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Jules Just Write

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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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A Summer-y Summation

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:46:23 +0000

No, I know summer isn’t officially over yet, but with school back in sesh, Labor day fast approaching, and lazy, slothlike days of summer soon to be over, I really need to update the ol’ blog (because slacker status) so I thought I’d write a little ditty about what I’ve been up to.   I wrote a first draft of book #2 in 30 days. I am currently on round two of rewriting. I introduced my daughter to Lucky Charms. I swooned over Shakey Graves’ new album: Shakey Graves and the Horse He Rode In On. I finished two books: Ann Rule’s “Lust Killer” and Lidia Yuknavitch’s “The Book of Joan.” I tried to kiss my husband every day. I was not in the pool as much as I wanted. I wondered what business I had writing. I had a micro-fiction published. I re-discovered my love for Elvis. I watched Better Call Saul, season 3. I wrote a chapbook. I drank a lot of rosé.  I worked a T-Rex puppet for my daughter. I took some photos of summery things. I am not a photographer, do not hold this against me.        

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A Book Timeline Pictorial, Of Sorts

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:42:37 +0000

The other day I looked over at my burgeoning bookcases. And I noticed how each shelf held a different literary vibe from a different part of my life. My constantly changing tastes in books run an eclectic gamut…from thrillers (high school) to historical chick lit (college) to literary fiction, true crime and biographies (now). I look back on my choices and though I am never embarrassed about what I’ve read… I know I probably wouldn’t read that particular book today. But still I keep it, I hold onto it, because each and every readerly phase I’ve been in has shaped me into the writer I am today. So I thought I’d share the literary timeline of a range of books that have impacted my writer-life in some way, shape or form. Obviously, this is no way a comprehensive list, but it’s interesting to see the variety… As a kid, I toyed between the sugar-coated fun of the Sweet Valley High series and the demented twists of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike. You bet your ass I’d read any of those today. In fact, I blame my warped imagination on these two writers alone. I pilfered books from my mother’s old […]

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The 2017-Toddler-Road-Trip Recap, Of Sorts

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 21:08:21 +0000

  The 2017-First-Toddler-Road-Trip was a success. That said, it wasn’t all rainbows and beachy California waves. I mean, you haven’t been a parent until you’re stranded below deck in the USS Midway and your toddler has a complete meltdown in the engine room while kind and gentlemanly Vietnam vets look on. You haven’t experienced the complete joy of pitting out in broiling temperatures while you lug your shrieking two-year-old up flights and flights and oh-the-flights of stairs in desperate search of an exit only to realize the exit is another two freaking flights up. You haven’t fathomed the embarrassment of trying to calm your toddler and hearing the whispered and horrified OHMYGOD’s of gawking passersby. You haven’t tried to do the decent thing and remove your child from society by squeezing through the maze of narrow, claustrophobic hallways and cubicles only to get stuck behind a line of people who can’t move to let you pass because there is literally no way to move. You haven’t heard the inhuman screech of your child (who legit really sounds like a seagull instead of a crying human being) echo throughout the corridors as if a ghost were being racked. You haven’t finally […]

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A Review of Steph Post’s Lightwood

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:24:22 +0000

I must admit, I do judge a book by its cover, and the cover of Steph Post’s LIGHTWOOD is gorgeous. That said, what it’s got inside is pretty damn good too. Normally, LIGHTWOOD is not something I’d choose to read. I’m not a HUGE fan of crime fiction, but this pulpy, Florida noir enticed me (plus, I love Post’s short stories), so I gave it an eager go. LIGHTWOOD’S main character is Judah Cannon, a man recently released from prison. With no one there to give him a ride, he heads to his hometown where he settles in at a bar where he runs into Ramey, his best friend from childhood (and my new fave character). Later, Judah meets up with his father and brother who bring him back into the family business—the very one which put him in prison in the first place. From there, without giving too much away, LIGHTWOOD is a fast-paced Florida crime story. As Judah tries to deal with the demons of his family (and his robbery), he also has to handle a preacher named Sister Tulah and members of a motorcycle gang that all somehow intertwine with his heist. I enjoyed LIGHTWOOD. The pace was perfect, […]

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All About My Publishing Journey: From Manuscript to Query to AGENT

Tue, 09 May 2017 22:52:50 +0000

In the wise words of Miss Snark (and the note taped on my office wall as a kick-in-the-ass reminder) Query widely. Don’t fret about no. Get to yes. And guess what? I sure as shit did.   Take a little jaunt with me on my publishing journey from writing to query to FREAKING AGENT. Once upon a time… Five years ago, a child-free, married woman, I began writing my first novel. Every Sunday, from 9am to 5pm, I would write. I turned down invitations to hang out with friends. Let the good old DVR record favorite TV shows. Existed solely on caffeine and wine. Thanked my husband for bringing me a steady stream of meals INTO MAY OFFICE AND MAH BELLY. About two and a half years into it, I was done. Or so I thought. I queried 30 agents, got a slew of rejections…but also two full MS requests. Nothing came of those. Just nice words and encouraging feedback. Then I got knocked up. And slowed down. I had my baby and got busy. But my book wasn’t done. So I quit my job and finished it. Or so I thought. A few more rejections and I started to […]

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10 More Things I’ve Learned About Having a Baby – Toddler Edition

Thu, 04 May 2017 09:00:32 +0000

Today is my daughter’s second birthday, and to celebrate the birth—and life—of my little butterball babe, here are ten more things I’ve learned since we’ve both graduated to toddlerville. Population: Us. Hometown Motto: Slightly Terrifying (BTW, consider me mom of the year, as I’m on a plane to Mexico right now, sans child, solo trip, suckas. Happy day to me!) And happy birthday, my beautiful little wild one.   10 More Things Learned About Having a Baby 1. That size-of-a-dime belly button you had back in the day. It’s still a quarter. 2. I never squashed bugs in my bare hands until I had a kid, so I guess that says it all about my mothering skills. 3. You don’t magically morph into some magic mom of the year. Save a few, I don’t really like people. The minute I cranked out a kid, people were all JOIN GROUPS, JOIN ALL THE GROUPS, DO MOM STUFF, VISIT THE TARGET. But you know what, that’s not me. I’m a hermit. I still wait in the car in the daycare parking lot to avoid making unnecessary conversation with rando moms. I know, I KNOW, but this is me. I am an introvert […]

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