Hello again, remember us?

I know you haven’t heard from us in going on 17 months, but it doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.  There’s a long tradition on the blogsphere to let the entries grow sparse until there’s only radio silence, but we’re not going to do that! To catch you up, we decided to split our personalities…

Current Reading, Part II – Olive

Previously, I blogged about what I’m reading that fit in certain categories, inspired by this post by Jodi Meadows. Jodi offers four categories: Popular, Award Winning, Out-of-Comfort Zone, and Books you love. Coincidentally, I’ve currently got one in each of these categories between my nightstand and kindle. But I’d also add one more category to her four: non-fiction. I…

Current Reading, Part I – Olive

I recently read a post by Jodi Meadows on the blog “Pub Crawl” (what a great name, right?!) about a common question authors are asked: what are you reading? Figured I’d jump in as I’m reading some unique stuff that’s been unexpectedly inspiring… I generally, as Jodi recommends, read books in a few different genres at the same…

Attending DFWcon in Dallas, Texas – Olive

  DFWCon, AKA DFW Writers Conference, is a program created by the DFW Writer’s Workshop, an organization founded in 1977 to help writers produce and promote professionally published work. Not only are their classes and events worthwhile, but they’re awesome people too. It’s been a week since I attended my first writer’s conference—an intense two days full of classes,…

Practice for Pitching – Olive

Picture your next job interview. It’s for that job you always wanted—the one that will change your life. You sit down in front of a stranger who asks you the very awkward first question: “so, tell me about yourself.” If you’ve felt the bile rise up your delicate little throat right at that very moment—fear not,…

Comps: “What book is your book like?” – Olive

We recently started the querying process and have come across a minor dilemma: some agents ask point blank for comparable titles, aka “comps.” We’re still not really sure how to figure out what our comps are, but here’s what we’ve come up with… Now, we weren’t completely unprepared for this question—we’d thought about it. After…

On [ Fantasy ] Titles – Olive

Of all the things we have to do as writers to become authors, there are few things that are as dreaded as coming up with the proper title. As if pitching, querying and writing synopses wasn’t bad enough, how you do you boil down  127,000 words to less than a sentence? One word? Three words? Six? (In…

More Inspiration: The DiRel – Olive

(Photo cred.: https://www.flickr.com/photos/goddesssherry/105370244/) This is one of a series of posts about inspiration for the novel we’ve written, OF GOLD AND FIRE. The DiRel people – A people ruled by Women Some of the inspiration for the DiRel society, the group that one of our main characters belongs to, comes from the Mosuo (or “Na”) people, a…

Rogue One: A (Star) War(s) “Story” – Aristen

Alright, first I need to write a disclaimer. I enjoyed watching Rogue One. I was entertained. Repeat: I was entertained. It is possible to enjoy something, but also be critical of it. After The Force Awakens, I was fiending for a new Star Wars anything. The promise of Rogue One intrigued me. But I do…

National Novel Writing Month … Why not? – Aristen

We write all year. But November is a fun time for writers everywhere—a time when they can join forces and inspire each other through an organized event called NaNoWriMo. Despite having a half-dozen other half-baked projects in various states of disarray, NaNoWriMo is a fun exercise (cough EXCUSE cough) to start fresh and try something completely different,…