• Book Review

    A Court of Frost and Starlight

    The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the…

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    Flowers and Foul Play

    Fiona Knox lost her fiancé and her flower shop—but when she flies to Scotland to inherit her godfather’s cottage and possibly magical walled garden, she may lose her life as well when she’s swept into a murder investigation. Florist Fiona Knox’s life isn’t smelling so sweet these days. Her fiancé left her for their cake decorator. Then, her flower shop wilted after a chain florist opened next door. So when her godfather, Ian MacCallister, leaves her a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, Fiona jumps on the next plane to Edinburgh. Ian, after all, is the one who taught her to love flowers. But when Ian’s elderly caretaker Hamish MacGregor shows…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Days 15 – 19

    Day 15: Sunday, April 15th 3,200 Words I managed to get a lot of writing done on my cross country flight. I set a writing goal of 3,000 words for myself and I managed to surpass it by cranking out 3,200 words all together! Well done me! Days 16-19: Monday, April 16th – Thursday, April 19th 0 Words My flight back to Seattle from the east coast departed at 9ish pm on Monday evening, which meant that I was too tired and too exhausted from my all-day interview to try to write on the flight back. I immediately regretted that decision though because I didn’t manage to sleep on the…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Week 2 (Days 8-14)

    I haven’t written a single goddamned word this week. Not a single one. It wasn’t for lack of wanting. It was simply a matter of finding the time. I’ve had two job interviews this week, my regular day job with several upcoming deadlines, overtime at work covering for two co-workers who were out all week, and a third job interview tomorrow which is requiring me to fly across the country (I am typing this on my laptop in the Seattle airport as we speak). So, I won’t be too hard on myself for not writing anything this week. I’ve had a crazy, hectic, whirlwind of a week. Simply finding the…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Day 7 & Week 1 Recap

    Day 7: Saturday, April 7th 3,379 Words I CRUSHED it today! I am very proud of myself, even though I am still behind on my total word count goal. To-date, this is the most I’ve written in one day on this book and it felt amazing! I woke up super exhausted and was not in the mood to write, but I buckled down for several hours and managed to crank out 2,000 words. Posting updates on my Instagram stories helped me hold myself accountable as several people were checking in on me to see my progress throughout the day. It’s a lot harder to procrastinate when other people are watching.…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Days 4 – 6

    Day 4: Wednesday, April 4th 0 Words I woke up and went to work, like any other Wednesday. My back feels exponentially better, but I am still very stiff and sore; sitting for long periods of time is uncomfortable. I found out that a job I applied for wants to fly me out for an in-person interview in little more than a week. YAY! Bad news: they’re in Boston (a 6 hour flight one-way) and I’ll have to fly out and back in under 48 hours so as not to miss too much work. Looks like I’ll have to plan ahead and be ready to do some writing in the…

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    Dear Mrs. Bird

    London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down. Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or…

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    Camp NaNoWriMo Days 1-3

    Day 1: Sunday, April 1st (Easter Sunday) 2,541 words I woke up early to go to Easter breakfast with the husband’s family. I was already exhausted from the Mariner’s baseball game that we went to the day before; waking up early on a Sunday didn’t help with the sleepiness. We returned home from breakfast around 12pm to a bed full of a cat hairball, which required immediate laundering of the sheets and blankets. After starting the wash, I took a short nap. An hour later, my nap is over and I continued to procrastinate for hours by eating lunch, doing housework, and begging my husband to write my book for…

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    Illuminae

    This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with…

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    Pre-NaNoWriMo Planning & Preparation

    It’s only 3 days until NaNoWriMo starts, and I have a lot of things to do before then! Here’s a list of ten things I’m doing to get ready: 1. Sign Up – No Excuses No excuses, write like a champion. Sign up for Camp NaNoWriMo, join a cabin, and hold yourself accountable. If you want to do this, do it properly and head over to https://campnanowrimo.org/. 2. Schedule Your Time, But Be Honest Finding the time to write is the biggest barrier between me and a finished novel. Like the majority of other NaNoWriMo participants, I am juggling writing with work and family. But, setting up a routine definitely…