Episode #9: Reading and School

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*Sorry for the late upload! Maggie and I were super jet lagged from residency.

School is just around the corner, or already in session for some of you. How do you keep up with your reading and writing life while school is in session? Jessica and Maggie have a few tips.


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Fall Weather and Writing Slumps

It’s been dropping below 60 in my hometown lately. The night air is chilly, beautiful, crisp, and I just want to sit out in my back yard with a cup of cocoa and a good book. Or a good notebook.

Fall is my favorite season–as I am a booknerdigan at heart. It’s perfect for writing, relaxing, cuddling, mingling, reading, and nothing. That’s right. Nothing. A big grand not a thing.

And as the weather gets colder I’m actually getting out of this summer long writing slump that I’ve been in and I’m closing in on the last 8,000 words of my novel. I’m revealing the culprit and giving out the last of vital information and I’m enjoying revealing this to myself. I think part of the slump is caused by not having any deadline but my own and also wondering if my work is even worth finishing.

I’ve read it so many times I’m not surprised by any of it. No surprise for the writer no surprise for the reader was a mantra in my writing classes, but I mean how surprised can I really be after having this story in my head for over a year? The first time I wrote many of these scenes I was surprised that I’d even thought like that.

Now, I’m eager to be done with this piece so that I can move on to the second book and perhaps another project. I have a really sweet idea and want to explore it but I think I should finish up this one first.

AH! It feels good to be inspired!

Rumors of My Death have been Greatly Exaggerated

I SWEAR I’M ALIVE! I’m just reading a lot lately and I post all my reviews on Round Robin these days.

I’m also still writing my novel. Anyone else feeling like that’ll never get done? Yeah? Well get out cause I’ve only got 13,000 words left before I start sending out queries.

I’m actually editing pages 121-206. My first drafts are always crap and a little painful to read. I’ve noticed I tend to have a very formulaic  style in my first drafts. Person verbs noun, as noun verbs. It’s pretty ugly to read through in the afternoon, to be honest.

Resumes and Cover Letters

I just sent off my resume and cover letter for a social media internship at Quirk Books!

I really hope I get it!

As many of you know (or may have suspected) I just want to work with books. I didn’t start to love reading until I was 11 years old. Think of all the reading time I missed out on because of that!

And so I want to go into Children’s Publishing because I want to be part of a team who draws a child into reading so that no one else misses out on all the fun!

Wish me luck everyone!

Write with Round Robin Writes!

I know that I shamelessly plug my work on this site all the time but now you can too! RRW is opening its doors to new writers!

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We’re looking for new teams of writers, made up of four people, to create wonderful stories, writing prompts, and book reviews. If you don’t have your own team–that’s cool–we’ll hook you up!

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WTT: Read More (repost)

I’m going to admit something up front here. This post is going to rant about something. It is, however, very important for anyone who creates content on the web.

It’s very important. It helps clear up your blog feed and your site content. It makes it easier for your audience and prospective followers to peruse your content. Most importantly-it makes it easier for your audience to scroll through their feed without having to read your 8,000+ word story because you were too lazy to click a button after the first paragraph.

WTT: Read More

I’m going to admit something up front here. This post is going to rant about something. It is, however, very important for anyone who creates content on the web.

It’s very important. It helps clear up your blog feed and your site content. It makes it easier for your audience and prospective followers to peruse your content. Most importantly-it makes it easier for your audience to scroll through their feed without having to read your 8,000+ word story because you were too lazy to click a button after the first paragraph.