Each day is a fresh new opportunity to show the world what you’re made of. Some days, you’re made of honor. Courage. Art. Other days, you’re comprised of potatoes. Baked. Fried. Or liquefied, into vodka. (Or perhaps, all of the above.) Really, you have to look at your life as a semi-intentional mix of many […]
“I know how to take care of myself,” she said. They assumed she meant that she could harm someone who was trying to harm her, and that was true. But it also meant that she knew how to buy herself flowers when she was feeling like the world was devoid of beauty. She also knew […]
Book: Found photos. Eerie descriptions. Magical. Movie: CGI tricks. Underutilized British actors. Samuel Jackson. Perplexing and bombastic climax.
op·pres·sion /əˈpreSHən/ noun noun: oppression; plural noun: oppressions prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control. “a region shattered by oppression and killing” synonyms: persecution, abuse, maltreatment, ill-treatment, tyranny, despotism, repression, suppression, subjection, subjugation; More antonyms: freedom, democracy the state of being subject to unjust treatment or control. synonyms: persecution, abuse, maltreatment, ill-treatment, tyranny, despotism, repression, […]
Entitlement is a funny thing. Hard to recognize, especially in ourselves. Difficult to escape. It’s not just a mindset we develop during our best times. Not only a set of behaviors adopted out of carelessness. For some, it’s like a religion, or an inheritance. A way of life passed down from father to son. Some […]
***Disclaimer: If you’re super religious and/or don’t like having your beliefs questioned, you may want to steer clear of this one.*** When I was a junior in college, I took a class in professional arguing. (Well, okay, technically it was Advanced Negotiation, but arguing is more fun to say.) One of the most useful things […]
The Horizontal Ceiling by Veronica Park I’ve hit the wall, the dead end The junction of nowhere and everything It’s too late to change or replace And I don’t feel safe enough to stay But I can’t leave Because I have nowhere to go I feel the fear, the clutching need To leave this place […]
“Always Be Grudging” by Michelle Hauck In late fall of 2013 it seemed my writer career had taken off. I’d just gotten an agent. I’d placed an earlier story, Kindar’s Cure, with a small press, but I didn’t feel complete without an agent. Now, my humorous middle grade story was being read by the important […]
One of the questions I get asked most often, by those who read my blog, is: “Veronica, why in the H do you hate Hemingway so much?” The answer to this question is as complex as my love of awkwardness. I hate him because I respect him. Also, because I feel like he probably never […]
1. Short people absolutely DO have a reason to live. 2. MILFs can be very, very dangerous. 3. If you ain’t nothing but a Hound, dog… [getting wasted and] crying all the time, you’re never getting laid. Chicks don’t dig that, man. 4. Keep guys with ponytails and weird names the hell away from your […]
Sorry I haven’t blogged in a few days, friends. I promise I’ll have many exciting things to report in the New Year, including a thrilling new WIP. In the meantime, here’s what my Christmas looks like: (Also this:)
Feel free to add your own captions for this photo in the comments. (I think you can find it on page 192 of the Skymall Catalogue.)
Waiting on word is the worst form of torture there is. And that’s about it for today’s wisdom, kids. Enjoy the day!
There once was a girl with potential, Who struggled with things existential. She wrote down her thoughts, In scribbles and blots, While wondering, “Have I gone quite mental?” THE END (This message brought to you by: Monday.)
You might have noticed a sudden and shocking absence of “flair” on this blog. This is why: http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2012/07/blogging-authors-beware-you-can-get.html You’ve been warned. ***Legal disclaimer: to my knowledge, I have not intentionally used any copyrighted materials without the express permission and/or knowledge of the owner(s). THIS BLOG claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless […]
*Marcus wasn’t much to look at, especially where cruise ship bartenders are concerned. In fact, the first time I met him I think my inner monologue was something along the lines of “Gaaah! I didn’t see you there. How did you sneak so close to me, Stalky McRaperton!?” But in spite of being a rather […]
Here lies P.R. Job. We never saw it coming; it was quite sudden. One day, it was fresh and new, full of promise. The next, it was dead. Like a newborn kitten with distemper, all rowdy and playful until suddenly it chokes and dies in your lap a week before Christmas. (But that’s another story, […]
It’s amazing how many people don’t appreciate wit. And not just nonplussed by a well-timed observation or a snappy rejoinder or a clever comment. Like, zero tolerance for a smart mouth. None-zo. When it comes to movies, people expect zingy one-liners. They roll their eyes over cliched professions of sincerity, and voice their desire for […]
I’m saving all my brilliance for later. (It heightens the suspense.)
I’ve been deathly I’ll for almost three days now. Once, my family took a cruise for Christmas vacation. I was sick then, too. This is the first time I’ve gone downhill, health-wise, since signing on. Which leads me to believe that it’s the holidays, not the stress or the weather or the germs, that make […]
Why do I spend so much time stressing out? She wondered to herself, as she fast-walked down a long, narrow hallway on her way–but already ten minutes late–to an event where she would ad-lib a one-hour lecture in front of two-hundred complete strangers. God only knows. It might be the diet, she told herself. Yeah, […]
If you go back to 2006, you’ll see a number of posts on what it’s like to be in a foreign place and not hear from your friends. Now, I’d like to flip that and describe how not awesome it is to be in a foreign place and not be able to contact any of […]
BB’s Crabshack = best crab ever!!! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and there are only 10 Americans on the ship. So long, real family. You’ve been replaced.