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    Dear 2017

    Your time is almost over, it’s time I acknowledge you in all your grandeur: Hi, 2017.  I’m happy to see you go. I aim to be frank in this letter in hoping you understand how you changed me, how you helped me, the decisions I made because of you, and the hold you had on my life.   I’m sorry.  Forever isn’t for us. I’m moving on as I have with the years that came before you. 2018 arrives in 8 more hours. Let’s air it all out.   You – you were brilliant as you served your time. You were devastating, distracting, depressing and honorable. When we first met…

  • recipes

    Easy Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Mug Cake Recipe

    Merry Christmas! It’s a chilly, early morning where I am on the east coast, so digging into this for breakfast will be a nice treat.  It’s like a warm chocolatey hug in a mug, and since I’m coming off the high of an all nighter that I pulled putting together a story outline (all documented on my instagram story), I decided to share the joy. This recipe is quick and painless (so long as you have a working microwave), without sacrificing any off the flavor and texture of a regular cake.  Months of digging through recipes on the internet, manipulating them and finally trashing them have come down to this…

  • writing

    Writing Update, December 2017: Another Month, Another Novel

      It’s snowing outside again(ugh), so I figured, it’s time to sit down with a cup of tea and talk about how my writing is going. My goal this month was already ridiculous. The plan was (and still is) to write 80,000 words this December. Then this past Saturday, I added a new novel (or two, oops) right into the works.  So, If you don’t already know, I just wrote a novel. It’s currently sitting in a far away folder on my laptop, collecting dust until January, while I’m supposed to be rewriting last year’s NaNoWriMo work. It’s funny how some things in life never quite go as planned. I’m still…

  • books

    What I’m Reading This December

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin It’s nearly mid December and the end of the year, so I’m trying to pack in as many last minute reads as I can to reach my Goodread’s reading goal of 2017 (which was a measly fifty books this year, I’m so ashamed).  Raise your hand if you also had ridiculously low goals that you are also about to fail for the year. Just me? Ok, good to know. All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg I read this book this spring, but I’ve felt the need to pick it up again. I honestly cannot for the life of me really remember what the…

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    The Best Free Online Writing Softwares – Part One

      Every November during NaNoWriMo, I test a variety of writing websites and softwares, particularly those that are online.  They’re run through their paces as I pull out hefty word counts in short amounts of time. Here are the pros and cons for five of the websites I tried this past November.  Keep in mind that this is all subjective to who I am as a writer and what I value. I am a plantser (I do a bit of planning, but a lot of pantsing) and all of these websites were used with fast drafting.     MyWriteClub 4 out of 5 stars. Best usage: fast drafting and word…

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    NaNoWriMo 2017 Overview – This Is How It Went

    When it comes to writing challenges like NaNoWriMo, I’m infamous for waiting until the last minute to come up with story ideas and plans.  Last year (I won with 51.8k) I was scrambling five hours before the events officially started in the East Coast, slapping together a story idea based on an oldish character and a book cover. A novel never feels quite right without the book cover.  Then I raced into the first day of NaNoWriMo with no real feel for what I was writing. Well, history likes to repeat itself. I did it again this year.  About a month before I had a vague story idea that I…

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    Another Year, Another NaNoWriMo Hangover

    Before we start I want to say, ‘congratulations’.  You wrote for thirty days, give or take a handful.  You  created a habit. NaNoWriMo is over, the tough part is now keeping the habit. I’m creatively drained. My head pounds a little when I think too hard about plot. My fingers shake when they touch the keys. An aching pain shoots up my wrists. I’ve drunk enough tea this month to fill Boston Harbor. The usual post – NaNo symptoms.

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