Waking up from writing

This summer I was tasked with rewriting one of my old manuscripts. For those of you who have read my drafts along the way, it was yet another rewrite of Kricket. I have no idea what draft number I’m on with this thing. I wrote the first draft in 2010, and it’s been a pain…

Guest post by Amanda Mills: Screw you, comfort zone

Most of my life I have struggled with depression. This sentence is very uncomfortable to me for 2 reasons: 1. “Struggled with” sounds so dramatic and trite, but there have been times when it really was a struggle; and 2. I have never really opened up about it like this. Sure, I may have mentioned…

Lightwood: greed in gritty Florida

I have been a fan of Steph Post since I read her debut A Tree Born Crooked a couple of years ago. With her sophomore novel Lightwood, Post reminds us that she is an amazing talent who has claimed her position in the southern noir genre. Judah Cannon is released from prison, and there’s no…

Laura Albert: Liar, Genius, or Both?

The documentary opens with a dewy-eyed Winona Ryder on the microphone at some event, gushing about her love for JT LeRoy. But who is JT LeRoy? I remember hearing about literary darling JT LeRoy some time in 2001 from one of my friends who is more aware of artistic trends than I’ve ever been. The…

Anxiety is clogging my brain

I’ve been blocked lately. Historically I don’t stay blocked long, but this time is different. I wish there was some kind of Miralax for the writer’s soul. It started in October. I had overdosed on news and my creativity started to suffer. I eventually turned a corner in November and started up again. But lost…

Gearing up for a Panda party!

On the Bricks was released by Pandamoon Publishing out of Austin. One of the things that makes Pandamoon different from larger publishers is that we are a close-knit group. This includes the authors, editors, publishers, artists, and PR staff. Thanks to the internet we interact daily. And now, several of us are taking it to…

It’s a Pitch Party in Chicago, y’all!

Where: C2E2 Booth 142, Pandamoon Publishing, South Building at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (Note: Ticket to convention required, purchased separately) When: April 21 1PM & 4PM; April 22 1PM & 4PM; April 23 11AM & 1PM How: Sign-up starts at 10AM each day; maximum 20 pitches per slot. Stop by Booth 142 and…

Girls can murder, too

Murder Girls by Christine Morgan completely took me by surprise, and I love that. It came to my attention because it was edited by my internet-bestie (she might not feel the same way so don’t tell her I said that) Melodie Ladner. Melodie writes Facebook status updates that make me spit my coffee at the…

Find your inner pretentious dish

What pretentious hipster food is lurking in your soul? Find out here! Select the food assigned to your birth month- January: Julienned February: Tempura-battered March: Truffle-infused April: Curried May: Twice-baked June: Capicola-wrapped July: Locally-sourced August: Artisanal September: Moroccan-spiced October: Pureed November: Cocoa-crusted December: Braised Next find the date of your birth- 1.     Pancetta 2.    Gouda 3.    Brussels sprout(s) 4.    Asparagus 5.    Duck…

This friggin’ day

I went to bed last night with high hopes for my Tuesday. The kids went back to school Monday from Christmas break, and I was riding high on my newly rediscovered independence and I had plans. But since it’s winter in Michigan, no plans are ever safe. The snow day call came in at 6:07…

THE NIGHT OF: best miniseries ever

I usually only binge-watch shows that I can use as background noise. You know what I mean. Those shows that we love but don’t require our full attention. A friend recently recommended the HBO miniseries The Night Of to me, and I went into it with the attitude that it would be a background-binge while…

Divorce: a gift from celebrities

I promise I’m not one to enjoy the suffering of others. But with all of the terrible things in the news every single day, I’m so relieved for a big fat celebrity divorce. Today the headlines include slideshows of Brad and Angelina’s life together. We have timelines of their previous relationships. We have statements from…