CW: Sexual harassment This past week, some serious stuff went down in the publishing industry, an industry that I, as a self-publishing writer, observe (and have occasionally envied) from a distance. The School Library Journal published an article about sexual harassment within the world of children's publishing, naming a handful of alleged perpetrators and painful … Continue reading #MeToo & Anti-Harassment Initiatives in the Publishing Industry
It's time to talk about the elephant in the room: Secrets in Seaport. In the past few years that it's been in print, I think a total of eight copies have seen the light of day, three of which were purchased, not gifted to friends. Suffice to say, it didn't sell well and in hindsight, … Continue reading Seaport: a Token of Achievement or an Unpublishable Embarrassment?
I'm not really back to a normal posting schedule (don't know if/when I ever will be), but I have a small writerly progress update to share. During the midpoint of last year, I finished the first draft of Cliche and sent it off to some wonderful beta-readers. That was an exciting learning experience, and I'm … Continue reading Early 2018 Progress Update: Cliche, Beta-Readers Wanted (Again)!
https://twitter.com/emcheeseman/status/889536314323939328 I go through extreme phases of burnout and momentum as illustrated above. I wouldn't have been able to explain it as succinctly (or artistically) as Emily has done. At this moment, however, I'm going through a writerly do-nothing period. I had a momentum burst to work on After the Fall not long after finishing … Continue reading The Creativity Cycle as Illustrated by Emily Cheeseman (Twitter)
RWBY-fan-poems? I guess that's a thing now. 😛 I was going through my drafts folder and happened upon this non-rhyming mess. It's probably told from the perspective of someone watching the Vytal Festival tournament, someone who only knew Pyrrha for her celebrity status, and not Jaune. Surely millions of other citizens of Remnant admired Pyrrha … Continue reading I’m 95% sure this poem’s about Pyrrha Nikos
Hey there! This is present-day Allison writing to you on 10/8/2017, for reals. I have a small buffer of scheduled posts waiting to go up until approximately the end of this month. Truth be told, this blog has been running on scheduled posts since the spring. With my current schedule, I simply don't have time … Continue reading Real-time update
The Gauntlet is Karuna Riazi's debut middle-grade novel from the Salaam Reads imprint of Simon and Schuster. I won an autographed (!!!) copy of this book from a giveaway earlier this summer by the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, and it's one of the loveliest middle grade stories I've read this year. It's Farah Mirza's … Continue reading The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (2017, Middle Grade)