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Monday Morning Quote Love – Enemies of the Real World

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Monday Morning Quote Love – Very Damn Good Advice

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-Reblogged- // voice //
January 11, 2017, 1:21 pm
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How to Survive Hitting NaNoWriMo’s Halfway Point

 It’s officially the midpoint of National Novel Writing Month: November 15.

By the end of today, you “should” have 25,000 words plastered on paper or screen. That sounds a little overwhelming to me – and I know I’m not alone.


Successfully Getting Over the Midway Hump

To help you get over the hump that often pops up for NaNoWriMo participants around this time, I’ve compiled a list of articles with invaluable info.

Virtual Event – Don’t forget to respond!

If you haven’t joined my virtual event on Facebook, there’s still time!
The second part of the event can be found here. Be sure to “attend” if you’re taking part in NaNoWriMo – I’ll begin sharing writing-related tips and articles on this second part of the event beginning tomorrow, November 16. Until then, I’ll continue posting in the first part of the virtual event, which can be found here.

Two Awesome NaNoWriMo-Inspired Giveaways

Love books and writing tools? Want to win some?! Then you obviously want to enter the two giveaways I’m hosting in honor of this crazy month.
Enter the Reading & Writing Treasure Trove giveaway here, and enter the Book Lover’s Paradise giveaway here. Want more info about what’s included in each prize pack? Check out this post, which outlines the specifics.

Need Some Inspiration?

It’s been a rough week, especially for those of us in the USA.

The following short film, Prophet, is both timely and thought-provoking. Give it a watch and be sure to share it if you dig it. You can also follow Prophet on Instagram and Facebook.

Readers and Writers: I Love You (GIVEAWAYS)
November 7, 2016, 11:26 am
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As you surely know, NaNoWriMo 2016 is well underway. Participants who are meeting their daily writing goals have jotted down over 11,000 words – amazing!!!

And then there’s me: the prototypical Libra who let her indecision get the best of her. I got sidetracked and unenamoured with my story around November 3 and am now working on outlines for two separate projects. I use the word “working” loosely. Because those outlines are currently very, very sparse.

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So, while I still plan on celebrating NaNoWriMo and encouraging and supporting those who are taking part, my personal goal for the month has changed: I just want to create two incredibly detailed outlines by November 30.

Send me all the good vibes and juju you have.

Now for the rockin’ news…

I’m Giving Away Kickass Stuff

In honor of NaNoWriMo and its goal (encouraging creativity and writing), I’m hosting two giveaways, both of which will run through November 30 and both of which will include a note from yours truly talking about how flipping awesome you are.*

Book Lover’s Paradise Giveaway


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This prize pack contains the following:

  • The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls (read about it here)
  • Middle Passage, Charles R. Johnson (read about it here)
  • Plague of the Dead, Z.A. Recht (read about it here)
  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, Laird Barron (read about it here)
  • The Seren Cenacles, Warren Norwood – AUTOGRAPHED! (read about it here)
  • A one-of-a-kind book journal from Ex Libris Anonymous – Winner’s choice!

For a chance to win the goodies listed above, enter the giveaway here.

Writing & Reading Treasure Trove Giveaway


nanowrimo giveaway goodies

This prize pack contains the following:

For the opportunity to win the treasure trove described above, enter the giveaway here.

What are you waiting for? Get those entries in! (Hint: You can come back every day to enter.)

*Giveaways are limited to United States residents, due to the cost of international postage and the contents of my bank account. The two lucky winners will be announced December 1. More details about that announcement to come.

-Reblogged- 7 Tips for Paranormal Writers
September 7, 2016, 10:39 am
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This post from Jacqui Murray is a must-read for anyone who dabbles in the paranormal genre (such as myself).


A Writer's Path


by Jacqui Murray

One of my writing gigs is as an Amazon Vine Voice. They send me free books (and other products) and I share my honest opinion. If you go to Amazon, you’ll find a label (Vine Voice) by my name, as you will with all of the other Vine reviewers. It just means we accept the responsibility to share our thoughts as objectively as possible.

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-Reblogged- Write Edit Write: A Private Facebook Group for Writers and Readers

Fellow writer and blogger Kurt Brindley has set up a private Facebook group for all things writing! If you’re interested, either visit his post and request an invite, or let me know you want in and I’ll get an invite sent.

Write on!



So, I’m creating a private Facebook group for writers and readers who are interested in the discussion of all things related to the process and business of writing.

This will be somewhat an extension of what I do with the Newsletter Love subscribers, but on a much more intimate and informal level. The newsletter process is a bit too formal and segmented and involving to really achieve what I would like to achieve, which is: to network, make connections, and improve our abilities and chances for success as writers.

As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook provides a much better environment to achieve this objective.

Like we’ve done with the newsletter, we can do poetry and flash fiction challenges there as well, with the goal of getting the best of the group’s writing onto my blog and out via the newsletter (is there irony to be found there?)

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