General Thoughts · Japan

Swallowed By the Waves: Remembering Tohoku 2011

Five years ago, I woke to a text from my sister that there had been an earthquake in Japan. I thought little of it, lying in my bed in Ohio. Only a few weeks beforehand, an earthquake there had appeared on the evening news. In America, where a 4.0 can destroy houses, it’s difficult for… Continue reading Swallowed By the Waves: Remembering Tohoku 2011

Comedy · Everyday Life · Why I'm a Ridiculous Person

Recycling and Me: A Melodrama

Recycling: what is it? Is it the thing where instead of throwing out that old T-shirt, you clean a floor with it? Is it putting aluminum cans in a bin? Or is it a vicious battle of individual versus bureaucracy that won’t end until one side perishes? Every country has its own recycling mandates, and… Continue reading Recycling and Me: A Melodrama

Novels · Publishing · Saint Flaherty Series · What Boys Are Made Of

What Boys Are Made Of Final Preview: Chapter 3

Less than six days until book day, and it’s time for a final preview of What Boys Are Made Of! Yeah, I know. This time next week, I will officially be a published author. Well, okay, yes, my short story was published last fall, but now I will have a book for sale! Oh, wait,… Continue reading What Boys Are Made Of Final Preview: Chapter 3

Advice · Novels · Writing

How to Review a Book in 4 Easy Steps

What’s a writer’s best friend? Reviews. But I hear the same question from readers all the time: how the heck do I write one? Reviews are an important part of any book’s life. Their main function is to let other people know whether it’s worth buying or not. How many times have we picked up… Continue reading How to Review a Book in 4 Easy Steps

Advice · Opinion · Words · Writing

The Ten Commandments of Writing

Most of writing is pretty subjective. What styles we use, adjectives we choose, the rhythms and phrasing—they all depend on the author’s voice. That said, there are a few things we can all agree are pretty awful no matter who writes them. Not with characterization or plotting or world-building, but with the building blocks we all use:… Continue reading The Ten Commandments of Writing

Novels · Publishing · Saint Flaherty Series · What Boys Are Made Of · Writing

What Boys Are Made Of Preview: Chapter 2

Thirteen days until What Boys Are Made Of is released, and the clock is ticking down. Last week I posted Chapter 1, told from Simon’s point of view. This week the perspective shifts to Erin in chapter 2. Why multiple point of views? It’s a style I enjoy, showing people through the eyes of others.… Continue reading What Boys Are Made Of Preview: Chapter 2