Real Life Procrastinator: Chronicle of a So-Called Adult

1950s CIVIL DEFENSE...
January 1, 2016

They call my generation ‘Boomerang Kids’ – Millennials who left the nest for college, then turned right around and moved back in with Mom and Dad post-grad because the wider world is terrible, and depressing, and an empty nightmare of struggles to find affordable healthcare.

I’m thirty years old, and there’s almost nothing adult about me.

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Just Write

I’ve been in revision mode since the beginning of the year, which is why my podcast is sporadic and my blogging has been pretty lax. Despite the number of hours in the day, when I’m really trying to tune my focus, taking time for anything else feels like cheating, or wasting precious moments that should be spent correcting typos and eliminating the word ‘just’ from my manuscript.

April 21, 2013
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YA REWIND: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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February 27, 2013

Today on YA Rewind, author Gail Carriger joins me for a chat about her new young adult novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book One). We talk about her literary influences, what appealed to her about a teenage protagonist, and why Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality floats above the moors.

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NaNoWriMo Tip: Stay Inspired with Cover Art

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November 9, 2012

Whenever I start a new writing project, I like to make a mock-up of the cover art. There are a few reasons for this: 1) because it’s fun, 2) because it helps me visualize the story, and 3) because it allows me to live in the delusion that it could become a reality some day. Of course, just because you’re a writer doesn’t mean you have any drawing ability whatsoever, which is why I love Photoshop so much.

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Achievement Unlocked – First Drafts

One of the early covers I designed for added inspiration.
October 24, 2012

The story of The Practical Orphan’s Guide began about nine years ago, when I was a freshwoman at the all-female Mills College in Oakland, California. I was taking a class called ‘Advanced Fiction for Children and Young Adults,’ and was supposed to be working on a story about a group of kids who were the result of a mad scientist’s experiment meeting up in their teens and discovering their special powers. (It was very X-Men.) Whenever I got stuck on that, which was often, I worked on what was then known as Practical Kate, a spoof of sorts on all the fantasy literature about young orphans who have magical adventures. In its very first iteration it was in the third person, but once I switched to first person PoV, the book really took off.

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Paranormal Composition

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged, and while I hope to have a new episode of YA Rewind up by tomorrow, it’s already been delayed a week, so I feel like I need to apologize, which is kind of silly, especially since I have no idea how many people even listen to my little podcast. The only person I’m responsible to these days is myself, but the lack of new Hollywood Jane content is starting to weigh on me like a tell-tale heart. Thump-thump. Thump-thump.

September 19, 2012
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Make Every Month Novel Writing Month

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April 20, 2012

I have been on such a writing streak for the last week that I’m honestly afraid of what happens when it ends. I haven’t been this productive since college – when I was sitting through lectures on literature and secretly writing scenes for my YA book instead of taking notes. Class was great for my productivity, largely because for some reason unknown to me, I get my best inspiration when I’m supposed to be doing something else, like listening. (I wrote a ton of fan fiction during high school. Literally, during it.)

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