getting back to the joy of writing

getting back to the joy of writing

I have been writing since I was at least ten years old and I have always loved it. Writing has given me solace in solitude. It has given refuge, healing, exploration, and a means to express my thoughts, beliefs, and creativity. Fiction is not only a means to extrapolate on what is happening or what has happened or alternate ways of stuff we already know about. Fiction is also how we envision and…

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To Publish or Not to Publish Without Professional Editing (and Other Issues): Releasing My First Full-Length Novel

To Publish or Not to Publish Without Professional Editing (and Other Issues): Releasing My First Full-Length Novel


A lot has been going on since my last post here at Sepia Heaven, including the passing of my grandmother.

Path of the Righteous is a story that begins, depending on how you look at it, with a girl who just wants to read some books and it seems her thirst for knowledge has led her into a bigger trap than she realizes at first.

I like the story because though Dahlia’s journey is harsh, it takes…

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Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes


Cat Eyes is novella I released on Valentine’s Day this year.

I wrote Cat Eyes in high school. At the time, I was sure I had to write urban literature since that’s what it looked like other writers were doing and what my intended audience would be into.

I spent many days writing it by hand (but when it came time to type it up, I wasn’t too thrilled). I shared it with some acquaintances who were…

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Writer Nightmares

Writer Nightmares

I ordered the free first edition of my book + shipping and handling, Path of the Righteous, from Lulu. It has been printed and should be on its way by now.

I had the most bizarre nightmare recently. I got the book in the mail…but it was all messed up. The dust jacket had car ads on the inside flap, the book info was missing, and the author photo was gone. The cover picture was all blurred and…

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Writing is a dance that involves imitation, inspiration, and originality. But all things considered, writerly disapproval of plagiarism has remained remarkably consistent over the centuries—really, even over millennia. The Roman poet Martial accused his rival Fidentinus, whom he called a “miscreant magpie”: “My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, ‘You are a thief.’” Martial was particularly galled that Fidentinus had mixed in his own inferior work with Martial’s original material. Yes, approaches to borrowing and attribution have shifted over time, but wholesale copying has never been kosher.
The Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Graham on word theft and how 2013 became the year of plagiarism. After all, as much as to steal like an artist might be a centerpiece of modern creativity and a pillar of innovation, but there has to be a limit.  (via explore-blog)