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Think like Tommy Wiseau #TheRoom #bigdreams #amwriting

In 2003, director-writer-actor-star Tommy Wiseau released his masterpiece film, The Room. It was quickly dubbed a disasterpiece for its laughable attempts at just about everything serious. (If you haven’t seen it, do so immediately – cult classic – you’ll thank me – think Rocky Horror Picture Show) Once the jeers died down a few years later, a devoted following began screening the film at monthly intervals, which is where the cult aspect came into play. People brought props, dressed up, and recited lines from the film together in the audience. It was (finally) a hit!

Now, I hear James Franco directed and wrote a biopic about Tommy Wiseau and the The Room period called, The Disaster Artist. Franco’s film is generating Oscar buzz. (It did naaaawhhht — inside The Room joke, wait for it) Which got me thinking: this is a film I discovered while living abroad that me and my ex-pat American cohorts relentlessly quoted, laughed at, and watched pretty much on repeat for months on our computers, about a decade after it was released and in France. It was internationally known!

If Tommy Wiseau can achieve household success/notoriety/an Oscar-buzzed film about him over a decade after he meant for it to happen (and certainly under less derisive conditions), we should all be as myopic in our pursuits of big dreams, goals, and artistic expressions.

Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough and keep at it! But–whatever you do– ensure you have a dozen objective people read your script for honest feedback. Then, do you. Do you, Tommy!

Do, you.





A funny thing happened on the way to the march

*Found this via a friend today and found it incredibly fitting for the week and the precipice we are currently toeing.*


W and I drove to Baltimore today. We are staying in Baltimore tonight and leaving for Washington, D.C., super early. After we walked around the city for a bit, we went out to dinner at a nice Itali…

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Shark Attack! (Imma bite you, Monday)

This morning I saw an inspirational post on Instagram that said, “Do sharks complain about Monday? No. They’re up early, biting stuff, chasing shit, being scary – reminding everyone they’re a fucking shark.”

Considering I haven’t posted a blog post in about two months, this was just the wake-up call I needed. Get back in the action, dreamers! Take the opportunity that might seem like a burden and dunk its ass in your morning coffee. If you need me, I’ll be revising until further notice.



the C list

Just discovered a killer new blog, filled with positive wanderlusting thoughts and cool pics. Loving each of these links on this specific article but you should check out the Stray Dog post. Enjoy!

East Coast Mermaid


Happy Friday!

You may have noticed there was no mid-week post this week. Life was just a little too crazy for that to happen this week but I promise I will be making up for it next week. I have some super exciting stuff in the works that I’m so excited to share.

Until then, here is this week’s C list. You’re going to want to click on the starving stray dog link. I promise. 

1. 30 Weird Reasons You’re Tired AF (via Refinery29) It seems everyone (including myself) has been brutally exhausted this week. Here are 30 very possible (and logical) reasons why we’re all doing the zombie walk.

2. 5 Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes Even Carnivores Will Love (via Hint Blog) I’m not even vegan, but I’m dying to try the Vegan Chickpea Omelet.

3. Starving Stray Dog Is Rescued and Taken to Pet-Friendly Restaurants All Over LA (My…

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Time for a #brainbreak #Halloween #amwriting

After several months of editing and brainstorming, I’m taking a serious brain break with some binge TV. Part of me feels unproductive, but then another voice tells me to hush up.




Ultimately, taking a good brain break after hauling ass in my day job as well as writing, is refreshing and much needed. Hopefully after another few days of reading, watching TV, and Halloween scares, I’ll be even more inspired than before.




Twitter contest fever #amwriting #cowbell

I’ve got a fever. And the only cure….




Is more Twitter contests!

High off of great revisions and critiques from Pitch Wars, I jumped back in the fire with Pitch Slam, another contest meant to showcase your best work to prospective literary agents. Rules and details for Pitch Slam can be found here.

Aren’t you tired of Twitter pitch contests, you ask? Especially after winning Page 70 Pit in July in the Adult category? Casual plug to winning post

No! Because although I won Page 70 Pit, it was based on the 70th page of my Thriller Romance and my first chapter needed more work to reel in the agents. Intro Pitch Slam! A contest that provides a built-in week of free critiques and feedback on your 35-word pitch and first 250 words before the actual contest.

Receiving the thoughtful words of three different industry professionals is such a gift and also an affirmation that publishing is subjective. One person’s opinion may not match another’s. While that’s an easy out to brush off criticism you might not like, it’s hard to ignore when multiple opinions are bemoaning the same issue.

With that in mind, after trading critiques with friends, CPs, and Twitter acquaintances, I feel my MS is ready to take on the submission button.

So hurry up Saturday! I’ve got a hankering for more Twitter pitch contests!



Your daily dose of #amwriting screen locks

Your daily dose of #amwriting screen locks

At times, I feel like the effort made toward my writing is less impressive than I would have it. Some days I only have thirty minutes to sneak in edits here and there while other times I shut myself in for the entire weekend to write. Ultimately, instead of feeling disappointed with yesterday’s work I start each day anew, remembering that it adds up in the end.

Hitting that repetitious stride this afternoon and hoping you’re finding the time, too!

2016 Query Statistics

Awesome stats for the #amquerying author! Great insight into an agent’s request process and particularly interesting for me since I subbed a Thriller Romance in June. Check it out!

Pub Writes

I have been neglecting this poor blog far too much this year, because it has been such a busy year!

I am going to try to be better these last few months. So to jump back in, I wanted to share my query statistic for 2016 – as I type this, I have 25 unread queries in my inbox. These numbers do not include requested materials from conferences, but I have not made any offers on anything from conferences so far this year.

Queries Responded to: 2,451

Partials requested: 179, which is 7.3%

Full manuscripts requested, from those partials for the most part: 21, which is .85% of all queries sent

Offers made: 5, which is .2% of all queries sent. (two of those people are with fabulous agents who are not me)

What genres am I requesting most? I have those stats too! This isn’t saying I don’t want…

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Great advice: PitchWars and Walking Away #amreading

Friends, check out this post from author Michael Mammay below. I found it to be really insightful on how to walk away from a 1st MS and when you know. Considering I just did the same thing with mine (walk away for about a year and a half, then jumped in and TORE. IT. APART.) I thought I would share. Great advice!


I put out a call for Pitch Wars questions tonight. In this post, I’ll answer some of them. These are off the top of my head answers, not at all researched, and not at all definitive. In almos…

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