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I Always Come Back

Ha, you guys knew I’d end up coming back, right? I try to keep consistent on this blog, but life does occasionally get in the way. That’s part of what’s so good about a blog though — I can come back some time later and enjoy the fact that there are still people here, ready and waiting to read.

So, for a few updates for this blog. I won Camp NaNo. I finished the draft that I was working on (Committing Murder), got it printed, and worked on another draft for a bit of the remainder of the month. I’m pretty pleased with the progress that I made.

I’m also reading a lot more. Libby (which I will do an entire blog on) is a lifesaver, and I’ve started The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson… so. Good. Oh my God. Entire blog about that one happening as well.

I’ve also gotten a new gaming computer and a new laptop, which… again, blog about those later xD and started using Instagram <— Clickclickyclick to see.

I’m using a planner, and hopefully I’ll be starting off with 3 posts a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). So… Friday is updating about my reading ❤ I’ll see y’all then!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
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Tag Thursday – The Pokemon Go! Book Tag


Tag Thursday

I found this tag on my friend Kayla Dore’s blog, and due to my addiction to Pokemon Go, I knew that it was the proper tag for this Thursday! So, let us begin, shall we?



Hmmm, I don’t know that there is a book that really started my love for reading. The thing is, I can remember being in Kindergarten and quickly graduating from the little flip books they give you there. I can remember being allowed into the chapter book section before most of the other kids in my class. I can remember falling in love with Island of the Blue Dolphins when reading for my first book report, and confusing most of the other people in my class, because I was speaking so passionately about a book that the wouldn’t have picked up.

I think that there was never any particular book that got me started with my love for reading. Maybe it was my mother’s love for reading that really got me started? She always had shelves and shelves of books, and she’d always be going to the library. We’d always participate in the local summer reading program (if you read a certain amount of books over the summer, you got certificates! I always read for all of the free ice cream.) Whether it was her encouragement and love, or something that was just ingrained in me… I can’t pick out a particular book, because I’ve been reading and loving books for as long as I can remember.



So, I’m actually not super huge on classics? I suppose if William Faulkner is classic now, As I Lay Dying was an extremely good book. My English teacher in 9th grade recommended it to me when he noticed how much I loved to read, and gave me a copy. I couldn’t put it down.

I do also love The Divine Comedy – it’s gorgeous literature.

Frankenstein was always fairly enjoyable. So, I guess I do like some of the classics after all!


Hmmmm…. I’ve never let myself lose interest in a book (or a zubat!) because it was everywhere. If anything, seeing so many people talk about something (because they will often times form such contrasting opinions) really makes me want to delve into the novel. I want to be a published author someday – it’s my dream job. So… of course, I’m going to want to see what in the world is making everyone talk, because I have full and complete intentions of repeating the process.


I feel like a lot of YA books actually have overlapping themes. I’m not going to call out out specifically… but let me paint you a picture – our leading lady is living a normal life, and some bad boy comes along and shows her that not only is she not normal, but she’s amazing. 

Oh, and he’s in love with her.

Am I saying this is a bad trope? Not really. I’ve used it myself. People enjoy that formula. There’s a reason that it’s stuck around so long. It’s fun to read, we like to see women come into their power and (more and more often now) actually be the ones to kick the most ass.

And, personally, who doesn’t love a sexy bad boy?


Sooooo. I read the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire series… but I haven’t tackled the rest of it. That first one was really long, and so full of details. I enjoyed reading it, but it is really a commitment to buckle down and say that I’m going to read all of those through. Usually, I don’t let the size of a book intimidate me, but those books, and the massive amount of important detail that is enclosed within them?

Well, I can’t rightly help myself x.x. Call me intimidated.


Tell me a book that hasn’t kept me up at night. Honestly, when I get myself engrossed in something to read, I can’t put it down until I’m done. If the story is done well, I want to live in that world, and I hate it when I’m ripped away for something as paltry as sleep.

Daylight, what are you doing here? Go away.

Honestly though, I think the book that did this to me most recently was actually The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon. It’s a FnaF book, and it was absolutely engrossing.



