National Novel Writing Month – Try It!

This is not a drill, there are only 6 days until November, which means you have less then a week to prepare for National Novel Writing Month. I know, it’s not a lot of time, but the great news is, you don’t need a plan for novel.

I’m not gonna lie, if you want to someday publish your November creation, it definitely helps to know where you plan to start and what the story should look like at the end, but many people dive into NaNoWriMo without a hint of prep work, so don’t fret just yet. You’ve got a whole 6 days to ponder who and what you wish to write about, and even if those ideas morph into something completely difference 4 days in, you won’t be alone on that uncertain road. In fact, one of the best things about NaNoWriMo is that you’re never alone. All the participants (think millions) are attempting to write some type of story, during the 30 days of November to the tune of 50,000 words. Continue reading “National Novel Writing Month – Try It!”



I really really want education for everyone. Not just girls or boys, but open classrooms for adults to learn skills, and languages and create better communities. I want to see literacy rates sky rocket, and Continue reading “#WhatIReallyReallyWant”

I believe that in the battle between guns and ideas, ideas will, eventually, win. – Neil Gaiman

My Mental Illness is a Storm

Wise words from my favorite author… This is an apt description of what my bipolar disorder feels like on a regular basis, and I think it’s kind of lovely/weird/fantastic that I too have considered my anxiety and illness to be a storm, and often use this type of thinking.
Best wishes.

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab

I’m always searching for the right words.

For my stories. For my life.

After all, words are the form we give ideas, a way to make the intangible tangible, conceivable, real. Words confess, they admit, they ground.

I’ve always been an anxious person. Neurotic. Hyper-vigilant. I have high walls, struggle with change, emotion, vulnerability. At some point, it tipped. When I get overwhelmed, my body shuts down. I start shaking, in that teeth chattering, heart stuttering, flushed and sick to my stomach way. I try to mask it, to pretend I’m okay, and sometimes that works, and sometimes it gets worse and worse until I’m sitting on a bathroom floor, wishing I could find the plug and pull it.

It’s always been a war, mind versus body, mind over body, body over mind.

For someone who’s pretty good with words, I’ve struggled to find the right ones for this. For…

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5 Things I’ve learned about writing in 5 years.

I’ve been writing half baked ideas down since childhood, but five years ago I took up the National Novel Writing torch and wrote my first 50,000 words with a beginning, middle, and end, in June 2011. I began on June 2nd, and today, June 5th 2016, I can safely say that it’s been time well spent.  To those with words in their heads and hope in their hearts…

Continue reading “5 Things I’ve learned about writing in 5 years.”

I like libraries. It makes me feel comfortable and secure to have walls of words, beautiful and wise, all around me. I always feel better when I can see that there is something to hold back the shadows.

-Roger Zelazny, Nine Princes in Amber

The Battle (of Hogwarts), The Court (of Mist and Fury), and my bed, where I’m currently dying a fangirl death.

Oh look, it’s been exactly a month since I visited my own blog. Haven’t done that before….

So I’ve been in a bit of a life slump, which turned into a reading slump, which turned into a sleep 11 hours a day, go to work and then watch Netflix until it silently shames you by asking if you’d like to continue watching since you haven’t moved in three hours and it’s not sure if you’re dead slump.

The month wasn’t a total loss though. I was able to finish the 1 millionth rewrite of a book I’ve been working on for almost five years (I put it down for three+ weeks and just started editing today :D). I also became irrevocably obsessed with Hamilton the Musical (currently reading Chernow’s biography and loving it). Side note, does anyone else feel like Twilight ruined the word irrevocably for, like, everyone ever? ‘Cause I do. And I wrote the first 20k of the sequel to my first novel, so that was also pretty rad.

But if you’re a reading nerd then yesterday/today has probably been an explosion of emotion for you, as it’s been for me, for two very important reasons. Continue reading “The Battle (of Hogwarts), The Court (of Mist and Fury), and my bed, where I’m currently dying a fangirl death.”

Identity Crisis: Re-sorted on Pottermore…

So there’s this thing that I’ve been struggling with for a couple of months now. If you’re a Harry Potter fan than you’ve probably heard of Pottermore and if you’re a long time fan than you probably remember Pottermore before the “update” from September 2015. Basically the original website was an interactive game like experience where several multi-layered drawings could be explored for each chapter of every HP book. There were things to collect, games to play, and bonus content and notes from JKR about the characters, world, and more. And then, the website was completely deleted, and replaced with a news article based site, where you can now find the latest in HP news, namely The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts. More accurately they took Hogwarts and turned it into Buzzfeed. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Buzzfeed, but it’s not a game based, community experience for extreme fans of a book series. This is the watered down version of a once great thing.

Anyway, rant over.

When the site was rebooted, fans were able to re-sort themselves into their Hogwarts houses. The test was drastically different and it lacked some of the magic from the original but essentially the idea remained and so, slightly aggravated HP fan that I was, I decided to re-sort myself which is where this whole post is going… Continue reading “Identity Crisis: Re-sorted on Pottermore…”

Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads

Hello lovelies.

Today’s post is brought to you by the lovely people over at The Broke and The Bookish. If you want to participate in this weekly meme head on over to their site and check out next weeks prompt and share the bookish love. Here we go!

If you saw my last post, this  first one should come as no surprise. (Note: I didn’t include any books that were rereads for me, because things like Harry Potter and Alice’s adventures in Wonderland are universally awesome.)

160968241. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Full of action, romance, fae, snarky characters, violence, and awesome, ACOTAR stole my heart. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Recent 5 Star Reads”

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