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The Way Of Kings – Spoiler Free Review

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Book thoughts for The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson. Stormlight Archive, book One.

So, I’m trying to figure out how to do a book review on The Way Of Kings… tell you how amazing it is… and not give you any spoilers. It’s actually a more difficult task than you could imagine. The book is over 1,000 pages, and it’s honestly such an amazing ride. Obviously, you have to be a fan of Fantasy (And High Fantasy at that, though this is also Military Fantasy?) if you want to enjoy this (if you wanna try to get into that genre, pick it up!) It’s a really intricately and just extraordinary written bit of literature.

Bit I say… because… again, it’s over 1,000 words.

Chunk?

Honker?

Big honkin’ piece of literature.

There we go, that’s better.

My friend who introduced me to this book was like, “Uh, how would you give a brief description of it?” And… hmm… that’s a good question.

To sum it up, my cheaty little butt is gonna go and get the quote from goodreads:

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed…

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

Goodreads description for the novel.

So. You’re following the story of three main characters, really. Shallan, Kaladin (KALADIN <3) and Dalinar. I really adore all of these characters, and I look at this book as two different things. First, it’s an introduction to all three of them, as well as a few side characters that I’m fairly certain are going to be important later on…

And it’s also really Kaladin’s story. It’s an amazing, colorful, just overwhelmingly wonderful story. I laughed, I cried, I felt inspired to write. That’s really all that I can ask for as a reader.

I might actually do a spoiler-y review on my blog as well, because I feel like a lot of the things that I want to talk about in relation to this book are just full of things that would completely ruin the story for anyone who wanted to read it. So… if you want to keep an eye out for that.

Otherwise, know that this was a 5 star book for me; I would have given it more if I could have. The plot is amazing, the magic system is great, the creatures are fantastic, and the overall story that was built up in this book is going to be phenomenal to watch unfold.

I can’t wait to read the next one.

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Reading Thoughts

Deep Magic: A Contemporary Gothic Fantasy by [St. Kevern, Gillian]So, let’s talk about what I’ve been reading. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I went into my Kindle Market and flipped through the free books… and I found this.

It’s called Deep Magic, and it seems to be part of a 3 book series. I’m a sucker for a good trilogy, so that drew me in right away. As is the tradition for a lot of books that are free on Amazon, the first one was free, and it looks like I need to purchase the other two.

I’m not super far into it, but from what I’ve read as of yet, it seems like it is something that I’m going to end up buying the rest of. I’ll go ahead and grab the description for you guys!

Oliver Evans spent his youth spinning one tall tale after another until it got him over his head in trouble. Returning as an adult to his grandmother’s cottage in Aberdaron, Olly is determined to put his past behind him and settle down. But the misty Llŷn Peninsula hides dangerous secrets. Olly is torn between the Longing, a powerful force driving him away from the only home he has ever known, and the growing conviction that the merman prince of his childhood make-believe is real–and in desperate need of Olly’s help.

There is more truth in Olly’s stories than he realises. If he is to have any chance of righting past wrongs and rescuing his prince, Olly must navigate the truth in his old stories and discover the magic right in front of him. But Olly has a powerful enemy on the Llŷn, an ancient king who would like to end Olly’s story-telling permanently.

So, it’s a pretty nifty M/M fantasy type romance novel, and I have to say that it’s certainly snatched up my attention and is going to do a good job of keeping it from what I can tell. I’ll admit it to you guys and anyone else who wants to know, I am such a sucker for M/M romance – I don’t know why, I can’t tell you exactly why, but it has to be one of my favorite things to read (and to write, for that matter), so the fact that this contains that is enough to really snatch my attention as well, and keep me reading for a while.

I should be getting more of this read tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully, by next Friday I’ll be able to give you an actual book review and let you know my thoughts on it. So far, it’s fairly well written and I’m enjoying the characters. I’m curious about where it’s going to go.


As far as the novel, that is all that I have on it for right now. But I’m going to give you some more of my reading thoughts in general, and what you can expect to see on these Friday Updates.

What I’m really wanting to do is delve into the world of authors that aren’t well known, books that aren’t really talked about, self-published authors. The fact is, I think that they don’t get enough recognition, when in reality they can be some of the best hidden gems that there are in the novel world. I set myself a goal of reading 52 novels for the year, but even if I only find half of that in good self-pub and lesser known authors, I’m going to be pretty happy about it.

