Oh, and I spent my time on the plane watching The Desolation of Smaug and reading The Longest Night by karabraden (which I’d been saving for this very purpose) - WOW what a great book, I loved every minute! Highly recommended!

Aww, thank you! I’m so glad Ian and Cecily were in good company.

And now I want to see a showdown between Cecily and Smaug. She would so not take any shit from him.

"Yeah, yeah, death and destruction. My fiance’s a fucking lawyer. Get over it."

"This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron fillings. Ideas come. Insights accrete."

Steven Pressfield (via leavesdancing)

This is so true and so beautifully said. For me, it doesn’t matter what I write, so long as I write. After a day of writing, I can write even more the next day and the next and so on. Taking a day off is painful. Taking three days off is crippling, leaving me struggling to find even a few hundred words to put on the page by the time day four comes around.

The more you write, the more you can write.

(Source: writingquotes, via leavesdancing)


writing tip: if in doubt add more dragons. if not in doubt add more dragons. dragons dragons dragons. “but it wouldn’t work out” I hear you say YOU ARE WRONG AND NEED THREE MORE DRAGONS “but it’s a romantic drama” you tell me well tough cookies friend you’re gonna need like eight more dragons. nine more. like maybe twelve. DRAGONS

Ooh. Maybe that’s why I’ve been struggling with my next book. No dragons.

There are dragons in the Shenandoah River Valley area, right? And dragons would be awesome for a military/security contracting company. What better bodyguard for a diplomat than a giant, fire-breathing, idiot-eating dragon?

(via shinysherlock)

My interview is up!

Man, Oh, Man.



Okay, many of you may know I tweet, and most of it is absolutely goony stuff not even worth reading. HOWEVER.

Sometimes, cool stuff happens.

Today on twitter, I challenged by writers friends to list the themes that drive their stories, with the hashtag #MyThemesAre

And as happens sometimes, it kind of exploded. Writers of games, movies, novels and comics all have posted the secret engines of their stories. 

For me, the common themes are: 1) Search for identity, 2) escape from isolation, and 3) finding hope even in despair. 

This hashtag is amazingly inspirational and sometimes thrilling, it made me want to write all day.

People like Jane Esponson, Joss Whedon, Phil Plait, Greg Pak, Bryan Q. Miller, and lots, lots more have responded with cool answers that really make you think.

Theme is what separates the craftsperson from the artist. Your work has to have something to say, it can’t just be events.

Anyway, if you are an aspiring writer, or even if you just are interested in the thinking behind the story, check out #MyThemesAre on twitter.

You guys probably know by now, I really want to help turn as many ASPIRING writers into WORKING writers as possible, that’s why I did comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com and that’s why I started this hashtag.

It’s useful stuff, I think. Please take advantage! :)

I replied to this on Twitter, but it’s really making me look at how PROFOUNDLY uncomfortable I am with calling myself an artist, even though I am a working writer. I’m not sure what’s up there, but it’s worth me thinking it over.

This is fantastic. Thank you for posting this!

(In case you’re wondering, mine are recovery, consent, and realism.)

Publishers Weekly interview!

I just had an amazing interview with Rose Fox from Publisher’s Weekly.

Stop by their site tomorrow (8/29) and listen as I talk about The Longest Night, what it’s like being a writer in fandom, and more.


Occasionally, coffee is an option.
In the absence of tea and coffee, go-the-hell-away is also a valid option.

Occasionally, coffee is an option.

In the absence of tea and coffee, go-the-hell-away is also a valid option.

(Source: emmisnotshortforemma, via leavesdancing)

Want a bookmark and signed bookplate?

It’s currently 12:46 p.m. Arizona time on August 27. I’m going out to the post office today, because zombies.

If you want a bookmark and signed bookplate, drop me an ask with your snail mail address, and I’ll send ‘em to the first three people who respond before I actually get out of the shower and find pants.



Just for you guys, all formats of “Upfront” are now available for free at the link above, permanently. Y’all have been so supportive. So if you haven’t had a chance to grab this yet, here you go! :)

Just a reminder, everything is fixed here now, sorry for the earlier goof!