#5onFri: Five Ways to Deal with Burnout

#5onFri: Five Ways to Deal with Burnout

It seems like burnout is the new black. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about their experiences with burnout or exhibiting some pretty obvious symptoms.  Writers aren’t impervious to the affliction. You can definitely deal with burnout in the traditional ways of alcohol and a good venting session with your friends. But there are other… Read more »

Writing, Enrique, and the Matter of Luck

Writing, Enrique, and the Matter of Luck

A few years ago, a friend of mine, a young Spanish teacher named Gia, bought tickets to an Enrique concert. She has spent much of her adult life in love with the singer, Enrique Iglesias. He is her idol, someone she compares all other men to. His is the only music she listens to; her… Read more »

All about Chapter Books

All about Chapter Books

Hello! Welcome back to the kid lit craft column where I’ve decided to do a series on all the different types of kid lit. That’s right! We are going to be covering everything from picture books to middle grade and in between! In my first post of this series, I covered everything picture books. You… Read more »

May 2022 Leisure Learning

May 2022 Leisure Learning

Greetings and felicitations, word nerds! Who’s signed up for a summer reading program? I know that by the time this is published, I shall be registered. If you are an adult who also takes part in a local summer reading program, let me know in the comments! I’d love to know what you’re reading and… Read more »

What My MFA Taught Me & What I Learned on My Own

What My MFA Taught Me & What I Learned on My Own

It’s been almost ten years since I graduated with my MFA in Creative Writing, so I’ve had a little time to reflect on the experience. Fresh from my graduation in 2012, I was certain I’d whip through finishing my novel and the book would be out the next year. Right? Wrong. It’s 2022, and my… Read more »

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: My Auto-Buy Authors

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: My Auto-Buy Authors

While I work on part 2 of my Sherlockiana post, here is another I promised—my auto-buy authors. You know what series I buy on sight (and don’t miss part 2 here). Now you will know the authors who inspire similar devotion in me.  My Auto-Buy Authors Rhys Bowen When I started reading mysteries more often… Read more »