With that being said, if you have a novel that you can recommend, if you are a self published author who wants me to review your book, or if you know someone who could use the publicity of being featured in an in depths review, just let me know. You can either comment here, or send me an email at amandaleannemccormick@gmail.com. It’s one of my resolutions for the year – to reach out, to review self pubs, and to do everything that I can to help authors who aren’t getting noticed enough noticed.

I know how hard they work on their books, and I know how much they deserve it, so!

Now, this isn’t to say that I’m not also going to be reviewing traditionally published books, because I certainly am. There are some releases that I’m excited for, and a few other novels that have been out for a while that I’m going to get to… but expect to see a big variety from me.

That being said, this particular blog is just about wrapped up. I hope that you guys enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to tell you more about the novel that I’m currently reading!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Review: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes
Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Based on the bestselling horror videogame series, Five Nights at Freddy’s.

It’s been exactly ten years since the murders at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, and Charlotte (Charlie for short) has spent those ten years trying to forget. Her father was the owner of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza and the creator of its four adult-sized animatronic animals, and now Charlie is returning to her hometown to reunite with her childhood friends on the anniversary of the tragedy that ripped their town apart.

Curiosity leads Charlie and her friends back to the old pizza place, and they find it hidden and sealed, but still standing. They discover a way inside, but things are not as they once were: the four mascots that delighted and entertained them as children have changed. The animatronic animals have a dark secret, and a murderous agenda.

So, I suppose that I should start this review by saying that I’m a really big fan of the FNAF franchise. It’s not that I love jumpscare games (I do love jumpscare games, who am I kidding?). The fact is, Scott Cawthon does a fantastic job of storytelling, and the lore involved within the games is just fantastic. When I realized that a book had come out, and it was only 2.99? Of course I had to swoop up on the opportunity. I looked into it to see how canonical the novel is to the rest of the series, and Scott basically said that it’s as cannon as anything else, but you can tell that this story runs a different timeline. That said, I took the background and framework – basically all of the lore that we learn – in this story to be true. The fact that it’s a bunch of teenagers in the restaurant is the part that you have to take with a grain of AU.

That being said, let me get into my actual review. I honestly found this to be a really fantastic book. People have complained, due to the fact that it’s not exactly edited properly… and they’ve said that the writing is a bit amateurish… but honestly? I found that to be extremely entertaining, and part of the charm of the book. It’s not pristine, and it’s not perfect. Scott clearly didn’t sit and worry about what big word he could use in order to tell the story. He simply told a story – and that’s what Scott does best.

The main character is a treat for me – she’s got some real inner conflicts going on, and it’s only as the story develops that you get to delve into what happened to her, and why she behaves the way that she does.

For the cons, I would say that some of the characters seem superfluous. We could have done with about 3 less friends, and the novel still would have been done just as well. I can see how it would be a bit slow to get into, if you weren’t on the FNAF hype, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know the story of these games…

The only other critic? No… hm… warning? I guess the only other thing that I can say in negative light to this is that, if you’re expecting the animatronics to move around immediately, you’ve got another thing coming. It takes a while. I, personally, wasn’t expecting it. I loved the pacing, so that wasn’t an issue for me – but it has been for other people, I’ve noticed.

I do think that the pacing of this novel was great, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t just lore, and it wasn’t just horror. There was also an element of watching people and how they deal with grief, how they deal with terrible events that happen in their lives. I really did enjoy the overall atmosphere of the story, and it left me wanting more. I think that Scott did a fantastic job, and if he wants to release a dozen other AU novels, I’m going to pick up each and every one.

4/5 stars. It was fantastic. I’m certainly going to end up reading it again – after all, I devoured this book in one night.

 

Until next time, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!~

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Book Thought Friday!

Book Thought Friday

I made a new banner for Book Thought Friday – never you worry, I will still be doing book reviews and posting them as I do them… but Book Thought Friday can either include a link to those reviews, or just have me discussing the books that I have read/am currently reading.

Basically, it’s a way for me to get away with having multiple days to post about books. I don’t have a reading problem, you have a reading problem! 

Ahem.

So, let’s see if I can start with what’s changed up in my reading habits, because there has been a huge change. My husband decided that he wanted to get me an early birthday present; the fact that he knows me so well shows through, because he got me a tablet that functions as an e-reader. It’s perfect, because it’s the size of a paperback novel, can fit into my purse, and I can bring it with me everywhere I go. I’ve named it Danse, and it is now my constant companion.

