2019 Status Update

I've been putting more energy into writing than into blogging or this website (and I still think this website would be better as a static page instead of a blog, but, hey, life's too busy to complete that thought process and make a change).

This year, I sold my first short story, "Catch a Falling Star." It's a hopeful little story about finding hope in dark places and success in failure. You can find it in Triangulation: Dark Skies, edited by Diane Turschek and Chloe Nightingale, published by Parsec, Inc.

Early in the year, I started working on edits for The Guardian Mermaid but ultimately put it on the shelf for a little while. I might still come back to it some time in the future, but other projects were calling.

In the middle of the year, I made a lot of progress on my World of Prophecies world building and dove into a rewrite of the earlier draft. Then I realized I was still trying to introduce too many characters at once, and I came up with some delightful ideas for the series of antagonists, so I went back to untangling timelines and setting up conflicts.

When the Pitch Wars deadline was creeping up, a grad school bud encouraged me to try to get something ready to throw into pitch pile, so I went back to my YA Sci-Fi, Secret of the Stars. I didn't get edits done in time for the Pitch Wars window, but I latched my teeth into the draft and worked my way through to the end, NaNoWriMo Rebel style. This one is now in the hands of beta readers.

While I take a month away from Secret of the Stars, I'm tackling a middle grade fantasy project I started dreaming up a few months ago, inspired by my love of Redwall, Avatar: The Last Airbender, dragons, Animorphs, and a bundle of other things all together. Tentatively titled Dragon Scales, it is the saga of a mouse born with dragon magic in a world where mice aren't supposed to be able to do any magic at all.

As I look back through the year, I see growth. I'm growing in confidence. I'm growing in stamina--a different sort of stamina than the stamina that let me write nearly 500,000 words in one month. This is the stamina to stick with one specific project and choose not to let distractions get in my way.

I look forward to 2020 being a year of finishing things, querying things, building off of this year's growth.

(And maybe I'll find the time to do something about this website.)

Status Update: My Current Works in Progress

Greetings, readers!

I have made a few fun posts on Can't Fake Time, and this blog is feeling a little bit neglected by comparison. I might end up switching this over to a different platform than blogger and transforming into something a little more static while I continue to blog with Rachel over yonder. We'll see.

(Is that too much honesty?)

For now, here's a status update:

I'm currently querying:

  • The Guardian Mermaid, a YA fantasy retelling of The Little Mermaid.
    • In a nutshell: In this reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid," sisterhood is more than skin and scales. It is forged from a heartstring, tethered to a sword.
I'm currently (most actively) drafting:

  • Secret of the Stars, a YA sci-fi (or space fantasy, maybe?)
    • In a nutshell: Nix would give anything to be able to build doll-sized AI and make some actual friends who won't judge her for her origins. Once she has those friends, she'll cross wormholes and star systems to save them and one of her fathers from nefarious space pirates.
    • Status: Very First Draft. ~143 pages, ~2/3 through the intended storyline.

Can't Fake Time

After a month of planning and plotting and scheming, my best friend Rachel and I are launching our joint blog: Can't Fake Time.

Here's a snippet explaining the blog:
This blog will be about many things - from traveling the world to a warm bowl of mac'n'cheese on the couch, in yoga pants, watching Netflix. We are writers, teachers, foodies... 
But the core of this blog is truly the friendship that started it all. 
Eighteen years ago. If our friendship were a child, she would be going to college this year. 
As a culture, we don't talk enough about modern friendships between adults. How do you "break up" with a toxic friend? Can you still be friends, if you don't talk for months? Rom Coms and novels feature endless romance stories, of course, but your best friend isn't the sidekick in your love story. Friendship is an adventure wholly independent and worthwhile on its own.
I encourage you to head over there to enjoy posts about travel, cooking, literature, book and movie reviews, teaching, and other such delights.

Under Construction

All summer, I've been planning to create an updated author website. With only a few days left before I officially start setting up my classroom and preparing for students, I decided that today is as good a day as any to do it.

This whole thing is a work in progress, which will be inevitably disrupted by #TeamFolly wanting to play. (#TeamFolly = the combined efforts of my dogs, Fox and Lilly.)

All adorable #TeamFolly disruptions will be shared on their instagram account, Folly Friends.

Edit (7/27): Site Construction on the list:

  • Come up with a witty name or subtitle for the website
  • Debate endlessly about the visual design of the website
  • Continue to get distracted by #TeamFolly