My OTP… when I was young, it would have been Jenny and Julian from The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith. I’ve since grown enough to know that it would have never worked xD So, my new bookish OTP is probably…

Morpheus and Alyssa from the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. Call me a sucker for a man in a tophat, but I couldn’t fathom her wanting to be with anyone else. Honestly though, I could list you dozens of OTPs.


Any of the L.J. Smith books. I can read those in a few hours, tops… and I never get tired of doing so. Maybe it’s just my childhood calling and wanting to forever remain a part of my heart, but whatever it is? I’m so digging it.


Harry Potter! Every time something new comes out about it, I get pretty damn excited. It was such a big part of my life for so long, of course I am always, always wanting more.


The FNAF book that I mentioned above. I’m a big fan of the lore of the games, and I didn’t go into it expecting much. I knew that it was going to have some grammar errors – I’d read the reviews before picking it up. But, it was still really good and well written… and the almost amateur way that it was written actually made it all the better for me.


I feel like The Maze Runner books by James Dashner  have been way overhyped due to the movie success and whatnot, but I can’t wait to read them! <— I am actually going to steal Kayla’s answer right here. I haven’t read those books yet – they’ve been so over hyped by the media… and yet I’m still pretty excited to delve into them once I get a copy.


Hmmm… do they have collectors editions of the Harry Potter novels? I don’t know though, I’m not huge on things that I have to keep super duper protected. I like to touch my books, and look at them, and knowing me? I’d spill red koolaid (I don’t even drink red koolaid O_O) all over them.


I don’t have a debut novel that I’m super excited for at the moment… though, oh, I’m a liar! I am actually reading a draft of Kayla Dore’s novel, and I am so stoked and hyped for it. It’s really, really good. That counts, right?


Laurell K. Hamilton. I can’t help myself. Whenever new books come out by her, I end up snatching them up. I’m greedy, and I love it.



… I was going to say that I didn’t have something, but it’s because I’ve been waiting for literally so long that I think of it as a myth. Strange Fate by L.J. Smith. I’ve been waiting for years, and years, and YEARS for this to come out. Someday, we’re going to be graced with the last Nightworld book. Someday, she’s going to wrap up that huge series.

Someday, we’ll know what happens. But today (and tomorrow, and the day after that -_-) is not that day.


So, there we go guys! Wow, I really loved this particular tag Thursday! (It also made me crave some more Pokemon, so I’m going to have to look into that!) Honestly though, I challenge each and every person on this blog who loves to read! Do it, tag me in it, let me know that you did it! ❤ I really want to see what your answers are! I think that seeing someone’s taste in books can really tell you a lot about a person!

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

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Weekly Currently

Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it would be a fun little update to do on Wednesdays!


Pokemon Go. Yep, that’s right. I am currently loving the Hell out of that game. It’s been really fun, because I have these compulsions to collect things – and to fully collect them. So I’m having one of each type of Pokemon (all versions of evolution included) in my bag, and it’s been really fun. More than that, though… I’m enjoying what it’s doing to my town. I don’t live in the best neighborhood, but I can honestly go out at midnight to one of the shadiest parts of town… and there are 100 other nerds there to make sure no one jumps us.

It’s pretty awesome.


I just finished reading Fight Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes and writing my Review for it. I’m in the process of selecting a new book to read. Of course, I am re-reading the Harry Potter novels, but I’m doing that a bit slower than usual, because I’m writing about each chapter as I go!


I am currently watching an anime called Parasyte, and it’s pretty damn amazing. I am really, really… alllllllll about fun, horror, violent animes. I’m awful, I know.

Listening To

xD Spotify. I guess if I’m listening to anything a lot, The Horror of our Love by Ludo. I’ve been flipping back to that baby quite frequently. It’s pretty amazing.

Thinking About

I’m thinking about Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m about 18,000 words in, I need to get another 1k for the day, but I’m not sure what project I want to work on. I may randomly pick a number and just go with it that way. My professionalism in my writing projects is astounding, no?


My Birthday! It’s this Sunday, and I’m really excited. I’m going to go and see a horror movie, get some delicious food, and just enjoy time with people who I care about… which makes me realize that I should probably get to 20,000 words today in Camp NaNo so that I don’t have to worry about it then.


