Created for Necessity, Employed for Passion

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

Let's build a world. Explore what we believe by writing. In many ways my characters’ experiences with fate, destiny and free-will mirror my own. What is up to us and what isn’t? It’s one of the great questions of the human experience, I think. But no matter what is for us to control, we must own the identity. You’re a writer if you write. Period. Writing is a lovely way to spend one’s time. Enjoy it. And I hope you enjoy my writing here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Not Writing

I know, weird title, but that's the truth...I'm not really writing right now.

The projects that I've been working on for the last year are completed (first drafts) and they need new eyes, now. Normally I'd start a new project, instead of waiting the six or so odd weeks for feedback, but this time, I decided not to.

I've written a lot this year and I think my mind needs a little break. Plus there's all that gardening, er movie watching, er classics reading I have to do. Right? Something like that.

I'm not the kind of person who loves down time, which is why I always have a project going. This is new territory for me. I expected to be a little panicked, and to feel guilty, like I was wasting time, etc. I set myself a list of other tasks to do-- build a website! Blog more! Finally figure out what is behind my refrigerator! What I didn't expect was how much I'd miss the page. How much I'd miss telling stories.

Something changed this year for me in my relationship with writing. I used to write because I had to put words down on a page-- I had to arrange the letters. Any letters. I just wanted to see the words. I write, now, because I have to tell stories. They stalk my brain, these stories! They want out!

Last night while watching The Godfather (another number on my List Of Things To Do While Not Writing), I pulled up a word document and started playing around. Just tinkering. Not writing. But the words started to come and before I knew it, I was off. Just like that.

I often complain about writing. I complain that it's difficult and that it comes slowly and that it takes forever. I complain I have to do it. But last night, with just that page, I know I don't write because I have to. I write because I want to. Because I love it. Because even six weeks off from a book feels like forever.

It's funny, isn't it? How absence really does make the heart grow fonder?

Happy Monday!



Saturday, November 26, 2011

Breaking Dawn...and some ruminations on tunes.

So I saw the movie this weekend (major props to my bff Joey Amron who assisted the entire edit-- what what!) and now I CANNOT stop listening to the soundtrack. Seriously, you guys, have you downloaded it? Because pretty sure my entire second novel is going to be written to "Turning Page."

My writing partner Leila Sales likes to make fun of me because I am not always up on music. I like to tell her I am a foodie for music, but she does not agree (I only know the one song by Florence and the Machine, and most of my playlists have Justin Timberlake on them). One thing that is really REALLY crucial for me in writing is to have inspiring music. I imagine it is what marathoners feel, as well. I mean, I don't run, so I can't say for sure, but if I did, I would need A LOT of inspiring music. Same thing goes for writing---I need some pretty awesome songs to keep me stomping the keyboard pavement.

I posted the soundtrack I listened to while I was writing When You Were Mine over at: Rebecca Serle

What are your favorite writing/running/reading songs? An what did everyone think of Breaking Dawn?



Wednesday, November 23, 2011


I sat down to write this post and so many things popped into my head at once that I decided to make a list--- keep those grateful thoughts in order! I present to you the top-ten things I'm grateful for this year. If you want, consider sitting down and making your own list. I've always found that putting things down on paper---er, online-- makes them a bit more official. And what better to make official than the things you're thankful for?

1) My amazing friends. They rock, seriously. I don't know how I got so lucky, because I'm pretty sure when it comes to friends, I have the most incredible ones on the planet. This is me with my two blondes---Melissa and Melissa. Aren't they cute?

2) My incredible editor and agent. You guys, I have the most bad-ass team there is. Mollie Glick and Anica Rissi, you two rock my world.

3) My posse of writer gals. Here is us taking a pic on my computer. Jess Rothenberg was the only one who could figure out how to work the camera. We are good with words, not so much with technology.

4) The fact that I get to do what I love. Writing books is, as my friend Sarah would say, the cat's jimjams.

5) Chocolate! I made white chocolate cinnamon/cranberry bark yesterday. I'll share the recipe soon because OMG.

6) Good health. Health is wealth! I'm grateful for my own health, as well as the continued health of the people I love.

7) Coffee. Forever and ever gratitude, caffeine. Forever.

8) An apartment that I love. And that I am decorating...slowly (photo tour to come).

9) A wonderful family. I love you so much!

10) I'm grateful that most mornings I wake up happy-- albeit tired (I never was a morning person).

What are you grateful for?

Happy Thanksgiving, all!



Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween= Classic Teen

Let's dress up...

Hey Guys!

So I have this tradition every year of dressing up as a teen television character.

It began with Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl (red headband).

Then it went on to Rachel Berry from Glee (that's my lovely friend Danielle in the picture with me-- she dressed up as Quinn).

And this year I decided to go back....way back. Brenda Walsh from 90210! It's worth it to have a comparison shot, here.

There will come a time when I am too old for this. But that time, apparently, was not this year.
No one really got the costume. There was a lot of "Audrey Hepburn?" but that was okay by me. Mostly because I saved the photo of Shannon Doherty on my phone and would just whip it out whenever someone questioned my costume authority. I know what I'm doing, people.

How about you all? What did you dress up as for Halloween?



ps is almost ready to be revealed! Check back with me on the blog to see when the new spiffy site goes up.