• On the Other Side of PitchWars ’17

    My last post was October 1st, 2017. In summary, I discussed being at the midway point of PitchWars and what my process was like: massive worldbuilding, total plot upheaval, fully reworked character arcs, and three to four massive revisions. During the contest, I worked harder than I ever have on my craft, learned more than I did in the three years building up to PitchWars, and came out with a fantastic mentor (shout out to Lyndsay Ely), a new book, and a community. And twenty extra pounds. **10 lbs are gone now** I wanted to get back to blogging, but I was terrified of the massive time gap between new…

  • The Other Side of 180 and 95,000

    Ever since I started this writing journey, I’ve become obsessed with numbers. How many words per day? Pages? Chapters? Words per chapters? Age I should be when publishing a book? It’s an endless cycle of attempting to compare myself to the norm and feel comfortable. Sure, I should know the suggested word count of my genre and targeted demographic, but that doesn’t mean I have to fastidiously fit into those parameters. 25 isn’t the magic age for being “successful”. And a chapter needs to be long enough to achieve it’s goal. Despite constantly ignoring numbers and suffocating their importance, I find myself in a place I never though I’d reach.…

  • One Lovely Blog Award

    I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by my friend and future chapter swapping partner Jade Hemming. I met her during the 2016 Pitch Wars session, and she is proof of how valuable those writing contests are. I encourage you all to check out her awesome blog. She has book reviews, cake, and out of this world gifs. What are you waiting for? Head on over. I’ll wait. … … Welcome back! The contest states that I must tell you 7 things about myself that you can’t find in my bio. So, let’s get to it. 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know Hiking– My husband and started hiking…

  • Writing, Goals, and Mortality

    Like most people, I had a brief stint where I was terrified of death and what was beyond the final breath. I think I had just discovered the theory of relativity because I realized that my life, compared to the history of the world, would be over in a flash. People a hundred years ago didn’t know about television, trips to space, or cellphones. What would I be missing when I died? What would I accomplish? And like most kids, I got over that and went on watching Power Rangers and munching Cheetos. Life resumed a peaceful balance for about 18 years which brings us to about three weeks ago…

  • Fresh Reads Friday– Crooked Kingdom

    For the past week I’ve been slowly making my way through the sequel of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Crooked Kingdom, in every way possible, is exceeding the beauty and hype that the first one left me (and millions of others) with. At this point, my husband knows that whenever I’m talking about a book, I’m raving about this one. Warning: This blog post is filled with LIGHT spoilers, mild literary talk, and a truck load of fangirling. The first thing any reader will notice about these books is their stunning beauty. I will admit that I judged this book by it’s cover, and the cover was gooooood. It presents…

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