I'm from Neptune. No, not the farthest planet from the sun, but from Neptune, New Jersey. I'm a writer, poet, blogger, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. I go by @SleeplessAuthor on Twitter and @SleeplessAuthoress on Instagram.
Saturday, April 22nd She ignores the snack of letters on the hallway table. Her mother carefully sorted them, separating college-related mail from the endless myriad of bills that her parents constantly frowned at. She quickly changes out of her Staples uniform into jeans and a top with ruffled short sleeves that look like proper date attire.
Writing Workshops Will Give You the Best Advice
“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” ― Lorrie Moore
Another Clockwork Day
Feeling morning sunlight streaming through my apartment’s window is, hands down, one of the best parts of my morning. It competes for the title of the best part with the pleasant delight of petting my sleepy cats and the satisfying deliciousness of fresh espresso. When my morning has all three of these elements, it’s almost perfect. If it has all those and I still make it to the train without power walking, it’s a truly perfect morning.
7 Reasons to Get Involved in the Writing Community
“I’m not good in person. Perhaps this is why I am a writer. Perhaps this is why I don’t have many friends.” ― Rachel Zucker, SoundMachine
The Covered Carriage
It always strikes her as a little odd, when she waits in line for coffee or stands at the bus stop. It isn’t every day that she sees this woman with tired blue eyes pushing a stroller, but she runs into her fairly often, whether it’s at the grocery store or leaving the mall.
6 Tips to Ace Phone Screening Interviews
In the wonderful world of Zoom, there are still some businesses that start with the old-fashioned phone screening. If your calendar is just full of phone screenings and no in-person interviews, it’s time to step up your game.
5 Tips for Authors Submitting to Literary Journals
“Is writing the punishment or reward? A secondary gain?” — Rachel Zucker, SoundMachine Every literary journal crusader experiences it. You put your heart into your work, you submit your work broadly, and have little blossom of hope when the submission confirmation emails pile up.
4 Mistakes I Made in My 4th Manuscript
“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” — Philip Roth Looking at your writing with a fresh eye can help you find mistakes you never noticed before. When you look back on your writing, you start to see all the faults. Instead of camping out in a dark corner, start fixing them.