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Sonder (n): the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic […]

First Novel Experiences: Writing the Manuscript

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Writing First Novel

Finished Manuscript I’m done. I have finished my first novel, The Summoners. It’s a dark, action-adventure fantasy about a girl who runs away to join a roaming magic school in a land where a fanatic religious order has outlawed it. It’s rounded out at 90k words and deals with conflicts that arise from a world where magic, religion, and politics are fused together.

Derailing Divas

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Derailing Train Tracks

I have a character who is great at derailing things in my first novel, The Summoners. I love her, and I love that she does that. But she’s a crazy maker, and it has caused some interesting conflicts with some of my other characters.