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Why I Vote

Partnering with HeadCount, a non-partisan voter participation organization, Penguin Random House has started an initiative encouraging people to register to vote, called: And in honor of that, I’m here to tell you…drumroll…WHY I VOTE! (You’re surprised, right? I’m sure you are.) So, why do I? Well, because OF COURSE I DO! Except, it’s more complex […]

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A Little Help From My Friends

**warning: sentimental ramblings coming your way in 3…2…1…** Writing is a solitary process. We writers (hunched over desks, faces lit by the bluish glow of our computer screens, mumbling to ourselves about coffeeses and deadlineses and preciouses… Oh wait, that’s Gollum. Anyway…) spend hours working alone, wadded up tight inside our imaginations with the characters […]

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With A Grain of Salt

A couple months ago I did one of those “One like = One…” threads for writing advice on The Twitters, and as I am now making a concerted effort to add actual content to this here site, I thought, hey! Why not write a post about that? So, here goes… 0.) Take all writing (all […]

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Starting Over

So, I am terrible at posting. Maybe it’s a time thing. Maybe it’s that I’m not very comfortable talking about myself. But last I posted, I’d finished a complete rewrite of my YA speculative novel and was waiting to see if that rewrite would sell to a publisher. As it goes, it has not. Yet? […]

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Emerging from the Rewrite Cave

Hello from outside the Rewrite Cave! Or maybe I should call it a tunnel as there was an entrance, a very long (as in, eight-plus months long) middle, an exit, and even the metaphorical light at the end, at first a pinprick and then daylight, searing the near-translucent skin of my hermitage. In either case, […]

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Read. Read everything.

One of my pet peeves as a bookseller and a writer is the “I don’t-” reader. Readers who won’t read YA. Readers who won’t read sci-fi. Readers who won’t read manga or classics or poetry, mysteries or contemporary or women’s lit. Or the most cringeworthy…readers who won’t read certain authors based on their gender or […]

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Hello world!

So, here I am! A little late to the party, I know, but for a social-networking-shy introvert this feels fairly on-time to me. My name is Lillian, Lilly for short (As evidenced by the title of this blog “Lilly Writes Things”, which makes me roll my eyes a little, but hey, it’s honest, right? And […]

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