This messy new story is starting to fall into place, in my brain at least, if not yet on the page.

(maybe at the point to write a temporary blurb & throw it up on my website soon)

EDIT: a VERY loose/rough blurb is now on my website. You’ll notice there’s almost no mention of plot  as I’m not far enough into it to know that yet :p *forever-pantser*

So, where am I at?

Mostly it’s the idea(s)

I think most writers are familiar with spots in a first draft where writing flows easily, and where it feels like you’ve taken a nude-dive into a patch of cacti and now have the tweezer-assisted task of removing each and every one of those prickly spines.

(uhm, yeah. sorry about that visual…)

Beginnings are like… well, they’re the most effortless part of writing for me. I get caught up in a

…and boy, has this post been kicking my ass…

I’ve never spent so much time writing and re-writing a single blog post before… On-and-off I’ve been working on this since the middle of January, and this is the 5th time I’ve completely deleted/re-written everything because there are a lot of angles I could come at this from, and none of them really worked.

BUT, I promised someone I’d write

Starting this post off with a weird admission:

I’ve never fallen in love.

I’ve grown to love many people, but I’ve never experienced that thing people talk about, an instant connection of sorts, a hyper-awareness, an overwhelming desire to be with/around that person (we use the word ‘fall’ for a reason) whether you consider that to be mix of chemicals flooding through the brain or something

Writing YA Fiction
Moderator: kc Dyer (writer)
Carrie Mac (writer), Kat Brzozowski (editor), Eileen Cook (writer)

KCD: Kat, what’s hot in the acquisitions world?

KB: Contemp YA is still hot, one coming out in January about a girl de-virgining the boys of her school called ‘Firsts’, so Contemps with a romance & strong voice are still really working.

KCD: If you were going to define the

This was the third time I’ve gone to this conference, and while I shy away from claiming anything is ‘the best’, I think this is the year I got the most pure enjoyment out of the experience.

My first year, SiWC 2013, was so overwhelming that I don’t think I retained a whole heck of a lot… other than the physical notes I took during the workshop and the ongoing friendship with a few local

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I love Friday the 13th, and here’s my latest reason to love them:

Today, I signed on with Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Yes, that’s right.

No, no need to check your calendars. This isn’t an April Fools post.

Are you stunned? Yeah, me too. The past two weeks have been a little like living in a constant state of delirium (meant

I know, I know, I’m a week late 🙂

Forgive me?

My right arm (the more dominant one) has been slightly ‘out’ of the rotary cuff for approximately 7 weeks, which makes typing quite painful, so I’ve been limiting my computering (yes, that is totally a word in my dictionary :p) to the essentials.

AAAAAAAAND, since my last post, there’s been a lot of essential computering 🙂

Today/this weekend I’m

Make Believe
Carrie Mac

Make believe:

write what is already there – speaks to the imagination/research/etc. Have to distill a view, hone into the details that bring something to life

make the words fit the picture – when you don’t, that’s when readers won’t believe you. That’s the larger part of work, that’s where you can get stuff.

Many ideas came due to past career as a paramedic.

Action Scenes
Sam Sykes

Action scenes do include fight scenes, but is not the extent. Other kinds of action sequences: Where the priorities shift, a woman in a  hospital sees a doctor come in and tenses up. An argument. A court when a verdict is coming in. The act of receiving information.  Even playing chess – something that the characters care about, mundane things that for the characters are