Oh, this is a hard one. I’m wishing that the world would just chill out. I’m wishing that people could stop being so hateful. I’m wishing that I could find the strength to try to publish my books. I’m wishing that a goddamn Eevee would show up so I could get a flareon. You know. Just things.

Making Me Happy

Josh. My husband. ❤ He’s always making me happy, so don’t be surprised if that’s the answer here a lot. He’s amazing and supportive, and he always encourages me to do more and push myself with my writing, and that’s exactly what I need. ❤

So, that was pretty fun! I think I’m going to make a habit of this every Wednesday, if only to keep a record of my moods and what I’ve enjoyed. So, thank you for tuning in! If you decide to pick up doing this, comment and let me know! Link me in your post! I’d love to come and check it out!

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

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A Few Tips for NaNo


Goodness, so here we are. We’re just a little past 1/3rd of the way through Camp NaNo, and I know that right about now is when the don’t wannas hit with a fierce force for quite a few people. We’ve been writing steadily for 12 days now, doing our hardest to get to our word counts… and we really just want a break.

I guess this can apply to all writing, because anything that we do consistently for so long can begin to wear and tear on us. I’ll work on writing tips for year around later – for now, I’m going to try to give you some NaNo tips to help you through the rest of this journey.

First and foremost, remember that Camp NaNoWriMo is not the actual NaNo event. You don’t have to write 50,000 words in a month. In fact, you don’t even have to write 25,000 words in a month. Your goal can be much smaller, and much more manageable if you so choose.

Building on that, in a few days, we will be half way through the month. When we hit that point, I really do implore you to look over your goal. Are you very ahead? Are you very behind? The beautiful thing about Camp is that you have the capability or adjusting that goal one way or another. So, if it looks like you’re going to finish early? Tack a few more thousand words on there! If it looks like you aren’t going to hit your goal? There is honestly no shame in taking it down a notch. NaNo actually encourages you to reevaluate your monthly goal, in order to make sure that it is manageable and you can win. So, push yourself, but make sure that you can hit that finish line.

And, as another tip – if the project that you are working on is really, really being uncooperative… I’m going to tell you something. It’s Camp. Switch projects. I know that some people are using camp as a way to finish a project, but if you’ve gone 12 days without the ability to work on it… I think that it’s safe to say you can tuck it away and do it later. Switch projects, experiment. Have fun, because that’s what Camp is all about.

Of course, I’m going to stick with my normal bits of advice that I always give – get involved in the community. Whether it’s your cabin, or you go play on the forums, or you find a skype group to join. Find people who will run sprints and crawls and get excited about writing with you!

Also, make sure to reward yourself when you do well, and sometimes make sure to reward yourself when you don’t – if you’re having a particularly hard day and the words aren’t coming so easily? Grab some candy, watch some TV. Take a break and then come back to your writing (that same day, guys. Not next week). You’ve got this, guys. Just keep moving forward.

That’s really all that I have for today. Just make sure that you keep pushing forward, and make sure that you realize that Camp is here for fun, and to help you win. Evaluate the situation, adjust accordingly, and you are a winner no matter what… because, at the end of the month, you have more words than you started with. You are creating a world from your mind, and that’s pretty amazing, if you ask me.


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! 


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!

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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – V is for Versatility

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V is for Versatility, and I think that as writers, it’s something that we should strive to have. This, of course, is just advice that I try to live by – so, if you have something that’s working for you… you keep on keeping on!

For me, versatility is something that I strive to achieve. We all have things that we excel at, and we all have things that we’re not so good at… but I don’t want to be one of those writers that can only write one thing – one type of story, one genre, one real set of characters, you know? I looked up the definition to Versatility, and low and behold:



capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.:

a versatile writer.

A versatile writer… and that’s what I strive to be. I’ve written numerous novels (I’ve never even tried to publish them, shame on me), and they vary from Fantasy, to Paranormal Romance, to Historical Paranormal Romance, to Horror Romance, and a few other things in between. I like to write fanfiction for the sole purpose of versatility. If I write in other peoples worlds, from Hannibal Lecter to Kingdom Hearts, I’m getting to delve and practice my writing in multiple fronts. I like to write and try out as many different characters as I can, so that I can keep tuning in and keying up my ability to be a versatile writer. It’s part of the reason that I enjoyed the Roleplay community for so long – I was able to step into the minds of so many different characters, and it really helped me to develop a versatile voice with my own characters later in life.

