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Writing the books I never got to read #DontGiveUp

A lot of times writers are asked why they write, or–as Daniel Jose Older put it at Kweli’s Children’s Writers of Color Conference yesterday–why they came into the game. I’ve said it before, but it rings truer now: I came into the game to write the books I never got to read. And if not to… Read more »

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A Different Kind of Sick

Sick days. Everyone is allowed to have them, right? But what happens when they occur all too frequently? What happens when they’re not a result of an illness that’s easy to explain?  As you probably know, today’s World Suicide Prevention Day. And because I’ve struggled with depression & anxiety my entire life and have been pretty vocal… Read more »

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#NaNoWriMo Begins/My November #YABBootcamp Goals!

Yep, that’s me! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m particpating in NaNoWriMo this year with the intention of finally winning. I write books pretty fast it’s just that for some reason or another writing a book in one month, particularly November, never seems to work out for me. I wasn’t sure I was going to do… Read more »

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Write What You Love, <3!

Hey Readers! This post is a part of my (Teen) Writers’ Grimoire ongoing, dare I say infinite, blog series. Visit the About page for more information. Writing can be hard work, but often we, writers, make it harder than it has to be. A couple weeks ago I was having a hard time and my writing… Read more »

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Confessions & Changes: On Doing What You Love to Do

  I have a confession to make. …I no longer love blogging. However that confession isn’t the true (or full) story. The truth is this: When I started this blog, 2 years ago, I knew, in my heart of hearts, I had begun something special. I am, or I was, what they call a serial hobbier…. Read more »

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New Tumblr!

I have a new, fun tumblr for THE DAUPHINE FILES. I’m really trying to dig into the world and I love how tumblr allows me to do that. Also since a lot of my favorite fandoms inspired some of my characters/part of the world, there’s a lot of The Vampire Diaries, Originals, Supernatural, Buffy, American… Read more »

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What’s Up Wednesday!

Good afternoon, everyone! This is my first What’s Up Wednesday post in over two months, so I’m excited to share what’s up! What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk.  If you want to participate you should link your What’s Up Wednesday posts to the list on Jaime’s blog so that we can all stop by and… Read more »

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Ready. Set. Write 2014!! Goal Setting Time :)

YABbootcamp is over, but that doesn’t mean the writing parties are and writing community is done coming together. It’s time for Ready. Set. Write!   What’s Ready. Set. WRITE!? It’s a summer writing intensive that encourages goal-setting and accountability, and provides an opportunity for us to cheer each other on wherever we’re at in our writing—planning,… Read more »

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#YABbootcamp Final Check-In (#Winning)!

The YA Buccaneers Spring Writing Bootcamp is officially over & I’m a survivor (cue Destiny’s Child)! As sad as I am about it being over, it was such as great sense of community these past three months, I’ve met so many new friends and made so much progress that all I can say is #Winning…. Read more »

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#YABbootcamp Month Two Goals!!

Month One (March) of the YA Bucaneers’ Spring Writing Bootcamp is over, yay!! Now that the sun’s finally out (I wore capris today around Boston!!), it’s time to let the words flow 🙂 During March I began a new story and was able to write over 20,000 words of it!! I had set out to… Read more »