A Look Back at 2014

The past 365 days have absolutely flown by, in large part due to some really amazing things that happened. When January 2013 arrived, I was alone in my publishing journey, with no one but my very closest friends having any idea I’d decided to write a book. I’d never heard of QueryTracker or Critique Partners. […]

Said is Boring

There, I’ve said it. No, I’ve proclaimed it! “Using the word said over and over is boring!” She shouted from the rooftops. “Using said over and over is boring!” She ejaculated. (We should really go back to using this more.) They say it’s OK to break the rules once you know and understand them, and […]

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night

I’m taking a day off from the usual blogging (I might go crazy and take a whole week). I hope you all find some lovely things in store under your tree. May anyone who needs to go to the store on Christmas Eve find parking. And may you find time to watch the greatest Christmas […]

Women’s Fiction vs. Romance

This is a conversation I’ve had with several people over the last few months, including querying writers and my agent. Some people may look at the title of this post and say “Does it matter? My agent can figure it out.” Now, that may or may not be true (my agent is going to want […]

How My Furry Little Beasts Found a Home

I never intended for this to be solely a writing blog, and one of my goals for 2015 is to blog more things of interest to non-writers, too. Last week, in a fit of exhaustion, I created a blog that was nothing but pictures of my kitties – and it got more views/comment than most […]

A Love Letter to My CPs*

To my Critique Partners, I love you ladies. No, really. I love you. You are worth your weight in chocolate. You make me laugh until my sides hurt. When I’m down, you pick me up. I don’t even have to be down about writing-related stuff. When I’m up, you celebrate with me. You write beautiful […]

Where Laura Cops Out on Blogging…

I’m afraid I didn’t have time to write a blog post today, so here are some pictures of my cats. Everyone loves cat pictures, right? When we first got them, kitties were scared of the new house. All our friends said, “We need pictures!!!” They didn’t believe I couldn’t get a decent shot. So, here’s […]

A Dedicated Writing Space

When I was looking for new blog topics, someone suggested I talk about the importance of a writing space. This is a fairly timely and important topic for me right now. As I may have mentioned roughly 637,000 times on Twitter, my husband and I moved into a new house at the end of November. […]

December Pitch Parties

December ’tis the season of many wonderful things… including SFFPit, PitMad, and PitchMas. I don’t really have much to say about the holidays (Except that I like sugar cookies and fudge. Please send me some), so let’s talk about Twitter pitch parties. I love a good party. They just got requests from their dream agents. […]

A Day of Rest

November was a crazy month. I bought a house, finished edits on a MS, sent it to my agent, prayed she wouldn’t hate it, finished a first draft of something new, cheered my friends and CPs on during PitchWars, moved, worked about 75 hours a week, discovered Gilmore Girls on Netflix, negotiated concessions and contracts, […]

A Day of Giving Thanks

I realize that Thanksgiving isn’t until tomorrow, but at some point I started posting every Monday and Wednesday, and I might as well just go with it. Besides, I think it’s important to stop and reflect on the good things in life more than just once a year. Give recognition and thanks whenever you can. […]

Why the Ferguson Grand Jury Proceeding Was Wrong

First, I want to clarify a few things. This post is not about whether Michael Brown attacked Darren Wilson or whether Darren Wilson was justified in shooting him. Those are questions for a criminal jury at trial. This is a post about our legal system, and how it’s supposed to function. Second, I am a […]