I also try to make sure that it’s not just creative writing that I practice. I have recently been trying to do at least 2 blog posts a day, and I’m trying to make sure that they’re instructional and helpful (I really do love helping you guys out in any way that I can, so!). I do book reviews, I write for Textbroker in article format. I try to make sure that I can do more than just novel writing – I want to be a well rounded writer all around.

Versatility is something that can be a little hard to attain sometimes; I wasn’t always so wide ranged in what I wrote. My first novel was a fantasy novel… but after that, I would say that the next 5 that I completed were all supernatural/paranormal romance. While I really enjoy writing novels in that format, I sat back and thought about it… and I realized that it wasn’t the only thing that i wanted to write, the only thing that I wanted to ever be recognized for. So, I started writing horrorish novel, more zombies, less romance (though there’s still romance in there). It was completely different from my vampires/werewolves love stories that I did. I started writing about demons – extremely different to include devils and angels. I delved and dipped into post-apocalyptic. And I wrote a really big, really fat fantasy novel, which is something that I really want to strive forward with and publish. The point is, I looked at my writing, and I realized that I wanted variety, that I wanted to do something other than just paranormal romance. I wanted to be versatile.

This is part of the reason that I really enjoy writing prompts. I post them every Monday now, and I urge you to check them out and participate! The most recent one can be found HERE. Doing writing prompts can sometimes push you out of your comfort level, but that’s the point. Write something that you wouldn’t normally write – pick a perspective that you’ve never experienced before… pick a character that you aren’t comfortable with… and go for it. I encourage you to try to write at least one short story a week, and switch them up! Do something you wouldn’t normally. You can do it!

Write. Practice. Grow.

It’s so important that we do this – it’s so important that we allow our horizons to expand, because we might find that the next thing that we write is something more amazing than anything that we’ve ever imagined we could do. I’m urging you to push yourself, and I’d love to see the results. Check out the writing prompt I listed above, and write something that is completely out of your comfort zone. Post the link in my comments, or link me to it ❤ Be Versatile! Be proud of your writing!

And above all, never quit.

Until next time, with the letter W! Keep reading and writing!

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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – Q is for Questions

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Q is for Questions, and as writers, we can never ask enough of them. Maybe this ties into research, but I think that it’s more than just that. Part of what made me a writer is because I couldn’t ask enough questions. I had the why? I had the how? I had the who? And more than that, when the normal answers given didn’t satisfy me, I had the But What If?

What if? That’s the question that writers as the most, and I think that it’s the question that initially started us all on our creative journey.

What if there were aliens that invaded the planet?

What if there were dinosaurs walking the Earth still?

What if an experiment happens that transformed man into beast? What if there were a serial killer in this city?

The What if is the most important question that we ask, and it’s generally the beginning of all novels. The fact that we ask What if? is the reason that there are so many fantastic stories in this world, and so many new thoughts that spill forward every day. So, I guess this particular letter is about making sure that you never forget to ask What if?

I ask What if when I have dreams, I ask What if when I see people doing something strange. I sometimes ask What if when I hear dialogue from random strangers that I pass on the street. What if I followed their story for the rest of the day? What if he asked her what she was doing later because he had something nefarious in mind? What if… what if… what if…?

It’s an extremely important question, so as a writer, never forget to ask What if, because it’s going to get you to places that you never realized it could.

Of course, it’s not just a question of What if. Once you get to the What if, you have go go to the why? and the how? and the who? We have to figure out all of the different elements of our story through questions – and answering those questions (especially writing them out) can help you with an outline and character references for later on in your story.

Of course, it’s not just those basic questions that you need to ask. If the government is keeping track of my google searches, I’m sure they’re going to be coming after me any day now. I’ve certainly typed a few questions into google that people would quirk a brow at.

How long does it take to strangle a person?

How many liters of blood are there in the human body?

What does ____ amount of liters of blood look like on the ground?

