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This lovely letter is from @theletterslit 🙂 I've only received one of these wonderful bookish envelopes filled with goodies, but I couldn't be more impressed!!
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In FACT...their January letter introduced me to a new genre--Regency! Needless to say, I have no idea how I survived without it for this long.
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I had to be brave, though, and branch out into this new genre. Regency books always seemed a bit intimidating. But...they're not. At all. THEY'RE AMAAAAZING!!!
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Speaking of being brave...today's #WIPjoy prompt is all about that! I'm going to share why writing Porch Swing Girl is a brave thing to do!
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Porch Swing Girl requires bravery when I write because it's a book that deals with some seriously heavy subjects. I'm talking grief, abandonment, cancer, redemption, and giving up oneself. Whew. That's a lot.
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I made the choice early on in my writing career that I want to write books that deal with tough subjects. BUT I want to do it in an engaging, encouraging way. Hence the need for bravery as I attempt to strike a balance between the enlightening and entertaining.
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#WIPjoy Day 20: Why or how is it brave of you to be writing this WIP?

Sharing this again in honor of the #womensmarch and also for #WIPjoy - Day 16 - Other creative outlets you enjoy (playing catchup here)

In addition to writing, I enjoy art (mostly sketching and watercolors), illuminated lettering, calligraphy (though I never learned the right way), coming up with song parodies, bookmaking (I took a class in college), making maps for worlds no one else will ever care about (I blame the Usborne How to Draw book), badly playing the guitar, and intending to do more crafts than I ever will. I have done a lot less of these since college, both because art supplies ain't cheap and because chronic fatigue/chronic illness is a thief of joy. I did, however, recently take up cross-stitching, which my great-grandmother did professionally. I have also dipped my toes into painting miniatures and hope to explore this further once I reclaim my desk/art space from the detritus of life, chronic illness, and cohabitation. I used to do acting, improvisation, scriptwriting, and set design/prop making/whathaveyou back in school (mostly through Odyssey of the Mind/Destination Imagination--we won the Da Vinci Award and went to Global Finals!) and had my hands in various aspects of several student films, but I haven't had an outlet for that in years. I like to sing, but I am terribly shy singing in front of people.

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Day 20: How is writing this story brave? #WIPjoy #SomethingMore #AnotherFallsCreekRomance

#WIPjoy - Day 16 - A line that feels daring "Never did finish that novel. Or start it." This line is somewhat intentionally close to home, especially as the pencil case and gel-penned spiralbound spellbook are drawn straight from my own elementary school aspiring tryhard babywriter memories. It's elicited nervous laughter from a few readers.

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I didn't think I was gonna make it! But here's a sketchy sketch I did of Karhu birdwatching. You can't see the birds yet, but imagine them! That's his birdwatching satchel. He probably has a sketchbook in it. The picture isn't quite big enough to show all the constellation he's standing in, but it's supposed to be the Little Dipper.

#karhu #wipjoy2018 #day18 #amwritingfantasy #wipjoy #littledipper #polaris #constellations #WIP #amwriting #amdrawing #stars #lifeisbeautiful #alllivesmatter

Day 19: #WIPjoy doodle from current #wip these are all tattoo ideas for my characters. One way Chris copes with the pain is through tattoos. It helps dull the pain in his heart. Though I have no ink of my own I am having fun designing them. #authorsofinstagram #tattooart #writerlife #writersofinstagram #yacontemporary

#wipjoy a #doodle. PLANT DRAGON

Playing catchup.

#WIPjoy - Day 15 - Your best tip for writer's block

This right here. Go outside. Get out of your own head and back to your own thoughts. Go feel the rough bark of the pines and the peeling paper-thin birch trees and the warmth of the sun and the bite of the wind and the crunch of years past beneath your feet. Living in Brooklyn I can't just pop outside and through an arboreal curtain into another world the way I could back home and it makes my soul sick with longing for trees and green and deep snows and even the hooty bastard owl who likes to sit on the roof above my bed and hoot me awake at 4 in the morning. So I try to soak up as much as I can when I visit home. And when I'm still hungry for snowy trees and distant mountains, I go on Instagram to see all of the many lives you all lead in your many corners of the world, like a window to a thousand windows.

#writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #trees #inspiration #myneckofthewoods #hometown #green #smalltowngirl #homesick #treesick #optoutside #naturemoment #rewildyourheart #river #forest #nh #granitestateofmind #winterinnewhampshire #603 #the603 #onetouchofnaturemakesthewholeworldkin #ineednature #ineedtrees #ineedsnow #writersofnh

Still playing catchup.

#WIPjoy - Day 14 - A poem about/for your WIP

This is what made me want to do this challenge in the first place. You see, I have an addiction. I've been writing songs/laments/lays for the world of my fantasy series since high school (one of them even helped me get a writing scholarship at Colby-Sawyer, though I ended up going to Hampshire instead). You see, filk and fakelore are my favorite things and the exact convergence point of my creative writing and mythology & religion majors. Give me "Sansa's Hymn" or "The Road Goes Ever, Ever On" or "Lament for Thorin" or "It's a Long Way to Ba Sing Se" or "We Will Go Home (Across the Mountains)" and I'm a happy camper. I want that same kind of diversity and depth to flesh out the peoples and places of my own world. I want it to feel like it's been lived in for millennia and like each little corner has its own customs and traditions and outlooks. It's a great way to explore worldbuilding and history (complete with multiple perspectives and the varying reliability of narrators) in a less info-dump-laden way. And, hey, it IS called The SONGS of Sheadahan. So grab a pint or a lyre and let's get to it. 🍻🎶🎻 #thesongsofsheadahan #writersofinstagram #WIP #authorsofinstagram #songwritersofinstragram #filk #fakelore #fantasyworld #fantasywriter #writerlife #lamentforthorin #itsalonglongwaytobasingse #bard #sansashymn #theroadgoeseveronandon #lament #rhyme #folksong #worldbuilding #fantasywriting

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(My wonderful artistic daddy gave me some pointers on my drawing, so...I fixed poor Irene's oversized head. 🙂) .

