Enchantia (Čarokraj): A Return to the Enchanted

What if you could rewrite your world every half century? Redesign the creatures, reassign the rulers, rewrite the book. And what if this magical book was an opera singer with a carousel dress of mythical creatures? On Sunday morning, I slipped on a black dress and rode a tram to the Národní divadlo (Prague’s National…

“Writing on the Edge” with Jillian Lauren

For five days at the AROHO Retreat, a successful author, poet, or playwright mentored small groups of students. My mentor was Jillian Lauren, author of the memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel Pretty. She’s also a talented spoken word storyteller for The Moth, and an overall rockin’ lady. Our small…

Interview with YA Author Susan Dennard

It was a pleasure to interview YA author Susan Dennard about her experience with NaNoWriMo and plotting trilogies! Check out the interview below reblogged from the Office of Letters and Light Blog. I Published My NaNo-Novel! Susan Dennard on Plotting Trilogies, Word Wars, and Publishing Camp NaNoWriMo is gearing up for July, and many of…

Are 100 Words Enough to Tell a Story?

Recently, I took my first stab at flash fiction in the form of one hundred words. The challenge came from 100 Word Story, an online literary magazine that showcases fiction stories of, you guessed it, exactly one hundred words. Imagine one paragraph to tell an entire story. A few weeks ago, my MUG Writing Group…

The MUG Spring Retreat 2013

Originally posted on mugsters:
At the end of the Santa Barbara Pier. From left: Ari, Andrea, Anthony, Taylor. Photo by Cynthia. At Zaytoon. Photo by Cynthia. This past weekend we held the second annual MUG Writing Retreat in Santa Barbara. Between hours of writing furiously (a certain member *cough* Anthony *cough* wrote 8,000 words!), we…

Photo Story: The Young Writers Program, Authors-to-be, and You

Another one of my photo stories written for the Office of Letters and Light and reblogged here to highlight the amazing young authors of the San Francisco Bay Area: Photo Story: The Young Writers Program, Authors-to-be, and You Eight daring YWP Wrimos picked up the microphone and shared their novels during the “Thank Goodness It’s…

Untold Stories from Elsewhere :: Middle East

My article reblogged from the Office of Letters and Light site: Untold Stories from Elsewhere :: Middle East During the month of November, we’ve discovered new friends and neighbors at write-ins in local coffee shops and libraries. We’ve memorized every valley, dive bar, and street sign in our fictional worlds. We’ve even sketched a map of the Tupazel…

Holy Smokes, I’ve Arrived in NaNoLand!

This was my first week working with the Office of Letters and Light (OLL), an awesome nonprofit that puts on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s not like any office I’ve ever worked in. It must be all of those letters and light. The staff approaches every project with innovation, dedication, and most importantly humor….