How Taco Bell Changed My Outlook on Writing

OH HEY, I HAVE A NEW ESSAY PUBLISHED. Let’s just get that very, very important bit o’ news out of the way. That’s right, my creative non-fiction/memoir essay titled “The Bell Rings, or Four Key Life Moments in a Taco Bell” has been included in Volume 2 of Taco Bell Quarterly. What is TBQ? How […]

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This Year, I Rebel.

I honestly can’t remember the first time I tried NaNoWriMo. I think it was in 2004, which would make this the 15th year I make an attempt. Now, I’ll be honest – most of those attempts have gone exactly nowhere. Some I’m pretty sure I quit on day one with less than 1,000 words. Others […]

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Closing Patreon (For Now)

I say “for now” because while I don’t intend to go back to Patreon again, I have been known to change my mind once or twice (or thrice…). But yes, it’s true. I’m closing my Patreon page. I wrote a much longer note to my subscribers about it, but I know some folks here have […]

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What Do I WANT To Write?

This is a large, looming question in my life. I find myself staring it down constantly, not just when working on pieces for my Patreon (now closed) or chipping away at my two in-process novels, but especially when I stare at this blog and website. Ever since I began blogging, I’ve tried to create some […]

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Towards A New Ending

“You can’t go back to the beginning. But you can start anew from where you are and write a new ending.” I don’t know if that’s the exact quote, but it’s close, and it’s the sentiment I want to convey today as I do a quick little refresh on some segments of my websites and […]

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On Losing NaNoWriMo (Again)

I know what you’re thinking.  “Colette! It’s November 30! You could still finish!“ Y’all, I am not writing 34,285 words today. Because, yes, that’s what it would take for me to get to the minimum 50,000 words to declare myself a “winner.” Which means that even in a year when I felt more prepared, more […]

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Happy Apostrophe Season!

It’s that time of year again, when you’re forcing your family into matching maroon plaid shirts and jeans and trying to figure out where in your town there’s a decent enough backdrop for a picture where everyone is hopefully maybe looking normal-ish so you can send it to all your loved ones… IT’S HOLIDAY CARD […]

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Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference – A Recap

Last weekend, I spent three days at the Westin in Pasadena, California attending a Novel Writing Conference hosted by Writer’s Digest Magazine. I’ve never actually been to a writing conference before. I’ve been to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books once (which was great fun, and I do plan to return to it!), and I’ve certainly attended panels […]

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Let the noveling begin!

Happy November! And, if you’re a writer or have writer friends, you know that this means it’s the start of NaNoWriMo!  Now, I’ve known of National Novel Writing Month for years, and I have even made some attempts at it in the past. Those attempts usually fall apart/die out somewhere on day…two? But in 2015, I hammered […]

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Exciting Changes + Additions on Patreon!

September is bringing a lot of new and exciting changes and MORE WRITING to my Patreon site. I’ve added new tiers and added more rewards to the existing tiers. For just $1/month subscription, you can now get four pieces of my writing (an exclusive blog post, a six-word story, a poem, and a piece of flash fiction). That’s, like, $0.25 per piece. Pretty […]

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