Flashback! A Q&A With Pooks

Flashback! A Q&A With Pooks

  This is another blast from the past as I rebuild the site. It was Day Two of the blog tour for This Crumbling Pageant and I was given a really fun Q&A by Maureen McGowan over on Get Lost in a Story. GET TO KNOW PATRICIA MAUREEN:  Where do you most like to read and how often? PATRICIA:  I have a comfy chair with a ratty old footstool to put my feet on. It’s probably my favorite place to read, but you know what? I’m more likely to read...

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Today’s Blog Post Is Brought To You By Despair & Writer’s Angst

Today’s Blog Post Is Brought To You By Despair & Writer’s Angst

I had a blog post planned for today but can’t write it or do the other writing tasks I had planned because of revising The Dead Shall Live. Specifically, the ship sequence.  Which, well, I ended up commemorating in my planner. Because I am five years old. This will make more sense later. But I suddenly realized that in my five-year-old-me’s posts around social media to show what happened, I had a blog post. Not smooth. Not polished....

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Jeepers, Writing Is Hard!

Jeepers, Writing Is Hard!

And if that title seems cocky and chirpy and chipper? I am not feeling cocky and chirpy and chipper. Today was a day of writerly ups [revisions, and rereading, and swelling with emotions–all the feels!–even though I wrote it myself and have been over and over it before] and downs, omg downs [spending hours making very little progress on revisons when I get stuck on word usage–would Persephone have used the word ‘babe in...

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Seeking a Bajan Sensitivity Reader for a Short Story

Seeking a Bajan Sensitivity Reader for a Short Story

Hey, there! I’m in need of a Bajan sensitivity reader for a short story with a main character who is a mixed race Irish/Igbo slave in 1790 Barbados. This is a spinoff from my fantasy series, The Fury Triad, and she is also a character in The Dead Shall Live [pre-order coming soon]. A sensitivity reader isn’t an editor and doesn’t have to flag writing issues. Instead, a sensitivity reader reads to warn an author of instances of...

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Tweety Hat a Tecret

Tweety Hat a Tecret

I am weeks away from finishing The Dead Shall Live, Volume Two of The Fury Triad.  I’m waiting for editorial notes to guide me on final polishes. Being that close feels strange and euphoric and stressed and nervous. This is where the magic happens in my writing process, and words spring to my fingertips that I had no idea were there. Characters speak truths I do not know. Threads whip together in an intricate pattern, and I pretend...

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