Sex in YA: Everybody Does “It,” Nobody Talks About It

Originally Published: December 9th, 2013; Updated: June 24th, 2014 In¬†Young Adult Literature, How¬†Should¬†Sex Exist? Sex is a basic human need.¬†When we’re young, we’re curious about it; as we mature, we want it and once we have it, we crave it. If we aren’t having it, we’re daydreaming about it, reflecting on past experiences, looking ahead […]

A Month of NaNoWriMo: A Recap of Epic Porportions + What’s Next

I conquered NaNoWriMo¬†and lived to blog about it. For those who are not in the know, NaNoWriMo is the playful acronym for National Novel Writing Month, where you pledge to write 50,000 words during the month of November. The prize? The self-satisfaction of having written damn near close to an entire novel in 30 days. […]

Why Self-Publishing Is Not For Me

Self-publishing is booming. Self-publishing is the newest trend. Self-publishing is better than traditional publishing. Self-publishing is the way to go. Or so I’ve heard. Call me a traditionalist, but I’m simply unfazed by self-publishing and have zero interest in the market. I’ve been asked by readers to write about my thoughts on self-publishing for awhile […]

QWEARY

YOU GUYS! I’ve coined a new word: QWEARY! que¬∑ry (noun) a¬†question;¬†an¬†inquiry. mental¬†reservation;¬†doubt. (Otherwise known as: EVERYTHING a writer has AT ALL TIMES) an¬†inquiry¬†from¬†a¬†writer¬†to¬†an¬†editor¬†of¬†a¬†magazine,¬†newspaper,¬†etc.,¬†regarding the¬†acceptability¬†of or¬†interest¬†in¬†an¬†idea¬†for¬†an¬†article,¬†news¬†story,¬†or¬†the¬†like:¬†usually¬†presented¬†in¬†the¬†form¬†of¬†a¬†letter that¬†outlines¬†or¬†describes¬†the¬†projected¬†piece¬†a literary agent begging for seeking representation for their completed novel. (verb) to¬†ask¬†or¬†inquire¬†about: (See: representation for a totally awesome YA novel!) to¬†question¬†as¬†doubtful¬†or¬†obscure:¬†to¬†query¬†a¬†statement. (See: me totally questioning my ability to write […]

That Time I Thought I Was Ready to Query was Kind of Like A Writer’s Premature Ejaculation

So, remember that one time in January of 2009 when I thought I was ready to query literary agents because I finished writing a novel and I thought that I was #TheMan.com? Not my finest hour. Or smartest. Or sanest. Actually, it was the worst. Picture this: Peekskill, 2009 … I finished writing my second […]

The 3 P’s

Persistence. Never giving up. Continuing on, steadfastly. Never forgetting your purpose, your goal, your destiny, even if the odds seem stacked against you. I insist on achieving my goals. I will be published. I need to start understanding that it might not happen in the timeline I have created for myself because NEWSFLASH, nothing happens […]

The Inherent Transience of Positivity

As a writer, by nature I am: ¬†Self-deprecating Self-absorbed ¬†Masochistic Narcissistic ¬†In constant need of attention and approval; basically, I need my ego stroked. At all times. … and that’s just the short list. So, given all those wonderful qualities that I possess when it comes to putting on the “writing” hat and becoming Writer […]