• Librarianship,  Me,  NaNoWriMo,  October Gold,  Writing

    October Update: Introducing October Gold

      It’s October! I love this time of year – cooler weather, spooky things abounding, and the holiday season on the horizon. Perfect, =) Life has been busy this past month, and I’ve got exciting news to share! My next YA Contemporary novel has a publisher! Tentatively titled October Gold, this Canadian, family-centric YA will be published by the wonderful Dancing Cat Books in 2019! Stay tuned for more details, =) Also, if you are in the Woodstock Ontario area, join me on November 6 at the Woodstock Public Library for a talk on how writing as a teen influenced my future writing career! For now, I’m busy with edits,…

  • Me,  Oracle of Senders,  Writing

    September Update: School, Work, and Writing!

      It’s already September! The time is flying, and this month is certainly a busy one. After completing my awesome day at the Cambridge Comic Arts Festival, I enjoyed a bit of downtime at home before my oldest started his first year of school! Now, I’m getting ready to head back into the world of librarianship, while also working on a couple of awesome writing projects. Of course, I’ve been busy writing and editing the upcoming Oracle of Senders books. Keep an eye out for more information regarding book 2 in the series, Revenant, coming soon! And, if you like YA Contemporaries with family themes and fall settings, then definitely…

  • Me,  Oracle of Senders,  Shade,  Writing

    July Update – Giveaway, Comic Con, and Free KU!

    Hello everyone! It’s July! And in addition to it being summer (and really, ridiculously hot in my area!), it’s also time for an update on what’s been going on with me. As you know, the first book in the Oracle of Senders series, SHADE, released back in April. I’ve been busy working on the second book, REVENANT, in preparation of it’s anticipated release in the fall! If you haven’t read the first book yet, you can find the paperback at most book retailers. You can also read the eBook through Kindle – and you can now get it free through Kindle Unlimited! If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited (or even…

  • 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?