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To the Little Girl Who Couldn’t Read: An Intellectual Biography

For my history honors program at Emory University, we have to write an Intellectual Biography (a story of our academic journey). I thought I’d post it below (with some embellishments of course)… The Beginning… In first grade, my mother found out I couldn’t read when she accidentally skipped a page in my favorite picture book… Read More To the Little Girl Who Couldn’t Read: An Intellectual Biography

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Zero to Hero?

via GIPHY Since spring of 2011, I have been working on a project that has taken many forms throughout the years and stood as my education in WRITING. It started first as BENEATH THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK, a book with little plot coherency, horrible pacing, and a word count of fewer than 50,000 words when its… Read More Zero to Hero?

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What am I up to?

I am at the point in the semester where everything is barreling at me with the speed of a runaway train…but it’s fine…really… And even though my impending doom is nigh I have decided to attempt and fail at National Novel Writing Month (for the second time). It’s a sacred time where all of your… Read More What am I up to?

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Long time no see…

via GIPHY Hello everyone! Sorry I have been gone so long! I have been in the middle of a massive revise and resubmit on my novel since the end of December (moving from present tense to past tense…..oh, boy). What I think of my revision skills: via GIPHY My actual revision skills: via GIPHY Also,… Read More Long time no see…

How to Write Mystery, Writing

The Four Movements of a Traditional Mystery, Horror, or Thriller Story

Look at almost any traditional mystery or horror story and you’ll find that each follows FOUR movements (are the theories of how films are made/structured). In this discussion, I will be using film to dissect the Four Movements of Mystery and Horror (and in some cases thrillers). The one thing that Mysteries, Horror, and Thrillers… Read More The Four Movements of a Traditional Mystery, Horror, or Thriller Story

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Rejection Though…

I “finally” received a response from the literary agent who requested my full in early July. It was a no, but not even just a no, but the dreaded form rejection. I won’t lie and say that wasn’t completely disheartening—or rather like a punch to the gut by John Cena, and John Cena loves everyone.… Read More Rejection Though…