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 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…

The Bechdel Test for OF GOLD AND FIRE = PASS – Olive

What is the Bechdel test? According to bechdeltest.com/: “The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man.” The test…

Books to Write Books, my Writer’s Library – Olive

Sorry about our brief hiatus. Aristen and I have been busy chipping away at OF GOLD AND FIRE after receiving feedback from beta readers. Consequently, we’ve been neglecting our blog a bit. Oops. Anyway, I’m going to share with  you a few of my favorite books that help me write, especially when I’m stuck on a specific problem. As a disclaimer, I…

Cosplay and Crushes – Olive

I mentioned in a series of tweets that one of our beta readers has really gotten into the story: Giggling girlishly, so beyond happy and totally twitterpated, I typed up those tweets and went along my day, satisfied with a job well done. Sure, we have a lot of work to do on the story to…