WRITING UPDATE #1: After Nanowrimo

Hello! As most of you know, I participated in Nanowrimo for the first time last month and hit 50,000 words on November 25th. My story continued on briefly after that, but while I had projected it would be in the 55,000-60,000 word range for the first draft, it actually ended up being less than 52,000. … Continue reading WRITING UPDATE #1: After Nanowrimo

THE CEMETERY BOYS by Heather Brewer

"When Stephen's dad says they're moving, Stephen knows it's pointless to argue. They're broke from paying Mom's hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen's grandmother in Spencer, a backward small town that's like something out of The Twilight Zone. Population: 814. Stephen's summer starts looking up when he meets … Continue reading THE CEMETERY BOYS by Heather Brewer

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jared Reck

"Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and … Continue reading A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Jared Reck

Nanowrimo: Reaching 50,000 Words

Five Nanowrimo blog posts, twelve years of dreaming about writing my own novel, twenty-five long days of reaching my daily word count, and 50,000 words that nobody would ever want to read later, I am officially a Nanowrimo winner. Just one month ago, I decided on whim to write a blog post about my feelings … Continue reading Nanowrimo: Reaching 50,000 Words

Nanowrimo: Week Three Update

It's the twenty-first day of Nanowrimo, and I'm ashamed to say that it took me until week three to discover coffee. Coffee is mentioned on pretty much every single page of my WIP so far, but I have never really been much of a coffee drinker, so I had been avoiding this key Nanowrimo staple … Continue reading Nanowrimo: Week Three Update

FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

"Astrid Krieger lives in a rocket ship prototype in the backyard of her parents' estate. Her recent expulsion from the elite Bristol Academy has won her a unique punishment: She'll have to attend public school for the very first time..." Firecracker was definitely an impulse buy, I'm-at-Half-Price-Books-and-the-cover-is-pretty-so-I-have-to-buy-it type of thing, so I honestly wasn't expecting much from … Continue reading FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell

I try not to pick favorite books; to me, that seems a lot like picking a favorite child. But contrary to the previous statement, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is my new favorite book. Carry On is only the second Rainbow Rowell novel I've read, the first being Eleanor and Park. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't very … Continue reading CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell