For MMGM: What Does the Perfect Middle Grade Novel Look Like?

One week ago I attended the SCBWI Carolinas conference, and had such a great time! It’s been a couple years since I’ve been able to drive down and participate in all three days, and it was great to have the time this year to see (almost) everyone I wanted to see and spend more time […]

The End of the Alligator Days

Hello, dear friends! How was your summer? Mine was lovely–all that I hoped it could be, and soo restorative! I am energized and enthused and ready for the writing and editing projects of the fall. Plus the fun of faires and festivals, pumpkin days and crisp leaves raining from a clear blue sky. I love […]

An Authorial Survival Guide to the Submission Roller Coaster

How do you do amusement parks?  Are you someone who dashes from one roller coaster to the next, or would you rather watch the stroller and bag while you munch your hot roasted almonds?  If you’re an author, you will find yourself repeatedly tossing aside your cotton candy and climbing on the submission roller coaster, […]

Happy Leap Day! Plus, a shout-out for Nanny X Returns, for MMGM

It’s that magical day that we all get to time travel forward an extra day!  None of this mundane aging stuff for us today.  Thanks to a bit of creative calendaring,  on February 29th we leap through the day, glide through time, and zing through space on a giant floating ball that suddenly feels younger. […]

Shout out for Septimus Heap, preview of goals for 2016, and winner announced!

Since this is my last post of the year, it has to do the work of three–but that’s alright.  Tis the season to multi-task, even if you’re just a humble blog post. First up, I’d like to announce the winner of The Goblin’s Puzzle!  The prize is a hardcover copy that will be signed by […]

What I Wish I’d Known for my First Nano

It’s November 2nd, and all around the world writers and their families have divided emotions.  On the one hand, they’re sure to feel excitement, the thrill of the adventure in writing tingling through their veins.  The clean white pages await, and the month’s potential is limitless. On the other hand, they may feel a sense […]

Where Will Life Take You?

I was recently chatting with a friend, discussing wander lust, and wondering why mine isn’t quite as bad as it used to be.  Then it hit me–I live vicariously through my characters, and so get to explore fantastic worlds and enjoy far off adventures on a regular basis!  Such is the joy of being a […]

When to Tell a Character Enough is Enough

I’m a fan of realistic characters, that are capable of taking on a life of their own and steering the story in wild new directions.  Sometimes, I’ve had a character that was meant to by a wallflower show up and make friends with my main character, and the two of them become such best buds […]

Creating myths, busting them up, and writing them down

Do you guys miss me?  Was the summer dry and boring, without Apricot-kitty’s weekly opine on all things middle grade and literary?  Well, huzzah and hooray, cause I’m back!  The summer was fabulous, and the fall promises to be wonderful as well.  It’ll bring a couple changes to the blog–fall is good for change–in that […]

Shout out for Description, and round up of Middle Grade links

Could that subject/title be any more boring?  Perhaps if I passed out prizes.  Clearly it’s a good thing I’m taking a short break from my summer break to put up a post–if my absence lasted any longer, I’d probably forget where to find my blog!  So far the break has been glorious, however, for reading, […]