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Trying New Things

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It’s hard to believe that January is almost over.  But it also feels like it’s been January for a thousand years.  Any who, nothing really writing related today because I’m in the middle of researching some things.  But I figured that it would be a good time to tell you guys about some new things that I have going on.  

New thing #1: Facebook fan page

After talking to Christina, a long term friend, I’ve decided to give the fan page a whirl.  It will be a place where a few of my various platforms converge.  But it will also be a fun place where my readers and I can mingle.  I will add the link to the page below.

 

New thing #2:  I’m on YouTube

The funny thing about me is that my personality doesn’t really come out when I write.  I’ve sort of trained myself to be neutral.  But when I’m talking, I’m more like myself.  So I’ve decided to give YouTube a go.  Now don’t worry, I won’t get rid of this blog.  They’re gonna run the same content (for the most part) until I figure out which one I like the most.  Each has their own benefits and stresses.

 

New thing #3: New features on Patreon

I’ve completely reworked my Patreon page.  Now patrons get access to a small writing samples every Saturday, first to know story updates and events, a really fun segment called “Control the Writer”, along with a ton of other features.  So if any of that wets your whistle, then click the link below and become a patron today.

Fan page baby!

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See ya next time!

 

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Fierce Female February

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Now that we’ve fully settled into the new year, the ever wonderful Ashley over at Falling down the Book Hole has created the Fierce Female February reading challenge.   You can participate in a group reading and chat on the twitter page.  You can also review books based on the prompts in the first picture.  Or participate on Instagram by taking part in the photo challenges.  Using the link below will enter your name in a raffle where you can win all sorts of prizes and just maybe a copy of my latest book: Time of Prophecy.

So let’s get to reading and celebrate all the bad-ass women in literature and history!

Raffle entry

 

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Channeling My Inner Evil

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Writing series can be exhausting.  It’s more of an endurance race than a sprint like a single book.  I like to have rough synopsis of my entire series because it can help me keep key points on track.  When I start, I don’t always know how it will end.  Mostly because my brain is like an ADHD child in a candy store.  I get ideas, characters and what have you all the time.

Getting to the point, over the weekend, I was wrapping up what I thought was going to be the last book in the series when I got a wonderfully wicked idea.   It shocked me to my core.  Normally, I’m a happy go lucky, fluffy writer.  I’m like that because I always want my characters to make it out in the end.  I love happy endings…but this….oh buddy.

So I decided to channel my inner evil author and at some point and time in my new series, I will crush my readers.  I apologize in advance.  And that also means that I will have a few more books than I initially planned.

That’s the life of a writer.

 

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book reviews

Book Review Favorites Addition: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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Today is going to be a bit different because I’m going over my favorite book by my favorite author.  There will be spoilers in this post so if you haven’t read it then I suggest you stop reading and go get this book for yourself.  You have been warned. 

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0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

A solid 5 cups of coffee!!!!

 

General Overview:

Again, SPOILERS AHEAD!  This book follows Feyre struggles to adjust to her life as a freshly minted High Fae.  Things aren’t going quiet so well as she and Tamlin struggle to move on with their lives.  Slowly, Feyre falls deeper and deeper into a depressive spiral that only one person can save her from.  In comes Rhysand, the deadly High Lord of the Night Court.  Rhys calls in on her bargain and tries to bring her back from the brink.  It takes Tamlin locking her inside his house for Feyre to finally see that she needs to leave.  Rhys and his inner court slowly bring her back while preparing for the upcoming war with Hybern.   While training Feyre discovers her new abilities and her mate.  God I don’t want to say any more. 

 

My Thoughts:

As someone who is a long time depression sufferer, this is a pretty accurate portrayal.  And honestly, I wish I had a Rhys back then.  We’re introduced to some new characters. Mor, Armen, Cassian and my new book boyfriend Azriel.  All of these characters have rich back stories and gigantic personalities.  I can’t even begin to express how much this book speaks to me.

Reread factor:

I read this book a lot.  It’s one of my all time favs and whenever I’m trying to choose a new book, it whispers to me.  I have to fight the temptation to keep reading it over and over again.

Question Time:

Have you read this book?

Did you like it?  Hate it?

What’s your favorite in the Court of Thorn and Roses series?

See ya next time!

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Writing With Depression and Special Announcement

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I hope you’re all doing well today.  Like I said yesterday, I’m a little slow getting back into the swing of things, but I’m working on it.  Before we begin I’ve got a few announcements.  First, I’ve made some updates to my Patreon page here Patreon Page . Be sure to check it out and join to get exclusive content and other goodies.  Second, I’ve decided to do a authortube page as well.  The content will be a bit of the same but there will be somethings that are on the authortube page that won’t be up here.  I’m still debating on whether or not I want to switch or run both, so for now I will do both.  That’s all I have for now, so lets get started.

First let me start off by saying that while I have depression, I am not a doctor and you should always seek professional help for all physical and mental concerns.

 

I started to develop depression in my early teens.  I didn’t want to tell anyone because I had no faith that they could help me.  The only thing that saved my life was to give the demons in my head a safe outlet.  I drew and wrote down every dark thought that came through my head.  In my later years, I finally had to get professional help which was a life changer.

So what does any of this have to do with writing?  Well, as anyone with depression will tell you, it kills your passions.  The things that gave you joy no longer will and it becomes a struggle to do the things that you know you have to.  I have to remind you that these are just generalizations and do not fit every person who has depression.

For me, it means I just lack the energy to do anything.  I can’t focus.  My whole body hurts like I have the flu and all I want to do is sleep.  Now I try to write everyday, but when I’m having a low day I can’t seem to which makes me feel bad and I get even more depressed.  It’s a vicious cycle.

