This November was my first ever attempt at NaNoWriMo (even if I didn't "officially" sign up). This venture wasn't easy, but it did show me useful ways to tweak daily writing habits—good habits that will help me draft a story faster. Here I'll share with you those three tips I found most vital. Before this, I thought: "Me? Right a story in … Continue reading Three Things I Learned This Year’s NaNoWriMo
Fall colors, pumpkin spice and everything nice! Isn't autumn so beautiful? I don't know about you, but I took way too many photos of trees this season! (said photos in this post 😉 ) But besides all of that, there were exciting things that happened this October: I sent out a special e-newsletter announcing (for the first time) … Continue reading October Summary and Leaf Love, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog
Check your email inbox before you read this post if you've signed up for my newsletter. The reason I ask is because I sent out the Title Reveal newsletter this past Tuesday October 18, with an excerpt from my novel available only to subscribers. I hope you enjoy the special sneak peek! In this post, I will … Continue reading Writing Update: It’s Finally Been Decided!
This coming Tuesday October 18, I am sending out a special newsletter. My subscribers will be the first to see my upcoming novel's Title Reveal, back-cover copy, and a delectable snippet from the book! This excerpt will only be shared via the newsletter, so sign up now. 🙂 Click to subscribe: Newsletter Sign-up
August, yes, it was a different kind of month. I had a lot of fun near the beginning, going on a road trip out to IL, as you can see in my post about the trip and some photos from the St. Louis Botanical Gardens. But then coming back from that, life became stressful for a while. … Continue reading My August Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog
Sometimes an author has questions, and the best person to answer them is YOU. I am eager to hear your thoughts through the poll and comments below! The Question: Do you think the milder "darn" and "heck" words are okay for MG books? How about for Christian fantasy? This question came up after I read author friend Claire M Banschbach's … Continue reading Are These Milder Words Okay For MG Books or Christian Fantasy Books? #FishingForAnswers #books
Is it just me, or did July fly by really fast? Not to mention the year in general—it's already August! Where did it all go? I blinked and it was over. But July went well. I got some things finished writing-wise, and the Silmarillion Awards were fun to participate in! I'm on a trip to … Continue reading My July Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog
Êl síla erin lû e-govaned vîn, my friend. (A star shines on the hour of our meeting.) Today I, Arwen Undómiel, Lady of Rivendell, have the honor of being this year's Presenter for the Best Fantasy Weapon Award! This special Silmaril Award represents the excellence and grandeur of the weapon it is bestowed upon. … Continue reading #SilmarillionAward, The Winner For Best Fantasy Weapon 2016 Is…!
This past June was more balanced: not overly stressful, but still busy. I did a few fun summer things, like going to the beach for the annual Sand Sculpture Event. I finished my review of Cinder, book one in The Lunar Chronicles. And I've made more progress with my WIP. Summer has also brought quite … Continue reading My June Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog
Sometimes an author has questions, and the best person to answer them is YOU. I am eager to hear your thoughts through the poll and comments below! The Question: When it comes to books, are you a "glass is half-full" or "glass is half-empty" reader? Meaning: We each look at life and situations differently. Some of us with the positive … Continue reading Are You A “Glass is Half-full” or “Glass is Half-empty” Reader? #FishingForAnswers #books