Housekeeping

In the spirit of it being a new year, I tidied up my bookcases. I use the term “tidy” loosely, of course; I don’t care for my home office to be in perfect order. It’s much neater now than it was before since I acquired my late father’s desk and a couple of other storage … More Housekeeping

Sometimes going the inexpensive route is a good thing

My blog and Twitter followers are probably already aware of my makeup habit, one that’s been considerably reined in since returning to school (but will take off again after exams are over and I’m working full time over the summer). Anyway, there are some things I’m not willing to cheap out on–you will have to … More Sometimes going the inexpensive route is a good thing

I’m pretty sure there are self-help books for this kind of thing, but I’m not reading them

It’s only taken a semester and a half for me to figure it out, but I think I’ve finally got this whole work-school-write balance thing going. Sort of. Mostly (and I swear this isn’t a whiny “Poor me, I’m so swamped!” thing, just letting everyone know I’m not dead). As of January, I’m putting in … More I’m pretty sure there are self-help books for this kind of thing, but I’m not reading them

DEAD RINGER excerpt

The following is an excerpt from DEAD RINGER, now available for pre-order and on sale September 23. Copyright © 2014, Jessica Marting.   The smell of something burning dragged Livvy out of her tattered gardening magazine. Setting it aside, she saw curls of smoke lazily creep under her bedroom door. Her heart rose in her … More DEAD RINGER excerpt

Fright

(Originally titled “Performance Anxiety” but I changed it because snickering.) I am not a performer. I don’t enjoy the spotlight. I’m not even a particularly eloquent speaker: I talk too fast at the best of times and I stammer when I meet someone new or when I’m nervous. I possess just enough coordination so I … More Fright