall, Repeat.

January 15, 2013 by


So lately I’ve been suffering from this urge to rewrite Path. I mean, really, I’ve been thinking about it on and off since last August when I met Lovely Agent Jen and talked with her about the book. Partly this is because I always find talking things out with a new person to be a […]

This is What Time Looks Like

December 31, 2012 by



The Beautiful Part of Writing is That You Don’t Have to Get it Right the First Time Unlike, Say, Brain Surgery.*

December 14, 2012 by


I have been working on the same chapter for like two weeks. Well, sort of. The problem is, this chapter is the lead in to the latter part of the book and I keep staring down the line at the end and changing my mind about the approach. I mean, I know where I’m starting, […]

Wild Coincidence or Dastardly Plot?

December 3, 2012 by


While writing Wizards I keep looking back at Path trying to find similarities, differences, to see where my writing has improved or just changed. Some of those are very clear, and then other things I see and haven’t the faintest idea what it means. Like — my opening paragraphs are getting shorter. The first paragraph […]