While this doesn’t seem like it should be a big deal, it actually is. I’ve never owned an e-reader before, in my entire life. So, this has opened up an entirely new world for me. I can now do reviews in exchange for copies for e-books (Which is amazing), and I have access to basically any book that I want, at the thought of a button. (Which is also amazing.) With that said, let’s go over what magical adventures I’ve had in reading this week, thanks to Danse.


So, the first thing that I should mention is the book Horns, by Joe Hill. I’m almost finished with this, so you can expect a book review up on a few days. I took the time to watch the movie before I started the novel, because I wanted to make sure that I could enjoy the film.

It was good that I did, because there are quite a few differences. However (as I feel like it most often is), the book is really amazing. I’m enjoying the witty dialogue, the characters, and the way that the author has the novel itself laid out. We travel both in the future and in the past, so that we’re really getting to know the characters involved, what they’re doing, how they became who they are, etc. For those of you who don’t know what the book is about, basically a man named Ig is accused of killing his girlfriend; he wakes up one day with a pair of horns growing out of his head… and these horns give him the ability to bring out peoples innermost thoughts and desires. Whether he likes it or not.

I would really recommend this, and I’m not even finished reading it. Expect a full book review for it up before the week is out.


Guys, I’m not going to lie. I re-read the Twilight book in one night, because it was the one thing that I had a copy of. Guess what, it’s not any better than it was the first time.


also got a hold of a copy of IT by Stephen King. This is actually something that I’ve wanted to read for a long time. While I’m not usually the type to read multiple books at once… I can admit that the novelty of my e-reader had me reading the first few chapters of anything that I could get my hands on, just to get the feel for how amazing it was to have a book, anytime, anywhere.

With IT, I’ve only read the first 20 pages. This is one of those books that I’m going to have to do chapter updates on, however, because… my lord… it’s a long, long, novel.

So, expect weekly updates on this baby until I’m finished – and then we can get to the full review that you know is coming. For now, I actually don’t have much to say on it. We were introduced to the opening scene – the one that’s quite iconic from the movie. We all float down here. I’ll have more thoughts on this later.


Oh, so I need to come back in and edit for this. Last night, while my insomnia was being horrible and not letting me sleep, I was browsing Kindle and I ran across Eve: The Awakening by Jenna Moreci. I watch her blog, and I adore it – I downloaded the first few chapters of this book for free… and I actually really enjoyed it. It tells the story of Eve, a girl with a past – she’s a chimera, and that’s apparently not such a good thing in society in the future. I didn’t get to read enough of the book to actually get a decent impression on it, but I’m going to buy it as soon as I can afford to spend a few bucks, and you should see a full and detailed review of it once I do – from what I saw, I really enjoyed it. I do adore self-published authors! They go through so much, and put in extra effort to make sure that what they’re bringing us is quality work, and you can see it in the writing, in the way that the novel unfolds, and in those first three chapters that I got to read.

I’ll have more on this book later, once I manage to get myself a copy of it, so be on the lookout for that!


Finally, I am making progress on A Game of Thrones. I’ve gotten through the first 3 or 4 chapters… and this novel runs pretty parallel to the show. I’m thinking that I might actually do this particular series in its own blog – or I might just save the bottom portion of book thought Friday as my GRRM update. As of yet, we’re just getting introduced to the characters, so I don’t have many thoughts on it thus far; but trust me, I am quite sure that I will by this time next week.

I really do love Martin’s writing. I usually feel like books this long have superfluous words that aren’t really necessary to the plot and only exist to make more pages, but I actually feel like he makes every word count. It’s refreshing, and a lovely thing to read. So far, I’ve only read the opening chapter, a chapter for Bran, a chapter for Cat, a chapter for Dany, and a chapter for Ned. Soon, I’ll be deep enough into the book to really give you my thoughts, so keep an eye out for that!


And that concludes my book thoughts for this week! I’m actually really enjoying my e-reader (though I will never not love my physical copies) and I’m actually hoping to have a bigger variety to read on there, with my Birthday coming up! If you have any recommendations, let me know! Otherwise, I will leave you guys to reading over my book thoughts, and I’d love to hear it if you have any thoughts on the above mentioned novels as well! I’ll have the actually full reviews for them up as a finish, and I’ll make sure to link those in my book thought Friday when I do.

