Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chris Colfer: Actor, singer, and writer

I watched Chris Colfer for years on Glee, falling in love with Kurt. He was such a genuine and true character. He was a supportive friend and charismatic. Chris Colfer brought him to life. Recently, I discovered that Chris started writing his own young adult books. As an aspiring children’s book publisher, I was ecstatic and raced […]

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Where to begin?

Starting a novel is only the beginning of the hours of strife and toil and writers block that await you. I’ve spent too much time researching the best place to start, to no avail. Frankly, the best place to begin is at the beginning. I know that’s not much help, but it’s all I’ve got. […]

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A Red Argument

Sundays are the end of the week. It’s often called a “day of rest.” Crawling out of my bed in the morning is a grand feat. So on Sundays, I’m going to push myself to complete one little writing prompt. Join in if you want, get those creative energies flowing! Prompt: write a scene showing […]

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21st Century Wizard of Oz

One perk about working in book publishing: free books. At a career fair I received a copy of the new book Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. It takes place decades after Dorothy left Oz. The catch? Dorothy returned to OZ and became a relentless leader, controlling all magic. I read the book in one afternoon (partly due […]

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42 Press: Rediscovering the overlooked

The second half of my NYU Summer Publishing Institute was as intense and time-consuming as the first half. As with the magazine portion, we were divided into groups and given an imprint to launch. My group was assigned science fiction and fantasy books. From that emerged 42 press (named after the infamous answer to the meaning […]

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Writer in transition

A lot happened over the course of this last year. I finished college and graduated. I moved to New York for the summer and completed the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. I look back to where I was just a year ago and it’s crazy. I’ve grown as a writer, student, and adult. As my time […]

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Beautiful Words

Cellar door: [English compound noun] has often been used as an example of a word or phrase which is beautiful in terms of phonaesthetics (google definitions). I can kind of see why this is often considered the most beautiful combination of words. Cellar door. There is something so smooth and clean about it. It almost […]

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