• 2017,  book,  books,  costume,  create,  fantasy,  fiction,  giveaway,  Halloween,  NaNoWriMo,  newsletter,  October,  preptober,  write,  writing,  YA

    Halloween Month and Preptober

    Ahhh, finally! The month of pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, tea (or coffee), cozy blankets, Thanksgiving for us Canadians, and most of all Halloween, the month of dress-up. This is the month all cosplayers anticipate. It’s like Costume Christmas. Oh, the character possibilities. I could go on about costumes but I won’t. Costumes, costumes, costumes! Okay, I am done. Another thing that some of us writers look forward to is… prepping for NaNoWriMo. Outlines, world-building, and plotting? Bring it on. I have an amazing writing group that is super supportive and I’m looking forward to story prep this month. What are some of your tips for NaNoWriMo preparations? Some of the…

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  • book,  changes,  creating,  editing,  fantasy,  fiction,  learning

    September Goals

    Hello, my friends. Happy September and welcome to autumn. (I love the fall!!!) Wow. September has come so fast and is already a quarter of the way finished. School is upon us! Our household is alive with books, art supplies, and imagination. I am still gathering my homeschooling bearings but feel like I will be in the groove this week and I am learning just as much as the kids are (maybe more). My manuscript has gone through a round of editing and I will be tackling another draft to clean up and fix things. My goal this month is to finish with my edits then move forward with round two.…

  • August,  book,  books,  deadline,  ebook,  fantasy,  fiction,  learning,  manuscript,  novel,  novels,  reading,  summer,  summer 2017,  write,  writing,  YA

    Taking Time For Myself

    Hello, Everyone. I hope everyone’s summer is, so far, full of adventure, even if it’s just the adventure of reading. My stress levels were high this August with trying to stay on target with my writing goal, among other things. My son was recently designated as being on the autism spectrum, diagnosed with ADHD, and a learning disability due to his ADHD. My husband and I were already anticipating this outcome and were emotionally prepared when we were given his designation. I have chosen to homeschool my children (and am feeling blessed that I am in a position in my life I can choose how he gets schooling) and I…

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    Bookish Pet Peeves and Cliches Found In YA Novels

    Photo via Visual hunt Well, this week I did a bunch of research on bookish pet peeves and cliches/ tropes in YA fiction that one finds annoying or overdone on certain aspects of the published book itself or written in the book. This is the compiled list of what I discovered:    Bookish Pet Peeves: 1) Never ruin a book lovers’ book. (Never dog ear pages, never crease spines, never fold covers back, or there will be fire and brimstone and you will be tossed in without a second glance.)   2) Weird character names or unpronounceable character names.   3) Too many “holding their breath without realizing it” moments.…

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