Sunday #Poetry: Witch Wife

"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes." ~Joseph Roux "Witch-Wife" Edna St. Vincent Millay SHE is neither pink nor pale, And she never will be all mine; She learned her hands in a fairy-tale, And her mouth on a valentine. She has more hair than she needs; In the sun 'tis a woe to me! …

September, 2017: It’s Witching Season

September in California means one thing… ...Hot, hot HOT. The air gets dry. The hills turn from gold to nearly white. The spectre of wildfire is always right around the corner. Just when everyone in the state is ready to cry "uncle", the heat breaks, and the Bay Area tumbles into true fall. For me, …

August, 2017

The last month of summer... Where I live, August is the last real month of summer. School starts up at the end of it, so the first few weeks are a whirlwind of backpack shopping, trips to the beach and The Boardwalk, and last-minute weekend getaways. My own last-minute getaway took the form of a …

The Proust Questionnaire: As Answered by Misha “Puzzle” Kaslov

I was originally introduced to the Proust Questionnaire by my fellow Write Bitch Madhuri Blaylock in her interview series, Getting Proustian (you can find my interview on her blog). As an admitted nerd for self-reflection, I really enjoyed answering the questions. It also got me thinking. Why not put some of my characters under the microscope? Below is the Proust Questionnaire …

I #SupportWNDB – The Series: ADDING DIVERSITY TO YOUR WRITING

That one time the inimitable Madhuri Pavamani had me over to talk about diverse books…

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Adding Diversity to Your Writing:

A Few Simple Strategies

Laura Oliva

A huge shout-out to Madhuri Blaylock for hosting this awesome blog series.  Thanks for inviting me to add my two cents on this incredible topic!

Literary diversity has been getting a lot of press lately.

Near as I can tell, it all started when NaNoWriMo announced its 2014 partnership with the organization We Need Diverse Books.  While WNDB’s stated mission is to “address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature,” many writers of adult literature (including me!) have also elected to hoist the flag.

And it’s about time.

I had been doing some soul-searching on the subject of literary diversity even before I became aware of the NaNo/WNDB partnership.  More and more, I’ve been noticing the marked cultural uniformity in genre/pop/mainstream fiction.  It’s high time we as writers lead the charge for change.

I’m fortunate to…

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The Proust Questionnaire: As Answered By Seneca Lynch #MondayBlogs

  I was originally introduced to the Proust Questionnaire by my fellow Write Bitch Madhuri Blaylock in her interview series, Getting Proustian (you can find my interview on her blog). As an admitted nerd for self-reflection, I really enjoyed answering the questions. It also got me thinking. Why not put some of my characters under the microscope? Below …

May, 2016

Happy Spring, bitches! Spring just isn't spring if I can't have a garden. For the past couple years, one of the most immediate and painful casualties of the drought has been my spring/summer garden- selfish, I know, but there it is. This winter brought with it more rain than we've seen since my son was born, and …

It’s Giveaway Time!

Guys.  GUYS. If you haven't entered this epic Halloween giveaway (in which I, ahem, am participating), it's not too late!  Simply follow the Rafflecopter link below for a chance to win an advanced reader copy of Season Of The Witch, plus a bunch of other fabulous prizes, including... Drum roll, please... $175. That's right.  Smackers. …