Writing On Privileged White Male Authors Masquerading as Females for Money

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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Writing The Crashing Tide

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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Writing Tabula rasa

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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Real Life American Dreams and All That Jazz

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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Writing #write_on

#write_on

I barely learned about this until I was parsing through my Facebook feed. I follow Chronicle Books, and they casually dropped this article on their feed called 30 People to Write for Letter Writing Month. I was intrigued. For one, it provides a wonderful list of people to write to, and secondly, it explained to …

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Projects 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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Writing Covered in gold inside my head

Covered in gold inside my head

Wayback Wednesdays are my weekly throwback series. Lead me to your water is the perfect companion piece to my entry from last Monday. Four years ago, I was floundering in my professional life. I was dying inside, wanting to tell stories and calling myself a writer but having no network to observe, no training to …

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Writing I’ve become a caricature

I’ve become a caricature

Today is the first in my weekly series called Manifest Mondays, where I will chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. What is the first thing you think of when someone tells you they are a writer by trade? I know what I think of: a hunched body with bloodshot eyes (insert gender here), …

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Real Life There’s something dying on the street

There’s something dying on the street

I was rejected from a job that I had very much convinced myself that I was going to get. I went into a very dark place, and of course, it all fell apart in public. I’m hesitant to share it but to hide it away wouldn’t be true to myself. Here we go: I want …

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Projects The arts are not a way to make a living

The arts are not a way to make a living

Post 20 of 24 They say you should never meet your heroes, they’ll only let you down. But what if you write them a letter asking for advice and they throw this blisteringly awesome observation in your face? You don’t have an excuse NOT to get into the arts anymore. It’s like daaaaamn, dropped the …

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