Poor apostrophes; they get abused all the time. I get so mad about it, I actually dreamed up a teen girl/grammar nerd who runs around town defacing poorly-punctuated campaign signs. (My deepest, darkest desire is to do what she does.) RJ Haynes will have none of misplaced … [Read more...] about Grammar PSA: The Hawks Nest
There comes a time in your life where you need to overthrow What Is and live in the What If full time, and not just because a virus is raging. Right before Covid-19 struck, I requested personal leave at my job of 15 years. One reason was graduate school: in January, I'd just … [Read more...] about Creativity in the Time of Corona
If you're searching for a college essay tutor, it helps to have a few questions in your back pocket. I have these answers ready to share even when I'm not asked, because I want potential clients to know my methods and approach. What can be accomplished with your … [Read more...] about Questions to Ask a College Essay Tutor
Anyone who knows me well knows they might one day be asked to help me build a story. I test drive the plots of my novels in the same way I help my Success Story students test drive ideas. That's because no good writer ever goes it alone. Of course there's that tragic, … [Read more...] about It Takes A Village to Tell a Story
If you didn’t know, Common App has announced that it will be keeping the personal statement essay prompts the same as last year’s, while adding a new, short-answer question. This one allows college applicants to describe their experience with the pandemic. So should you answer … [Read more...] about Should You Write Your College Essay About the Pandemic?
This is dedicated to all my writer pals currently in the querying trenches. I may feel a long ways away from a long querying journey, but I still remember the struggles, and I won't ever forget what it's like dead center of that marathon run to find an agent. (I've found … [Read more...] about On Querying Agents: I’ll Tell You What’s Frustrating