I had the distinct pleasure to read and review Anything Could Happen by Will Walton. It’ll be released later this year but because of my pact with the devil, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on it early. Take a look at my full review of this solid addition to Gay YA literature on my friend’s blog Sense and Sensibility and Stories.

If you’re a fan of Taylor Swift, Ellie Golding, or choreographing dances in front of a mirror, this is one you won’t want to miss!

Today’s prompt is courtesy of Writer’s Digest:

It’s your 18th birthday and, upon it, you parents deliver some pretty shocking news: You’re not really human. They admit that they’ve been covering up the fact that you are actually a (fill in the blank). After hearing the news you still decide to go to school, but this school day is different than all your school days past, especially when it’s revealed to others what you truly are. Write this scene

I’m kind of in love with this one and will absolutely post a response to it…

This weeks writing prompt is courtesy of
Daily Post.

Tell us the origin story of your best friend. How did you become friends? What is it that keeps your friendship rockin’ after all these years?

The short answer for me is board games and contempt… Longer answer to follow!

I’m going to be a father…

I wrote an article for one of the non-profits I volunteer at and they posted it this morning! Check it out!

(This counts as Craft Wednesday because I’m too busy to pull together something heartfelt/interesting)

Oh wait it totally counts as a teachable moment. The non-profits I work/volunteer with have both afforded me the opportunity to write articles for them. While some of them have been kind of dry, it’s been a tremendously valuable experience. In my case it’s especially useful since I got a lot of feedback (both positive and negative) about my writing. If you have a chance to volunteer your writing to them, do it!

Keep writing!

(I apologize for the frenetic post I’m just on a writers/caffeine high)

It hurts to hear I know. My poor millennial ego certainly can’t handle being told my status as a magical snowflake is all a lie but there is a silver lining. Since you’re not special, neither are your problems and therefore you can find someone who has been through your particular problem and help you get through it and will offer their advice.

If you’re getting married or raising a child, this advice will be unsolicited and likely unhelpful. If you’re writing a book or trudging through the publishing process on the other hand, it may not be so awful and condescending. So when you’re down, trawl (not troll) your social media feeds for kindred spirits who have amazing blogs, tumblrs, or twitters full of wonderful advice that you can read for a lark. I’ve found that my favourite authors with blogs are good places to start. For instance if I didn’t read Maggie Stiefvater’s blog I would’ve missed out on some great advice about querying. Without Neil Gaiman’s relationship advice column my husband and I would surely have divorced. If I didn’t follow Maureen Johnson’s tumblr and twitter I would’ve missed out on my daily dose of snark and important updates about her dog (who is amahzing).

So you, generic writer, can take solace in the presence of professional authors on social media who will help you through whatever crisis you’re going through. Avoid Stephen King’s Pinterest unless you want to ruin your prom dress.

When people find out that I’ve written a novel, (or at least two drafts of it) they do two things. First, they congratulate me saying how cool it is that I’ve written a novel. I tell them thanks and then because I can’t take a compliment, I hide behind the nearest grown-up’s legs.

The second thing that people do is ask me if I’m going to publish it.

Now, I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t want to be a published author. From the moment I hit my word count quota during NaNoWriMo in 2012 I daydreamed about finally, maybe getting published. To be honest, the dream was nice, but unproductive (see Mirror of Erised). It got in the way. Instead of committing my novel to the page, I was distracted with thoughts that one day I would be a published author. I’d wave, delicate as the queen from the top of the stairs while a herald shouted my name to adoring fans. There would be confetti and revelry and…

It was all an illusion. It’s a nice place to visit, but as far as distractions go, it’s about as productive as coming up with a clever metaphor here. I focused and finished the first draft. Once the daunting task of fixing that hot mess appeared, I started actively distracting myself with information on how to get published. Would I self-publish because e-readers have really lowered the barriers to authors? Perhaps, but there’s something about the majesty of being an honest to goodness traditionally published author with my name on a book in a bookstore and everything. I wanted to try.

I soon found that having your novel published is a completely other world than the wonderfully naive world of writing your first novel. I started reading terms like “unsolicited manuscript” or “form rejection” and couldn’t wait to find out what they meant. Shorthand like SASE, STFU and GTFO enticed me to read on.

I reverse engineered an understanding of how to get my novel published. It involved from what I understand, writing a novel worth publishing (but let’s not talk about that) and then submitting it to literary agents who will champion it to publishers. It was really heartening to see that I wasn’t alone either, there were millions of other books out there trying to get published! Surely the process would be streamlined to accommodate all these books.

Unfotrunately convincing a stranger to invest in your book takes effort that my millennial brain couldn’t understand. However I’ve kept looking for resources to help me query and found Query Shark. This snarky, anthropomorphic shark offers to critique your query letters (and will eat you if you don’t follow guidelines). There are 200+ query letters, critiques, and revisions available and I highly recommend reading it even if you aren’t planning on querying anytime soon. They give you insights on how to pretend to be an author (until you actually are an author).

I’m aware that it’s Thursday when this was published but I was super crazy busy this past week so I wasn’t able finish this in time.