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Lola’s Favorite Things: Five Favorite Writing Moments

Happy Monday! And Happy April! This month we’re theming our blogs and will be sharing a few of our favorite things in our posts. What kinds of things? Wait and see ; )

A long time ago I posted my five fav book series and narrowing down a list of reads was mentally draining, so I’m skipping the book-related favorites for now. I’ve also shared a lot of my music and every day obsessions in my previous blogs. Rather than listing more stuff, I thought it would be fun to share some moments.

So here are a few of my favorite writing-related events, which shaped the person (and writer) I’ve become.

Lola Dodge presenting her MFA thesis at Seton Hill University

1) Getting my MFA

Including the whole 2.5 years makes this one more a process than a ‘moment’ but I tend to think of it all together. Before I went back to school, I was working at a publishing company and fiddling with stories at night, but never making progress because I knew I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. Going to Seton Hill turned out to be one of the best decisions I could’ve made. My writing improved 5000% and I know I never would’ve finished my first book without the structure the program gave me. I also got inducted into a great community of writers and absorbed their wisdom like a sponge. Plus I got to meet Aileen!

Temptress by Lola Dodge

2) Selling my first story

I sold Temptress to Samhain Publishing in 2011. That first contract was so validating. I felt like I was finally proving that I had the chops to be in the business. I thought I could conquer the world. I’m still trying to!

Lola's bookhaul from Dreamin' in Dallas

3) Attending my first writing con

After the MFA, I ended up bopping around Asia. As much as I loved Taiwan then (and love Thailand now)… Have you ever heard of a writing conference being held here? Me neither.

I happened to be visiting family in Texas when Dreamin’ in Dallas was held in 2013, so I jumped at the chance to attend. It was so much fun finally getting to be an author at an event. I handed out bookmarks, hung out with my agent and mentor at the bar, and met Lilyelement in person. She gave me a cute little figurine that you can still see when I post shelfies, and it included an encouraging note that I always think of when I’m having a bad writing day/week/month. Little things like that mean so much to me as a writer!

Lola Dodge's first box of print books!

4) First box of ARCs

Selling a story was great, but seeing it in print… I wish I would’ve filmed the moment I brought that box of books into the house. As much as I love ebooks, holding your book on a Kindle pales in comparison to holding your book in your hand. That was when my family finally went WOW—you’re really an author!

Quanta by Lola Dodge, featured on the iBooks site

5) Seeing Quanta on iBooks

I work hard on my stories, but it’s equally hard for me to imagine them being successful My attitude is that I made this thing, I like it, and I’m putting it out there. I generally expect five or so people will read it (one of which is probably my mother) and that will be that. When I saw that Quanta banner on iBooks… My jaw almost unhinged. Like, that’s my book! Look, everyone! Open iTunes right now! It was a surreal thing and I totally owe Inky for all the love and pimpage.


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