• Me,  My Writing Process,  The Once and Future Challenge

    Edits, Instagram, and Arthur…Catching Up!

    It’s been a busy couple of months! With a toddler and a newborn around the house, there’s always something going on =). But I wanted to take a quick moment to catch up with you all. So here’s what I have up to: Editing – I’ve gone through edits, copy edits, and proofreading edits for Getting the Brush Off! It’s quickly coming together, and I can’t wait to see the book in its finished form. I’ve joined Instagram! Follow me at: https://www.instagram.com/merejoyce – not much there yet, but I’m going to try to post daily! The Once and Future Challenge – I’ve been continuing my way through Le Morte D’Arthur.…

  • Me,  Writing

    2016 Reading & Writing Wrap-Up

    It’s the end of the year, so I thought I’d do a quick little wrap-up of my reading and writing this year! 2016 Best Reads/Listens**: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece – Annabel Pitcher Persuasion – Jane Austen Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher Saving Red – Sonya Sones Bonus (Best Holiday Read): What Light – Jay Asher **I didn’t keep track of my reading and listening for the entire year, so these are recollections to the best of my memory! I attempted (and failed) to start a monthly recap of my…

  • Blank Canvas,  Holidays,  Me,  Orca,  Tales from the Lake Vol. 3,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    Giving Thanks

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and I’ve definitely got a lot to be thankful for. But today, I wanted to focus on giving thanks as a writer! This weekend, writer me is thankful for: Marketing and cover discussions for my upcoming Orca Publishing book, Getting the Brush Off (working title). Brush Off is scheduled for release next fall, which means planning officially starts now! It’s so exciting to start thinking about its release, and as we move closer to next fall, I’ll have more and more details to share! More exciting book news that’s on its way…stayed tuned ^_^ The fun of my latest short story…

  • Me,  Writing

    Thoughts on Going Back to Work

    If you don’t already know, I’ve been off of work for the last year after having my first baby. Today’s the last day of my leave, and tomorrow I return to full-time work at the library. I can’t complain about returning to work. For one thing, I’m incredibly lucky to live in an area where I’m given the opportunity to stay home for such a long time with my little one. A lot of people don’t get that kind of time off, so I’m very grateful for what I’ve had. And, of course, I like my job. I love being a librarian, and I always knew I’d eventually be heading…

  • Blank Canvas,  Me,  My Writing Process,  Writing

    Exciting News!

    Yep, the title is correct…I’ve got some exciting news! Remember back in the winter when I was working on an old project of mine? (Okay, I’m always working on a project, or two, or three, but let’s pretend you know exactly which one I’m talking about right now…) Well, today I get to hop up and down in excitement and tell you I’ll soon get to share that project with readers everywhere, =D That’s right! The awesome folks at Evernight Teen will be publishing my first novel, a YA Contemporary called BLANK CANVAS. *Jumps up and down some more* I don’t know a lot of the details yet, but I’ll…

  • Me,  Writing

    Reading, Revising, and Recharging

    Since What’s Up Wednesday is no longer running, I thought I’d do a general update post on what I’ve been up to lately! Reading: I’m currently working my way through Witch Child by Celia Rees. I’m enjoying it, although I haven’t been reading much as of late. I’ve been busy with writing projects, so reading is going a bit slower than I’d like. It’s alright, though. I’ve been busy and productive in other areas, at least! Revising: Writing-wise, I’ve been focusing on two projects. One is in the stage of hard-copy edits. It’s quite fun doing edits on a hard-copy, actually! There’s something wonderful about putting pen to paper. My…

  • Celebrate the Small Things,  Me,  Writing

    Celebrate the Small Things

    Hosted by Lexa Cain, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! This week, I’m celebrating: Finishing a draft of my current WIP! Seeing my baby smile when he sees me. Because really, is there anything better than that? What are you celebrating this week?

  • Amok!,  Hauntings,  Me,  Writing

    2014 Year End Wrap-Up

     Photo from: holidaywishes.net 2014 is almost over! I always like to do a wrap-up of the year, just to remember and see what my trends were. And 2014 was certainly an important year. In fact, it has been the most significant year of my life, all things told. I… – Found out I was pregnant in January– Bought my first house in February– Had to put down my beloved cat of almost 17 years in March– Had my first short story published in June– Lost an uncle in August – Had my second short story published in September– Had my first baby in September! Plus, all the little extras that…

  • Celebrate the Small Things,  Me,  Writing

    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: Finishing a tough round of edits! I mentioned earlier in the week that I am now doing a sort of round 1.5 edit right away on the manuscript for consistency purposes, and so far these edits are going a lot better…so yay! Some old friends of ours are visiting this weekend to meet Finn for the first time. We’re the first of our friends to have a baby, so it’s exciting to get everyone together for the very first baby-meet! What are you celebrating this week?

  • Me,  Writing

    Writing with a Baby!

    So, my little one is now a month old. Motherhood is wonderful, full of things I expected, and things I did not. I’m loving every day with my son, but I was surprised to find how quickly the urge to get back into the writing community came to me after his birth. I’d expected to be totally away from writing for a few months, but at one month post-delivery, I’m already getting back into it! Obviously it’ll be slow-going, and it will still likely be a while before I do any new writing. But I’ve been submitting, editing, and brainstorming when I can, and I have to say I’m really…