Author to Author with Elise Kova (The Alchemists of Loom Read-Along)

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In the month of May, I’m participating in a read-along for The Alchemists of Loom (2017) by Elise Kova. It’s a steampunk fantasy full of intrigue, dangerous rogues, and the most fascinating magical system in a city where blood is currency. So far, I love the main characters and the world of Loom. It’s making my little gamer fan girl heart sing to its fullest potential.

As part of the blog tour, Elise took time to answer questions about inspiration and how a book evolves throughout the writing process.

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Author to Author with Keith Yatsuhashi

Keith Yatsuhashi is the author of Kojiki (2016) and its sequel Kokoro, which came out today (4/4/2017) from Angry Robot Books. In this interview, he talks about the inspiration behind his epics that feature gods, mechas, and amazing characters and the process behind getting these books from drafting to publishing.

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Reading Recap: November 2016

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Every November for me is completely occupied with either #NaNoWriMo or NaRevoMo (National Revisions Month).  This year, I had graduate school projects, like a Batman-themed video on the finances of TJX and several papers. I finished two books and I cannot wait for winter break to get my reading time back.

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Reading Recap: October 2016

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I had such a cool concept for this month’s Reading Recap: I wanted to read only horror books and then do an exploration of why they were so scary. Graduate school felt like my own edition of survival horror at its finest, so I’ll simply be sharing the books I caught up on this month.

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Rewrite 3: Finding a Common Thread

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Recently, I went to an event with the amazing Victor LaValle and we talked about the course in introductory novel writing that he teaches. What stuck out to me was that he said that many beginner writers lack focus in this work. There’s an . And I realized that that was totally true about my work during the first draft, way back in college when my writing was actual trash.

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WriteWorld: Lord of the Seven Spires

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Art By Matthew Sellers. Click the image to get to his DeviantArt.

Every place has legends and I saw this image and decided to craft one that illustrates one of the great tenants of Soldier battle theory: “The sword is only as good as its wielder.”


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A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

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International Women’s Day: Five Badass Ladies in SF/F

IWD2016It’s International Women’s Day and I wanted to draw some attention to five women and girls that I met in recent reads. They’re pretty different from each other and I wanted to compile them into a helpful list for fellow female-lead story writers such as myself to draw inspiration from. From women who can rule the world to kids looking for companionship, this list has some of it all.

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