A to Z Blogging Challenge: 26 Post Recap

A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9Wow, what a month! 26 posts in 30 days. Sorry, make that 30 posts because each week I also posted a quick recap. Phew!

I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. It challenged me to go beyond just those things I knew I wanted to post and to think more creatively about what I wanted to share. As a result, I wrote a series of writing advice articles, expose pieces on my book series, and a number of other things I ordinarily would not have thought of. Oh, and I met some really awesome bloggers along the way. Pretty cool.

That said, I’m not convinced I would do it again. It limited me on what I could post about, and I ended up with a ton of posts I had to push until May (I know I could do several posts per day, but that’s overkill), and it was incredibly time consuming. BUT…I definitely recommend everyone try the challenge at least once. It will challenge the way you organize your thoughts, in a good way!

Z is for Zen

Ahhh...As writers, we all have certain settings that inspire us.

I have never loved sunny days and warm weather. I crave the cold, and the storms, the wind, and the snow, and I am never in more of a mood to be creative than I am when the rain is pouring down in sheets outside the window and I have the perfect cup of coffee at my side.


This is my zen. What is yours?



Y is for Yearly Writing Goals- Check In (Rome Construction Crew Update #1)

557820_297142597061870_1978263614_nBack in January I published my writing goals for the year 2013. I posted them here so I could hold myself publicly accountable. Since we are nearing the fifth month of the year, its a great time to revisit the list and see what progress I’ve made. It is also good timing because I’ve recently joined the Rome Construction Crew, and most of my goals involve writing.

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: Week 4 Recap

A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9In case you missed any of my A to Z Challenge posts from Week 4, here you go!

And here are the posts from A-R:

W is for Writer

206158_361060320659355_1737173104_nI am a writer. I’ve also been a great many other thing throughout my life, but I’ve never not been a writer.

I started writing when I was seven, and the contents of my imagination both shocked and inspired my parents. Growing up, I was the kid with the imagination. The creative one. The one who excelled in English and Journalism (and even won awards for it), and who read anything she could get her hands on. I was the kid who enjoyed getting reading assignments over the summer. I was the one who wrote short stories that nearly got me expelled.

I wrote my first novel in junior high. It was terrible, but I kept writing. I published my first novel, St. Charles at Dusk, in 2011. Shortly after, the story turned into a series, and I’ve now written five books in The House of Crimson and Clover series. It won’t stop there, either. I love knowing that I have so many more stories to look forward to.

I created this blog to promote my work, but the content has expanded beyond that original intention. I’ve also met many other great writers and, through those friendships, have learned that the best way to be a member of the writing community is to share your experiences with others, in hopes that they might learn you the way you learn from them. The writing community is an ecosystem of writers sharing with other writers, and I’m proud to be a member of it.

I’ve created a Writing Tips page (a replica of this post) that will contain all articles I’ve written related to writing tips, tricks, and experiences that I think are helpful to others. By coming directly to this page, you won’t have to search through the page to find what you need. It’s easily accessible from the top and left navigation menus on the homepage.

In addition to writing articles, I also have established a Guest Author Program, where other writers can be featured and promote their work. Check this page out for details.

Finally, I have a page specific to my NaNoWriMo adventures.


Happy Writing!

Writing Articles

Character Biographies (To Bio or Not to Bio?)

Fictional Genealogies

Fooling the Overachiever Into Submission Using the Scientific Method

Incomplete (You’ve Won NaNoWriMo: Now What?)

Location and Setting

Mitosis (How to Outline When You Suck at Outlining)

Write Badly and Often


V is for Versatile, Very Inspiring, Family, & Sunshiny Blogging!

This month has been devoted to the A to Z Blogging Challenge, so when I was nominated for a few awards, I was worried I might have to wait until May to thank them and pay it forward. Thankfully, two of these awards start with the letter “V,” and so, voila!

The first award was given to me byvib-blue the lovely Jenny of jennythewren’s book blog. She was kind enough to award me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, which always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. (Me? Inspiring? Aww!). Jenny is also participating in the A to Z Challenge, so you should cheversatile-blogger_thumbck out her posts!

The second award was given to me by two people. The first was miss Olivia Stocum, fellow author and blogger, of The Claymore and Surcoat. She has granted me the Versatile Blogger Award, which is a neat honor considering I started this blog to track about my writing and realized there were other topics that I could share with others. Like me, she writes series’ so you should stop in and give her books a look. The second blogger to give me this award is from the blog 1WriteWay, and also started her blog to make writing a priority in her life. She keeps readers updated on her writing progress so check it out.

sunshine-award1The third award was granted by Amanda of ramanda429. She has gifted me the the Sunshine Award. If you don’t know Amanda, yet, you should. She’s an up and coming writer (who knocked NaNoWriMo out of the park this month by finishing half the month early), with a lot of heart and a lot of soul. Her blog posts are all very personal, very real, and its a gift that she shares them with us. If you’re not following her, go!

Finally, the last award was granted to be my three different bloggers, all of whom I’ve wordpress-family-awardcome to enjoy a great deal. The WordPress Family Award was given to my by Amanda, Olivia, and Briana. All three of these people have been such awesome and inspiring additions to my writing world. Amanda, you’ve ventured across lines and become someone I consider a friend and sister. Olivia, I love and appreciate the heart in your posts and can’t wait to read your work. And Briana, your aspirations and dreams of writing, at your age, inspire me daily. I appreciate all three of you ladies, and consider each of you part of MY WordPress family, too!

So, since most of the rules are essentially the same, I’m just going to consolidate them here.

1- Thank your nominators and link back.

2- Display the logo somewhere on your blog.

3- State 7 things about yourself.

4- Nominate 7 people.

About Me:

1. I don’t cook. I’m especially bad at it and you might die if you eat anything I make. But there are 2-3 things that I make exceptionally well, and eating them would blow your mind.

2. I hate the heat, and love the winter. I would do very well in the tundra.

3. I’ve played World of Warcraft since 2006.

4. I’m a natural redhead. I also have blue eyes. The combination of both is relatively uncommon.

5. A lot of my ideas for stories come to me in dreams.

6. I was voted most fun to be with in junior high. Still livin large off the glory days of my youth.

7. I speak some German and can read it enough to get by when overseas.


1. Lit and Scribbles with Jae

2. Creative Writing with the Crimson League

3. Green Embers

4. Legends of Windermere

5. Joanne Phillips

6. Shaping Destiny

7. EM Castellan