• A-Z Challenge,  Celebrate the Small Things

    Celebrate the Small Things

    Hosted by Viklit, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! This week, I’m celebrating: Completing A to Z for the second year in a row! I want to thank everyone who visited, read, and/or commented on my posts. A to Z is tons of fun, and I’m glad I participated again this year, =) It’s May! How crazy is that? Spring is finally, actually here, and although it is still not all that warm yet (although we’ve kind of stopped caring and are just pretending it’s five to ten degrees warmer than it really is) there is warmer weather on the…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Writing

    Z is for…Z! (Or Zed?)

    Z is for Z or Zed! It’s the last day of A to Z! It’s been a lot of fun, and very educational, but I am also glad that it’s come to an end, and we can all rest a while, =) I thought about doing a big fanfare of a finale, but it’s been a busy week, =/  So I’m just asking one more question of my readers/writers, to finish this writing theme off. This may not be of issue to American readers/writers (although it could be!) I think it’s probably slightly more noticeable for Canadian/British readers and writers, so we’ll see what you guys say. When you write,…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Writing

    Y is for Yonder

    Y is for Yonder! As we come close to the end of A to Z, I’m wondering what’s off in the distance for all you writers out there. Do you have any plans for what to do next, after you’ve finished working on your current project? Currently I’m working on an MS that has been the hardest writing I’ve ever done. It took me forever to write it, and now on my first pass through, it’s taking forever all over again. I have never spent this long on something, but I keep pushing through because although it is far from where I want it to be, I know if I…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Writing

    X is for Xylophilous

    X is for Xylophilous! So it’s the last half-week of A to Z, and we’re on one of the most interesting letters to theme, X. And because I like finding odd words, I’ve decided to go with xylophilous for today, =) Xylophilous is defined as growing on or living in wood; I also saw it described as attracted to or fond of wood. Of course, this definition tends to be directed towards things like fungus and beetles, that physically live inside wood, or grow on wood. But when I first saw this term, and the phrases fond of wood and living in wood, my mind went to the image of…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Save-A-Word Saturday,  Writing

    W is for Welmish

    W is for Welmish! Inspired by the old Save-A-Word Saturday blog hop I used to do (hosted by the lovelies at The Feather and The Rose), I am picking it up with A to Z and saving some more old words. Welmish adj. – Of a pale or sickly colour ~*~*~*~ She could tell something was wrong with him before any noticeable change came over his character. Not that her intuition mattered. Those changes did come, quickly and fiercely, until even strangers could tell something was amiss. His temperament became agitated, his complexion welmish. Soon he could hardly be considered the same man at all. But no matter what she…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Celebrate the Small Things,  Writing

    V is for Victories (and Celebrate the Small Things)

    V is for Victories, a celebration! Hosted by Viklit, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! I’m combining the two hops again this week, by celebrating writing victories, specifically those small ones. Victories and celebrations go hand in hand, and sometimes it is very necessary to stop for a moment and celebrate the small victories of life. Or, for today, of writing.There are plenty of big writing victories. Finishing manuscripts/edits, finding an agent/publisher, seeing your book in a bookstore! But a lot of the writing world is not full of such monumental achievements. In fact, much of the time writing can…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Writing

    U is for Unwind

    U is for Unwind! Have you ever been on a writer’s retreat? This is something I have never done, but which I really hope I will be able to someday. I think the idea of a relaxing vacation devoted to unwinding with some quality writing time would be so fantastic, and so useful, too. I’ve mentioned before that there is a Scandinavian bath that I’ve been to a few times, which I think is the perfect spot for a writer’s retreat. You can’t really write at the actual baths (far too wet!), but it’s such a great place to relax with your thoughts, and to be inspired by the beauty…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Writing

    T is for Time

    T is for Time! How much time do you spend writing, per day/week/month? I write in spurts. Sometimes I will write everyday, and then other times (sadly) I don’t do much writing for weeks at a time. Various factors play into this, but usually it comes down to lack of inspiration/motivation. When I do write, which I definitely need to do more often, I tend to write for probably 30 minutes to an hour at a time. But when I do actually get around to writing, I am fast, so I can get a lot accomplished, even if I don’t have much physical time to work with. I always dream…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Writing

    S is for Songs

    S is for Songs! I’ve also talked about music before on the blog, but mostly about whether you listen to music while you write. For today, however, I’m shifting focus and asking if you’ve ever come across a song that just seems like it was written for your story, or one of your characters. I have a story that’s been written, and that is, in my mind, part of a series. I have only written the first book, but I know what happens to all of the characters throughout. Honestly, I love this series. They are the absolute favourites of all my characters, and I am always happy to revisit…

  • A-Z Challenge,  Writing

    R is for Research

    R is for Research! I’ve talked about research here before, but today I’m interested in specifics…what has been your best or worst research topic for a writing project? I’ve got a story in production right now that involves life in the 1950s. This is a decade I’ve always been a fan of, but I wanted to make sure I got things right for my timelines. I looked at things like fashions to make sure I had the correct type of clothing, and I read up on some local history of the time so I knew more about the exact events and dates that happened around my area. But a lot…