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“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
– Dr Seuss
MY DRIVING PRINCIPLES
Well, it’s been a LONG time since my last post and I’ve got a lot to catch you up on. First of all, I’m sorry for not sharing anything yet this year. October snuck up on me and I still feel like it should be February. I’ve had a lot going on at home and this website ended up taking a backseat. The good news is that the chronic pain issue I’ve dealt with for 8 years is finally manageable and I’m in the process of building new habits in our household so that things start running smoothly again. I hope, from now on, I won’t have to choose between my personal and professional lives and I can update things more regularly.
If you are a writer, there’s a good chance that you’ve experienced writer’s block or you get hung up looking for the exact right words. This is actually half of the reason that I’ve struggled with writing blog posts lately. Writer’s block is an unfortunate part of the job, but there are things that you can do to combat it and see your project through to completion. (Reminder to self!)
I won Camp Nano! Kinda… April did NOT go as planned (When does it ever?) due to quarantine homeschooling. Teachers, parents, and students were kept busy working out an entirely new system of education and, naturally, there was a learning curve. I barely wrote anything for a couple of weeks because I was focused on helping my son with his work. My Camp goal was only 20,000 words, which would normally be a breeze, but it seemed like an insurmountable feat given how little time I actually had to write.
Who else is excited that we’re not only starting a new year, but also a new decade? The 2010s definitely taught me a lot, but I feel like they were more about laying the foundation for my future and 2020 is where it all starts coming together. I made significant progress toward my goals over the last year, so I’ve decided that my focus word for this one is going to be VISION. My 2020 vision is all about publishing my debut novel and finally achieving a life goal that I started 19 years ago.
It’s been a while, but I’m finally back with another book review! I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Maverick Moses’ dark fantasy debut, Karma’s Children: Discovery, in exchange for an honest review. I’ve followed Maverick on social media for some time now and love his YouTube videos. I’ve also very much enjoyed watching the evolution of his creativity on Instagram. That said, the following review is my personal opinion of his book, and I’ve tried to be as unbiased as possible.
I’m two weeks into editing my first draft and I can definitively say that I prefer editing to drafting. It feels a hundred times easier to work with something already written than to try to make something appear on a blank page. That being said, there have still been some places where I’ve had to write something entirely new and my brain does NOT like to switch back to draft mode.
“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
– Philip Pullman
Future Author - New Adult Fantasy Writer - Reader - Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian Lover - Jane Austen Movie Adaptation Junkie - Ravenclaw
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
– Robin Williams
WIP QUICK LOOK
A young man struggles with strange dreams throughout his formative years, causing him to feel even more isolated from his peers than usual when the dreams begin to affect him during the waking hours. As he gets older, and the divide between himself and others only seems to grow, he begins to wonder if the dreams are more than just dreams.
When he loses someone he cares about, he returns to his childhood home and finally unlocks the secret that’s plagued him for years. Confronted with this new knowledge, he must decide whether he’s willing to let go of all he knows and face untold dangers for the chance to be a part of something he never thought possible, or remain safely behind and face a future of solitude.
A debut novel, and the first in a New Adult Fantasy trilogy.
* Percentages subject to fluctuate throughout the publishing process.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
– Toni Morrison
FEATURED AUTHOR VIDEO
Check out this video from Bethany Atazadeh!
I really enjoyed this video because there are some hilarious truths in it! Authors tend to get some very personal or nosy questions when people find out we’ve written a book and it can be hard to know how to respond gracefully. These amazing ladies tackle this topic with a bit of humor for your enjoyment. Whether you’re an author or not, it’s worth a watch!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
– C.S. Lewis
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