Seabound Book Club (plus a video!)

Hey guys. I'm back in Hong Kong after spending four weeks in Arizona for the holidays. During my last week there I got to visit two schools to talk about being a writer and then participated in a local book club's discussion of Seabound! Full disclosure: it was my mom's book club (she's on the left with the… Continue reading Seabound Book Club (plus a video!)

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Fun with Booktrack

There's this cool site called Booktrack that allows you to make a movie-style soundtrack for your books. I tried it out with a sample from Seabound. Here's how it works: 1) I pasted the first two chapters of the book into the site. They take place during a storm, so there's lots of potential for cool… Continue reading Fun with Booktrack

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My NaNoWriMo manuscript is a hot mess–and that’s cool

It's December 2nd here on my favorite island in the South China Sea, and I am sitting on 53,000 words of NaNoWriMo success. While my keyboard cools down, I'm looking at the result of the past 30 days of work. It's not pretty. This NaNo manuscript is the final installment in my new trilogy, the… Continue reading My NaNoWriMo manuscript is a hot mess–and that’s cool

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How NaNoWriMo Changed My Life

At the end of October 2012, I had writing on the brain. It was a few weeks until the beginning of National Novel Writing Month, and I was ready to go all-in. The previous year, I participated in NaNo to complete a shorter project, a mini travel memoir that was never meant to be more… Continue reading How NaNoWriMo Changed My Life

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The Great SEABOUND Revision of 2014

Hi guys. I'm back on my island in the South China Sea, and I've been living and breathing SEABOUND. My superstar writers' group read the full manuscript over the summer and we got together for a major critique session on lucky September 13th. They've read chapters before and always had nice, gushing things to say about… Continue reading The Great SEABOUND Revision of 2014

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Book 2, Draft 2

I'm back online, spending August writing in the Arizona desert. It has been a month of flash rainstorms, hail and 110-degree days. I'm working in coffee shops, at restaurants and at my parents' kitchen table. There have been distractions in the form of my siblings, an escaped tortoise named Bob Marley and the entire Harry Potter… Continue reading Book 2, Draft 2