Until next time, guys. Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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A Patreon

So, I’ve decided to go ahead and make myself a patreon. I’ve had a few people telling me how I should do it for a while now… so I figured, what the heck? Even if I only make a dollar a month… that’s a dollar that I didn’t have before! Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about doing this just yet… but I knew if I didn’t go ahead and DO it, I wouldn’t be able to figure out how I felt about it. I think that all writers deserve to make a living doing what they love, honestly. If I get enough money off of this, I’ll be putting it into helping other people do the same.

I will copy/paste the content that I am using here, and then I’ll probably do a follow-up blog tomorrow of how I feel about having launched it! So… enjoy below the content of my Patreon!   (CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ACTUAL SITE!)

 

 

Hey there, my name is Amanda! I’ve been writing for well over a decade – it seems like I’ve been doing it for as long as I can remember.

It is what I do. It’s what I am passionate about. I want, more than anything in this world to tell you a story that will burn into your mind and keep you on the edge of your seat. If I can bring you a moment of joy, then I’ve done my job. This Patreon page was created so that I could continue to do just that!

Four years ago, I left my home and everything that I owned in Kentucky and moved to California – things here have been fantastic. When I moved here, I started a commission business, and I’ve been running that steadily… but I want more now. I want to create my own content. I want to share my dreams made tangible by way of story with the world! You can help me do that – you can help me live my dream.

Any amount of monthly donation that you make will grant you access to my monthly content. I promise to upload the following:

  • One Chapter from the two novels that I have a current copywrite on and am in the process of editing for publication! (Either a Fantasy called Cerulean Darkness or a Zombie Apocalypse novel entitled Limbo.)
  • At least One short story of my own creation (and your suggestion!)
  • I will also put up at least one blog post per week on my blog, located Here. These blogs posts give writing advice, writing tips, writing tricks, writing prompts, and just general discussion. I also include creative writing here, so it’s double your rewards, double your fun!
  • When goals are met, I will also post one vlog a week, either reading some of my creative writing content or talking about writing tips, tricks, and strategy.

Your support honestly means the world to me – you are making it possible for me to continue doing what I love, what I dream of, and what I truly feel I was put on this earth to do. I’m here to bring you joy, laughter, sadness, tears, emotion. Will you help me do that for the world?

Pledge $1.00 or more per month

$1 will gain you access to my Creative Writing, Novel, and all other offered content!

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$3 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!

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$5 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them!

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$10 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like!You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this, you will also have the ability to request/suggest the next idea for my short story. Though I can’t promise to get to everyone immediately, all ideas will be taken into consideration!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

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$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! When my novel is finished, I will email you a PDF version of it, as well as PDF of any short story you would like! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a 15 minute Skype conversation with you, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

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$20 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a one-hour Skype conversation with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

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$100 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have 2 one-hour Skype conversations with you per month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

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$250 will grant you access to all Patreon content, as well as a follow and thanks on my twitter (with over 700 followers!) at least once per month! You will also gain early access to the novel chapters as I work on them! You will also have a mention/thank you in my blog each week! With this reward, I will also have a weekly one hour Skype session with you each month, whether you want to simply chat, get help with your own writing, or question me about mine!

This reward will also grant you the ability to have a 4 hour RP Session with me once a month, writing about whatever you would desire!

Each person who meets this reward tier will also have a mention in my novel if/when published!

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Review: Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon
Destined for Doon by Carey Corp

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, it took me a while to get around to this review, but I’m glad that I finally did. Once again, the Doon series didn’t disappoint!

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake in choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen and Kenna’s best friend, Veronica, needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after. – From the Amazon Page.

This story picks up where the last Doon novel left off, with Kenna living out her dream of the stage and spotlight… until Duncan comes and tells her that her best friend needs her back in Doon. Whether it’s because she missed her hunky Scot, or because she missed Vee, we are all left guessing. However, she following him back, only to find that Doon is being attacked by a strange limbus, something that threatens to destroy the beautiful world of Doon and all of the citizens who live there – including Kenna, Vee, Duncan and Jamie!

To keep this a spoiler free review, I won’t go any further into plot details… but I will certainly say that this book follows along the same kind of path as the other. The only complaint that I really have is the fact that, if the characters were to communicate and let their emotions out with each other more, then perhaps some of the issues would have been resolved much sooner? Still, isn’t that the way of life in general? I do have to say that I adore watching the love story between our four main characters continue to evolve and grow.

