The end of the year is nigh!! Seriously, what is happening with the world? October is already over, NaNoWriMo is literally lurking right around the corner and then comes the beautiful glittery catastrophe that is December. What? Then it’s over? No more 2017? WHAT IS GOING ON??? Okay, it’s fine. I’m not panicking. Are you panicking. WHOSE PANICKING??? Let’s take a breath. Aside from the fact that October is GONE, that also means I can check in on my Monthly Book Draft Challenge! I had a bit of a major crash last month, but with NaNo coming up I knew I needed to pull myselfRead More →

I’ve begun working on a new novel. With the completion of Fairytale and Gingerbread, I felt it important not to let myself lag (you know, even more than I already am). I’m still not making much progress on my Little Mermaid retelling, so I thought I needed to start something fresh. With NaNoWriMo right around the corner (btw, have you heard of it?) I thought I might just wait until November to start, but…nah. My brain had other plans in mind. Instead, I started working on a new novel that’s been on the docket for quite a few months, a retelling of the classic tale,Read More →

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 →