I want to like your book

No, I still haven’t completed my second draft. Shhhh. 


Last night I finished reading Rules of Civility by the fabulously-named Amor Towles. I loved it, and I am so glad that I loved it because I love Amor Towles. I know nothing about him except this quote but that’s enough.

I read a fair number of books because I like the person who wrote them. Sometimes it’s because I’m friends with the author, so obviously I like them and buy and read their book. Sometimes, though, I get a glimmer into a person’s mind and I am excited by what I see, like with Amor Towles, or someone is simply entertaining on the internet, like Delilah Dawson or Gail Carriger. If I then check out their books and go “oh hey this sounds cool,” it’s a sale.

So. There’s a lot of debate about the usefulness of having an online platform, but if I am your target audience it totally helps. Very simply, I like supporting people I like. Make me like you, and I’ll probably buy your first book. Write a good book, and I’ll probably buy your second.


off on adventures

By the time you read this, I will be on a bus. GREETINGS, FUTURE-PEOPLE.

Anyway. I’m heading to the SCBWI winter conference in New York City. Not actually attending the conference, but a bunch of my friends will be there and since NY is basically right next door to me I really have no excuse not to go.

So! If you’re there say hey! I’ll be practicing my skulking.

How YOU Can Help Nashville

You’ve probably been following the flooding tragedy in Nashville.

a football field

One of my really good friends lives there. Mandy is, luckily, okay and her 3rd-floor apartment is mostly undamaged, but a lot of people weren’t so lucky.

houses in bellevue
Opryland Hotel


Mandy and a couple other Nashville writers have set up this website, Do the Write Thing for Nashville, where they will be raising money for Nashville relief efforts by auctioning off critiques, signed books, etc. from writers, editors, and literary agents. If you are an aspiring author who wants an industry professional to critique your work, or if you are a fan who wants a chance to buy something AWESOME, stay tuned! I know they’re collecting some pretty cool things. And it will all go to the Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund.

lit drift: 21st-century storytelling

Because they asked nicely and because their site is legit awesome, I’d like to point you all over to a new blog/community for young writers, Lit Drift. They give away free books every Friday! So I approve. And when they’re not doing that, “Lit Drift is a blog, resource, and community dedicated to the art & craft of storytelling in the 21st century.” Check it out!

edit: also, when I went to the site the first words I saw were “zombie romeo,” which started everything off on the right foot. :)


So I have come to realize that there has been a major oversight in my blogging. I have not yet—or barely—touched on one of my favorite subjects: Oscar Wilde.

This man:


Oh, the hotness.

So I am going to institute a new feature here at Gracetopia. Yes, you guessed it: Wilde Wednesdays!

Why Wednesday? Because it starts with a W, obviously. :)

Wilde Wednesdays will be random whateverness of Wilde. They might be historical factoids, or snippets of a play, or just a picture, or something. Long or short. Who knows? We shall see. So many Wednesdays, so little time. No wait. So much Wilde, so little time. There we go.

So, without further ado, I would like to introduce the the first edition of Wilde Wednesdays.

We have to start at the beginning, of course. Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born on October 16, 1854. Really it should be an international holiday. Week from Friday. Anyone want to party? Anyway, he was born in Dublin to Sir William Wilde, an eye and ear doctor, and the extraordinary, fabulous, inimitable Jane Speranza Francesca Wilde.

Lady Wilde

Lady Wilde was a character. Poet, suffragette, diva, she was always larger than life. I have yet to actually read a book on her (I saw one once but did not buy it what was I thinking) but it is pretty obvious from what little I know of her that she was instrumental in shaping Oscar into the man he became.

Lady Wilde quote of the day, which pretty much sums her up: “I should like to rage through life—this orthodox creeping is too tame for me—ah, this wild rebellious ambitious nature of mine. I wish I could satiate it with Empires, though a St. Helena were the end.”

And there we go. Brief, yes, but Wilde.