I recently finished The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester, and I’m quite sure I need my own Oxford English Dictionary. The nonfiction account documents how the OED was born, the life of one of its most prominent editors, Professor James […]… Continue reading Reading The Dictionary For Fun — Memoir Of A Writer
Hi YaBookcasers, You might have noticed that this month I've skipped a few posts. It's not because I didn't have time to write one, or that I didn't have anything to say. It's because it was time to have a little self-care. And that's exactly what I want to talk about today! The writing world… Continue reading Writing & self-care
Hey YABookcasers! Today, I'd like to look at big story ideas. You know, the ones that you think of and think of and think of...but don't write. That cool, awesome big story that has an amazing world, dynamic characters, a killer plot, but yet, you're still not putting fingers to keyboard. So why not?I've been… Continue reading Big story ideas & what to do with them
So excited to be a part of TeenPit! Looking forward to the revision with a very special mentee!
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for…. Time to announce the mentor matches!
Mentees will receive an email from the submissionsteenpit@gmail email account with a link to a Google permission form. Please make sure a parent or guardian fills out the form not later than March 23, 2018. Watch your email for a welcome email from your new writing mentor!!
|Alex M.||AUBADE||Lyndsay Ely|
|Bethany S.||CAN YOU REPEAT THAT?||Ashley D. MacKenzie & Amelia Diane Coombs|
|Emily A.||THE RAT KING||Shari Schwarz & Tara Creel|
|Breeny N.||YOU TRULY ASSUMED||Erin Foster Hartley|
|Kalie H.||PINKY SWEAR||K. Kazul Wolf & Rosie Thor|
|Lux C.||BLOOD AND BRINE||Kerbie Addis|
|Niko N.||THE EVASION THEORY||Laurie Dennison|
|Sidra E.||SPECIAL||M.K. England|
|Tina Y.||BACK TO THE SHORE||Heather Cashman|
|Danielle P.||INTRUDERS OF PROTECTION||Amanda Rawson…|
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Hey YABookcasers! Have you ever had an old story idea that you absolutely love, but can't quite get the gumption to work on? You love the concept and characters, but something is blocking your progress. Or perhaps you wrote it a long time ago, and now you're looking at it as this mammoth task of… Continue reading Reviving an old story
Hi YABookcasers! Another day, another question about the creative arts. However, it's actually not that simple, because I'm not just talking about the creative arts. With the passing of the magnificent, unrivaled Stephen Hawkings, it made me want to reaffirm a strong belief of mine: there is a creative process to everything - science, technology,… Continue reading Creative processes – which one is best?
Hi YABookcasers, I've been talking to some friends lately, and it seems many of them have hit a writerly slump throughout the years (myself included!). I'm not talking about writer's block. The question that's got my attention is "Where did all the good ideas go?"Let me expound. Big blockbuster books hit the shelves regularly -… Continue reading Where did all the good ideas go?
Hi YABookcasers, I don't often touch on my personal life through the blog. Sometimes I mention my epilepsy as it's an important topic to me. Sometimes I talk about my horses and dogs. A few people who know me know I have early-onset osteoarthritis. Today, I felt the need to discuss the difference between depression,… Continue reading Epilepsy & osteoarthritis: depression, anxiety, or ego?
Hi YABookcasers! First of all, if you've not been to my site before, you might have received a popup asking if you'd like to join my newsletter. I hope you do, as there will be lots of goodies and a secret members only forum! If you didn't receive the popup because you've been before, pop… Continue reading 3 reasons you should read these books…
Hey YABookcasers! A lot of writers have said to me that they feel they're impostors when writing, and that they're really not cut out for the publishing industry. Somehow, they feel like their work is lesser, that there are other "real" authors out there, and they're not one of them. Today, I'd like to talk… Continue reading Writers & Imposter Syndrome