Kick(start) in the Caboose!
Jun28

Kick(start) in the Caboose!

Kickstarting a new project can be exciting! Who am I kidding? It’s a scary, brain-scrambling, daunting, dodge-worthy, and doubt-developing process. A kick in the rear is necessary (at least for me) to get the momentum needed to push through a new WIP (Work In Progress). The first few ideas start out as a jumbled mess, then they grow into beasts that have to be fed, walked (so the crap can be dumped), and tamed. Each new book is...

Read More
UtopYA Con 2015 Kallie-Style
Jun15

UtopYA Con 2015 Kallie-Style

This week UtopYA Con is on like Donkey Kong, and I’m excited to see old friends and make new ones! There are some great panels I’m looking forward to attending, including two that I’ll be moderating. I’m giving away book swag on Friday, and signing Descent and Defend on Saturday. Plus, the UtopYA Con Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday evening. It’s going to be one jam-packed, fun-filled week! Here are...

Read More
BEA, Besties, & the Bounty!
Jun03

BEA, Besties, & the Bounty!

Book Expo America is a leg-numbing, crowd-cramming, novel-nabbing tradition for me each Spring. The adventure has taken place in New York City every year I’ve attended, and it never fails that in addition to having great friends with me, I make more wonderful buddies along the way. Bloggers, librarians, and industry professionals, oh my! BEA is all about connections. Learning about people and their passion and standing/sitting...

Read More
Superwriter Series #4: Wonder Woman vs. Humble Woman
May19

Superwriter Series #4: Wonder Woman vs. Humble Woman

Humility is not something we all strive for. We want to be wonderful! Do you remember watching Wonder Woman as a small child and wanting to have a cool headband and indestructibly cute bracelets? It took a long time for us to grow into the woman we’ve become, but we are wonderfully, intricately woven together with talents and a personality that make us unique. Some days we feel empowered and ready to take on the world, but other...

Read More
Superwriter Series #3: Batman vs. Butman
May12

Superwriter Series #3: Batman vs. Butman

Yes, I meant But-man! I’m sure you’d prefer Butt-man, BUT today I want to talk about conjunctions and other writing tools that have played a big part in my writing. I’m an English teacher, and there’s no way that part of me will ever not be in my writing. To be honest, I’m not perfect. My students can tell you. The rules are always changing, and the most prolific authors are known for pushing, if not...

Read More
Superwriter Series #2: Captain America vs. Captain Obvious
May08

Superwriter Series #2: Captain America vs. Captain Obvious

Captain American is slowly growing to be my favorite Avenger. He wasn’t an obvious favorite for me at first. Tony Stark is a smart guy that can make me laugh, Bruce Banner is a brooding genius that I want to help, Hawkeye is (spoiler alert!) a loving husband and father that can’t be my favorite anymore (it just feels wrong), Black Widow is who I want to be when I grow up, and Thor is Thor. Your favorite might be obvious,...

Read More
Weeds
Apr22

Weeds

I just ripped up fistfuls of lush, green weeds, all in an effort to plant my favorite flower. Peonies are, in my opinion, the most beautifully orchestrated tangle of delicate petals on the planet. The process of tearing the life away from other, less attractive foliage left me wondering why we don’t just accept the weeds and invite them to join our garden party. Getting to the root of the issue (pun intended), I wavered, then...

Read More
Writing to Revising
Apr07

Writing to Revising

So, you finished writing a rough draft of the story brewing in your brain for the last three, six, twelve months. What’s next? I’d love to tell you that you’re all done, but alas, there’s more to writing a book than an initial manuscript filled with misspelled words, mix-matched character names, and flat settings. Next, comes revisions. I’m currently revising my second novel, Defend, and it’s gone...

Read More