Every time I look at the upcoming January YA releases, I get a little sad. As some of you know, I've been working on a novel about Elisabeth Bathory since about 2010. Over the summer of 2018, I put forth a real effort to try to finish it, didn't quite get there, and then wrote … Continue reading when your idea was someone else's, part 2
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I talk a little about my inspiration for the first book in the Wolf Point series over on the Hitchhikers page, but as I continue the series I feel the need to talk about an inspiration that has actually helped me to build the world of the Wolf Point series. One day, I was looking … Continue reading inspirations: wolf point
This week I am examining the common formula for a story about demon possession, using the following 5 movies: Start with a young woman, just hitting puberty. The Exorcist: Regan is a 12-year-old girl The Exorcism of Emily Rose: Emily is college-aged young woman The Last Exorcism: Nell is a teenage girl The Possession: … Continue reading the Possession Story formula
Most of the time, TV is a huge distraction for my writing. But other times, television can inspire action. I usually end up sitting at my sewing machine when I watch "Project Runway." It's something about those designers sewing an entire outfit in a matter of hours that makes me feel guilty about that dress … Continue reading Television as inspiration
When I was a teenager I had a file that I labelled "inspiration." It contained articles about authors who had been published as teens. And as I grew older and I added more articles to the folder, I hoped that my competitive streak would flare up and get me writing. The first article I put … Continue reading “inspiration”
I went to the midnight showing of "The Hunger Games" Thursday/Friday... then on Friday night, Janina was going to see the movie again so I was left to my own devices, none of which included writing. I shouldn't be so harsh on myself; I did do some research on literary agents, etc. Put together some … Continue reading The Hunger Games: distraction or inspiration?
It's November 2nd, which means Nanowrimo has started again! Yesterday I managed over 1,900 words and my goal for tonight is to get to 3,500 before American Horror Story comes on. My novel this November is called "Cabin Fever." Up until about Oct. 25th I had no idea what I was going to write about, so I went over … Continue reading and so it begins…
Recently I've been doing a lot of editing as a Goodreads librarian. I started by adding book covers to all the novels on my shelves that were missing covers, which led me to find some of the missing covers to my favorite middle school series like Sleepover Friends on the blog Cliquey Pizza. Looking through … Continue reading back to the beginning
Recently I read the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which is just such a cool book that I've been telling everyone about it. Basically, the author took a bunch of weird old photographs and wrote a story around them. He certainly had some really, really weird photos, from people who … Continue reading inspiration!