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Jules Just Write

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A Vacation At the Beach

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:25:20 +0000

My husband and I took a no-kid vacation; a concert specific vacation; we were not sad when we left our toddler; in fact, we ran for the plane; we spent four days in Riviera Maya; we saw acts like the Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Shovels & Rope, Langhorne Slim, John Prine, and The Head and the Heart; I felt free and I did not feel like a mother for four days and I liked it and I did not feel bad about it; I kissed my husband numerous A+ times; I ate chicken fingers and drank wine in the hot tub; I stayed up late and slept in late; I did not get a hangover (!!!); I stalked my favorite band members; I cried when I spoke to one of them; I had writing revelations and made writing decisions; I had a love affair with chips and salsa; I spoke French on a Catamaran with a Spanish bartender; I was complimented on my concert dancing skills and felt unreasonably giddy about it; we flew home and we saw our child and we were happy.

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Pre-Sale for All the Ghosts We’ve Always Had

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:02:29 +0000

Pass the pie, indeed, because I come bearing pre-order announcements and pie recipes. Because ALL THE GHOSTS WE’VE ALWAYS HAD is up for pre-sale until 2/22. !!! You can get a standard edition or a limited edition vellum which, word around town is, includes a free ghost. Maybe. You can pre-order HERE. If you want a vellum, hurry quick, as Thirty West is releasing only a few more limited editions. !!! In case you wonder about the benefits of pre-ordering, it lets me know how deep your love runs for me. Kidding. It lets the publisher know about the demand for the book. And from that comes all good things. So go order, please, please, please! Now on the delicious, delicious pie front. After writing two novels, and now this chapbook, I’ve noticed that food is a running theme in a lot of my pieces. In ALL THE GHOSTS WE’VE ALWAYS HAD pie has one of the starring roles. And how can it not? Who doesn’t want a hot piece of pie in their mouth? So for a little extra-special bonus, I’m going to post my grandmother’s pie crust recipe. My grandmother, a sassy German with a knack for insults, owned […]

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All the Ghosts We’ve Always Had :: Cover Reveal

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 17:15:02 +0000

I’m so excited to share the cover of my debut flash fiction chapbook — ALL THE GHOSTS WE’VE ALWAYS HAD. Forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing House. This collection of 25 connected stories revolve around stream of conscious narratives on femininity, relationships, and of course, pie-making. I mean, take a look at this gorgeous beauty of a cover. The minimalism. The tiny cute ghost. A dash of pink. LOVE LOVE LOVE. And big love and thank you’s to all the writers who have blurbed and read the ARC and just generally been super supportive and amazing. Huge from-the-rafter-shout-outs to: Kathy Fish, Sara Lippmann, Robert Vaughan, Christopher Allen, Meg Tuite, and Rebecca Jones-Howe. Pre-sale is THIS Friday February, 9th. YES. THIS FRIDAY. More deets to come. You can read a lovely review about ALL THE GHOSTS WE’VE ALWAYS HAD here. And mark your calendars for the publication date: Friday, February 23rd. XOXO with a side of squees,   Jules  

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Five Fave Flash Fictions: January

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:13:08 +0000

Okay, so a new resolution (blech) I made this year was to try and read a flash a day. I mean, you know what they say – a flash a day keeps the creepy-writing-monster-of-doubt-away. Now while I haven’t been exactly tip-top on that, I have read more than before, which matters a lot. So I wanted to do this new monthly blog post where I recap five fave flashes of mine. Here you are. Read at your own pace. Read for your own peace. Read more. Go read. What are you waiting for?   The Feeling You Want by Sara Lippman at Atticus Review Through the Veil of Her Hair by Cathy Ulrich at Longleaf Review In Transit and Disrepair by Kristin Bonilla at Jellyfish Review Even Pines Have Crowns by Hannah Vanderhart at Cotton Xenomorph (okay, it’s a poem, sue me) In Which We Drive the Transpeninsular, Mexico 1 by Lori Sambol Brady at JMWW        

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Chapbook Shenanigans

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:30:31 +0000

Yes, another blog about my sweet, sweet chapbook ALL THE GHOSTS WE’VE ALWAYS HAD (Feb 2018, Thirty West Publishing House). Hey, this is my first book, okay? I have got to over-pimp like a mofo. Cuddle and kiss it and get strangely intimate with it—wait, is that weird? I mean, even though I know I should shout news from the rooftops, it’s still hard not to doubt yourself. Feel like a great big why-do-I-even-bother dummy. But I know it’s common. I talked a bit about it with some fabulous writers in my writing group and they managed to wrangle me back to confidence. Chuck Wendig wrote a great blog about imposter syndrome, which you can check out here. But I think it’s common with writers. Another hurdle for me to hump. Okay. So ARCs have gone out to readers for reviews. Which is cool. Which is strange. Like an is-this-really-happening? vibe. Not to mention commence the nail-biting. I mean how pretty is this photo? That slice of light across ‘ghosts’…man, oh, man.   There’s a little blurb about the theme of my chapbook. From Thirty West’s Website: “Stream of conscious narratives on relationships, femininity and pie-making.” Sounds fancy. But seriously. I’ve […]

