As most of you reading this already know from the way I’ve appended “rep’d by Marlene Stringer” to all my social media bios, I have an agent now!!! I know some have indicated an interest in knowing how this all came to be, so allow me to regale you with the story! But first, backstory! I’ve been writing my entire life. Literally, from the moment I understood I could put words together and make my own stories. My earliest memory of writing was using a program called Paint, Write, and Play. I’m pretty sure my mom still has some of the little stories I made throughRead More →

I’m excited about a lot of things for 2015, one among them being starting a new Goodreads challenge because BOOKS, amirite? This last year, I had the pleasure of reading some really fabulous ones. I’d like to mention them here. Because when you read a great book, it’s good to tell others about it! Then other people read it and soon everyone’s reading great books and the world is a happier place. *rubs face on books* Note: The following books were not strictly books written in 2014, or anything like that, just ones that I read in 2014. You can find my reviews of each onRead More →

Over the weekend, I went with my family to Disneyland and California Adventure. (Yes, I’ll give you a moment to be jealous . . . Okay, moment’s over. Back to reading.) Most of you are familiar with the rides at Disneyland; they’re all fun, kid-friendly attractions. Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, etc. Being a Disney park, California Adventure is also family-friendly, but it has a few rides that are geared more toward adults. Or at least children that are way less chicken than I was at their age (or height). Not pictured here:Read More →

Sit with me, friends, and I will tell you the tale of a woman who believed she could write a 50,000 word novel at the same time she was finishing her college degree. Yes, right there is comfortable. No, don’t touch the fine china. I don’t have any fine china? Oh, then I guess you can touch it. I don’t know whose that is. You see, this woman believed in this novel, as many who begin such a journey do. The characters compelled her to write, and who was she to deny them a chance to tell their story? However, a 20-25 page final researchRead More →

Two of my friends, Sandie and Vanessa, nominated me for the Liebster Award. I’m going to be honest, at first I wasn’t sure what this award constituted. But then I thought to myself, Self, it has “award” in the title so that can only mean good things, right? In reality, the Liebster is a friendly, pay-it-forward type of award that bloggers pass around to other bloggers as a way of helping readers discover new blogs to follow. Pretty neat, huh?Part of what’s involved this time is answering 10 questions, largely related to my current WIP (or work-in-progress, in layman’s terms). Right now, that also happens to be myRead More →

My dear friend, Sandie Docker (whose blog is here, click click!), tagged me in this Seven Sins blog hop because she knows I love talking about books almost as much as I love reading them. So, without further ado…   Greed – What is your most inexpensive book? Well, since acquiring a Kindle, I tend to get quite a few books for free every month. (I am a glutton for free books, y’all). But if we’re talking about physical copy, it would have to be the most recent book I got for about $2 from a book sale in the basement of CSUS’s library. TheRead More →

As most of you know, today is my birthday… Wait, no, I was going to talk about NaNoWriMo, but how KIND of you to remember that it’s my birthday! Why, yes, that’s the second time I’ve used this gif today. Never gets old. A lot’s been going on in my life since my last update, and I don’t have time to get into all of it (short version: I got into PitchWars after all as an alternate (!!!) and it’s been wonderful and I have been busily revising and putting off school work like a responsible adult, and now I’m writing a new novel forRead More →

So my friend, Taylia, tagged me on Facebook to do the following: Name 10 books that have affected you in some way. Don’t think too long or hard. They should be books that naturally stand out to you. Now, this was supposed to be a quick list to be reposted on FB, but since I have a lot of book feelings, I thought it would make a good blog post. So here we go! 10 Books That Affected Me (in no particular order) 1. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons Some books you read and enjoy so much, you can’t help but want toRead More →

We’ve all heard of method acting, where actors live and breathe the characters they play for the duration of filming, even when the lights and cameras are off. But what about method writing? Does such a thing exist? Allow me to answer that with a story. A story about johnnycakes. Mormon Johnnycakes, to be exact. For those who do not know what a Mormon Johnnycake is, it’s basically dense, sugarless cornbread. And not the fluffy kind either, more flatbread-esque. Quick trivia: this particular variety received the name “Mormon” because many Mormons traveling west in the nineteenth-century would partake of johnnycakes on the trail, as long asRead More →

Today I’m doing an AMA (ask me anything) as a part of Pitch Wars, courtesy of E. G. Moore who tagged me. Go check out hers, if you haven’t already! For those who don’t know what Pitch Wars is, it is an amazing contest that will make your writerly heart soar with hope (yes, breathe in the fresh air of possibility, there you go) and also probably inspire a bad Twitter habit. You may also experience some nervousness, doubt, and resort to baking in order to avoid stalking your potential mentors’ feeds. What? Just me? Okay then. (All kidding aside, here is a link toRead More →