a blog by J.M. Cottle

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, he

For about a year and a half, I’ve gone with the flow, letting people call me whatever they wanted. I’ve answered to many strange mispronunciations of my name (I’m pretty sure someone called me Sharon one time) and accepted every pronoun with a nod and a smile. Since nothing felt right, it didn’t matter what people used.… Continue Reading

My writing toolbox: collaboration edition

My partner and I are working on our second novel together. (Yay!) There’s a lot to coordinate when you’re writing with someone else, especially when you’re doing historical fiction with significant research involved, and along the way we’ve collected a nice bunch of software that helps us stay on track. For staying in sync Dropbox:… Continue Reading

I lost and I won

Last month, I was more of a runner than a writer. I know, right? What’s the world coming to? In the last few days of April I successfully completed the Zombies, Run! 5k Training app, and I miserably lost Camp NaNoWriMo. Instead of obsessing over characters and plots, I obsessed over pace and form and… Continue Reading

I am a vegan, and I do not preach

I am the good sort of vegan. If any type of vegan is palatable to omnivores, it is me. I never bring up my diet until it’s unavoidable. I never justify my choice, giving the most banal of explanations when questioned, nodding and smiling at your profession of respect and understanding and “I could never… Continue Reading