Serious question: Where did February go? Let’s be real here people, we all knew February was going to fly by. It always does. And yet somehow, why am I so shocked by this? It’s like even though you KNOW February is a freakishly short month, you go about your days somehow expecting it to feel exactly like every other normal month, and then suddenly it’s the 27th and you’re running around in circles wondering where this swirling vortex of time came from. Seriously. Every year, man. EVERY YEAR. Okay. Enough of that. Let’s get to the monthly torture, shall we? Time to check in andRead More →

Another difficult post, and this time…it’s personal. I’ve had a lot of false starts on my writing. Like many, it’s something I’ve been passionate about for a very long time, but I never really knew how to turn it into something outside more than just a hobby. I’d try for a few months, get frustrated, and then give up. Rinse and repeat. At the beginning of 2017 I reached a point in my life where decided I had enough. No more wasting my time or waiting around for that bolt of lightning to strike. I had dreams, and it was MY responsibility to make themRead More →

Are we ready to get controversial again? Yeah we are! Because what’s a book blog without delving into a fiery pit of panic and chaos every once in a while? Nothing, I tell you! NOTHING. We’re talking about indie books today, people. More commonly known as self-published books. Or even MORE commonly known as .99 bargain basement books only a mother could love. Oof. There’s a lot to unpack here. Ready? There’s this common idea that indie publishers sent in their sloppy first draft to an agent, got rejected, and in a fit of spite decided to upload it to Amazon with a home-made cover.Read More →

Today we’re talking about New Adult books. What is New Adult, you may ask? Well, mysterious voice from the abyss, let me tell you. New Adult (NA), as defined by the very-trustworthy Wikipedia, is defined as: a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18–30 age bracket. It tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices. So basically, a lot like YA but just….older. Sad to say, NA never really took off. Instead, it eventually fizzled out to another branch of romance focusing almost exclusively on freshman college girls exploring their sexual adventures at campus. Um, notRead More →

I’m back with another year of my Monthly Book Draft Challenge! So, I’ve decided I actually really enjoy keeping track of my writing progress throughout the year, and I’m going to keep it up in 2018. I’ll stick to my same schedule of last year, and check in at the end of every month to see how I did, what I accomplished, and reflect a little bit on what’s going on in my life and how that affected my writing. I definitely feel like the new year is always a good time to clear out your head and try to discard all the negativity, andRead More →

Time for something a little bit different today! Let’s talk books. It’s true, this blog leans more toward writing than reading. But that doesn’t mean I’m not obsessed with books. Would I be writing them if I wasn’t? No. No I would not. The truth is, I LOVE reading and learning about new books! Reading reviews and discussions fuels my creativity, and I like seeing the subtle changes literature is taking toward becoming inclusive of characters who aren’t all white, cis and able-bodied. We all want to see ourselves represented in some way, to make our voices heard. And some voices are more heard thanRead More →

2018 has just begun and I already want to slow it down. Which is ironic considering I’m one of the slowest writers I know (not that I’m swimming among a plethora of writers, but just go with me here). But here’s the thing, just because I only manage an average of 800-1,200k words a day, it doesn’t mean it can’t take a toll on me. Sure, there are some writers out there who look at that number, scoff and go back to their flaming type-writers, but I’m not one of them. And that’s okay. Yeah, I still get down because I don’t write nearly asRead More →

Let’s start the year off with a terrifying bang, shall we? After all, being a blogger is scary. And the more I write, the more I start to realize this. If only that made me any braver. But there are some things worth talking about, even if all you want to do is hide a hole with all your fluffy friends. There are a lot of sensitive discussions out there in terms of fiction and the books we obsessive over, but I never thought I’d really have too much trouble with them. After all, I’m a bit of a goody-two-shoes and don’t really like gettingRead More →

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!! Wow, 2017 is finally over and it’s time to welcome in 2018. There just something about a new year, something about that fresh start, a new beginning. No matter how bad it gets, we look forward to that moment in time where the slate feels wiped clean and we get to try it all over again. And 2017 got pretty bad. It’s also the time for goals and resolutions! Who doesn’t love this part? Feeling invincible, like we can move mountains while discreetly ignoring all the goals we forgot about last year. Oops. But hey, at least we forgot about themRead More →

My Writing Challenge for 2017 is coming to an end!! Honestly, I’m so weirdly excited about this. I started this year with a lot of hope and even more hesitation about what I wanted to accomplish. I didn’t create a lot of specific goals because I was worried that if I did I would become too overwhelmed and never finished anything. But I like charts and I like being organized, so I started small. In January I began my Monthly Book Draft Challenge, which was really just a way for me to keep track of how many words I’d written with the use of aRead More →