Happy Friday!!! 🎉 Today's #WIPjoy Day 19: doodle an image from your story.
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This is a scene from my story I'm currently working on - my main character (Irene) has just been given her husband's journal, and found out about his death from the very man who had him arrested.
#wipjoy #ww2novel #historicalfiction📕 #itsfriday #weekendishere🙌

#WIPjoy 19
Sketch of Things Unseen. Its supposed to be a spot outside her rehab hospital.

When not writing, or engaging in other writing-related creativity, I like to cross stitch. After a car accident last year, I started an intricate fractal pattern to give myself an excuse to just sit and heal. I’m still only on pattern page 5 of 24, but it’s a fun distraction.
#wipjoy #crossstitch #fractal #creativeoutlet #sittingandstitching

#WIPjoy - Day 13 - A magical moment in this story

Here's an excerpt from my affectionate parody/fantasy short, Strange Folk, currently under revision. The great wizard Medicus and Skog the forest troll have called a folkmoot/emergency council with all manner of fantastic beasts and fantastical characters in order to discuss the grave situation they now face: a dangerous shortage of child heroes. This story is both a love letter to and tongue-in-cheek condemnation of children's/middle grade/YA fantasy/adventure stories, so I really got to have fun playing in that sandbox of childhood imagination and literary classics. This scene in particular was great fun to write. Hey, I have to use my mythology degree for something, eh?

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Playing catch-up a bit today. #WIPjoy day 18 - 3 songs that inspire you:
King by Lauren Aquilina
Don’t Think Just Run by Beth Crowley
Thunder by Imagine Dragons
(These are all songs I’ve listened to on repeat while writing The Forgotten Name)

And Day 19: a doodle of your story - the best I have is this vague and inaccurate map which my brother drew based off my even worse one. 😂

#winterlitchallenge day 19: favorite mug - my mom got me this for Christmas and it’s my favorite thing ever

Anyone else completely terrible at even doodling? What songs inspire your story?!
#amwriting #writerslife #writersofinstagram #mug #coffee

Playing catchup here.

#WIPjoy - Day 12 - 5 things I like about this WIP

My submission for the Winter Wolves anthology was a short story about a modern pagan family celebrating Yule, for which I drew heavily from my own childhood and community. After the positive reception I received, I decided to do a sort of year in the life, following the same characters, with a story for each of the major neo-pagan holidays. Next up is Imbolc.

1. I loved writing "Yuletide Carols" because I got to draw so much on my own experiences and memories and preserve my own community's traditions in some small way. With the Imbolc story I'll be digging even deeper into my own little microcosm of the world.
2. I love the characters in this story and can't wait to breathe more life into them and flesh out their world, half from memory, half from dream. Who knows where McKenna and Dakota Randolph will be in a year?
3. It's refreshing to write a small stakes story with no murder or political coups. Slice of life stories also let you really engage with character, description, and writing style, as plot is content to take a backseat.
4. Part of why I wrote "Yuletide Carols" is because I was sick of the shoddy depictions of pagans in books, TV, and movies. They're nearly always shallow and clichéd with little to no cultural depth and pretty much all have super powers and/or are relegated to historical settings. So I decided if no one else was going to write modern, everyday pagans living modern, everyday lives that bear little resemblance to the alt-girl fantasies or revisionist imaginings of genre fiction, I was going to have to do it myself. I think part of why "Yuletide Carols" struck such a chord is because this kind of thing is in short supply and I'm clearly not the only one wanting for honest depictions of pagan characters.
5. Another issue prevalent in the media is lumping all pagans/witches/wiccans/heathens/et al together. Paganism is not one religion. It is an umbrella term for pretty much all non-Abrahamic faiths throughout human history. Wicca and other neo-pagan movements are just a drop in the pagan bucket. I want to explore the diversity of paganism and pagan identity.

Daniel clasped Bella against him. Closing his eyes, he took a deep breath. “Dear God, this is Daniel.”
There was no need to say more. As Daniel knelt there on Chancellor’s soccer field, with his daughter beside him, God leaned down from His throne and listened. :) ////// With this ends the first round of edits for Courage to Pray.
I think this ending is one of my favorite parts! From his first prayer to his last, Daniel remains a faithful servant and gets to pass his faith on to his daughter. :) How good it is to know we have a God who will listen.
I want to ask everyone to please be in prayer as I continue the next steps in shaping this story. I will be stepping away for a little while and passing it on to more capable hands but hope to post updates as much as possible. Also, I'll be posting for #WIPjoy the rest of the month. :) I can't wait to see where God takes this story.
Carpe diem for Christ! :)

ummm stealing this eyeshadow palette from my sister?? 👽
Sisterhood Everlasting is the fifth addition to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series that I loved in middle school. It came out years later and jumped forward into their adulthood. STP was that book that all my friends read and we still talk about. It brings back so many memories for me. Do you have a book that defined an era for you??
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#WIPjoy day 19: doodles! I made these when I should have been paying attention in a class so ignore my notes 😅 Scroll over to see my squad~
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#wipjoy D19 I don’t draw! But lucky for me, my hubby does. He did one sketch for “The Reflection Thief” and one for “A Darkness Found.” Another one has been promised for “The Starry-Eyed Princess.” I’m kind of in love (with both my hubby and these drawings)
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