Book review: The Anatomy of Curiosity, by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

The Anatomy of Curiosity, due out this October, is a must-read for two completely different (though intersecting) reasons. Well, actually, three. (I’m a liberal arts major, give me a break.) 1) It’s an outstanding book It really is. The three novellas contained within deal with completely different subjects, and every single one of them is amazing. […]

Respecting Lower Case Stylisation

I’ve stylised my name the same way for over half my life: In lowercase. It’s not unprecedented. Plenty of people past and present, including notable personalities, either prefer to lowercase their names (bell hooks) or use both cases interchangeably (e e cummings/E.E. Cummings). It’s a stylistic choice, but it’s also a matter of personal expression, […]

Fanfic As Experience Builder

Fanfic gets a bad rap. It’s unoriginal. It’s derivative. It’s ‘theft.’ It’s pathetic or childish or gross. People who write fanfic need to get a life, and they’ll eventually grow out of this ridiculous phase. The fanfic hate goes on for pages, with outsiders to fannish spaces deciding that because they don’t understand fanfic, or […]

Tips for Freelancers

I frequently get asked to provide advice to people considering freelance careers, often, it seems, in the belief that there is some sort of magical formula that can be followed to catapult into a successful writing career. Alas, the fact of the matter is that while I have been freelancing for seven years now, I […]

On Working for Free

Periodically, this discussion flares up again, especially in the web-driven model of content production many of us work in today, where, let’s face it, freelancers are typically radically underpaid for their work—when they receive payment at all. Consequently, many of us are stuck cobbling bits and pieces of work together in a frenetic struggle to […]