So You Haven’t Been Writing

Confession: I haven’t been writing everyday. I haven’t been showing up. I haven’t been sitting at my desk or in a café or in my window seat at Barnes & Noble. My laptop has been dead for days. I literally had to dig my backpack out from under laundry and empty candle packages. Honestly, myContinue reading “So You Haven’t Been Writing”

5 Essentials to Surviving Camp Nanowrimo

  I’ve embarked on a new WIP for Camp Nanowrimo 2019. Every time I think about this new one, I’m not sure I understand it yet. Which is part of the fun, because first drafts are for mistakes and too much dialogue and too little description and INSERT CHARACTER NAME HERE moments and plot holesContinue reading “5 Essentials to Surviving Camp Nanowrimo”

Each WIP Requires Something Different

  It’s Day 5 of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’m once again at Barnes & Noble. When you live outside of the city, there aren’t very many small cafes to escape to. So, I always end up at the same place, at the window seat, where the view isn’t more than the parking lot and treesContinue reading “Each WIP Requires Something Different”

The Bright Side

So…it’s been awhile. I know at the beginning of January, I had all of the intentions of posting weekly, but I started a new position at my job that quickly deterred me from a lot in life (and ate up almost all of my free time). It’s not glamorous in any way, and more oftenContinue reading “The Bright Side”

Hi, Hello, Happy 2019

At the end of every year, I like to sit down and make lists: one for the lessons I learned that year, and the goals I’d like to accomplish in the following. It’s a great moment of reflection for me. In the making of the lists, I tend to uncover something I hadn’t noticed duringContinue reading “Hi, Hello, Happy 2019”

Breathe (This Makes Me Wanna Listen to Michelle Branch)

So, it’s been a minute. I know, really, it’s been a lot of them. But I’m forever learning that life doesn’t always go the way you plan. Things most certainly don’t unfold in the dramatic scenes you play in your head, and, unfortunately, there’s a lot of disappointment down the road. Not to be cheesy,Continue reading “Breathe (This Makes Me Wanna Listen to Michelle Branch)”

Debut Tuesday

Hey readers, It’s Wednesday, my second favorite day of the week. If you’re wondering, my favorite is Tuesday, the day that I intended to post this. Why Tuesday? Well, every Tuesday, we are #blessed with new YA releases. I’ve been waiting for this specific Tuesday–July 31st—for a while. You see, I treat myself every TuesdayContinue reading “Debut Tuesday”

Intermission: Bookcon 2018

This past weekend was my first Bookcon. Going into it, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I mean, I knew from talking to one of my friends from grad school that there were ARCs to get, books to have signed, authors to meet and fangirl over, and a ton of people. It sounded aContinue reading “Intermission: Bookcon 2018”

The Rejections Start Coming and They Don’t Stop Coming

Getting the first rejection out of the way is always the hardest. It’s that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, that flicker of doubt, those voices in your own head whispering you’re not good enough. But once you open the email, read through the (generally) kind rejection form, you move on. I haveContinue reading “The Rejections Start Coming and They Don’t Stop Coming”

The Now What Stage

It’s the morning after I sent out my first round of queries. Admittedly, I’ve had very little sleep because not only was the whole process terrifying, it was exhilarating. I couldn’t sleep afterwards, and was up until two-thirty stress-eating cheese in bed while watching The Great British Baking Show again. Earlier this week, I talkedContinue reading “The Now What Stage”