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 →

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 →

More often than not nowadays, I do a lot of book-browsing online. With Book Reviews Blogs and Goodreads at my fingertips, the need to brows the bookstore shelves for what limited options are available to me just aren’t necessary. But sometimes it just feels good to walk into a bookstore, doesn’t it? Last weekend I decided to drop by our local book shop and take a browse at what they had to offer. As usual I was drawn to the YA section, particular the Fantasy/Sci Fi. I was excited to see a few titles I recognized from online in person, and was hopeful to addRead More →

I’ve never had to rewrite a novel. I’m not saying that to brag either. Honestly, the only reason I’ve never had to rewrite or restart a novel is because I never finished one to the point where I needed to. So, not exactly a big win on my part. But when I started writing seriously back in June, I knew a ton of edits and rewrites were in my future. But as a tried and true outliner, and I never thought I would have to completely scrap a manuscript and start over. Ha. Oh how naive I was.┬áBack in June, I realized I wasn’t makingRead More →