That Expat Girl’s Guide to Writing a Novel | Part 1: Ideas

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work. Stephen King, Awaken This post is the first in a series on the novel writing process. Follow me or subscribe to be notified as soon as a new post goes live. I’m going to tell you a secret.Continue reading “That Expat Girl’s Guide to Writing a Novel | Part 1: Ideas”

That Expat Girl’s Guide to Writing a Novel

A couple weeks ago, I wrote the first post in what I intended to become a series on the editing part of writing a novel. Editing is the place I’m in right now, and I was super excited to share my editing journey with you. But coming back to write the second part of theContinue reading “That Expat Girl’s Guide to Writing a Novel”

Boyars, Orphans, and Other Creatures of the Night: Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Deathless Girls

If you’d told me several months ago that within the next few weeks, I’d be completely consumed by a teenage vampire novel, I would’ve laughed. But The Deathless Girls is so much more…

That Expat Girl edits a novel | Part I: Editing Goals

If, like me, you currently have a sprawling, vaguely-sensical monstrosity of a first novel draft on your hands, you may very well be wondering what to do with it. Let’s figure it out together.

The Call to Adventure

Imagine this. The day has grown late. Outside the windows, the sun is setting, the sky is purpling, and the first stubborn stars have started peeking through the veil of night. It’s been a good, restful day, but before parting ways, you and your Player 2 decide to take a walk around the nearby common.Continue reading “The Call to Adventure”

A Spark in the Darkness: Liz Hyder’s Bearmouth

Read my original post on The Book Slut here. “You sed it taykes one person to start a revolushun, but that ent true is it? Taykes more than one. One to start it and uvvers to believe it can happen.” Bearmouth, by Liz Hyder The genderless protagonist of Liz Hyder’s Bearmouth goes by the nameContinue reading “A Spark in the Darkness: Liz Hyder’s Bearmouth”

Edit

edit /ehd-it/ (verb, with object) | A long, dismal process of rearranging broken things, aligning the ragged edges of mis-matched puzzles, filing too-sharp points to polished facets and hiding the unfinished corners. Trace over fracture lines with molten gold; find diamonds to set in the pockmarks. Perhaps the thing is not a ruin after all.Continue reading “Edit”

After Narnia (a Flash Fic)

When Lily Underwood, Queen of the Eight Lands, Empress upon the mountain, Consort of the God-king Achram Lord of Light, and Goddess of the Five Seas and the Islands of Orawn stepped back through the wardrobe door, she found that not a moment had passed. Her scepter was gone, and her royal robes, and sheContinue reading “After Narnia (a Flash Fic)”

Altered Memories and Other Worlds: My Top Five Reads of 2019

Read my original post on The Book Slut here. Let’s be honest, 2019 went way too quickly, and regretfully, I didn’t manage to get as far through my TBR list as I’d hoped. Whereas in 2018, I read a ton of YA fantasy, 2019 saw me branching out more, turning back towards more literary newContinue reading “Altered Memories and Other Worlds: My Top Five Reads of 2019”