Archive for October, 2012

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow

I’m sure you already know, but in case you hadn’t heard: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated) starts tomorrow, and I’m ready to dive in! First, a confession. This will be my third year doing NaNoWriMo, and I have yet to “win” (in other words, write 50,000 words in 30 days). I have […]


I’m mired in editing one project and brainstorming for another, but I thought I would step away from that today to talk about self-publishing. Between the media frenzy over the latest self-published surprise bestseller and the ever-increasing number of “how to market your self-published novel” articles in my favorite writing magazines, I find myself reflecting […]

Stuck in revisions

Just recently, I finished a first draft. It’s a pretty solid first draft, if I can say so myself. There aren’t too many major holes, it clips along at a nice pace, and there are even a few moments that really shine. An excellent place to start. The trouble is, now I’m stuck. It’s time […]

Lauren Oliver in Kansas City

I’m discovering that one of the major bonuses of living in a big city is that cool things happen here. Musicians, artists and especially authors that I used to just read about come right here, to the city where I live, all the time. One of our local bookstores, Rainy Day Books, hosts a plethora […]

The joy of research

It’s true, I love doing research. As a journalist, one of the greatest perks was the chance to be learning about something new all the time. I threw myself into researching the subjects I covered, and I often got caught up in the discovery: I bought a bundle of fabric after attending a particularly impressive […]