July Issue of Underneath The Juniper Tree!

Happy July! The July Issue of Underneath The Juniper Tree online magazine has dropped and it is gruesome!

Go here to download it. Read it. Love it. Share it. And be inspired by it.

Sneak Peek:



The world needs people who’ve come alive!

Before I begin. Watch this trailer:

Are we feeling the gravity of the world that we are a part of? I’m not talking about this universe (or multiverse, according to the geek Bree that I am), I am talking about the publishing industry. The literary world. Are we understanding the GRAVITY of this beautiful world that we are a part of?

Recently I have had the pleasure of sitting down for a delicious lunch with former Vertigo senior editor Joan Hilty. And as we spoke of graphic novels and art, and books, and creations that have yet to happen in the literary world, my head started to spin because of the sheer potential of the literary life.

Things are changing.

Let us embrace and intensify it.

Art and literature are mixing, and I’m not talking about graphic novels and comics. I’m talking about novels such as The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck, and now this incredible unique work of literature Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children which utilizes old photographs throughout the book.

There’s not much of a point to this post except to say this:


There is so much uncharted territory. DO NOT for one second believe that because this territory is uncharted that it is not meant to be explored.

In fact, quite the opposite.

Go there.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

Challenge-a writer’s refiner’s fire

I love a good challenge. Especially as a writer. A writing challenge is such a fantastic way to keep the creative side of your brain vibrating with ideas and your heart pumping alive with innovation and artistry. And love. Because you have to love to write. #laboroflove

I’ve heard that feisty Marjorie and testy little Tex over at Underneath The Juniper Tree (see post below) know just how to challenge a great writer as yourself. Be sure to check out the ridiculously bizarre and fun weekly challenges as well as the larger contest going on right now, the Sinister Summer Stories Contest.

Also remember that this IS NOT JUST FOR WRITERS. Underneath The Juniper Tree wants artists. And everything I said above about challenging yourself goes for an artist as well. And I heard Tex goes a bit easier on artists because he really truly loves to eat words…and toes, but that’s for another conversation.

Challenge Yourself. 


Things Bree Can’t Wait for. For 100 Points:

Exactly a month from today…

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release The Little Prince Graphic Novel. Swoooooon.

It’s my impression that the French version of the graphic novel has been around for a bit, and that has been a gross oversight on my part. But for those of you who were NOT forced to take 4 years of French in high school, The Little Prince Graphic Novel shall prove to be just as sublime.

So on October 18th, head to your book store and lose yourself in this beautifully daring, tragic and loving story—now with graphic artwork. C’est véritablement utile puisque c’est joli.

“Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

eBook for Water

Everyone check out the blog Kaleidoscopic Wandering by my client JoAnna Haugen. Yesterday she posted about a great “travel secrets” eBook that she contributed to as well as many other travel bloggers. The eBook is available to download for free (!) and for every download of the book, Tripbase will be donating $1 to Charity:Water.

“People are able to help provide clean, safe drinking water through this eBook project at no cost to them,” says JoAnna.

Contact JoAnna Haugen through her Web site at www.JoAnnaHaugen.com if you have any questions about the project.

First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them


The Siren, by John William Waterhouse (circa 1900)

Over the past 48 hours I have received somewhere in the vicinity of 170 query letters. Roughly 9 of those query letters have featured sirens as main characters.

In case you are unfamiliar with Sirens…click here

But the coolest Siren story comes from the Odyssey.

These Sirens have the gift of singing in a very seductive manner. Each sailor who passes by their island is enchanted by their voice and trapped—made to stay on the island forever and die. The Island is covered with the bones of the men who were seduced by the sirens.

These unique sea-nymphs, stranded and isolated on their own little island, knew that Odysseus was coming so they started their seductive singing—their crazy seductive and compelling songs. But O was smarter than them. He filled his shipmates’ ears with wax and bound himself to his ship’s mast. He safely escaped the pull of the Siren song.

Reading this part of the Odyssey was always my favorite. So chilling. So seductive. So carnal. Sirens are the mysterious wanton women that we all secretly wish we could be or have.

So when I started receiving queries with Siren story lines, I was ecstatic! Vampires cannot hold a candle to the sex appeal of a Siren. So.. well played, queriers of the Siren story lines. Well played. I hope to see more of this.