I am fortunate to write a monthly column for the Washington Independent Review of Books (WIRoB). I've attached links here for anyone who is interested. Also, if you have a moment, check out their website and the other columnists. A.E. Aymar's columns are a particular fave.

 

 

 

 

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March 20, 2017, "When Your Favorite Author Goes on Hiatus: A Reader's Perspective." There may be some fist shaking and breast beating in this one. As someone who started Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series and had to wait 22 years for it to conclude, I know something about waiting for the next book to come out. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/when-your-favorite-author-goes-on-hiatus

 

 

 

February 13, 2017, "Aesop's Analysis: The Famous Fables, Sibling Rivalry, and Why My Brother is Always Wrong." I think the title expresses it nicely. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/aesops-analysis

 

 

 

January 2, 2017, "Dear Friend: An Open Letter to 2017." My plea to 2016 to be a better year than 2016. I threaten to write a dystopian story. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/dear-friend

 

 

 

November 28, 2016, "No, Officer, I Swear I'm Not a Serial Killer: Researching the Daring, Dangerous, and Dark for Fun and Profit." I discuss my time as a citizen's police academy cadet. Such a cool experience!

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/no-officer-i-swear-im-not-a-serial-killer

 

 

 

October 17, 2016, "Teaching and Old Dog New Tricks: Honing My Work Habits a Thousand Words at a Time." I'm trying a new system where I write at least 1k a day for 300 days a year. We'll see how it goes. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/teaching-an-old-dog-new-tricks

 

 

 

September 19, 2016, "Balancing Act: Kids, Writing, and Taking Over the World." One of my rare completely serious posts. Its title sums it up well.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/balancing-act

 

 

 

August 22, 2016, "To Fangirl or Not to Fangirl: How Neil Gaiman Nearly Cost Me My Spock Card." It's my story about meeting Neil and the epic awkward interaction that followed.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/to-fangirl-or-not-to-fangirl

 

 

 

July 25, 2016, "Beryl Markham and Mattress Mary." It's about my visit to my mother-in-law's book group. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/beryl-markham-and-mattress-mary

 

 

June 27, 2016, "A Reader's Prerogative." It's basically arguing that while reviews are lovely, readers don't owe authors anything. Review. Not to Review. It's a reader's choice. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/a-readers-prerogative

 

 

 

May 30, 2016, "Genre Shaming." It's basically saying that what I like to read is my own business and what you like to read is yours. There's a lot of shaming for what people like to read going on and with the drop in the percentage of readers, I think we need to stop shaming and start encouraging people to read. Period. Regardless of genre.

 

 http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/genre-shaming

 

 

 

May 2, 2016, "Boring Stories without Dragons: What My Daughter Thinks of Mystery." Pretty self explanatory. :) I also ask readers what we can do to interest young readers in mysteries. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/boring-stories-without-dragons

 

 

 

April 4, 2016, "What's My Line, Anyway? The Don'ts (and dos) of Preparing for a Pitch Session." Lists my suggestions after having pitched to film agents at a Sisters in Crime conference in Hollywood. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/whats-my-line-anyway

 

 

March 7, 2016, "Viva La Revelation." This month I discuss how I overuse the word "but" and provide an example of a word "hit list" I use when I edit. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/viva-la-revelation

 

 

February 8, 2016, "Take My Children. Please." The subtitle is "Surviving SnOMG2016 with word count intact." After having my kids home for almost two weeks during a stowstorm, I still had to find ways to write and meet deadlines. I managed, but wasn't always easy to live with. Ahem.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/take-my-children.-please

 

 

January 11, 2016, "Labda Kesho." That's Swahili for "perhaps tomorrow." It's used liberally in Tanzania and I've used it many, many times in my life. However, it's not great for my word count, so I discuss strategies I use to meet my goals and keep to a timeline.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/labda-kesho

 

 

December 14, 2015, "5 Ways Not to Panic that the End is Nigh." A look back at the past 11 months and some strategies for dealing with the inevitable disappointment so you won't ruin your holiday cheer. It might be slightly tongue in cheek. Ahem.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/5-ways-not-to-panic-that-the-end-is-nigh

 

 

November 16, 2015, "My Cup Overfloweth." What happens when there are too many ideas and not enough time?

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/my-cup-overfloweth 

 

 

October 19, 2015, "Refilling the Well." What happens when your ideas dry up?

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/refilling-the-well

 

 

September 21, 2015, "A Bully's Pulpit." It's addressing online bullying between authors.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/a-bullys-pulpit

 

 

August 24, 2015, "Slings and Arrows." It's about how I deal with criticism. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/sticks-and-stones

 

 

July 27, 2015, "An Extrovert's Plight." It's a tongue-in-cheek piece about how introverts aren't the only one's who have difficulty at conferences. 

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/an-extroverts-plight

 

 

June 29, 2015, "Critique Checklist, or, 'Hey Am I Doing This Right?'"

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/critique-checklist-or-hey-am-i-doing-this-right

 

 

May 4, 2015, "What are Workshop Rules, and Why Do We Need Them?"


http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/what-are-workshop-rules-and-why-do-we-need-them

 

 

April 6, 2015, "What's a Writing Group Good for, Anyway?"

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/whats-a-writing-group-good-for-anyway

 

 

March 16, 2015,"Down with Hegemony." It's about the process of transitioning from academic to fiction writing.

 

http://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/features/down-with-hegemony