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Sep 03,2015

There are many authors who will disagree with me on the idea that tools matter. “Oh, I just use Word for everything. Sure, I know it’s not really designed to handle novel-length manuscripts, and yes, it does start to choke once you get past the eighty thousand word mark, and well I suppose it does tend to crash unexpectedly and lose hours of work now and then. But it’s what I know.”

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Sep 01,2015

File 32043Yes, it’s true. I am weird, even by Young Adult author standards. Yet somehow I have been given more or less unfettered access to this site for the entire month of September! I was born in September, by the way. On the 22nd, which happens to be the same day as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. But I digress…

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Aug 31,2015

It's been wonderful to spend this month with you, lovely pups. I can't believe it's over already.

Read widely, write weirdly, become obsessed, turn off the world and all the lights, write in the dark, write from the middle of yourself--that tucked away middle between your ribs and your stomach--write the world falling apart and growing back together. Write. Write. Write.

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Aug 31,2015

A small sampling of the books and authors I'm rather obsessed with.

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Aug 27,2015

Some observations on writing contemporary fiction.

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Aug 24,2015

Look at all dem flowing locks! Yep, Eddie Vedder and yours truly are here to chat about productivity.

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Aug 21,2015

Now that you've got a swirling mass of an idea how do you get that beast into formation? It's first draft time, baby. 

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Aug 14,2015

Good morning, dear readers. Today I am writing to you from my beloved local cafe. I've spent the past couple of hours sipping a latte and scribbling in my notebook. This week I began to feel the delicious beginnings of something--a new idea on the brew! So I thought I'd write to you about how I start a new project. 

It starts with dreaming.

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Aug 12,2015

Oh insideadoggers, today I am unwell. I left the house all singing and cruisy and off to work only to be attacked by the dreaded fever and back home by lunchtime. I rubbed oil of oregano on my feet, drank broth with loads of garlic, watched Mansfield Park and felt wretched. Now I'm off to curl up with a fave book. 

So in honour of that here are my top five comfort reads. 

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Aug 07,2015

Hola! Today I'm gonna write about getting inspired and mostly about what I find inspiring. 

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