Kirstie Olley

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Having been telling tales (the good kind and the cheeky) since before memory she finally put fingers to (typewriter) keyboard at age 8 when she attempted to write her own ‘Goosebumps’ tale. Kirstie continued on to teach her ninth grade English teacher the importance of setting word counts for short story assignments by handing in a 27 page novella. Word counts remain her greatest foe to this day(apart from big hairy spiders).

Kirstie runs the gamut of speculative fiction from superheroes and modern fantasy, to pre-apocalyptic fantasy and science fiction, the odd dalliance with Lovecraftian horror, but she loves to write her Retailored Fairy Tales series best and has a particular penchant for cross-dimensional tales. Her stories have won and
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Kirstie Olley I'm sure there's a bunch of people who are going to detest me for my answer but I don't get writers block.

The reason is twofold.

The first fact is I…more
I'm sure there's a bunch of people who are going to detest me for my answer but I don't get writers block.

The reason is twofold.

The first fact is I have so little time to write. Between my day job, raising a non-verbal child, maintaining the house, and not being the worst wife ever I have to fight tooth and nail for every scrap of writing time. When writing time is so scarce your fraidy-cat subconscious doesn't dare try to scare you off.

The second fact is I have so many ideas that if I stall on one, I just pick up another. And if for some crazy reason nothing is piquing my interest that day, well there's never a more perfect time for revision and editing ;p(less)
Kirstie Olley Keep writing. I know it's simple and I know it's been said by many others but it's so true.

Also if you intend to go a traditional publishing route…more
Keep writing. I know it's simple and I know it's been said by many others but it's so true.

Also if you intend to go a traditional publishing route keep submitting. Don't let one rejection make you toss a story aside. If the rejection had feedback, use it then keep submitting. If it didn't keep trying. There's a LOT of people submitting work and only so many stories to be published in that magazine/books to be released by that publisher. You may have a great story on your hands, but it just isn't as good a fit as something else was for that particular editor at that particular time. Put on your armour and keep charging onto the battlefield!(less)
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In June Harley turned 3, so cue birthday party! She had a fabulous Trolls themed party at the new local park. She had a blast.


The class on writing better body language took up a lot more headspace and time than I’d expected. It was totally worth it, but it also meant nearly all my writing time each day was taken up by it. And with winter hitting here in usually sunny Queensland I can’t even pre...

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