The Year in Recap

It’s been a pretty big year for me. I’m in a loving, committed relationship, I graduated college, my dog died, we have two furry additions to the family, I was accepted to grad school…

I graduated with my BA this summer and I am seriously just amazed at myself. Growing up, I wasn’t what anyone would call an Honor Student. Yet, here I am, in a national honor society, with Magna Cum Laude on my degree. Man, if all those teachers could see me now. And you know what the weirdest part is? It wasn’t hard, it was just hard work. I just woke up one day and cared.

It hasn’t all been fun this year, though. Back in February we had to put my Belgian Shepherd, Precious, down. She was 14 years old, a month away from being 15, and couldn’t walk anymore. She suffered a stroke on a Saturday and we took her to the vet that Monday. It was so hard to put her into a box and wrap her up with a blanket that last time.

Merry Christmas!

merrychristmasMerry Christmas! Thank you so much for following my blog and helping me to build my Writer’s Platform. I never thought, not in a million years, that I would have 300+ followers on anything, so this really means a lot to me. Please help me boost my numbers by following me on Facebook and Twitter.

This has been an incredible year and I can’t believe how much I have written and posted on this website. Not to mention how much I’ve learned. Just having this site is forcing me to keep up with my writing, designing, photography, and even… *shudder* my coding… Between this and Round Robin Writes, I know that I will be able to keep on top of my crafts.

I am so thankful to have the love and support of my family, friends, and my boyfriend Kiel (who maybe bought me a Pandora bracelet for Christmas? hint hint? So super duper hopeful…). And it is always a pleasure to be working with K. Leigh, Magdalyn Ann, K. Carneglia, and Cym Adkins.

In the new year, Round Robin will be publishing a collection of short stories, so be on the look out! Also, I am determined to finish Charlotte Holmes (who is now in the YA age range) and submit to more literary magazines and writing contests.

Looking forward to writing for everyone in the new year!

Well–see you next year!

Writing Prompts to Replace Writing Tips

In lieu of having answered the most common questions about writing, I’ve decided to replace the weekly Tuesday posts with writing prompts. If you are curious about my writing process or have any other questions about writing, specific or general, feel free to contact me using the form on the about page and I’ll be more than happy post your answer.

Make an Idea List

You may remember my, and quite frankly everyone else’s, advice about keeping a journal that I posted just a few weeks ago. Well this is an extension of that.

Keep a book that is just for ideas. Don’t actually explore topics in that notebook. Use a different one to write out the adventure. Keep the list in its own private document so that it won’t be muddled by notes for other things like where to take your dry cleaning and directions to the concert.

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.

A Personal Post

tumblr_n6b9r6MhCw1sfsz49o1_500I just thought I would take the time to say hello to everyone and mention some things I’m doing, not doing, plan on doing —  because I can. I’ve been busy finishing my undergraduate degree in Writing Arts at Rowan University as well as applying to grad school (also at Rowan University). It’s been very hectic completing work for my capstone classes, my senior level classes required for me to graduate, in such a short period of time. I decided to walk at commencement in May and to finish my courses in accelerated classes over the summer. If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to just bite the bullet and do it in the Fall. What other students did over the course of 15 weeks, I did in 6. And now that it is all out of my hands, the panic has set in and I am obsessively checking online to see if my grades are posted. If I receive an A for my portfolio I will maintain Magna Cum Laude.

Let me tell you about my most recent Saturday morning…

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.

Daisies are Forever ✪✪✪✪✰

_240_360_Book.1200.coverLiz Tolsma’s Daisies are Forever is an intriguing piece of historical fiction set in the European Theater, a period of WWII when Stalin and his Soviets are invading Germany. The story follows Gisela Cramer, a German/American refugee, and Mitch Edwards, a British POW who escaped from a German stalag. Mitch is almost caught again because of his heinous German accent. Luckily for him, Gisela comes to his rescue, claiming he is her husband.

The couple’s lie is safe until they meet Kurt, a wounded German soldier, who has his eyes set on Gisela. Kurt and his friend Audra, present the most danger to Gisela and Mitch. More dangerous than the Tiefliegers and the Red Army.

Throwback Thursday: Madeline

Screen shot 2014-06-05 at 12.21.47 PMLudwig Bemelmans’ Madeline is probably one of my favorite picture books from my childhood. As an adult, I enjoy the casual art style which looks like it was scribbled on to the paper and never touched with an eraser. Like other picture books, much of the description is left up to the picture and rarely mentioned with the text itself.