I Can’t Versus I Can

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 5.15.18 PMI hate to admit it, but I think I’ve been saying “I can’t” a lot more than “I can” in the last two months. Perception is everything when you are a writer. Especially, in the editing stages when a writer has to critically evaluate your work. I’ve gotten good news and good feedback on Dream Voyages, but I’ve still been focusing on hurdles I still need to conquer. I think this is a normal part of the process: both the writing process and the growing up process. But I also think, if possible the doubting needs to stop or at least be pushed away from it’s central location in my mind.  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Cather, Wren & Reagan from FANGIRL

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As many of you know, or have guessed, I’m a little obsessed with this book. I even reviewed it twice, I had so many good things to say about it. I read it again the weekend for the zillionth time. So even though I’ve done one of these for Rainbow Rowell characters, I thought I would narrow it down to the three main ladies in Fangirl. Let me know who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump in the comments!

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Links for a Lazy Sunday

tumblr_lyoi3zpAvr1robb1co1_500Happy Sunday friends. I have been trying to write a better query letter and get up the courage to actually send my novel out to more agents and let me tell you I’ve been a jumble of nerves all week. But that should all come to an end, or at least a pause, because my good friend Joyce is coming for a visit this afternoon. One of the ways I’ve been procrastinating doing the things that are making me nervous, is internet research and general web surfing. Here are some of the more fun and thought-provoking things I found. Hope you enjoy!

My Rant about John Green, Twilight, and Female YA Authors

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On Wednesday night, I saw two things I’ve been thinking for a long time clearly articulated on twitter. One by YA author John Green, the other about him. The first was a series of tweets, termed by Green himself as a “twitter rant”, defending Twilight fans and shining a light on the misogyny that underlies the attacks on the series. After negative feedback, he further clarified his position with this post on tumblr. After reading about this, I saw this series of tweets and further conversation about John Green’s influence on the New York Times Bestseller list and the lack of women on the list.

I’m sharing these on my blog today because I’ve wanted to write about why I like Twilight and the nerdfighter domination of the bestseller list for a long time. I also want to start a discussion, or at least share some of my feelings, about the negative reactions to both social media events. Continue reading