But there’s ways that you can work with and around your depression so that you can still be somewhat productive.

 

1. Work on your social media.

Honestly that’s what I end up doing 90% of the time I’m in a rut.  If you’re the same then why not work on your platform by commenting on other people’s post or just making your presence known.  It takes very little effort and platforming is a crucial part of being a writer.

 

2. Write what you can.

If you can only get a paragraph or a sentence then that’s fine.  At least you sat yourself down and did something.  Small victories.

 

3. Go for a walk.

This helps me a lot.  Sometimes just getting out the house and going for a walk in a park, or to the library, or to your favorite store can help shake the fog off.

 

4. Treat yourself.

If you have something that always makes you feel good like a glass of wine, bubble bath, massage, spay day, manicure, whatever.  Treat yourself.  You deserve it.

 

5. Talk to someone.

This is probably the most important thing that you can do.  Talking gets those thoughts out of your head and into the light where they can’t survive.  Talk to your significant other, best friend, therapist, pet whoever just talk.  If you feel like you can’t burden your loved ones with your “issues” then write them down on a piece of paper and burn it.

 

Question Time.

What do you do to overcome your depression?

How does your depression affect you?

 

Until next time folks.

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book reviews

Series Review: Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

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I know this review is a little late.  Honestly, I’m having a bit of a hard time getting back into the swing of things after taking a break.  So today will be a double post.  Be on the lookout for my usual Wednesday post later on today. On another note, I’ve done some remodeling of my Patreon page.  Click the link here: Patreon Page : to check it out and get access to exclusive content with some pretty nifty perks.You can also follow me on: Twitter       Instagram   Pinterest   

Any who, today I will go over a series that I just finished.  As always, there will be a little spoilers as possible.  

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

4 Cups

 

General Overview:

This is a science fiction YA novel about a girl called Mila.  She lives in a quiet town with her mother.  She’s just a normal girl trying to navigate high school, boys, and a slightly over bearing mother.  But her life completely changes the day she gets tossed from the back of a pick up truck.  Filled with suspense, conspiracies, and an ending that will leave you clutching the final book to your chest, this is one thrilling ride.

 

My Thoughts:

This series is one of the many reasons why I love libraries.  I found the first book there and fell in love.  This series has some of the familiar YA tropes(slight love triangle), but they don’t really take away from the overall effect of the story.  I really liked the science elements behind it and the ending is plausible but that doesn’t take away that it made me tear up.

 

Reread factor:

This is a series that I might read again when the mood strikes me.  Kinda like the Hunger Games.  It’s not a book that I’ll reread every year but one that will always have a place on my shelf.

 

Question Time:

Have you read this book or series?

What are your thoughts?

Let me know by liking and commenting!  See ya next time!

 

 

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2019 Writing Resolutions

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With the new year comes promises that we make to ourselves to help us grow throughout the year.  More often than not, we fall off the bandwagon and try again next year.  I know I’m bad about that but I aim to be better.  In addition to some other goals that are personal, I have a few writing goals as well. 

 

Goal #1: To write every day

I got a nifty little planner book from a Scribler box last month and I’m gonna use that to track my daily work counts.  I’m planning on writing 12k word a week.  That would equal out to roughly 36k words a month and give me time to do edits and revisions.

 

Goal #2:  To earn 15 new patrons on Patreon

In case you don’t know, Patreon is a platform where lovely people like you can help support independent creators like me.  For pledging a certain amount of money each month you’ll get perks that aren’t available to the general public.  For me that means you get things like Patreon only content, an opportunity to control a writer, and an extra special perk for those of the top tiers.  Click the link here Patreon Page  to head over and check it out.

 

Goal #3 Take care of my mental health

2018 saw a rise in my depression and anxiety to levels that I’ve never seen before.  I didn’t take care of myself which only made things worse and made it harder for me to write the way I wanted to which, in turn, lead to more depression and anxiety.  See the issue.  So this year I need to take better care of myself, physically and mentally so that I can not only be happier, but a better writer as well.

 

Question time?

Did you make any resolutions this year?

What are they?

 

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book reviews

Book Review: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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I hope that you all had a lovely holiday, are well rested and ready for the New Year!  My reading resolution is to read a greater variety of books.  I read a fair amount of fantasy with a little science fiction and historical fiction sprinkled around, but not much nonfiction.  Well that’s where today’s book comes into play.  But before we begin, if you would like to support me and help me create better posts and books, please click the link below and head on over to my Patreon page.  There you’ll get all sorts of goodies that no one else gets like first to know invites for book releases, a chance to control a writer, and something really epic for top tier supporters.  Patreon Page    You can also fine me on Twitter     Instagram  and   Pinterest   

Well that’s enough of that lets get on with the book of the day:

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

 

Rating:

3 cups

 

General Overview:

There are 20 lies that we tell ourselves that keep us from being who we truly are.  And Mrs. Rachel is here to help us face the truth.

My Thoughts:

I didn’t go into this book expecting it to change my life.  These books tend to be as generic as possible so they can reach and appeal to a large audience.  With that being said, I did find a few nuggets of wisdom that I liked and will work on in the future.  Some of Mrs. Hollis’ stories raise a few eyebrows but that’s what she was going for.  She is honest about every aspect about herself (the sex chapters were funny) and following her lead, so should we.

 

Reread factor:

I don’t know if I’ll honestly reread this book.  But it is going to be passed around my work place because a lot of the ladies I work with want to read it.  I had to skip some of the chapters because they didn’t pertain to me (mommy and children) but as long as I get it back I always have that option.

Question time?

Have you read this book?

What did you think?

What were some of your favorite stories?