When Life Gets Harder, It Gets Better

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Between preparing for a massive inspection at the station, starting a new work schedule, and re-editing the final chapter of my book, I feel exhausted. But there are few of things that are keeping me going. Continue reading When Life Gets Harder, It Gets Better


Depth in Diversity


Whenever I sit down to write a new character, I end up pausing to double check my research. I think one of the most important aspects of literary casts is diversity, but it’s something you have to do right. It is dangerous to fall into the trap of describing unfamiliar characters through stereotypes. I believe, however, that it is equally as bad to ignore a character’s culture. Continue reading Depth in Diversity

The Sleepless

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Today was a long day. The crew wanted to head out early, so I woke up at 0230 for the first watch. The radios gave us constant trouble, but I managed to keep contact with them until my relief at 0800. I’ve been running on less than four hours of sleep for the past eighteen clock rotations, but I did it to myself. My supervisor put me in charge of the schedule, and it felt wrong to force my co-worker to do it. After all, she has enough of her own problems right now. Continue reading The Sleepless

Empowering Girls, One Page at a Time


Yesterday was almost a really good day for me. I was off, I got to cuddle with my boyfriend, and I even had some downtime to screw around on the internet. It’s that last one which led me to discover that there’s a terrible, terrible person trying to write a book for young girls. Continue reading Empowering Girls, One Page at a Time

The Hardest Part of Writing is Feeling Finished

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It’s a well-known fact that I love books. And not just a particular type of book. I feel like all genres have their merits.I grew up on fantasy and classical fiction. I remember my father reading The Jungle Book to me, and then feeling very confused when I finally saw Disney’s version. As I aged and started reading longer books, I spread out into poetry, non-fiction, YA, contemporary, paranormal, and crime novels. Once, I even opened a romance book (the three for a dollar kind at gas stations). I didn’t make it past chapter four, but I got a good laugh out of the term “womb-gate.”

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