Fall into News and Links!

The puns that start off these link/news collection posts are really starting to get awful. I’ll admit that. Hell, I’ll own that.

News, In Case You Missed It

My short story, “Choosing to Stand Still” has been published at The Holiday Cafe!

My reading of “Tunneling” is on video. Check out one of these two links:
Link 1
Link 2

Please check out my guest post on YA Fantasy writer Scarlett Van Dijk’s blog. The post discusses the superstitions of writers and the way they slow us down.

I may or may not have written a fanfic. Maybe I did. Maybe I didn’t.

Friends of the Blog

My little sister, Megan Manzano, got published again! Check out her creepy piece of sci fi flash fiction!

By this point, my character blog hop was a while ago, but if you missed the different steps in my section, you can start with Hannah R. Goodman’s post. Hannah is the creator of Sucker Literary and she writes YA novels. Check out her blog post introducing her character, Maddie. Hannah tagged me, which led to me tagging others.

Check out their entries below to meet a bevy of new and interesting characters!
Scarlett Van Dijk
Kay Kauffman
Kimberly McKenzie
Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Fantasy writer, fellow geek, and good friend of mine, Louis Santiago takes on sexism in nerddom in a two part series that is honest, a bit sad, and oh so true.

Part 1
Part 2


Just finished reading Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro. It is a very good book and is very informative regarding the writing life. However, I found I disagreed with huge chunks of it which, I suppose, goes to show that every writer’s experience is very different. Either way, the book was an interesting read.


Lucienne Diver is a literary agent at The Knight Agency and I love this blog post she posted about how to tell if your manuscript is Young Adult or if it falls into another closely related category. I particularly love her view on why so many adults love YA.

Grammar lesson: How do you use each other and one another?

So you want to write about medieval fighting sword and are having trouble with the terminology? This video will help you.

While I search for an agent, I have come across many different types. Those I have submitted to have been open, with full communication, as I have chosen them for this reason. However, there are some interactions that can be…frustrating. Check out this wonderful tongue-in-cheek article containing the dos and don’ts of being an agent.

March Around The Web

This blog post isn’t actually a blog post.  I’ve been considering doing something like this for awhile, but shied away from it, as it didn’t fit my general blog format.  However, with some thought, I decided that there were a ton of thoughts, ideas, and weblinks that I had that were not blog posts by themselves, but when collected could be worthy of sharing and may be helpful to some who were reading this blog.  Therefore, I have decided that I will pass these on as I create a large enough amalgam of them.  I hope you enjoy!

  • I just signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo!  Starting in April, I will be, once again, participating in a challenge to crank out 50,000 words in one month!  Sign up with me at http://www.campnanowrimo.org/.  And if you do, let me know in the comments below.
  • If you are a writer that submits work to magazines (like me), check out this very useful Writer’s Digest Article on what your cover letter should ideally look like.  And if you’re one of the people mentioned there who send their work without a name on it, SHAME ON YOU.  Seriously.
  • This quote came across my eyes sometime this month, and I wanted to share it:

    I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.

    This was uttered by Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Doctor Horrible’s Singalong Blog and THE AVENGERS fame.  Yeah, him.  Just my favorite writer saying that he writes for the exact same reason I do.  I’m not fangirl squeeing or anything.  Nothing to see here…

  • Another Writer’s Digest Goodie.  I’m currently editing the first draft of my novel and it’s driving me a little batty – which is likely why I found their 7 Deadly Sins of Self-Editing so on point.
  • In case submitting short stories to literary magazines didn’t already make me feel like I was never getting anywhere, here is an article that has the potential to make me feel worse.  Click here to understand why the slush pile is so slushy.

Well, that’s everything for this time around.  Stay tuned for next post where I teach you how to write like a fangirl…and believe me, you’ll want that more than you think.