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The Benefits of Daily Reading

Last term, I took Composition II toward my Marketing Management degree and had to write a paper.  The topic was open so being the book nerd I am, I chose something… bookish.  Also because I don’t like to waste effort, I thought I’d share my final paper on my blog.  Please bare in mind this is academic writing which is very strict on voice and tone, but even I learned something in my efforts to research the topic.  Enjoy.

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State of the Elle

I attended a writer’s conference last week and I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about my writing career, such as it is.  With my full time job, full time family, and full time school, it’s been really hard to find time to be writerly.

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Have I Outgrown NaNoWriMo?

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for 12 years and this year will mark the 10 year anniversary of my first win.  It’s been a regular in my writing routine that there is never a question about whether I’ll plan a novel for November.  But now that I’ve won more frequently than I’ve lost, do I need NaNoWriMo anymore?

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The Problem with Book Babies, Part 1

This past week I heard an author refer to her books as her babies and it got me thinking.  For years I worked on my book baby; I brainstormed, did character sketches, daydreamed, built it up, put it on a pedestal, and made it a monster undertaking.

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10 Sites I Use as an Author

As part of my Writer’s Life series, I thought I’d share links that I use either during the writing process or when I’m editing or searching for services.  There are in no particular order.

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Help Me Pick Out a Name

Happy Tuesday folks.  I picked up this little guy while out and about.  I saw him and couldn’t leave him in the store.  He’s been sitting on my writing desk ever since and now he needs a name.  What would you name a purple dragon?  Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

Let Me Take a #Shelfie

Because Authors Read

To continue my series on the life of an author, I thought I’d take a shelfie.  Or 3 in this case…  Part of growing as an author is to read, both inside and outside your genre.  It also stretches into non-fiction such as marketing books and brushing up on legal matters.  A good writer is always reading.  On the lower right, you can see my Goodreads ‘shelf’ and I keep it current.  I do most of my reading in ebook format because I can read on my phone, which I always have with me.  There are some books I have to have in paperback, hence the 3 shelfies. Continue reading “Let Me Take a #Shelfie”

The Writing Zone

Where I Write

A lot of people have this over glamorized image of a writer’s life.  Since releasing Stealing the Wolf Prince, I get a lot of questions such as “have you sold a lot of books?” or “when are you going to quit your job?”  Uh, since when is this anyone’s business?  I have no idea how well my book is selling and I happen to like my day job. Continue reading “The Writing Zone”

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