children's writer

I'm a Campaigner

Aug 27, 2011
I've decided to join Rachael Harrie's Platform-Building Campaign. I've been meaning to join in for awhile now, and I've finally taken the plunge. I'm really excited about it. It sounds like a great way to meet other writers, and possibly make new acquaintances. You can find out more by visiting Rachael's blog.


Revising In Solitude

Aug 20, 2011
After reading countless posts on revising manuscripts, I've come up with one simple conclusion: I work best in complete silence.


It’s amazing how much work you can get done when you aren’t being interrupted by car sirens and honking horns. A few days ago some family members and I took a trip up to Virginia where we stayed in a resort that was made to look like a camp. And let me tell you, I practically breezed through revisions.

Surprisingly, too, because no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t concentrate. I kind of wish I was back there now, soaking up all the quietness. It was truly a lovely trip; I got to spend time with family members I hardly see during the year.

I’ve always thought of myself as a city girl, I can’t really imagine living anywhere else. But lately, I’ve been completely uninspired by my surroundings. Most people would consider it one of the most inspiring cities in the world, but for me, it’s just…I don’t know. 

Sometimes, it’s nice to get away for a little while. I’m just upset I didn’t take any pictures.

Where do you write best?

Follow Friday

Aug 12, 2011

How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? Or if you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?

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Is it bad that I still consider myself a teen? I'm kind of straddling the line between older teen and adult. So to answer the question, my reading habits have changed greatly from thirteen-year-old me to now me. 

Back in middle school and early high school before the Twilight Era, I enjoyed reading books like The Clique, Faking 19, and Gossip Girl. In fact, Lisi Harrison was the author who inspired my love for writing fiction.

Now I enjoy anything supernatural, fantasy, dystopian, horror, anything that can scare the crap out of me. I think I like now me a little better than thirteen-year-old me. Who knows, maybe in the near future I might even venture into the adult fiction realm. 

Road Trip Wednesday: Time For Writing

Aug 10, 2011

This is my first Road Trip Wednesday post, and I'm excited to join in on the fun. Road Trip Wednesday is a Blog Carnival hosted by the lovely ladies over at YA Highway.

This week’s topic is: What time do you prefer to do your writing? Early worm? Night owl? Any five seconds you can grab?

My answer: All of the above. I write sporadically at various times of the day. Usually, after a major writing session I'll wake up early the next morning to go over what I'd written the day before. Then I'll spend a few minutes on the internet, write, YouTube, write, Blogger, write.  Rinse and repeat. 

It's one of the perks of being a full-time, jobless college student. Although, during the school year I write when I'm on break or at night when I get home.

When do you find time to write?

Reading Challenge

Aug 8, 2011
In all honesty, I haven't been reading as much as I should lately. It’s gotten so bad that I don't even finish books anymore. Not because they're bad, but because I can get really distracted sometimes. Blogger is only one of my distractions.

So, I've decided to challenge myself. For the rest of this month through September I will be doing my own personal reading challenge. The goal is to read at least one chapter a night, two if the book is really good. And I won't be purchasing any new books until the end of the challenge when I no longer have a stack of them in my closet. 

Currently, I'm reading Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard, and I love it. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love it. The characters, everything! It makes me wish that I were on my own backpacking trip through Central America. It makes me wish I had my own Rowan. *blushes*

This is why:

"But now that I've made swimming into this great big thing, I feel nervous. Especially alongside someone like Rowan, who's probably got salt water flowing through his veins."

That part about salt water flowing through his veins is just magical. I can't wait to tell you what I think once I'm finished reading it.

I will be updating weekly, or something like that, on my progress.

Summer Writing Contest

Aug 6, 2011
There's this amazing writing contest going on over at Blackbird in My Window that's being judged by Lauren Ruth from BookEnds Literary Agency. The prizes: a three chapter or 50 page critique and for the second place winner, a novel of your choice from Amazon.

You can check out the details here.

You can check out my entry here.

Picturing Your Prose

Aug 2, 2011
Looking through some photographs on my computer, I caught myself thinking how I wish I had a story to go along with them. Often times a simple photograph plucked right off the internet can be a source of inspiration to the discovery of whole new fictional world. It’s up to that writer to take that one moment in time and expand it into a multitude of words.

Although they say that true photographs cannot be expressed in written words, and what we see isn't what's truly there at all, for this post I'll have to disagree. There's just something about a pretty photo that makes me want to open up a blank document and type until my fingers go numb.

Below is what’s been lurking in my inspiration folder, for those of you, who like me, are brainstorming that shiny new idea and are doubtful that you have the talent to continue on this daunting journey.

Currently, I'm working on a new project that I started during NaNo last year, and I'm having second thoughts about it. And that's mostly because it is an entirely different genre than my previously completed novel. I find that some of these photos fit the theme perfectly. And although it is middle grade fiction, the photos above remind me of the importance of dreams, fairy tales, and everything else that exists only in our imaginations. 

As an aspiring author it is my duty to not only dream, but dream like I never have before. 

This post was inspired by Lyla Lee.