Awesome Things

First of all, I realized that I didn’t do a recap on my 2012 goals. I mean, I failed all of them, but I post goals in part to be held accountable. So here goes:

1. Do everything I possibly can to get an agent. Which can be broken down into the following subgoals:

a. Write the best damn book I can. FAIL.

b. Write the best damn query letter I can. FAIL.

c. Send those damn awesome things out! FAIL.

2. Read 50 books this year, with at least 30 of those being YA. FAIL.

3. Finish and edit FRACTURED RADIANCE and RED SKY (and query one of these). FAIL.

4. Draft a 3rd book TBA. (Not TBD though … I already know what it is in my li’l ole head.) FAIL.

Wow, good job me. Now on to better things. Awesome Things, to be exact.

1) A Memory of Light

This is the 14th and last book in the epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time. I started reading the series the summer before my freshman year of high school (1999), so you can bet I’m excited for this book! AND, my parents were awesome enough to go to a signing for me in my hometown of Charleston, SC, (also the hometown of the original author, Robert Jordan), and snag a signed copy for me. Score!

2) Days of Blood and Starlight

Seriously, y’all? This book is more than knock-your-socks-off awesome. It’s explode-your-socks-and-subsequently-your-feet-because-you’re-wearing-this-particular-pair-of-socks awesome. It’s Amazing dipped in Awesome Sauce served on a WOW platter with a garnish of Blew My Mind. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is really, really ridiculously good. This … is almost perfect.

3) They’re making a movie of Daughter of Smoke and Bone!!! And it has a producer!

4) This image that I repinned from Laini Taylor on Pinterest:

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Remember how I have a major crush on Laini Taylor slash I want to be her?

That’s become even more stalker-worthy.


But seriously … that woman can write. And pins awesome stuff.


How’s your week? What’s awesome?

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

7 thoughts on “Awesome Things

  1. Did you really fail at writing the best damn ____ you can? Just because they didn’t get you an agent doesn’t mean they were awful–this is too subjective of a business to make sweeping statements like that!

    And I’m going to respectfully disagree about Days of Blood and Starlight–that was probably the most disappointing book I’ve read in a long while. :( None of the things I loved about the first book were there any longer, and instead it was interminable descriptions of battles. Maybe I couldn’t get past that it was so far from what I expected and see how good it was?

    1. I did because I didn’t finish the book and thus I didn’t write the query. So, there wasn’t even a worst damn ___ possible.
      I’m shocked someone didn’t like that book! But hey, we all have our preferences, right? So, I still like you. ^_^

  2. Oh well, you’ve got a new year ahead right? That’s why I only made one resolution last year (my give up Diet Coke thing) which was also a big FAIL. I have one on my desk right now as a matter of fact.

  3. I loved, loved, loved, loved Days of Blood and Starlight!! And I did not know about the movie! That is awesome. I have a big ole girl crush on Laini Taylor, too. I absolutely love the way she writes. And Kirsten, I have tried giving up Diet Coke, too. But our relationship is etched in stone. We’ll be together forever!!

  4. You had a really busy year, so I won’t criticize you. If anything, just continue to try for them this year, or readjust based on your current life situation. It’s good to be realistic! (It’s why I’ve been taking a temporary blog hiatus–my brain is filled with too many other things now, and all I could think to post was “still revising things”. I may eventually have more to say about that, but it’d probably be better in retrospect, and I’m going to be revising things fora while!)

    Just keep being awesome and those goals will be met eventually!

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