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Revision = Life #amwriting #amquerying

After #RevPit (the incredible Twitter contest provided by a slew of talented editors during which they dedicate a month of their services – see my post here), I took a good two months away from my manuscript. I saw friends, experienced a few major life changes, read A LOT, and beta read two CPs’ manuscripts. In short, I was very city productive.









All these things were great and important for my relationships/sanity/astigmatism prescription – but I didn’t move the needle in the direction I’m aiming for. —-> the Big Dreams light at the end of the tunnel.


Now that my eyeballs have rested, I’m diving back into not one, but two manuscripts that I’m shopping around, and really enjoying the reunion. As repetitive as revising (and revising and re-revising, again) can be, the whole process is kind of like…life.

You wake up, go to school, go to rehearsal for that play (I know it’s not just me, all you creatives), go to sleep.

Soon, you wake up, go to work, go to that post-work meetup with friends at Chevy’s for the free salsa (definitely not just me), go to sleep.

Within that framework, you’re repeating the same actions, efforts, and quips until you get each of them right. We’re constantly revising until we actually learn the lessons that life (and all-day-happy-hour at Chevy’s) offers.

In that sense, I feel more motivated than ever to attack syntax, semantics, and grammar enigmas, until the right agent recognizes the proverbial gold mine of tortilla balls I’m shopping around.


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Longing for Libraries #travel #blogging

Happened upon this incredible post in my Reader feed and now feel compelled to share it forward.

Is it silly to plan a trip to Europe purely for Austria’s trellised tomes?

The inner book nerd is delighted by this collection. Beautiful buildings full of beautiful books. 1. Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland 2. Mexico City Library 3. Stuttgart Library 4. New York Library Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oscarfh/17902282471/ 5. The Library of El Escorial in Madrid, Spain Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cuellar/370663920/ 6. Strahov Monastery Library in Prague, Czech Republic […]

via 7 Stunning Libraries — G.L. Cromarty

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Writing in the Awkward Space #amwriting #amquerying

That time between finishing a manuscript, sending it out for literary agents to peruse, and beginning another project — that’s the awkward space, for me. Finished but not exactly done with the journey to being published, but not yet finding a new creative outlet for your energies. So you pick up a book. Several. Really clean out your To-Be-Read list that’s been accumulating proverbial dust on Goodreads the last six months. Finally plant that garden in your used egg carton and place it on your windowsill. Be productive with your empty brain space. City-productive. Instead of mulling over plot points, character diversity, or that tongue-in-cheek scene you included after happy hour with friends, you have all this free time. Just me?

The last few months have been incredible. I added 13k words to my manuscript, entered and won the Twitter contest RevPit, when the talented Nicole Tone chose my MS to edit over a full month, and connected with a string of new writers and CPs.


My day has gone from Wake –> Write –> Day job –> Write –> Sleep –> Dream about writing to no writing at all, reading great books, and reading great chapters from my critique partners. I almost feel like an empty-nester after sending out my manuscript to waiting agents, relinquishing my characters to Go, into the wild, with ya! Like I opened my eyes to my surroundings one day and really appreciated my apartment beyond the kitchen table for the first time in months (–Is that a chessboard by the big rectangular scree–Oh–television?).


Even while I’m relishing having evenings again after the day job and catching up on lunch dates, part of me has one foot out the door of City Productive and one foot into Next Work in Progress. The high of landing on a clever book idea and mapping out the route is addictive. Removing that powerful presence in my head leaves a bereft, confused, happy, but lacking feeling that I think many writers/creatives will understand.


So where’s my Next WIP? Not sure. Until I find it, rest assured I will be noting every tick of my friend’s expressions, the exact shade of burnt gold of my waiter’s tie, and the cookie crumb residue gracing my laptop’s keyboard until I find something else productive to actually do with it.

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Holy statistics, Batgirl! A great post about publishing trends by @stormowl7 #Goodreads #amwriting

Stumbled upon this post by the insightful Magali A. Fréchette (click on the link for her Twitter) and was surprised at her results. Drawing from the 2016 Goodreads vote for Winning Authors, she lays out the genres, their authors’ gender, and the age categories that won. I’m not entirely surprised to see that male authors dominate the Thriller category or that female authors own the Young Adult category, but it’s all great information to have, to further understand the industry and re-gird our loins from there.  See anything that surprises you about these stats?

I’ve wanted to write this post for some time, but as it usually does, life just got in the way. A while back, when we could vote for the nominees for Goodreads 2016, I thought of some subjects I’d read about a lot on Twitter. One subject that comes up a lot in the writing […]

via Statistics – Winning Authors of 2016 @goodreads #writerslife #Authors #stats #writers — Always Writing

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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.





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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.



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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.