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    Changes Are Coming

    Richard_Carter via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC Over this next month many things are changing. I am starting up a newsletter about my writing, publishing ups and downs, and free writing samples from my debut novel. I am getting excited and feeling a bit frustrated due to things not running as smoothly as I would have liked. Don’t worry. I am not discouraged. I think I may have signed up for a bit too many sites that are supposed to help me achieve all my marketing dreams. I am unsure if some of these are leading me down the right path for me or not, but it’s worth a try. If…

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    Goals for the Near Future

    freestock.ca ♡ dare to share beauty via Visualhunt / CC BY Just a quick post this week! I am not a New Year’s resolution kind of person, but I do believe in goals. Goals can spark us to move forward to accomplish many great things. Telling a few people our goals can give us the fine kick in the bottom that we need because we don’t want to fail. (Having to tell our friends that we didn’t meet our goals is something most of us don’t want to do – besides, our friends can be great cheerleaders, right?) There are some goals that I would like to work on these…

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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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  • 2017,  book,  change,  Christmas,  create,  creating,  December,  editing,  fantasy,  goals,  keep creating,  NaNoWriMo,  novel,  progress,  solstice,  summer,  summer 2017,  Uncategorized,  won,  writing

    Setting Goals.

    Photo via <a href=”https://pixabay.com/en/users/MannyvonKannen-699079/”>MannyvonKannen</a> via <a href=”https://visualhunt.com/photos/christmas/”>VisualHunt.com</a> As many of my friends and family know, I have won this year’s NaNoWriMo! And, I couldn’t be happier about it.  I have been so busy with my writing and Christmastime that I have put a slight halt to my blogging. I love you all for your patience. Thank you! Christmas is almost upon us, again, and there’s so much to prepare, lists to check off, people to see, and, of course, writing to be finished. I have given myself a bit of time to chew over what I wrote in the month of November and am doing a bit more world building…

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    Nine more days left of NaNoWriMo.

    After about 35,000 words of writing I am still moving forward. With some busy days mixed in I have slowed down a bit, but am hoping to get back on track again and plow ahead. My goal today is to write as often as I can, whenever I have a moment I will sit and write. One thing I have learned during NaNoWriMo is that word sprints are fun and super helpful to get my words down without over thinking. A word sprint is when you (and hopefully others) write for ten or fifteen minutes (or for however long you wish) as much and as fast as you can without overthinking.…

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    A Good Seat For NaNoWriMo

    So, it’s a wet, cold rainy day today, which is very normal at this time of year for where I live, and I am snuggled up with some homemade soup, hot cocoa, and my big couch potato of a dog, and am getting excited and nervous as “Preptober” comes to an end and NaNoWriMo comes to a start. November is less than a week a way and I must write 50,000 words in the 30 days. Yikes and yay! I have never attempted this. Please wish me lots of luck and speedy typing fingers.Most of my story outline is complete and have a good idea where my story is going.…

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    Fairy Tales and Costumes

    A few years ago, there was a missed opportunity for me to dress up my daughter as Red Riding Hood and my son as the wolf (a lumberjack-type werewolf to be exact) for Halloween, but my son had his heart set on being a different character, so I put the idea on the back burner. This year for Halloween the idea came back into my mind: I wanted to have a Little Red Riding Hood group to go out trick or treating. It would be fun. I tried asking my kids if they wanted to do the idea with me, but they are still young to understand the fun of…

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    NaNoWriMo and Scrivener

    The first time I heard of Scrivener was probably last year or earlier this year and I think I liked the idea of it, but never really researched it due to being busy or just really into my writing. (I am one of those people who really don’t like straying from things I know and like.) But, since signing up for NaNoWriMo I have decided to give Scrivener a try. There is a nice trial run for those who are doing NaNoWriMo this year – as far as I know – and can try the program until December 7th. Why not, right? Well, I am giving it whirl and am…

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    I joined NaNoWriMo!

    Well, I have just signed up for my first NaNoWriMo! Dear Lord, what have I done?  I am not writing a novel from scratch in the month of November, but rather pushing through the final chunk of my story. I have, so far, written my fantasy in a single point of view and I feel it needs a secondary point of view. Joining NaNoWriMo, I hope, will keep me grounded at my computer to get through to the end, and perhaps, I’ll meet fellow NaNo friends to encourage each other to persevere and to finish what we have started.  Here’s to early mornings and late nights of writing! And tea.…