I’ve been writing fiction since I could hold a pen in my hand. My earliest works were unintelligible scribbles from before I learned the alphabet. The first story I remember writing in language people could actually read was in a first grade homework journal.
I was supposed to write about real things: what I had for breakfast, when I did homework or what I did for play. The teacher was not happy to read about a boy who put on a cape, jumped off of a garage, and flew. I wish I still had that, but my mom only saved select batch of artifacts from my childhood. That notebook wasn’t one of them,
From first grade until the fall semester of 2014, writing and I had an inconsistent relationship. We would meet every day for a few months, that would decline to a few days a week, and then we go months without interacting at all. Graduate School and 20+ page essay assignments were often were responsible for my lack of productivity in the fiction department.
Now, I teach writing at Northern Essex Community College and I write every day, even if it means not getting much sleep or ignoring my spouse. My first novel, Power Surge, will be published by NineStar Press on October 1st, 2018. I’ve completed four other novels, and am in various stages of the revision and query process with each.
My favorite genres to read and write include Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism and Young Adult. My furry housemates are indifferent to the genre and “help” whenever feel like it, whether it is sitting on my lap, chewing pages, knocking pens on the floor or walking across my keyboard.
Cats can be vicious killers, and Goose’s speciality is killing my darlings. One time,walked onto my laptop’s keyboard, nudged me and deleted about a page of text. I liked the chapter much better with that page gone. Since then, he has been known as The Meowditor-In-Chief.
His intern, Tavi, can occasionally be coaxed into fetching things, but most of the time, Tavi’s main job is to force me to take breaks from the screen and get outside. There is no ignoring Tavi when he wants to go out. He’s pure mutt, and his bark range includes small yappy terrier, Chewbaca, Golden Retriever, BB8, Husky, and Groot.
I’m not a fan of gendered pro-nouns, gender stereotypes and labels in general, but if your looking for a label to stick on me, terms like non-binary or gender fluid are appropriate since I don’t identify as one binary gender or the other. Most of my family and friends still refer to me as she/her, but I prefer they/them, especially when I see things written about me in third person.
Check out my short fiction for sale on amazon. Find me on Twitter @shatteredsmooth for bite size thoughts on publishing, writing, cats, dogs, mental health and teaching.
About the Blog: Adjunct Thoughts
The term adjunct is a synonym for “extra.” It’s also the term used to define the increasing number of part-time faculty members teaching at colleges. In some cases, these adjunct or extra positions out number the full-time, tenure track ones. I teach at a school where are adjuncts are the majority and can’t help but snicker when I think of the terms origin.
The blog is a mix of articles about teaching in high-ed, craft essays focused on fiction writing, and narratives of my journey through the publishing industry. Occasionally, I’ll mix in a recipe or gardening related how-to piece, but usually, there is some connection writing.
In some ways, these things are “extras.” I don’t make much money off of writing, so right now, it is an “extra” or side-job even though it takes up more time than to almost everything else in my life.
There is an analogy in there somewhere.
The Book Reviews
Most of my book reviews are from the point of view as a writer. I comment on things like plot, character, voice and endings with two goals in mind:
- Help readers determine whether or not they want to read the book
- Explore what I and other writers can learn about our craft by studying that novel.
I do not sell ad space on my site.
However, after looking at my website from someone else’s computer and seeing that WordPress was posting their own adds, I upgraded to the paid version. To try and cover some of the cost, I joined Amazon’s affiliate program. From July 2018 on ward, when I post links to books on Amazon, they are connected to my affiliate account. If you click on the link and buy the book, I will get a small commission.
So, if you see something like the image below, or linked text a long the lines of “read a sample of the ebook” click on it, and buy it, I will get a tiny percent of the sale.
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