Oh, Another Blog

Hi friends! So, I started another blog. It’s called Red Letters | White Whales for – you guessed it – The Scarlet Letter and Moby-Dick. It’s my American literary history blog, and I hope to do some more academic posting over there, and leave this blog for fiction writing and reading. Feel free to give it a read!

Well Hello

Hello there! It’s been a while. I’ve been quite busy. I know we all say that we’ve been quite busy, but I think I can justify, maybe? Working full time (40+ hours) managing a program at a very well-known higher ed institution, finishing up my master’s degree in literature, writing a 70+ page master’s thesis on Moby-Dick and Calvinism. Oh, and I moved! Oh, and I run a book club now. Oh, and I’m helping to run a literary magazine! And I’ve been working on my novel. It’s been a little bit of an intense season, you could say. But I’m done with classes! I’ve moved! I’m finishing up my thesis! Things are calming down, so that means diving back into writing projects.

In the meantime, while I’m getting my bearings back to post more, please check out my friend Laura’s blog. She’s working on a novel for her thesis, which means a novel with a hard deadline only nine months away. The first week involved word count spreadsheets and killing spiders, so… #NineMonthsToNovel #SunsetSultan

Also, please check out my new literary magazine, Pocket Change, and submit yer stuff!!

See you soon!
-jessica

 

New Writing Out in Pocket Change Magazine

Hi everyone – so I have some new writing coming out that you can get your hands on! Actually, if you donate to a good cause, you can get your hands on some of my writing! My friend Jen has started Pocket Change Magazine, a journal of stories, poems, and art dedicated to “making change.” The concept is simple: Each volume chooses a charity or cause as its target. Simply donate and you’ll receive the e-mag in return. The first two issues are up now here, with donations going towards the Syrian Refugees and the survivors of the Orland Pulse nightclub shooting. I have a story in each. Enjoy!

Cultural Appropriation and Fiction Writing

A few weeks ago we had the dust-up about J.K. Rowling’s new story on Pottermore, and it raises the question of how fiction writers should approach writing what they don’t know. As someone who wrote a still-in-the-drawer first novel about another culture (ironically, the Navajo, like Ms. Rowling’s story), I have some thoughts on cultural appropriation and fiction writing: Continue reading

A Thought

I’ll never be able to experience reading my novel like I would experience reading any other novel, because I know everything, I’ve known the end since the beginning, I know the cut scenes, the way the characters breathe, what happens in each moment. There’s no discovery of a first-time reader, there is only omniscience.

Myers-Briggs Your Characters

We’ve all been there, on that website taking the Myers-Briggs personality test. Then you get an answer, and you’re like, “Oh my gosh YES! I am a ____! Life is solved!” and then you forget what you four letter acronym is two weeks later and all is lost. (Just me?)

Anyway, Myers-Briggs, or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a test used to pinpoint where people fall on the scale of personality characteristics and behavior asserted by Carl Jung in his research. According to the test’s website, “The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.” Continue reading