Writing Update 2019 Q3

I’ve been super productive the last few months, thanks in part to hypomania with a dash of insomnia. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you can’t/don’t need sleep. Novels Feathers Sharp as Knives – I finished my rewrites, which I decided marks the end of my 3rd draft. (I’m pretty arbitrary when it comes […]

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Writing Desk Tour

Inspired by Christine’s happy board tour, I thought I’d do my own. I share my office with Kurt’s hunting gear, a guest bed, and a closet full of coats we keep saying we’ll wear but never do (like my snowboarding coat *sniff*). I’ve curated a collection of inspiring and beloved items, mostly related to my […]

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Storymakers 2019

On Saturday, I attended the Storymakers Conference in Provo, Utah. I saw friends, went to classes, and this happened: It. Was. Amazing. But let me backtrack a bit. Because, as with all things, there’s a story behind this. Remember how I had a baby a little over a month ago? (Oh yeah, I haven’t posted […]

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When You’ve Been Writing for a Decade and Still Aren’t Published

On September 12, 2008, I moved to Colorado. About a week later, my husband flew to Florida for a business trip, and since I didn’t have a job yet, I decided to visit my sister in Atlanta. While there, I had a dream that was basically Iliad fanfiction. I told my sister about it the […]

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On Rejection and Thick Skin

Back in November, after nine years of writing, I finally began querying. Querying is the process by which a budding young writer enters into writer adulthood by hunting the mythical creature known as the literary agent. Here’s how it goes: Writer: “Dear Agent Person, I think you’re rad and that you’ll like my book. It’s […]

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New Headshots

It’s the little things in life, right? While in Charleston, we took family pictures. Of the Whole. Fam. Damily. It was a little crazy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We had the photographer for two hours, and everyone else was pretty much done, so I asked her to snap a few headshots. […]

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Kris Atkins, MFA

So, I have this weird thing (perhaps not so weird, I dunno) where I don’t announce online whenever a) the Mister is out of town or b) we’re both out of town. I feel like doing so is announcing to the bad people of the world, “I’m/My house is vulnerable! Come rob us!” So that’s […]

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