Sunday, April 23, 2017

How It All Began

When I first started writing, it was back in my college years. I was a sophomore in college. Sometimes during classes I would doodle little things here and there. But one day, I wrote a poem. I wish I knew where this poem was, because it was so awesome. It was dark and mysterious, about a girl that touches a rose and her soul turns dark, cursed until someone comes along and breaks it. From this poem, I was inspired to write about this girl. And from it I spent nearly 8 years creating this story about a girl that becomes cursed by a black rose. It was never perfect. I wrote and and wrote. I went over SEVERAL revisions. It was never good enough and I could never stop fixing it. I'm not entirely sure how many different versions of this story I went through. Of course, I had several other projects during this time that I started and never finished. I always returned to this story though, determined to make it perfect. But finally one day I told myself I needed to move on to something else. So I did. And this new story came to me out of nowhere and it practically seemed to write itself. And I realized, that the book I spent all those years working on, that was me figure out how to do this. How to plot, how to outline, how to write out this story, how to find my voice. When I finished The Pawn's Heart, I still had those feelings, thinking it's not perfect, and tempted to go over it again and again. But it was easier this time to stop myself from that. Writing will never be 100 percent perfect. A story can always be better. But what's important isn't how perfect it can be, because writers aren't perfect. What's important is the story you create. I poured my heart and soul into this book. It is little pieces of me and my life. It's not supposed to be perfect.

Maybe there ARE perfect authors out there. But I'm not one of them. Regardless of that, I hope when you read my story, you see the imperfect beauty in it.

Question for the writers out there. What are some challenges you face when writing? How do you overcome them? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It's Been Awhile...

I know it's been awhile since I've posted. I've been super busy with teaching. Spring Semester is always crazy as a special ed teacher. It seems to be prime time for ARDs too, but there's also the STAAR test. Two weeks of preparing materials for my kiddos followed by three weeks of testing. I've also been having some health issues, but have discovered that cutting gluten has been helping significantly. So, there's all that plus I've been in the writing cave and the reading cave. My latest love is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Amazing!

The writing world has been great though. I've put my sequel to my space book on hold for a little bit in case some changes to the first book need to be made. In the mean time I've been working on a completely new book that is a dark comedy. It's hilarious and fun and has been a great place to go to with everything going on. I just hope someone will enjoy it as much as I do.

Any new books you've read? Which ones? Mention in the comments! I always love adding more books to my TBR list :D

Have a pleasant day! And remember, be brave!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Barnes and Noble

I love coming here every weekend. I love looking at all the YA books, hunting for more publishers to research. I probably look like a crazy person when I do this. I pull out my phone and snap pictures of new publishers I haven't heard of so I can research them. I spend about 30 minutes doing this each time, and sometimes staff come up to me asking me if I need help. I wonder if they think I'm slightly odd as they watch me select book after book on the shelf, snapping pictures of publishers. I politely tell them I'm fine and continue on my search. It's a fun search, and I love doing it every time. When I'm finished I buy a coffee and find a comfortable place to sit and work, either sending off manuscripts, doing research on the publishers I had discovered, or working on book 2. I do this every weekend. For a long time I felt discouraged, thinking my book would never get published... but coming here, seeing all these wonderful books, it's a place of inspiration and encouragement. Even if I never find a publisher I still intend to self publish. So someday... it'll happen. The journey can be rough and discouraging though, especially when you receive that rejection letter saying your book is not a good fit for them. I've received over a handful of rejections, and sometimes I think it's worse when you never hear from a publisher or literary agent at all... It's easy to think it will never happen. But then I come here and my spirits are instantly lifted. It turns into a mission, one I won't give up. If you are an aspiring author, you shouldn't give up either. I recommend going to Barnes and Noble... it's the best book place in the world. :)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Welcome to my author site!

I figured it was about time I made one. Here I'll post about my experience to being published, writing tips for the aspiring author, perhaps a little tid-bit about my day, and any other sort of YA goodies I can think of.

Thanks for stopping by!