The Journeypen Project: Honorary Archive

What Fairy Tales Taught Me About Plot

Originally published here at GreenBeanTeenQueen I love adding new characters, and I especially love giving a side character a strong subplot of their own. Of course, this enthusiasm led to several unruly early drafts of my first novel, Of Giants and Ice, and …

Your Darlings’ First Death

So, I wrote this early last month, and I’ve been sitting on it since then. I think it’s ready now.  — 1. Kill Your Darlings We’re still not sure who said it first, but it’s a common saying among writerly folks: kill your …

Reflecting

  I kind of checked out on the blogging front recently, and I’m sorry for it, especially if any of you have been hoping to hear from me (I did try to keep up with everybody’s comments though!). I’ve been thinking about …

Goodbye, Book! Hello, Spring!

So, The Ever Afters 3 is off! I turned it in veeeeerrrrryyyyyy late on Sunday (around 3AM), and now it is in the hands of my lovely editor Julia. She and my wonderful Agent Jo will read it and send me notes …

The Urgent and the Important

I remember being a kid and looking at grownups and being under the impression that these people had it Gotten Somewhere. They’d survived adolescence and graduated from school, and now they got to do Whatever They Wanted. Maybe they complained sometimes about …

That was a lie.

What I said in my last post, I mean. Being sick does not keep you from worrying about your debut novel. I’ve been up the past two nights, up late with THOUGHTS. That post was a strong case of wishful thinking. But …

In Honor of The Bard

I just learned from the SOURCES of ALL SOURCES – a.k.a. the Twitterverse – that it’s Shakespeare’s birthday (and deathday, actually). Obviously, this gives me an excuse to tell you ALL my thoughts on the Bard. 1. I love Shakespeare with true …