Three Things I Learned This Year’s NaNoWriMo

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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

My August Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

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

My July Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

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

My June Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

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

Monthly Summary and News! May 2016 #writer #booknerd #authorblog

May was easier-going than April. After that fall, my foot is doing much better now; almost back to normal except for the injured bump on the side, lol. May and June so far have been all about getting my WIP ready, as I'd really like to publish it next spring. This includes drafting up a book … Continue reading Monthly Summary and News! May 2016 #writer #booknerd #authorblog

Updates and April 2016 #writing #reading #blogging

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  It has been a LONG time since my last monthly update post, and there are several reasons for that. Back in December, my grandfather passed away over Christmas and it was a difficult time for me, my family and relatives. We were all very close to him. He was a wonderful person, and I … Continue reading Updates and April 2016 #writing #reading #blogging

Making Magical Creatures Unique

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This week is the blog tour for author Claire M. Banschbach's new release: Adela's Curse, and I'm participating today with a guest post from Claire. The topic is (you guessed it) magical creatures in the fantasy genre! With so many stories out there about dragons, wizards, elves and such, how does one story stand out above another? … Continue reading Making Magical Creatures Unique

November Reminiscings 2015

How do I describe November? It was a frustrating time with edits, a confusing time with learning new technology of the modern TV (yes, you can laugh at me 😉 ), a depressing time as the days grow ever shorter and shorter towards winter, and a blessed time as Thanksgiving Day was shared with family and … Continue reading November Reminiscings 2015

October 2015 Overview

  Here October is the month of colorful leaves, pumpkins, and the spooky and scary. This author has been enjoying it, and is sad to watch the month come to a close as November draws near. Then again, that means Thanksgiving is on it's way, and lots of delicious food—and that's not a bad thing. 😉 Here … Continue reading October 2015 Overview