Picking Up the Pieces

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And best of all, “The only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart.” – Colum McCann I hear you, Colum, I hear you. Or as my man C.S. said: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping … Read More

May The Fourth Be With You

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Remember Us, an excerpt: When Charlie, Ben and I were little, we played superheroes more than we played all our other pretend games combined. We’d make our visiting cousins sit by the maple tree for hours, ropes flung all around them, while Ben and I fought off the dark villains side by side. That’s what I thought about on those … Read More

Small Great Things//Book Review

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I just found out that one of my most recent reads, Small Great Things, is destined for the big screen. Yes, yes, I’m a little behind on the news. Anyway, it’s starring Viola Davis and Julia Roberts, so let’s all be excited. (If you listen to the Lindsay half of us, you should always watch the movie before you read … Read More

The First Draft

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I found my sketch book from 2013 when Kevin and I lived in South Africa. I started sketching around the time Layne and I decide to write a book together. And wouldn’t you know, I came across my very first draft of the very first bit I wrote for our book. I find it slightly amusing that I actually wrote … Read More

How to Find My Writing Inspiration

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I’ll only speak for myself here, but there are a few things I believe bring out the best in my writing self. On this sunny Monday, I’ll share a few of them with you. 1. Silence. I can’t write with music or noise at all. 2. Location. I hear I’m not supposed to bring my work to my bedroom, but I … Read More

Rejection – A Writer’s Friend?

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A few weeks back, Layne sent me a blog post titled, “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year”. “Collect rejections. Set rejection goals. I know someone who shoots for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances, too.” It’s been nearly three … Read More

How To Title Your Novel

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Or- How to Succeed at Titling Your Novel Without Dying. Maybe you are the kind of person who can both write and title your book effortlessly (if so, we are immediately suspicious.) I will say, we are not those kinds of people. When it came to titling our first book, the conversation went a lot like this: Over the course … Read More

“Oprah Called”

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I’ll say this casually to my husband the day it happens. I’ll spend hours practicing my nonchalant expression in the mirror so that when I deliver this auspicious news at the dinner table, it will seem incidental. I have a sneaking suspicion that Oprah and Ellen talk to far fewer authors than we’re giving them credit for, but believing they’ll want … Read More

The Hating Game//Book Review

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I know we’re supposed to be writing (and we are, promise), but we also read as much as we can to keep up the inspiration. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is probably the sexiest book I’ve ever read. Let me be clear that  I don’t read ‘sexy’ books as a general rule of thumb. Straight romances are not my … Read More

Celebrating the Milestones

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Hi friends, Happy Monday! We wanted to give you a head’s up that after some mad editing skills from Courtney (thanks, Courtney!) we have officially submitted our first manuscript to a few agents. We FaceTimed each other as we each hit send on our very first email submission and are excited about the agent list we curated. This morning I bought … Read More