you need plottr

Plottr is a simple program for planning a novel.If you join your local writing group, you will probably here authors talk about “pantsers” vs “plotters.” These terms mean that some people prefer to sit down and write by the seat of their pants and let the novel take them wherever it wants to go without… Continue reading you need plottr

ideas on structure

I am working on my third novel in a series and it can feel like driving in a snowstorm with no headlights. I often don’t know where my characters are going but I have a vague idea of the final destination. I went through a period where I was obsessed with Joyce Carol Oates, and… Continue reading ideas on structure

no gods no masters

Women got the right to vote 100 years ago exactly. The 19th amendment was ratified on August 18th, 1920. That means that there are people alive today that are older than American democracy. Society told women that they would be taken care of, that their husbands would vote in their interest. They were told they… Continue reading no gods no masters

I like this scene

Zilpah and Shekinah are almost my favorite characters, and they have this wonderful bond where even though they are sisters, Zilpah has become Shek’s mom. Here’s a scene from the upcoming sequel to the Brass Starling: Zilpah ran up the grand curving stair to her sister’s room. She eased the door open to see Shek… Continue reading I like this scene

This band is amazing! I have been listening to this band called Death all week and they are incredible. You can listen to them on tidal using the link. The name of the band doesn’t really reflect the emotion of the music. The band was a family of musicians that started in the 70’s and they called the… Continue reading This band is amazing!

The Brass Starling

The year is 1910, and the Lostch family has fled the violence of a pogrom in Prague in search of a new life. They live in the Lower East Side tenements. Every member of the Lostch family works long hours for low wages—16-year-old Talia as a courier and her older sister Ayala as a seamstress… Continue reading The Brass Starling