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Three Things I’m Stoked About This Summer

So. Summer has officially started for me. *flails*

There are three things I’m terribly excited about. They are the following:

A. Writing! 

I’ve put my current WIP on hold for the past month (!!!) because work work work, but now? I’m happy to get back into the thick of it and write/edit until I finish this first draft! Yes, I’m editing the first draft while I go. I’m actually quite thrilled about doing so. *checks for fever* I’m also super excited about a WIP I’ll be revisiting for an amazing opportunity I get to take part in later this year.

So that makes 1 summer + 2 WIPs = 1 happy me.

B. Relaxing!

Yep. I’m going to work extra hard at getting a first draft done before the summer ends, getting a few chapters done on another project, but I’ll also be cooling things down a bit. This includes spending time with family and friends, reading lots of books, catching up on Supernatural Season 11, finishing my re-watch of Once Upon A Time, and a (tourist-y) wish come true in July. This pleases me immensely.




Y’all. If you’re attending ALAAC16 (or: American Library Association Annual Conference 2016), you can get your lucky little hands on this gem! My awesome friend and critique partner Karuna Riazi’s The Gauntlet is featured in this first look from her publisher, Salaam Reads. I CANNOT CONTAIN MY JOY. EVERYONE WILL GET TO READ HER MAGICAL WORDS AND PASS OUT FROM ALL THE AWESOMENESS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. *dances until feet are raw* There’s also a sneak peek at Hena Khan’s Amina’s Voice, which I’m all sorts of desperate to devour, tbh. D-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-e.

Go get your copy, lovelies. You must.

My summer is looking good, if I may say so. Now I’m off to enjoy it.

Happy weekend!

why i’m nothing without critique partners

Critique Partners


I am nothing without my critique partners. Yes, they help me shape my manuscripts into better versions of themselves. Yes, they provide invaluable feedback on story beats, character arcs, world-building, dialogue, and all that juicy angst. They recommend songs that fit perfectly with a particular scene. They tell me about awesome books on revising and plotting.

But the most important part of having critique partners? They keep me sane.

I had a video chat with the Iron Keys yesterday. The Iron Keys are two of my wonderful critique partners. We discussed all sorts of creative endeavors, but we also discussed our lives. You know, the stuff that happens away from our computers and tablets and notepads. It was exactly what I needed to unwind. Their personal journeys are far more important to me than their characters’ journeys, even though they both matter. These women are my critique partners, but they’re also my friends. You just can’t beat that feeling of having people who both support and inspire you. Without them, I’d be a pizza-eating hack.

So here’s the thing. If you don’t have a critique partner, I suggest you get on that. Connecting with other writers feeds your soul in a huge way. Trust me. And if you have a critique partner, YAYNESS. You have unlocked an amazing writing achievement!

*high-fives you*

Say it with me, folks: critique partners save lives. Never forget it.