¡Viva Mexico City!

What have I been up to lately, you ask? Well, writing The Dirty Book Club, of course. But also THIS:

mexico city


I’ve just returned from an adventure in Mexico City.  It is THE coolest place. Safer than Los Angeles with cafes and restaurants everywhere. I didn’t even have to forego my Starbucks addiction to visit.

mexico city

Starbucks in Mexico City! Cafe olé! Although, my dreams of being a Mexican mannequin have been flattened. Literally. See below.

mexico city

mexico city

I have no jokes for this picture because it’s not funny. But you had to see.

Fried crickets…

mexico city

Ant eggs. Oh yes I dzid.

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mexico city

sorry not sorry.


mexico city

Of course there were plenty of mariachi bands… And one particularly popular photo bomber. Check him out below.

mexico city


mexico city

Then there was this little guy crashing all of our meals.

mexico city

I should mention there’s a place in my heart (and head) for garlands. Admittedly. Since I’m no longer 18 I will only wear them on vacation. Lucky Mexico.

Mexico City did my brain wonders, although I didn’t leave The Dirty Book Club back in the states. I had all the characters next to me poolside as I retooled plot lines and reworked pages. I’ll be updating the DBC character boards on Pinterest next week. Be sure to check them out so you can follow their development as I go, and don’t forget about my Facebook. Friday I’ll be posting videos of my favorite friend made in Mexico City.









YALLWEST Santa Monica!

yall west

Last week I hinted at seeing some of your faces in person very soon. See that blue state on the map? If you live in it, or if you can get yourself to that little yellow dot on April 11th and 12th, you’re in luck. I’ll be at YALLWEST (YALLFEST’s sassy younger sister) with a gang of my author friends ready to get in some face time with you. I hope you’ll join me.

Check out the details below:yall westyall westScreen Shot 2015-02-11 at 4.01.32 PM

yall west

Want tickets? Click the image below. I hope to see you there! 

get your tickets If you can’t make it, don’t fret. You can still keep tabs on event happenings over at YALLWEST’s Twitter page. Follow them here: yallwest twitter

And while you’re at it, help @YALLWEST kick off their new hashtag #PoseWithABook. Just take a picture of yourself reading in a weird position/place and post it online with the hashtag, and throw on a #YALLWEST so I can find you. I’m working on mine now–stay tuned.

yall westTTYW,


In the Cards for Valentine’s

I’m giving you the gift of time for Valentine’s Day and taking the guesswork out of which cards are the most AH-MAZING this year. I’ve done all the Internet scavenging for you so you can run out and nab (or make) a few for your special someones–friends and family included–right after reading this post. Check these out:

In no specific order…

1) DIY your Valentine’s card by cutting out a heart from a map of the city where you met your boyfriend/girlfriend. *Star* the exact spot you two first crossed paths.

DIY vday card


2) Have some self love while giving it to others this year. They’ll respect you more if you do.

just the way i am


3) Or lay it out on the line and let them know they’re all you’ve got. It works.

suck without you

click through image to find where you can nab this card



4) Be up front with what matters most and why they make the cut.

grammar card


5) Test their observational skills with this fake-out Valentine. fake out card 6) Or keep it simple, keep it real.

you and naps



7) Give this one to your parents. They’ll love it.

for mom




8) Or if you don’t want your Valentine to get a big head, this will send the right message.

click through image to get this card

click through image to get this card


9) For the undying love(r):

zombie love


10) And for anyone else I’ve missed, this ought to cover it. Check off the pet name you see fit. How many of you marked Cover Stealer?

for all

click through image to get this card



Next week I’ll let you know what’s in the cards for me. [HINT: I’ll hopefully be seeing some of your lovely faces in person very soon].






I’m receiving a number of comments and messages from readers looking for help becoming writers. Some of them lead me to believe you haven’t been keeping up with the Writing Process section here on the blah-g. Check this out first in case any of your questions have already been answered in depth: Blah Blah Blah Writing Process

And a few of you have asked me for some tips and tricks. Tips and tricks for writing, huh? I wish, sisters. I’ve said this before, but there aren’t any tricks. You have to write every day. It’s that simple. Read books in the genre you are writing so you can see how other people do it. Stephen King says if you don’t have time to read, then you don’t have the time–or tools–to write. So do it. Read and write as much as possible. Keep a notebook with you and write down amazing details you stumble on during the day. It’s these details that will bring your writing to life. And read about writing. Books on the actual craft are very helpful and inspiring. Be sure to check out my Tumblr I devote entirely to writerly things (okay, okay, there are some pups and Internet memes thrown in there, too) that I update every Tuesday and Thursday. It’s full of great writing tips for character development, story structure, inspirational words, and anything else you need to spark your creativity while honing your craft.

Writerly Words

Most of all don’t try to sound like anyone else. It’s your voice we want to hear because no one sees the world like you do. Neil Gaiman has my back on this one, albeit his version is a little more harsh:

Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.

― Neil Gaiman

Which reminds me, developing a thick skin is step 1 in becoming a writer. Harper Lee agrees:

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. — Harper Lee

Now hit it.