Month of Firsts: Writing & Life Update – August 2019

Hello dear readers! M. L. Wang here with a brief update on my life, writing, and other author stuff. First, I just want to let everyone know that since this day of August 21st is my birthday, I’m celebrating with my own little ebook sale. There’s honestly no gift better than new readers, so I’ve… Continue reading Month of Firsts: Writing & Life Update – August 2019

3 Things I SHOULD Have Done Before Publishing my First Book

The following post was originally written in response to a Tumblr ask (which can be viewed here) hence the informal language. I'm re-publishing it here to make it accessible to those who don't want to deal with Tumblr's weird colors and tiny font. Please note that this advice is based solely on my own limited… Continue reading 3 Things I SHOULD Have Done Before Publishing my First Book

A Gardener’s Guide to Character Writing – 6 exercises to create a functional & fully realized character

The following 6-point guide to character writing is comprised of two 3-point guides. The first three exercises should help you create a functional character. The next three should help you turn that functional character into a compelling one. You know those lists of questions intended to help writers develop their characters? What is your character’s… Continue reading A Gardener’s Guide to Character Writing – 6 exercises to create a functional & fully realized character

UPCOMING EVENT – Come meet me in person! (there will be kittens)

Hello Dear Readers! M.L. Wang here with more details on the actual physical event I'll be attending this August! The Crafty Cat Rescue has invited me to be part of an amazing line-up of authors doing signings at their Books, Crafts & Cats fundraiser, so yes, I'm actually going to crawl out of my hermit… Continue reading UPCOMING EVENT – Come meet me in person! (there will be kittens)

June (Pride Month) Wrap-up

I began this summer excited by my newfound free time and swelled with delusions of magically overcoming my inability to read. When I made this TBR, I was Icarus. I had forgotten that my wings are paper, like the lies I used to turn in instead of book reports. What is that supposed to mean?… Continue reading June (Pride Month) Wrap-up

Thoughts on MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller (Let’s talk about assassins)

SUMMARYSallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The… Continue reading Thoughts on MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller (Let’s talk about assassins)

THE SWORD OF KAIGEN Blog Tour – SIGN-UPS OPEN!

Hello Dear Readers! M. L. Wang here with some exciting news! The wonderful Karina at Afire Pages, is hosting a blog tour for my standalone military fantasy, The Sword of Kaigen! (If you’re unfamiliar with Karina’s work, she’s hosted blog tours for MacMillan and Harper Collins, including the recent tour for With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo). What this… Continue reading THE SWORD OF KAIGEN Blog Tour – SIGN-UPS OPEN!

Thoughts on GIRLS OF PAPER & FIRE by Natasha Ngan (slow-build stories and reader investment)

SUMMARYLei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's… Continue reading Thoughts on GIRLS OF PAPER & FIRE by Natasha Ngan (slow-build stories and reader investment)

Why I Can’t Write Book Reviews – My History as the Worst Reader

NOTE: Reading back over this post, I'm not very happy with it. I don't hate it enough to delete it - since I do want an answer on hand for when people ask why someone who writes books doesn't read or review them with any regularity. If you're here for the quick explanation, here is… Continue reading Why I Can’t Write Book Reviews – My History as the Worst Reader

July 2019 Writing Update

Giving progress updates on City of Ghosts is difficult because the book has already been drafted multiple times (the most recent draft having been completed during my senior year of college, 2014) so most of the work involves rewriting and restructuring. As far as that process goes, I'd estimate that I'm about 25% done. It's… Continue reading July 2019 Writing Update