art / criticism / Doctor Who / effort / fear / frustration / mistakes / The Plum Tree

The Bees Are Disappearing!

Whenever someone mentions bees, I want to shout, “The bees are disappearing!” If you’re a Doctor Who fan, you’ll understand. But the point now is that I’m illustrating a children’s book about bees. I’ve never drawn bees before, so this is a challenge. This might sound crazy, but most of the time, I don’t actually … Continue reading

criticism / editing / effort / fear / frustration / mistakes / neurotic thinking / novel / plot / The Blue Jar / writing

Perfect Sentences and Other Lies

Some people promise to diet or to exercise every day or to be more patient. Do you do that? Swear you’re going to be different and somewhere between three minutes and three days that is all shot to hell? Mine is that I’m going to be less neurotic. I’ve been trying to come up with … Continue reading

agents / blogging / criticism / editing / editors / effort / fear / frustration / high school / life / memory / mistakes / mom / neurotic thinking / novel / publication / rejection / wishing / writing

Is that the best you can do?

In high school I spent one year on the yearbook staff. I started the class really excited, and I ended the class hoping never to speak of it again. When my mother saw the section I’d worked on–the advertising section, which I hated but did work hard on–she said, “That doesn’t look very good. That’s … Continue reading

criticism / e-publishing / editing / effort / neurotic thinking / publication / rejection / The Plum Tree / writing

Editing Rehab

Hello. My name is Marta, and I’m an editaholic. I’ve spent hours editing, gotten lost editing, and been unable to remember what I just wrote after editing. After a long night of editing, I’ve woken up with strange characters in my head. During my breaks at work, I’d be eating my lunch and sneaking in … Continue reading