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Book Breakdown of 2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:03:22 +0000

Time for that ol’ annual blog post. The year end list—the one that toasts to all the books I’ve read this year. Luckily, I read more than last year’s grand total, which was 7. This year I read 16 books! Cue cheesy fist pump. To hit this number, I ramped up where I read…mostly on the couch while the kiddo watched cartoons. I replaced thumbing through Facebook with REAL LIVE BOOKS, MY GOD. And it worked. And I am pleased. The list: Hot Water Music by Charles Bukowski True Crime Addict by James Renner The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick Story Genius by Lisa Cron Fun House by Robert Vaughan Just Kids by Patti Smith The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson The Girls by Emma Cline Lightwood by Steph Post The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch The Lust Killer by Ann Rule Entropy in Bloom by Jeremy Robert Johnson Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters by Peter Vronsky On Writing by Charles Bukowski The verdict: True Crime and non-fiction ruled the year, but my favorite book from the list has got to be Entropy in Bloom. […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Writers

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:24:11 +0000

‘Tis the motherfucking season for gifting (or grinching), but what about those writers in your life? You know, those friends or family members constantly hunched over a keyboard, staring into the bleak void of a computer screen while screaming for more whiskey? Well, allow me to make it super simple for you. Below are a small compilation of some holiday gift ideas for those wascally writers who write stories about you. Yeah. You know who you are, Carol.   Rustic AF Writing Devices Retro-up your keyboard with the Lofree (Mac only, ugh) or get rustic with these off-the-grid devices like the Freewrite or the Alphasmart Neo . Or these fucking brilliant pencils. Or this WTF journal. No electricity required.   Gift Go-To-Apps Since your writer is stuck in front of the computer 75% of the time, consider gifting them some novel writing software. I’ve heard good things about Scrivener, or my personal favorite is K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel software. It’s helped me draft my second novel in record time. Super easy to learn and fun.   Sweet, Sweet Sustenance You don’t want the writer in your life to waste away to a waif-like wraith now, do you? DO YOU, CAROL? Consider gift cards to […]

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Pushcart Prize Nom-Nom-Nom

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:52:42 +0000

‘Tis the season for Pushcart Prize nominations! Thanks so much to Lost Balloon for nominating my flash fiction, “Us, Anywhere” for the Pushcart Prize. It is one of my absolute fave pieces I have written, so natch, I’m incredibly honored to be included among so many other great writers. Read/revisit my piece here: “Us, Anywhere” and then head on over to cozy up with some other truly great stories.    Congrats to: “Falling Leaves, A Sycamore” by Clio Velentza “Born Again” by Michele Finn Johnson “The Eclipse” by Nicholas Cook “Imperfect” by Sudha Balagopal “Terminals” by Kathy Fish   XO, Jules          

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A Hodgepodge of Random Things

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:48:09 +0000

Some cool stuff has happened. First, my chapbook ALL THE GHOSTS WE’VE ALWAYS HAD is getting published! Wheeeeeee! I am super excited for a variety of reasons. A) this little book is near to my heart. It’s small, but big, big love has gone into it. I adored writing it and I can’t wait to share it and am super thankful Thirty West Publishing *cue Abba* took a chance on meeeeee. B) I will have a physical precious baby book available for coddling in sweet, sweet bookshelves. C) I am psyched to get an inside look into the uniqueness of chapbook publishing. COVERS AND FONTS AND BINDINGS, OH MY. Second, I went to San Francisco for my 35th birthday. It was delightful. I went to my favorite bookstore (CityLights, natch) and my favorite bar (Vesuvio, double natch) and took this third-time’s-a-charm photo that I kinda love.   Third, the husband and I did an overnight concert/date in Tucson. It was our first time overnight without the kiddo in about 2.5 years. Traveling for a concert was on my 2017 bucket list, and since it’s one of few things I actually hit this year, braggity brag brag brag. Pleased to report […]

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My “Must-Read” Just-Write Books

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:50:43 +0000

Just a little dollop of a blog post to drop some of my favorite “must-read” books for anyone looking to perk up their writing skills. I tend to dip into all different types of writing-advice books and craft styles, because I think it’s all about picking and choosing what works best for you. Whether you’re a pantster or a plotter or just really fucking hate those terms and you do you, dig my must-reads and maybe you’ll find some of these helpful on your storyteller journey.   The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi | On Writing by Stephen King | 500 Ways to Write Harder by Chuck Wendig | Story Genius by Lisa Cron | The Book of Symbols by Taschen | Outlining Your Novel by K.M Weiland  

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