I love NaNoWriMo. Let’s just be clear here, in case I haven’t laid it on thick enough. I think NaNoWriMo is a fantastic event for writers of all ages, abilities and goals. When I first discovered it I fell head over heels, and even though I’ve only won twice in the last decade, I continue to sing its praises and encourage any fellow authors I know to participate. Which is why it always boggles my mind when they don’t want to! I know that trying new things can be totally frightening to people, trust me, I absolutely relate! But don’t be frightened little bunnies, becauseRead More →

I am SO excited about my NaNoWriMo novel this year. I’ve been absolutely twitterpated with it for months now and it just so happens that as I was about to share it with you, the lovely Cait over at Paperfury posted her Beautiful Books Meme all about NaNoWriMo! And since I’M all about NaNoWriMo and beautiful books, I decided to give it a try. I’ve never done one of her Memes before, so be patient with me while I figure this all out, I’m a delicate bunny and can’t handle harsh words. If you’re thinking about NaNo or already all prepped and ready to go,Read More →

Shhhhh. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of thousands of writers scurrying out of their burrows to join in the mass hysteria known as National Novel Writing Month. That’s right folks! You heard it here first! October is upon us! November is just around the corner. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS!? Every year October always seems to sneak up on me, and it’s a flurry of excitement, chills and disbelief that NaNoWriMo is almost here AGAIN (and that I just keep getting older omg). It’s one of the happiest seasons for many writers and every year I feel like it just keeps growingRead More →

Oh boy. Are we ready to look at September’s progress? Me neither. Let’s get this over with.   Fairytale: 0 Gingerbread: 6k Ocean’s Daughter: 0 Total: 6k Oh. Well. Huh. (should I remove Fairytale and Gingerbread from the list since they’re done now?) Okay, I mentioned in August I felt like I was starting to slow down, and I definitely feel that’s the case. I’ve never really focused so intently on my writing before, so I think I’m still learning how to balance daily writing with my day-to-day life and this decrease in output was inevitable. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself. SoRead More →

Do you remember how a few days ago I finished writing Gingerbread? I do. And in honor of completing my first draft, I wanted to share another snippet! I already did the 7/7/7/7 Challenge for Fairytale (you can read it here), so I figured I would stick with it for Gingerbread as well. Hopefully once I get it more cleaned up and edited, I’ll be able to choose some really excited passages to share, but for now, let’s take the guesswork out of it. (plus I’m a scared bunny and what if you hate what I chose myself? Let’s not even go there…) WHAT ISRead More →

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of another complete first draft! Okay, so I’m not entirely sure what that actually sounds like (millions of cheering bunnies most likely), but the point is: my first draft of Gingerbread is done! As of 9/14/17, I have put the finishing touches on the complete first draft of the second novel of The Pixie Chronicles. Gingerbread is a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, with my own touches addedcto it. Like most of my retellings, it takes key elements of the original tale and looks at them with a whole new perspective. Gingerbread was particularly funRead More →

I absolutely love that diversity is growing more popular in YA fiction. We’re slowly fading away from the days where the bookshelves exclusively offered white, able-bodied protagonists. While no doubt these types of heroes will never completely faded away (and they shouldn’t, as I staunchly believe everyone deserves representation), authors are really taking notice of what readers are demanding. That is to say: characters are that PoC, LGBT+, have disabilities or sickness. These types of characters are on the upswing in YA literature and it’s really making a difference in spreading positive stories about people who might be different than ourselves. But something I’ve noticed?Read More →

Is it me, or are YA books getting longer and longer these days? Okay, fine, maybe it’s just the circles I run in, but I definitely am feeling the trend of everyone and their grandma’s dogs are writing 100,000k+ epics nowadays and I’m sitting here struggling to make my measly NaNo 50k goal. Don’t believe me? Check out this very real conversation I had the other day: Me: Oh man, I’m feeling great about my writing this year! Real Other Person: Me too! Me: That’s awesome! What’s your current word-count? Real Other Person: 15846841537145 words. You? Me: ……um Yes, this absolutely happened and wasn’t exaggeratingRead More →

Another month down, only four more to go! That’s right, we’re moving into the last quarter of the year! Wow, it sounds a little freaky when I say it that way. Let’s not dwell on the freaky. You know what we should dwell on instead? This month’s monthly book draft challenge! Let’s check in! Fairytale: 3k Gingerbread: 8k Ocean’s Daughter: 0 Total: 11k Yup. Just about what I expected. I’ve noticed that on my slower months I tend to average about 11-12k, so this seems to fit in with that trend. I already was prepared for a minimal output, so I’m not that surprised IRead More →

So, have you heard I finished my first draft of Fairytale? Because I totally have, in case you were interested and wanted to check it out. Or not, that’s cool too. You do you, boo. But if you were even remotely interested, read on my fine, furry friend, read on. I celebration of my first draft, I wanted to share a small snippet of my novel. But sharing writing is scary. After all, what if it’s awful? Or boring? What if it’s filled with grammar errors and typos? How much do I share? Will people thinking I’m being narcissistic? Whoa. So I turned to the worldRead More →