2018: The Year of Focus

Inspiration, Writing

In the awesome I Am A Writer Facebook group, Sarah Werner of the Write Now podcast asked, “Do any of you choose a ‘One Word’ of the year?” She chose the word focus, and I am unabashedly stealing it for my word of the year, too. The Thieves of Traska has been a work in […]

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Writing that thing you HAVE to get published

Inspiration, Personal story, Writing, Writing Wednesday

Throughout undergrad, my professors talked about having a healthy level of arrogance about our writing. It’s right there between being confident and being an asshole. Mostly I’ve just been trying to reach the confident point—where I can objectively look at something I wrote and say, “Yes, this is a good piece people may read.” Just […]

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Saying Goodbye: Words of Wisdom from Sarah Domet

Inspiration, Writing

Last night, I went to a conversation with authors Sarah Domet and Jonathan Rabb at The Book Lady Bookstore. The event promoted the paperback release of The Guineveres, Domet’s debut novel. For the umpteenth time, I crowded in with the rest of a gaggle of Savannah’s writing and reading community. Toward the end of the […]

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A lucky find at The Book Lady Bookstore

Inspiration, Reading

Over the weekend, I went to the latest Seersucker Live reading in Savannah. It was my first in a while, which I was shamed for, and I brought my brother along, too. We arrived early and poked around the back shelves of The Book Lady. I ended up in the cooking section, trying to diffuse […]

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2018: The Year of Focus


Inspiration, Writing

In the awesome I Am A Writer Facebook group, Sarah Werner of the Write Now podcast asked, “Do any of you choose a ‘One Word’ of the year?” She chose the word focus, and I am unabashedly stealing it for my word of the year, too. The Thieves of Traska has been a work in […]

January 17, 2018

Killing the Darlings You Least Expect


Writing

It’s a well-known adage writers abide by: ‘kill your darlings.’ Find those self-indulgent bits of writing that make you feel good but don’t do anything for your story, and cut ’em out. The more we practice our craft, the better we get at recognizing and excising these darlings. Better, but not perfect. Since I started […]

December 27, 2017

“Look What You Made Me Do”: Another Taylor Swift earworm


Music, Reviews

Following the “Bad Blood” attack on Katy Perry, and the self-parody of “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift has a new song inspired by her clickbait-headline-friendly behavior. Whether it’s another breakup or her inspiring and validating sexual assault testimony, we just can’t look away. Unsurprisingly, she couldn’t follow through with her earlier attitude toward her reputation and […]

October 13, 2017