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  • Today's art is by me! Since I was forbidden from opening my GroundskeeperWIP document this week, I spent some time on a portrait of the main character instead <3

    I might still do more to this, but the longer I look at it, the more I like it the way it is, so idk.

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  • HUZZAH. My GroundskeeperWIP edits are done*!

    *Well, the big things are done. I'm taking a break now, but starting Monday I need to go back and read the whole manuscript to make sure it all makes sense and also sounds good. And my editor could still ask for additional edits. And even if she doesn't, there will at minimum be copy edits. But the first round of big edits are done!



    Snoink YAY!!!!
    Feb 7, 2024


    BluesClues YAY!!
    Feb 9, 2024

  • It's been a hot minute since I talked about NettieWIP because I'm knee-deep in GroundskeeperWIP edits, but look at this gorgeous art I got from Lumiscuro on Tumblr/Instagram/BlueSky! Lumi put out a call for OCs for them to doodle to help him get out of an art slump...and instead of a doodle, I got a full-color portrait! Needless to say, I left a tip even though this wasn't an actual commission <3 Nettie literally looks like Lumi plucked her right out of my head!

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  • Guess who's in this week's Publishers Weekly :eyes:

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  • Huzzah! My redo of NettieWIP draft 2 was going well until ch. 9 (aka the point where I stalled out in my previous attempt), where I stalled out AGAIN, but tonight as I defined the problem for myself I had a breakthrough that I think will solve it. So tomorrow I'm going to edit ch. 8 and rewrite its ending to set me up and then attempt to tackle ch. 9 again.


  • ...well, I'm not complaining about revising this book again, but I did start it over from the beginning 21,000 words into it lol.

    For this year's NaNo, I attempted to write my second draft of NettieWIP. I only got 20k into it during November, with an additional 1k since then. I've been focusing really hard on plot, because (a) that's my weakness, (b) mystery is a new genre to me as a writer, and (c) mystery requires a solid plot.*

    *Not that other genres don't require a solid plot, but. idk. mystery requires more...plotting

    Most of the time as I've worked on this draft, my writing sessions have resulted in very little actually getting on the page. It's been like pulling teeth to get myself to work on this instead of buddy comedy matchmaking fic about Edna and the butler from a collab I did with some friends the second chance fantasy romance that bulldozed into me because I saw a rummage sale sign one day literally anything else.

    This morning on the way to work, I figured out a couple of plot things. But more importantly, I realized why I haven't wanted to work on the book: I've been so focused on plot - the part I'm bad at and the part I lowkey care about the least - that I've been neglecting my themes and a lot about my characters.

    So! I'm starting over (again) instead of finishing this draft in the hopes I can make it more like what I want. I wrote out some reminders to myself that I hope to keep beside me whenever I sit down to write, so I'll remember that I have to consider theme and character when writing, not just plot.

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  • Okay, when I inevitably start complaining about revising this book again, someone please gently whack me with a newspaper and remind me of what I'm thinking right now:

    - all the things I'm trying to do in this book can absolutely fit together
    - I can make them fit together, it's just going to be a lot of work
    - I'm psyching myself out because I'm trying to make them fit together while working in a genre I've never written and always swore I'd never write

    I can do it. I'm just gonna be a big baby about it the whole way there.



    fatherfig *whacks with newspaper* YOUVE GOT THIS
    Nov 29, 2023


    BluesClues thank you <333
    Nov 29, 2023

  • Large-print Edna hehe <3 Originally she was 700 pages, but my publisher got her down to a svelte 548 pages~

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    Snoink Accessibility ftw!
    Nov 16, 2023


    BluesClues Yep yep yep <3 Now we just gotta get that audio book out there! But I admit I'm slightly the one stalling that because I gotta record the acknowledgements myself and I haven't had the chance yet.
    Nov 16, 2023



  • Spearmint AHHHHH!!! :D
    Nov 8, 2023


    BluesClues MY CONSTANT MOOD FOR THE LAST MONTH AND A HALF
    Nov 8, 2023

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  • Listening to audio files for different chapters for the audiobook <3 I am crying laughing, Jeanine's voice and delivery is so perfect lmao


  • First draft: completed during Camp NaNo in July
    Second draft: started the day before NaNo in November let's goooooooooooooooooooo

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    alliyah oh lovely lakeside cozy vibes with a hint of murder mystery

    Nice collage Blue! Good luck for NaNo!!!

    Nov 1, 2023


    BluesClues thank you!! it will be cozy but it will be sad (even aside from the murder lol)
    Nov 1, 2023

  • I vague-posted on Instagram but it was the LEAST vague vague post ever (like, to the point where I cleared it with my agent before posting, just to be safe), but I posted it on a Sunday and sort of buried it within the post, and it's very funny to me that no one has noticed yet. Either that or they're all too polite to say :eyes: or anything, but that seems unlikely.



    IcyFlame I'm on it
    Oct 23, 2023


    BluesClues hehehe <3
    Oct 23, 2023



  • Snoink I AM SO CURIOUS BUT I KNOW YOU PROBABLY CAN'T SAY ANYTHING YET BUT
    Oct 20, 2023


    BluesClues I CANNOT BUT THE SECOND I CAN
    Oct 20, 2023

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  • Okay well in the middle of all this freaking out I've been doing, I've also been revealing character stickers for The Remarkable Retirement of Edna Fisher! October 21 marks six months since Edna released, so I'll be doing some giveaways on social media.

    Tomorrow I'll be revealing a poster with some AWESOME Edna art by a friend, but here are the stickers (with art by me!)

    Edna Fisher: chosen one, knitting enthusiast, grandma to all she meets

    Spoiler! :
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    Benjamin Cooper: softness and anxiety personified, nursing home orderly, nerd for all things magical

    Spoiler! :
    I tried doing Benjamin in profile like I did for everyone else, but after two different profiles that turned out not-to-my satisfaction, I went with the pose @Sonder used in her original art of him (although his features are different), which is also more my norm when drawing faces. (Three-quarter view my beloved.)

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    Clem Rodriguez: flawless makeup game, here for vengeance, trying her best

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    Kiernan Abbott: has an agenda but whoops his hand slipped and now he cares, amazing with a bow, keeper of the group's sole brain cell

    Spoiler! :
    Noting for this one that I used @Sonder's design as a foundation to help with the pose/angle, but I used a photo of actor LaKeith Stanfield as a direct reference because he is my one (1) fancast simply because of his very expressive eyes.

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    Redway: sorcerer but probably don't ask him to do magic with you, dragons > people, for the love of god Red murder is not a valid coping mechanism

    Spoiler! :
    Noting for this one that I used @Sonder's design more directly as a foundation and reference! I freehanded using her pencil sketch as reference and added color.

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  • I can't believe I'm expected to just like BE AT WORK at a time like this oh my god, such exciting things are happening and I'm just. TAKING MEETING MINUTES. SENDING EMAILS. WHY.




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— Pablo Picasso