What I do when I'm not writing


It's been a while. I think this might be the longest I've gone without blogging since the blog started. There are a couple of reasons for this, but the main one is simply...well, I'm sort of low on things to say.

1. I'm not working a day job currently.

2. Empire of Shadows, the companion novel/prequel to City of a Thousand Dolls is done and edited and out of my hands. (I'm actually out of contract entirely at this point which is both amazingly freeing and rather scary.)

3. Anything to do with future books is currently at Secret Status

4. Empire of Shadows isn't out until November, which means it's a bit early to start yelling at you about it. (I have so some stuff planned though. For later.)

5. And honestly, there are only so many pictures of my cat being adorable that I can put up.

obligatory pic of cat being adorable

So you might be wondering, if I'm not editing and I'm not working and I'm not blogging, what AM I doing?

Well, writing is still a big answer, though lately I've had to step away and let my brain run on some story problems. (First drafts, ugh.) Also I've been teaching myself  how to keep a consistently clean house, which is a skill I somehow got to my thirties without learning. And I've been pretty active in brickspace, with friends, a bit of volunteering, etc.

And when I'm not writing? I do this.

As some of you might remember from last year, I started a new craft called quilling. The story of how I got into it and why I love it is too long for this post, (hey, blogging idea!) but basically, this is what I've been doing when I get stuck writing. It's a lot of fun.

I guess I could talk more about quilling if people are interested. What do you all think?  What do you do when you don't have anything to blog about?

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and the Diversify Your Shelves initiative

Wow, what a great couple of days! I wasn't able to participate much yesterday because of errands and annoying adult things, but Thursday was amazing and the momentum seems to be continuing.

So today, I'm taking part in the third part of this campaign, Diversify Your Shelves.   (contest at the link if you wanna win some books!) Sometime this afternoon, I'll be going to Powell's to pick up a book (or two) by a diverse author.

The only question is, WHICH ONE??!? There are so many great ones to choose from!

Any suggestions? And are you going to Diversify Your Shelves today?

#WeNeedDiverseBooks with bonus cute cat pictures!

Happy #WeNeedDiverseBooks Days, part 1!

Are you tweeting? Are you talking? Wonderful! A whole lot of super smart people are saying amazing things as well, and you should check them out.

Tumblr conversation here.

Twitter conversation here.

Another thing that's going on today is the #WeNeedDiverseBooks visual campaign. I sent in a picture for it, but I thought I'd share the....creative process that went into the picture. And by creative process, I mean me trying to convince my cat to hold still for five stinking seconds.

(Yes, I'm supporting diversity by showing you pictures of my cat. What? IT'S THE INTERNET.)

Anyway, I started out with a simple message in horrid handwriting with some awesome books attached to it. (Also my books because they were there and why not.)

Then I thought. This picture needs a cat. So I tried to coax my cat over.

And I tried....

And tried...

As you can see it went very well.

I did eventually get a decent pic of him and the books, which you'll be able to see on the WeNeedDiversebooks tumblr at some point today.

Anyway, I'm going to try to be on the hashtag party today at 1pm EST. Will you be there?

#WeNeedDiverseBooks starts tomorrow!

Hey all! I've been off grid a bit for the last couple months, but I wanted to share something with you that's really important to me.

The We Need Diverse Books campaign was started as a response to Bookcon's all white author lineup. The amazing authors behind WNDB want to move past just talking about the problem, to actually trying to make a difference by raising awareness and support and by encouraging people to buy and read diverse authors.

Sounds awesome, right? But how can YOU help?

Here's how.

1. Tomorrow starts the three day social media campaign. You can read about all the different ways to participate here.


Blog, tweet, tumble, send in a picture if you want (today is the last day to do that), and Facebook. Add your voice to the chorus, and talk about why we need diverse books.

2. Talk about diverse books and diverse authors that you love. Call your library and request those books. Share them with your friends. Leave positive (and honest) reviews for these books on Amazon and Goodreads.

3. Vote with your wallet. Buy diverse books. Preorder them. (preorders are GOLD in the publishing world.) Especially buy books written by diverse authors.   If you want a good place to start, I have a great list of Asian-inspired high fantasy here.

If diversity in books is at all important to you, I encourage you to get involved. There's a perception that diverse books don't sell, that customers and readers don't care about diversity. I believe that's wrong, and I believe we can change things.

Who's in?

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