Category: Inspiration

Epenthesis-Episode 014: Villains

Funny thing is, I just finished making the villain for my story a couple days ago and I got an email last night to talk about it! It’s weird when these things happen.

Hope everyone is having an awesome NaNoWriMo if you’re participating!

Epenthesis-Episode 011: Filling the Void

Update on this dreary, rainy Monday! Just got back from the National Publicity Summit in NYC, had a great time, but now  I’m sick so you may get to hear my sexy sick voice in the next episode. This one’s a follow up to my blog A Relationship is Like a Character where I talk about the void and character motivation. Until next time!

Be Careful What You Say

I have a very interesting, bizarre life. From the outside, it looks normal. But when you’re around me for a while, you notice that really weird stuff tends to happen to me. Take today for example. I had just spent most of the day yesterday cleaning my room (something that doesn’t happen often and always heralds something weird about to come up), and I had just responded to a couple of people on Facebook. I told one person that I was looking at local jobs because I had been dispirited by the lack of response to my queries to New York City. I intellectually understood why this was but I was feeling a bit down that I hadn’t heard anything back, so I was thinking about it. I was also organizing all of the business cards I’d received at the NYU job fair, so I was thinking about it twice as hard.

Then, out of nowhere, I get a call from the company I had been quietly hoping to get a response from, the HR person being the one I liked the best while there. And they tell me that they have a possible opening for me! Starting next week!

I…am so into shock, I can barely feel anything. It doesn’t feel real. It’s not a sure thing yet, but I’m hoping really hard. It sounds like they’ll take me right away so I feel almost…like I’m floating outside my body.

So keep your fingers crossed for me and always be careful what you say! Because someone is obviously listening and picks the moment you are rocking out to “Love Shack” to send you a little piece of destiny.

Remembering 9/11

I remembered very clearly being in my math classroom when we got word of the twin towers being hit. We watched it on TV. I remember that the TV had a VCR, that the seats were uncomfortable, that there was no computer in the classroom, and that I was so stunned that I thought it was a movie, and not the tall buildings I had once taken a field trip to see with my class just the year before. I remember watching the second plane hitting the tower, and I remember feeling this gripping fear choke me. This is real, I remember thinking.

The thing that scared me the most was watching the towers collapse. In my head, I imagined a stack of dominos falling down. And then I remembered that there were people inside that building, that there were people around it too. That firefighters and cops were going in there to help those people and that they had surely died. And when the rescues began, I felt sick thinking of people surviving all of that power and fire collapsing on top of them, and then staying buried underground, waiting and praying to be saved.

I won’t ever forget all of that. I felt like I was there, like I too was running from the wreckage, that I was suffering with the people who lost their family. I remember hearing about the brave passengers in the flight that went down, because the people on the plane felt that they should sacrifice their lives to make sure the terrorists couldn’t crash into another building. I send my love and respect to those they leave behind, and I hope that the lessons we learned are never forgotten.

And I remember too that I have a wonderful life to live, and the best way I can honor the memory of those people is to continue living to the fullest, to be a better person and to help the world as I can, and to always remember the blessing that is life. I will never forget that lesson.

Thank you.

I’m a perfectionist by nature but I also have this other side to my personality that loves to discuss, speak, and talk about all of these subjects. So because I could spend countless days (and months) constantly editing and re-doing my podcast, I decided I’m just going to put it out there.

Why a podcast? Because I like to talk, that’s why!

Podcast will be called “Epenthesis” (it’ll have it’s own category and everything on the blog) and the name is explained in the very first episode. More when I’ve got it set up!


I was all ready to write a very serious and informative blog about writing (you know, something craft-y and poignant) when I saw this on my Twitter feed.

My favorite line that had my brother and I in tears laughing so hard we couldn’t breathe:

Winner: Fantasy

Within the smoking ruins of Keister Castle, Princess Gwendolyn stared in horror at the limp form of the loyal Centaur who died defending her very honor; “You may force me to wed,” she cried at the leering and victorious Goblin King, “but you’ll never be half the man he was.”

Terri Daniel

Seattle, WA

If you don’t get it, reread it and think about it for a second.

These are the results for the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (named after the famous Victorian writer who penned the famous “It was a dark and stormy night”). The other winners and runner ups are here.

Since I already started sifting through all the blogs I’ve been neglecting lately, I found this great writing advice from Marissa Meyer, a really awesome up and coming writer, and a nice person. I have waxed poetic about her before.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Yes, she really does all of this. Yes, she is more awesome than you. Accept it, embrace it, follow her awesome. It’s because of her that my reading list has gone supernova and I’ve started feeling as if I can actually organize myself into a writer.

Favorite Inspiring Quote


10 Influential Books

I know I just posted my huge Kindle reading list earlier this week (and believe me, that took a lot of doing considering how long it is) and right after, Marissa Meyer posted her top ten (or at least ten) books that influenced her. Pencil_gal responded here and Loki_onyx responded here to Marissa’s question: which are ten books that influenced you?

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Currently Reading

1)   The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Yes, I am still reading this one. I keep getting interesting books and I want to read them right away so I read this between whatever I’m currently reading.

2)   Traitor’s Moon by Lynn Flewelling

I think, if I could only ever read one author for the rest of my life and no one else, it would have to be Lynn Flewelling with her Nightrunner series. It is so good, I can’t even stand it. This is the third book in her series. In a nutshell: her main characters, Seregil and Alec, must journey to Aurenen (Seregil’s birth country) to help Skala in their war against Plenimar. Amazing, brilliant, gripping, I can never stop reading her words. I’m only about a tenth through it and I’m already wishing she had a hundred more books for me to read.

3) The Scene Book by Sandra Scofield

I’m already about two chapters in and it’s rhetoric with a few good points so far. I need to try one of the exercises because thus far, I’m not sure if it will help my specific issues.

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