My Favorite Things About Being a Reader

May 17 favorites:ย Things about being a reader Today we're doing a listicle, because listicles are so fun. And gifs are even better. Combining the two? The Very Best, even though it makes a silly word (gificle? gifsticle? giflist? Whatever it's fantastic and I'm going with it). 1. I have a whole house FILLED WITH BOOKS. [...]

A Tool for Detecting Passive Voice: Author Toolbox

There are some generally accepted Golden Rules for authors (which, okay, change from century to century, genre to genre, and are not so much rules as guidelines?) One of them is DEATH to All Adverbs, which I am personally fighting against because I love me a good adverb. Another is Conflict is King. Too bad [...]

Friday Favorites is an Enabler

May 10: Favoriteย Books that were recommended to you Where would I be without #bookstagram and all of the wonderful, plentiful recommendations I find there? Well, for a start, I'd be in a house with about 150 less books. Also, not buried under the weight of a TBR equivalent to most small libraries. I add about [...]

The Insecure Writer’s Group has Got the Power

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time for our writing insecurities to pop their little heads out, just in time to get whacked back down into the depths of our subconscious by multiple author-hammers. GET BACK IN YOUR PLACE, INSECURITIES! Ahem. Anyway. The optional question for May 1: What was an [...]

Friday Favorites Gets Controversial

The favorites for April 26: Favoriteย Movie or TV adaptations As we all know, one of the Ten Bookworm Commandments is: Thou shalt never be satisfied with a movie adaptation because THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER. Obviously, Kibby just wants to fling that match and watch the bookworm world burn. While standing there looking cool, backlit [...]

In Which the Author Continues Interviewing Herself About Her Books

Who was your inspiration for Colton Johnson in "Step Into Love?" My youngest sister was partly the inspiration for Colton. She deals with a lot of similar issues in her daily life, although she's never been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This might be because she absolutely loathes going to the doctor's office and getting her [...]

Add Some Great First Lines to Your Author Toolbox

You know what's the hardest part of writing a book? Besides the writing and the outlining and the scene construction and editing and . . . okay . . . every other part. This bit is really the most intimidating, I promise. The hardest part is making yourself start. Prevailing advice, endless online articles, and [...]

Magic and Mayhem and Friday Favorites

April 12 Favorites is: Magic Systems Wands & Wandlore, Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling I'll go ahead and lead off with my very favorite magic system, which is wands. Current diversity criticism aside, we can't deny that JK Rowling can worldbuild with the BEST of them. Her lore about wands is one of the better [...]

In Which the Author, Who Assures You She Isn’t Crazy, Interviews Herself

What were you like as a child? Okay, first, this is an awfully personal question to lead off an interview with and I'm already questioning your motives. I'm told as I child I was energetic and active, almost to the point of being annoying. I would walk up to perfect strangers, to introduce myself as [...]

Friday Favorites is a Smooth Criminal

April 5 Favorite isย Fictional Criminals My friends: My family: Strangers on the street: SE *gets a bullhorn* *climbs up on box*: TAMORA PIERCE IS THE BEST YA FANTASY AUTHOR EVER. And you all should have read her already. I do keep trying to use other authors for this list, but Tamora just seems to happen. [...]