children's writer

SNI Love List

Sep 30, 2015
For some reason I've been really really struggling to come up with an idea I love. I've blogged about it a little before, the feeling of hopelessness I feel not having anything to work on. Recently, I thought I had an idea I loved. I blogged about it and even posted the first few chapters on Wattpad. After a week of trying to coax it into something I can work with I've decided that it just isn't the one. Maybe I'll come back to it one of these days.

And when I say the one I don't mean a story that'll land me an agent or book deal. I mean a story that will give me all of the feels, the butterflies, the "I can't wait to see you again." I haven't had that feeling with anything. You've probably heard of a thing called the Love List, coined by Stephanie Perkins, it's basically a list of things you love about your WIP. Since I don't have a WIP, I thought why not do an SNI love list but with photos. I'm putting it out there. Hopefully, the universe sees this. These are some of the things I'd love in a SNI.

So basically I'd love to write something with a bit of whimsy, darkness, adventure, magic, a kick-butt villain and heroine, romance, and gorgeous writing. While I was putting this collage together I actually did get a few ideas. Now it's just the matter of turning those ideas into a novel. If you're wondering, the book in the far left says "How to Cook a Wolf." All of these photos were taken from my story inspiration board on Pinterest. Just looking at them makes me excited. 

Favorites From My Writing Playlist: Movie Soundtracks

Sep 28, 2015
I do love listening to music while I write. I find it helps put me in the right frame of mind and my scenes seem to really take off. I prefer to listen to movie soundtracks and preferably those without lyrics. I find lyrics distracting. Today I thought I would share my top five favorite pieces from some popular movies.

1. Far From the Madding Crowd - Never Been Kissed

Hauntingly beautiful, I just love the violin here. I wrote to this song a lot while working on my last novel. It does help capture those spine tingling scenes.

2. Pan's Labyrinth - The Fairy & The Labyrinth 

This is another haunting one, though I find it has a bit more whimsy. The violin here breaks my heart. It's pretty new to my writing playlist but I adore it. 

3. Atonement - Briony

Would you just listen to it, the piano and the typewriter. It's such a perfect combination. 

4. Winter's Tale - Hello You Beauty

This is also new to my playlist. I love the way it opens, then leads into softer piano. I also love the way it ends.

5. Far From the Madding Crowd - Hollow in the Ferns

It isn't hard to figure out which soundtrack is my absolute favorite. In my opinion, the entire selection for Far From the Madding Crowd is amazing, pure writing magic.

Of course I've collected a way more than this. I am addicted to finding new music to add to my playlist and can spend an entire hour searching for the right sound. Thanks for reading and listening you guys!

Beginnings and a New Chapter

Sep 25, 2015
I have no Idea what I'm going to do with this story once it's complete. I'm only about two chapters in and already the familiar doubts are setting in. I wonder if I should even continue or start something new. This has been an issue ever since I finished my last novel. I have this urge to write something spectacular, but I have this feeling that what I'm working on isn't it.

Although, like with all of my stories, there are things that I love about my WIP. I love that it was inspired by one of my favorite movies of all time, Howl's Moving Castle. I love the name of my main character, Tati. I love that I get to write about the stars again, falling in love, falling out of love, and discovering that sometimes what you thought you wanted isn't what's best for you. So I guess I have found a story that I can work with. It's just a matter of seeing it through to the end. 

I keep going back to tinker with the first chapter, forgetting that first drafts aren't meant to be perfect. Beginnings are always so daunting. I have so far to go, but as my favorite quote says,"I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart." 

I've recently changed the title of my Wattpad story to THE WHIMSICAL LIFE OF TATI MORROW and I created some new covers.

You can read the first and second chapters here.

Experimenting with Wattpad

Sep 18, 2015
After a few days of being stuck, I've finally started writing again. Let me tell you, I tried everything. I tried reading, movies, Pinterest, and even free writing. I really have no idea what did it. It could have been a combination of all of those things. Maybe I just needed to find the right project, which I believe I have. I'm both nervous and excited about this project. It is my second foray into fantasy and my first into creating my own fantasy world. 

Last night I decided to put the first chapter up on Wattpad. I know most of you already know what Wattpad is. If you don't, Wattpad is a free writing site that allows writers to share their work. I've posted on Wattpad before and I found it really held me accountable, knowing that there were people waiting for the next chapter of my story. I fell into a nice routine of writing every morning, so I would have something to share once posting day came around.

It is truly a wonderful site, not only great for writing but reading too. I've also managed to make a few friends on there who have been really supportive. Though my story is pretty new, I do hope to build an audience with it. With so many writers posting on the site, it is hard to get noticed. I found, with my last story, that consistency was key. Readers will come if your continue to post. It also helps to have a decent cover, title, and description. Readers really like a great cover, but since I am no designer I did the best I could with a photo I found on Pixabay and a free editing program.

I admit, the title and description were put together quickly but they work for now. 
A story about Tati Morrow, a girl who swallows a fallen star, loses her heart, but gains extraordinary magical powers. And an old wizard, who’s lost his way, and would do anything to wield her magic to regain his youth (including pretend to love her), but doing so will surely kill her. She must get back her heart before it’s too late. 

I'll be keeping you guys updated on how it all goes. If you'd like to read the first chapter of THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH THE MOON you can do so here

Now, it's time to get started on that second chapter. Happy writing!

Waiting on Wednesday, The Square Root of Summer

Sep 9, 2015
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on The Square Root of Summer.

The novel follows 17-year-old physics prodigy Gottie Oppenheimer as she navigates a summer of grief and rips in the space-time continuum, all while trying to reconcile heartbreak. 

I'm highly intrigued by this book! It sounds like it's going to be one crazy summer for Gottie and one lovely reading experience for us readers.

A Little Writing Update

Sep 3, 2015
My well is empty.

I've lost count of how many projects I've started in the past month. It seems whenever I get an inkling of an idea for something I immediately lose interest a few words later. I don't know what's going on. Do I need a break? My last project flew from my fingertips. It was so easy to write. I finished it in only three months and months later I'm still in love with it.

That's what I want.

I want the passion. I want to be absolutely head-over-heels in love with my newest project. I'm just not getting that with what I've written so far. And you know what? It really, really stinks. I don't know what to do with myself when I'm not writing. The other day, inspired by this post, I wrote down what I wanted for my newest project.

I want The Girl of Shards to be filled with magic and adventure. I want it to be lovely. I want reader's hearts to ache while they're reading it. I want it to be romantic and dark, a magical fairy tale like Pan's Labyrinth.

But when I sat down to reread what I had the butterflies just weren't there. Maybe I do need a break. Maybe I'm putting too much pressure on myself to get it right the first time. I guess the best thing I can do right now is wait. My well is empty and I need to refill. I do hope something comes to me soon. I know it isn't wise to wait for inspiration to write. One of my favorite authors said, "You have to write when you're not inspired." So I bought a new notebook, hoping that writing by hand would help.

We'll see how it goes!