Julie Oldham Writes

Monthly Archives: January 2018

We had some lovely weather this week!  I like being warm.  It makes me think of days like this one, when a friend and I went tromping through a state park. Revisions There were no more Legos involved in revising this week.  I read Violence: A Writer’s Guide by Rory Miller.  This was fascinating and gave me a lot of information on how fights really go, though I’m not quite sure how… Read More

If you’re reading this post, you might be a reader of fantasy and may already be familiar with Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings, the first of the Stormlight Archive.  If not and you’re into epic fantasy, I highly recommend it. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells,… Read More

I did pull away from the shiny editing software this week to spend more time on the larger revisions my novel needs to move forward.  It isn’t that those edits aren’t important.  It is just really likely I’ll be changing the words around anyway so there’s no need to spend a lot of time making them perfect at this point. The edits have taken longer than I expected, but as I’ve never… Read More

I posted about yoga the other day on twitter and wanted to share with you some ways I stay mobile and flexible with my desk job at work and the time I spend at home writing. Setup If all I do is sit slumped at my desk at work for eight hours and then come home and pound away on my laptop, no amount of stretching is going to prevent neck pain. … Read More

This week, like last week, was all about the revision.  Or is it, “Revisions happened this week, like last week?”  Perhaps, “I did revisions this week, like last week.”  The Grammarly extension for Firefox is fine with all of the above.  The Hemingway Editor isn’t happy with the “perhaps.”  AutoCrit thinks I need more text to analyze.  My plan did not include getting this deep in line editing this week, but I’m… Read More

I reviewed two of Anthony Ryan’s novels last year and named Blood Song as one of my favorite books for 2017 without doing a review.  This was my second or third read through, so I guess it is time! “The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm.” Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at… Read More

Last month, I finished my first draft of my first novel!  It was fantastic, and I’m so happy to accomplish that goal. Several of my friends and family want to know when they can read my novel.  It is really very sweet of them, but they don’t understand how bad my first draft is.  Some reply that I’m likely too hard on myself, and then I tell them I end one chapter… Read More

I noted Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards was one of my favorite books of 2017, but I have not yet reviewed it.  That changes today! Do you feel awkward at networking events? Do you wonder what your date really thinks of you? Do you wish you could decode people? You need to learn the science of people. As a human behavior hacker, Vanessa Van Edwards created a research lab to study the… Read More