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Coming clean in 2019

So I’ve kept this a secret for awhile now because it’s embarassing. Now that it’s been completed, I feel strong enough to do so. Also, because if you can’t be real on your blog, where can ya? I declared chapter 7 bankruptcy last year. So how did I get here? Simple. I finished grad school.…

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On Privileged White Male Authors Masquerading as Females for Money

Manifest Mondays are my playground to blabber on about the writing life. So, listening to Book Riot’s podcast episode #219 this past week, they mentioned that Riley Sager is a pen name for a fella named Todd Ritter. Jezebel broke the story. Every write up that followed – including Book Riot – made the clipped…

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The Artist’s Way

Manifest Mondays are where I chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. My earliest memory of writing as a child was being scolded for learning how to write my name and address in kindergarten. I proceeded to write it over and over on one page – both sides – because I liked the feel…

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The Crashing Tide

Manifest Mondays are where I chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. I got word last week that my thesis for my MFA was officially accepted. I would’ve been devastated if they didn’t take it, but I was informed by my program director that the letter is basically a formality. I don’t even care;…

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Tabula rasa

Manifest Mondays are where I chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. I decided to give up social media this month. I’ve done it a couple of times before. The first time – and obviously, first impressions stick with you – was the month I wrote “An Idol Story,” which I subsequently used for…

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American Dreams and All That Jazz

I had the opportunity to attend the opening night festivities of American Dreams: A Festival, hosted by the UNLV’s Black Mountain Institute and their newly adopted literary magazine, the Believer. It was nice to get out of my head for a few hours. I love Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It’s one of my…

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Continue reading To outline, or not to outline, that is the question

To outline, or not to outline, that is the question

Manifest Mondays are where I chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. Talk to a writer. Any writer at any point in their career: fledgling, published, J.K. Rowling. Each and every one of us will tell you a different thing about the writing process. One stickler that jumps out to me is to create…

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