on my psuedo-hiatus.

Sadly there is no header for this post, because I got a new computer back in February and forgot to check to see what font I was using! Oh well, guess that means it’s time to switch to a new one?

I don’t think many people are checking this blog on a regular basis (except for my mom) but if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t updated for several months! When I got my new computer, I lost the password to my blog, and COMPLETELY spaced out on what it was until recently.

Plus, back in February, I was in the hospital. It wasn’t anything super serious – I was really depressed back in January and February, and I ended up being admitted to an inpatient stay. That, plus all the outpatient therapy I had to go through… well, I didn’t really want to get on my blog, or try to figure out my password.

But now I’m back, and will be writing more book reviews and the like! (Maybe I’ll even update on all the delicious food I’m gonna start making, because I am an Adult and Adults need to learn how to feed themselves.)

Anyways, you’ll be seeing me again soon!

best-wishes

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review: the hundred lies of lizzie lovett.

Sometimes, there are books that look REALLY good, and turn out not to be very good at all. Sometimes, there are books that don’t look very good, and turn out to be one of the best books ever. And sometimes, there are books that sit somewhat in the middle – either they look good and are okay, or they look bad and aren’t too bad at all.

This… is kind of one of those books. It was okay, but it wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad, though. It was pretty… interesting, and had a really authentic voice, and a few other things ( but I’ll get into those when I start the actual review. ) Plus, the cover matches my blog aesthetic! #important

There will be some minor spoilers below! I haven’t quite figured out how to hide spoilers, so please forgive me on that area. More major spoilers will be colored white, and you’ll have to hover over them to read them. Because for some reason you might want to read this book.

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is fanfic a compliment?

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In my years as a writer, I’ve noticed there’s a HUGE… well, not dislike, but I guess that’s the closest word? of fanfiction. Like Anne Rice and George R. R. Martin.

“Every writer needs to learn to create his own characters, worlds, and settings. Using someone else’s world is the lazy way out.” – George R. R. Martin.

“I do not allow fan-fiction. The characters are copyrighted. It upsets me terribly to even think about fan-fiction with my characters. I advise my readers to write your own original stories with your own characters. It is absolutely essential that you respect my wishes.” – Anne Rice.

“OK, my position on fan-fic is pretty clear: I think it’s immoral, I know it’s illegal, and it makes me want to barf whenever I’ve inadvertently encountered some of it involving my characters.” – Diana Gabaldon.

Honestly, as a fanfic writer, that kind of makes me feel weird. I started out writing fanfiction when I was younger, on the Warrior Cat Forums ( the authors of the Warriors series encouraged it, from what I can tell. ) And without writing that fanfiction, I never would’ve been told I was pretty good at writing, to the point that I decided I wanted to write my own original works. ( I’ve wanted to write for as long as I can remember, I just started off writing fanfiction. )

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beautiful people, couples edition.

As fate would have it, there are really no couples in my novel. The main characters are 12, almost 13, but 12 nonetheless. Plus they are too busy doing other stuff and have no time for romances.

But! There is a relationship that is heavily in the background ( and since I think it’s somewhat cute, and I like the characters, I’ll probably end up writing a short story prequel of sorts about them ) between the main characters’ faerie mentor, Branwen, and her human husband, Iain Darrow.

So, because I really want to do the Beautiful People writing meme ( hosted by paper fury and further up and further in and also linked above via that lovely button ), and I have no other couples to write about ( yet! ), Branwen and Iain’s relationship will have to do.

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5 series I will always talk about.

Fun fact: I wanted to title this ‘5 series I will never stop screaming about’ but that wouldn’t fit.

Everyone has their collection of books that they love. And then there are people who have books that they scream endlessly into the void about and try to recruit everyone they know into reading. Because sometimes there are books you feel a very strong need to share with every single person in existence, even if they don’t like reading that genre of book.

( Though, to be fair… I tend to read fantasies. And that is not everyone’s slice of cake. )

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does research = procrastination?

Possibly the worst feeling on Earth is dragging oneself out of bed so that they can write and do school. Or is that just me? Because my sister can be quite the morning person.

I spoke ( wrote? ) recently about the novel I’m writing, which I am very obviously excited about ( come on, faeries are the coolest. ) As I’ve been doing research, I’ve learned quite a bit about Celtic mythology. Like, did you know that the Morrigan was actually three goddesses?

But, yes, I’m talking about research today.

My question is: how much research is too much research? Is research just procrastination?

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a novel, in part.

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I do a lot of writing. I’m not The Most Prolific Writer Ever – I probably only average about 1k a day on my current WIP, UNTITLED NOVEL ( because I am lazy and cannot come up with a better name. ) But over the years, I have amassed a total of 1 finished first draft, 5 unfinished drafts at about 20 pages each ( and then some that got abandoned at outlines or during the first 10 pages. )

But as much as I change ideas, I have always been drawn to one specific idea: faeries. My first ever written project was about a girl who finds out she’s actually half faerie. It was basically a rip off of A Tail of Emily Windsnap. It will never see the light of day.

My current WIP is about faeries. I’ve mentioned it twice now, and there’s a nifty little text box off to the side of my blog that has a very small description of said WIP.

It’s about a pair of cousins who find out that the faeries of British folklore and Celtic myths are not only very real, but can be very, very dangerous. I’ll probably talk a lot more about the two main characters in a separate blog post, because I love both of them dearly. They both narrate the novel in alternating chapters.

And, before you ask, not Tinkerbell type faeries. They are far too nice.

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There is also food, and dragons, and realistic depictions of sibling-y relationships, and faeries. To be honest, I think I am taking too much inspiration from Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling. Then again, I love their works.

I have a really nice Pinterest board for it, in my opinion ( included below because I really like it. )

But yes – I am very excited by this novel ( I’ve never spent three months on planning alone, but with this book, I did that. ) I’ve learned a lot about Celtic mythology and Arthurian mythology ( which kind of go hand in hand with faeries… and each other!! ) and I’ve learned a lot about writing middle grade ( because they are 12 in the first book, after all. )

I hope to finish the first draft by summer so I can try querying by the end of this year or by early 2018. At least, that’s the goal. If all goes well, and I get to 60k or 70k or however much is required ( and then edit it ) I might have an agent by next spring! But we’ll see.

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