I'm writing from the woods in Pennsylvania, where my critique partners Sara and Eva and I travel for our annual summer writing retreat! Retreats are great for so many reasons. Getting away from your normal surroundings—and I don't mean a local coffee shop, I mean far away—can really help you refocus on your writing, because … Continue reading Away on Retreat!
For the past month and a half, I've been in the query trenches. If you're not familiar with the term, it is what it sounds like: writers armed with meticulously revised, polished manuscripts venture into the battle of finding representation for their books by writing hopeful letters to literary agents. The query trenches are an … Continue reading Tuesday Writing Thoughts: Flying into Windows
I recently received my newest box of writing prompts from Storymatic Studios, and I couldn't be happier about it! Synapsis is one of the writing tools I use when I'm looking to start a new story or get some journaling done. It's a fun way to tease out the existing stuff that lives in your … Continue reading Synapsis!
Hey there, Writing Hive! I'm back! It's been months since my last post, and while I do have apologies, I also have some pretty good excuses. I'm typically not big on the latter, but this time I'm making an exception. I spent the second half of 2018: rewriting an entire doctoral dissertation; beginning a library … Continue reading New Beginnings
http://alluvian.space/due-north-melissa-bobe I'm so excited to be featured in the current issue of Alluvian! They're a great journal out of Ithaca and have an eye on our climate and our planet, as we all should. They also feature some beautiful graphics and photography, so definitely explore the current issue and all of the wonderful content that … Continue reading Publication: Due North
I've been away from this blog for a bit, and not because I don't love my Hive! March was crazy because I had an unfortunate falling out with my gallbladder, who I've decided to call Oliver. After 2 trips to the ER, a stopover at urgent care, office visits with 3 doctors, and weeks of … Continue reading Camping for Writers!
I picked up this novella thinking it might be a light read, and was quickly reminded to not judge books by covers, shapes, sizes, or page lengths. This wasn't one of my favorites, but as with all books, I walked away having learned something that will help me to grow as a writer. Gaétan Soucy, The … Continue reading Friday Book Review: The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches
It's the last day of the month of love, and Storymatic gave me another wonderful winter writing prompt to work with! As you can tell from my previous post about Storymatic, I find their prompt cards really inspirational and fun to write from. In case you're having trouble reading them in the above photograph, the … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Storymatic Prompt (Month of Love Edition)
She’d had a cupcake for breakfast every day for the last month. Thick on the icing, more often than not with sprinkles, occasionally filled with sweet cream or more icing. […] via “Icing” by Melissa Bobe — The Metaworker I am so happy to have my story "Icing" featured on The Metaworker just in time for … Continue reading Publication: Icing
What a lovely month February is! It's still winter but there are more hours of daylight for those of us who need it to function, and best of all, it's a month full of pink, flowers, chocolate, and love! I am already stocked up on all things pink, a super-cheery color that I like to … Continue reading Reading in the Month of Love