Something that I did really love about this novel was the simple fact that Vee didn’t magically turn into the perfect queen overnight. I feel like so many fairytales simply skip over the fact that being a Queen isn’t simply wearing a crown. There is responsibility, getting the people of your kingdom to accept you… and the authors of this book did such an amazing job in expressing that – I was really impressed, and it gave the book a realness that most fantasy novels seem to be lacking.

All and all, it had the same charm and wit as the last book; a million references to pop culture that made me smile, realistic situations, frustrating characters who refuse to tell one another how they feel! I love the Doon series, and I can’t wait for the next novel to come out… because… spoiler alert (just like the last novel!), the ending is going to get you, grip you, and leave you begging for the next book!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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My First Vlog!

 

So, here is my first ever vlog for booktube/writing. Obviously my following vlogs are going to be done a little better. I’m experimenting with how to get it filmed properly, as well as with the sound. I’m probably going to order a microphone! Still, here we go. I went ahead and posted it up without editing it anymore because I knew if I kept tweaking, I was going to delete it eventually. Anyway :3 So, there it is. 

 

*Runs off like the Derpasaurus Rex that she is*

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Weekly Update and Upcoming News!

So, I’m extremely excited for a few upcoming events that I’ll be hosting on my blog, but first let me get to telling you all about how my last week went.

I have to say that the schedule is perfect. With the hour that I spend in the morning getting the things that I don’t want to write out of the way, I am always hitting at least the 2k word mark. So, in a week I can write 10k words, easily. The best thing, however, is getting those 2k words out of the way really makes me feel energized, excited… I’ve got a lot of planning for my newest novel coming through… and a lot of editing of my old novel, which is really important for me to finish up. After all, if you don’t polish a story, how can you ever send it off to publishers!?

Seriously though, hitting daily word counts of 5,000+ easily is something that makes me happy, makes me smile… and pleases me all the more because I don’t feel burnt out with it. I think that finding a structure, a rhythm to your writing, something that makes you feel good is the most important thing that you can do! 

As for some comment highlights, here’s what some other people do for their writing schedule/times!

Frannie says: For me I write whenever I have the time during my day but I feel like I’m more creative in the morning but now that I have more than 4 projects I have to make time for each which is hard but doable.

I can completely agree with what she’s saying here – a lot of people have specific times during the day that they feel more creative. It’s why I like to write down the times that I write, when I write the most. It shows me a pattern, so in a few months… maybe I can adjust my schedule to be even more effective!

Kate says: I write in the evening, I find that is the best time for me to remove myself from everything, probably because after 5pm nothing is open and I have no excuse not to be sitting in front of my computer. I get into the swing of things by reading for about an hour before I start writing. It lets my mind get into the creative phase.

I responded to her by saying that reading can really put me into the mood as well.  A lot of times, if I’m really not feeling writing, sitting down for an hour with my favorite author reminds me of what inspired me in the first place!

 

So yeah, the schedule is working out really well… and I know that I’ll be able to give you guys more thoughts and opinions of it the longer that I go! Of course, come November, I’m going to have to schedule in some extra time for NaNoWriMo!!! (My husband will never see me, he’ll be so sad.)

 

Anyway! On some awesome news, I have multiple Author Interviews set up for the next few books that I read. Please stay tuned to the blog to see some of your favorite writers answering questions, giving thoughts, advice, etc! (If you would like to have a guest spot on my blog, please send me an email to amandaleannemccormick@gmail.com, and we can discuss it!)

So, those are my updates, and I’m really excited to be able to tell you what’s happened next week as well! 

 

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick (Find me HERE on Twitter for updates throughout the day) 

 

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BookInLaws and Updates!

First of all, please follow my blog BookInLaws, in which my sister-in-law and I read, discuss, review and enjoy books! I’d love to have you all as followers over there as well!

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Secondly, I’ll be doing the blog for the update of my writing schedule tonight! I actually needed a little time over the Holiday, because we had a lot of family things going on! Anyway, I can’t wait to do that blog, and I can’t wait to see you over on BookInLaws. As a little side-note and question… what do you guys think about vlogging? Do you do it? Do you like watching? I’d love to see your opinions below! Feel free to self promo!