About

This is the blog of an author/artist. Things are going to get creative.

Novels are my first love (and career focus), so I blog mostly about my journey as an author, the writing process, the good advice, and sometimes the books I pick up along the way.

But I also love making art, and periodically post my work here (or on tumblr).

My first rule in both: Artist, amuse thyself.

52 thoughts on “About

  1. In spite of the tit for tat that is this response, I feel it necessary to express how impressed I am by your own writing and the canny use of Wilde. Good luck with this book and i wish you speedy progress on your NaNoWriMo challenge, I wish I had the courage to take that on!

    • Thank you very much for visiting and the encouragement…an unpublished writer thrives on such words! And thank you also for the good wishes with NaNo (it’s going well!)…I should like to return the favor by wishing you the same. Even if you aren’t doing the exact challenge (not doing it in November, or doing 1,000 words instead of 1,667, etc.), I think anybody can push themselves the way NaNo requires. It’s okay to be intimidated (goodness knows I still am)– you just have to set a goal and go after it!

  2. You have a very attractive site and I look forward to reading more of your work. I would slightly quibble with your take on Wilde’s quote. Writing is involved, detailed, even maddening at times, but certainly not hard work. Digging ditches is hard work. Sitting at a computer and punching key strokes is a walk in the park.

    • Thank you very much for your reading and kind words.

      On writing, yes: it is perhaps not physically laborious, but I would argue it is far from a walk in the park. What writing lacks in physical demand it more than compensates for in mental work and challenges– and that is before you take into account the difficulties (money, work, lifestyle, etc.) of being a writer for a living. I like your word “maddening”. 🙂

        • A great poem begins thus: “Had we but world enough, and time…” It is actually intended to woo a lady (the poem is called “To His Coy Mistress”) but I find that same line cropping up to describe many aspects of life…blog reading being one of them!

          Thanks very much for reading and following– I look forward to the same! 🙂

  3. This quote made my day haha! Your post is so captivating really makes me want to explore more around your blog, this is such a great site! I am a young aspiring writer with a freshly made writing blog of my own. I would love if you could check it out 🙂
    http://www.oursunshines.wordpress.com
    thanks and good luck with your future writing endeavors!

    • Hello Jodette! I’m glad you liked the quote– Wilde has infinite aphorisms but it is probably that one that has given me the most courage.

      Yay! I’m happy to connect with another aspiring writer and look forward to continued exchange 🙂

  4. Finding this blog has definitely been a highlight to my day. Excited to discover another great bibliophile blog and someone from my hometown! Hurray for Portlanders.

    • I am delighted to hear that– and even more delighted to find another blog with a reading list 🙂 Thank you for your kind words and follow and I look forward to doing the same!

      (And yeah– go Portland!:))

  5. Your site is interesting Julie and so is your surname…first time sighting a bubbly person (even though I have a few Jewish friends) with Israel as surname. Look forward to reading more of yours…best wishes…Raj.

  6. I was very intrigued by your Gravatar and that you indicated you parler la Franglais like me aussi! I’m half French, half Finnish, who married and Italian/Scot . . . in essence my boys are “mutts” . . . not the Hungry Games kind of mutts, but you know what I mean . . . they’re a mixed breed! Look forward to reading more on your blog! Cheers!

    • Enchantée! It is always a delight to meet a fellow Francophone (especially one who indulges my bad Franglais) 😉 You must have quite an arsenal of languages under your belt! Very cool. And I can only imagine the amazing cultural crossover! Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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