When Your Surprise Ending Is Not A Surprise

Recently, I received feedback from one of my beta readers about a YA short story of mine, and they pointed out that I had set the reader up for a surprise ending but hadn’t delivered. And of course, they’re right. In this draft, the narrator tells the...

50 Pages To Find 50 Books

As I write this, I’m very much off-target for reading the 100 books I set as a Goodreads goal for 2015. For comparison, in 2014 I read 156 when my goal was 100. At the moment, I’m sitting at 60. A few things changed this year from last in terms of my...

How I Edit

“Somehow, great editors ask the right questions or pose things to you that get you to write better. It’s a dance between you, your characters, and your editor.” – Patricia MacLachlan I’ve been thinking about how I like to be edited, which made...

Looking Ahead to 2015

Subtitle: The obligatory end of year wrap-up. Last year was one where I moved (again), started a new/old job, graduated with my MFA in Writing for Children, started the redesign of this website, simplified some of my commitments, shortened the list of unread books on...

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