How long does it take to bleed out from a puncture wound to the femoral artery?

Research is really important. Of course, not all of the research is so macabre. I’ve also looked up names that fit the setting, history of the United States during the different wars, all sorts of things. You want to make sure that, when research is necessary, you do it. You don’t have to have to go back and fact check later, only to find out that it impacts your story in a way that will have you editing far more than you want to.

So, always ask questions. From the start of your novel until its ended, ask questions. And when you’re done with it, ask the question of how you can make it better – how can you improve it? What do you need to edit? Who are you betas? Where will you get betas? How can you edited it more?

Ask yourself the question of who will read it? Where will you publish, how are you going to approach it?

And finally… ask yourself… are you ready to write your next novel?

Questions are important – they make us writers, they drive us further. Keep asking them!


Until the letter R!

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October Horror Writing Prompts – Prompt #18

Hey everyone! It’s less than half a month away til NaNo is here. Who all is extremely excited? I know that I am. That hype keeps getting to be more and more, like something wound tight in my chest. I can’t wait til November 1st comes and it can snap! Until then, satisfy yourself with writing prompts!

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Graveyards! Anything about graveyards that you want, whether it’s a supernatural experience or zombies, or something mournful. Just elicit a horror-eqsue emotion! I can’t wait to see what you do!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

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The Mysteriously Missing Blogger

Goodness, I have been gone for a bit. What was my absence over Christmas turned into my absence over being sick after Christmas. For that I apologize, but I am back now and ready to once more begin giving you regular blog updates!

As far as what I’ve been doing… yes, I’ve been sick. I also managed to get a hold of an adorable new baby…. and by baby, I mean baby rat. And by adorable, I mean super adorable.

DRAVENHis name is Draven, and he’s my writing buddy. We all need a mascot. Mine just so happens to be fuzzy and love giving me little nibbles when I don’t give him enough snacks!

Anyway, as to what you can be expecting over the next few days – I am currently in the process of finishing up a novel by an indie author John Needham. I will be doing a book review on that soon, and then scrambling to get caught up on the other book reviews that I need to complete. I’m going to try to get back to that – I think my target goal on those is to review a book each week, unless it’s something massively long that needs two weeks.

Other than that, I have done a few revisions on my NaNo Novel from 2013, as well as some more writing on my novel from 2014. I wonder, would you guys like to see little excerpts from those? Let me know!

So, I will be posting blogs about writing, about reading, about all of the things. I have certainly missed the input and feedback, as well as the community here, and I’m glad to be back!

PS: Bully me into making another vlog!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Thanksgiving and Winning NaNoWriMo

So, first of all, I’d like to give a huge thank you to my NaNoWriMo theme song. xD

Anyway, I really have to say that NaNo was a bit of a task this year. Between worrying about my poor pup and having to deal with the fact that I forced myself into a rewrite half way through…

Well, let’s just say that last year went a LOT smoother than this year.

Still, I managed to win with a few days left over. The difference between this year and last year is that I didn’t finish the novel. Last year, I wrote 90,000 words and completed the novel. This year, I am far off from that. It’s a much more complex story, and something that I haven’t worked with as far as writing goes. Still, I’m proud of it, and it’s something that I’m going to continue on.

I’ve really enjoyed NaNo this year, however – it’s been great to spend time with my friends, encourage them, and know that my words can help to make a difference. I love that I can give someone advice or encouragement and it helps them to get along with their story.

You guys have been amazing – you’ve responded to blogs, messages, etc. I love your enthusiasm and help! Over the next month or two, I will be finishing the novel that I started, and then I’m going to chose if I would like to edit it or the NaNo project from last year. Either way, i’m going to start polishing it up and getting it ready to query. Any tips/tricks/advice on that would be forever useful!

As it is, I had an amazing Thanksgiving, and I hope that you all are as well. I’m going to be doing some writing sprints/word wars on my twitter @EgoDominusTuus over the next few days to help my friends who are straggling to finish up their wordcount. if you’d like to join in, I’d love to have you there!

Otherwise, I hope your day has been great, and I hope your writing is flowing as smooth as the turkey gravy!

Until next time guys, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick