2018

Author Life: Tiptoe Through the AHHH TOO MANY BUTTERFLIES GET THEM OFF OF ME

I’m going to take a leap of faith and generalize something because this has been bothering me lately and I want it out in the world to bother you, too. Although in any other context generalizing is a BAD IDEA and I should never ever do it…in this one case I think it’s less a stereotype and more of a sterling truth. Authors/Writers live a life stuffed full of imaginings. I feel like this is true of all of us.…

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A Festive Felicitation

Whatever you celebrate, however you do it, I wish you joy and light as you observe your holiday. It’s a time to have the people you love around you and that’s always worth celebrating. I’m stubbornly saying cheers to 2018. It was a pretty weird mix of terrible and good, and I’m hoping the year can end on a better note. 2019 still looks nice and shiny from this distance, so here’s hoping that things can keep improving. Optimists of…

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Blogging Wrap-Up of 2018

Although maths is not my strong point, I can handle a little statistics. Strap-in and let’s do some statisticking. Blogging-wise, 2018 was a pretty good year and I always have fun breaking it down. Visitors in 2018: 1,535 Top 5 Posts from 2018: 16 Parenting Sites/Magazines that Will Pay You to Write for Them (I will continue to update this as I find more.) Instagram For Your Author Toolbox (Come to the social media dark side. Joinn usss.) Adding AllAuthor to Your…

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Reading Wrap-Up of 2018

In the grand tradition of December, let’s do some wrapping up. Wrap some presents. Wrap-up your holiday shopping. Write lots of wrap-up lists. Wrap-up small, misbehaving children Krampus style to mail to . . . haha . . . ooops. Don’t do that. Got carried away there. But seriously kids, I’m watching you. The tip of Argentina is always a postal-service option. BEHAVE. ANYWAY. We were doing a grand book wrap-up for the year 2018. Let’s get down to business.…

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The Writer’s Tag: Look I’m Legit With Tags and Everything Now!

In which the author, who is not crazy, interviews herself and the voices in her head. Should be fun. The tag was created for authors by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen as a fun way to connect with other writers, and help us all get to know each other better. I’m participating in this tag thanks to the wonderful GJ Stephens, who is releasing his first novel on Friday! (30th November) He is one of the kindest people, with a genuine wish to reach out…

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Bookworm Wishlist

Top Ten Tuesdays were born on The Broke and the Bookish and then moved to That Artsy Reader Girl just this year. It’s all about a love of books, lists, and combining the two as a gloriously nerdy whole. Come join in! This week’s list is all about bookish items or merchandise I’d like to own. Tie down all loose items and get the whiners below decks, bookworms. It’s about to get real. Bookends. There are seven bookshelves in my house and they had…

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IWSG Day: Life Among the Butterflies

Oh happy day! The day when you can set down that insecurity for a while and bask in the feeling of gently being propped up by your fellow authors. If you’re not part of this group, what are you waiting for? Any and all kinds of authors are welcome. The trolls are absent. The support is constant. Come and join us! Our wonderful co-hosts this month are Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Anne V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman. Stop over at their…

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The Fall Book Tag

   Something about Rowell’s writing style feels like nothing I’ve read before, and I love it! I mean. This ending is iconic for a reason. The movie kind of captured it, but not . . . quite.  All of them are nonstop, brutal action, TBH.  I think I caught up on all of Tessa Dare’s backlist in two months, and then I couldn’t wait for this second book in the Girl Meets Duke series to come out.  All. The. Feels.…

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Top Ten Tuesday, Villain Edition

Want to join in on the fun? Go sign up at That Artsy Reader Girl and come blog hop with all of us bookworms. I have to admit, I love a good villain. The action seems more exciting, the stakes are higher, the plot is richer and the snark factor (in the best books) goes up by a factor of fifteen. All good things. This week’s list asked us to come up with our top ten, so here you go. Best Creepy…

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Top Ten Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Sometimes a long book, like a really long one, can be the most satisfying read. Short stories have their own charms, regular size books are satisfying, but when a good author has you in hand a thousand page book just feels like dropping into a new world and staying there. You really get to know the characters, the setting, the rules of the world…let’s face it, the author has basically teleported you straight there. When it comes to worldbuilding, size really…

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