• 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,…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Orca

    Upcoming Events, Facebook, and Getting the Brush Off Release

    November is shaping up to be a busy month! First off, I’ve finally got myself a Facebook page! Head over to facebook.com/MereJoyceWrites and give me a ‘like’ to stay up to date with book signings, releases, and giveaways! In fact, there’s a giveaway going on right now =) Go check it out! Getting the Brush Off releases in less than a week! I’m so excited for my first title with Orca Book Publishers. Want to win a copy? Check out the giveaway mentioned above 😉 And finally, if you’re in the Cambridge, Ontario area, come visit me! I’ll be at Idea Exchange on December 1st for the NaNoWriMo finale party,…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    What I Learned from NaNoWriMo

    It’s December! What? Crazy, eh? It’s already December, and that means that NaNoWriMo 2013 is over! Although I sort of finished with NaNoWriMo a while ago, now that it’s officially over, I wanted to share my thoughts having finished my first year of participation. So, here’s what I learned from NaNoWriMo: It’s tons of fun! I just want to start with that…NaNoWriMo was a lot of fun. An excuse to constantly write, a conversation topic, a shared experience with so many other bloggers/writers…it was awesome. I don’t have an issue with speed. I finished my 50,000 words on November 19th, and then I unofficially wrote over an additional 10,000 words…

  • Celebrate the Small Things,  Me,  NaNoWriMo

    Celebrate the Small Things

    Hosted by Viklit, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! My celebrations for this week are: Finished NaNoWriMo! I reached my 50,000 word goal on Tuesday, =). I’m not being totally faithful to the program…I’m not going to continue with this story right now, because the quick-paced writing has muddled the events so much that I can’t logically end it the way I want to. So instead, I’m leaving it be for the time being, and am starting a rewrite of a former manuscript I’ve been thinking about for awhile. Still writing, just a different project! Been getting into the holiday…

  • Celebrate the Small Things,  NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Celebrate the Small Things

    Hosted by Viklit, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! My celebrations for this week are: Completed week 1 of NaNoWriMo! So far, it’s been…interesting. The word count is not a bother…I’ve already reached 25,000, so I’m double where I need to be. But the story is kind of a big, crazy, jumbled mess. I’m not even sure what genre it is anymore!! I’m kind of just looking forward to seeing what this looks like at the end. I figure it will either be outrageously horrible, or weirdly good. It’s snowing here today! First snow of the season, and it’s kind…

  • Celebrate the Small Things,  Halloween,  Holidays,  NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Celebrate the Small Things

    Hosted by Viklit, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! My celebrations for this week are: Had great fun yesterday dressing up as Harriet the Spy for work. Cause who doesn’t want to walk around work all day with a magnifying glass and a paddle ball game? It’s November 1st! NaNoWriMo starts today, and I am thoroughly excited to begin. Here’s hoping for a strong start for everyone participating! It’s also the official start to holiday movie watching here, and today we kick it all off with Die Hard (What? It takes place on Christmas Eve. It’s totally legit.) What are…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Countdown to NaNoWriMo!

    Only a couple of day left until NaNoWriMo begins! I was feeling a bit of dread about this starting, because I just couldn’t quite get a decent idea going. I mean, I had a story idea, and a general outline, but it wasn’t making me nearly excited enough. I kind of had the setting and some of the characters firmly in my mind, but the rest of the story was up in the air, and the direction I was thinking of just didn’t seem all that interesting. So I decided to give up trying to write something “good”, and just write something totally for fun, as writing practice. I took…

  • Celebrate the Small Things,  NaNoWriMo

    Celebrate the Small Things

    Hosted by Viklit, this is a great weekly chance to talk about the small things worth celebrating in life! My celebrations for this week are: Got a copy of this beautiful edition of the Grimm’s complete fairy tales. I actually already own a complete collection of Grimm tales, but it is a really big volume and not very easily readable. This book, which is ten times more pretty in person, is hard-cover and the absolutely perfect type of book for fairy tales. One week today is November 1st! Which means 2 things. Firstly, it’s the start of NaNoWriMo, and since I am participating for first time this year, I’m very…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    Gearing Up for NaNoWriMo

    Yes, so I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year. It’s my first time taking the challenge, so we’ll see how it goes. If the ideas keep flowing, I won’t have any trouble making my daily word count goals, because they’re not any higher than my usual marks. The trouble, of course, comes in those pesky moments when you can’t figure out what the blazes to do with your characters next. I’m a planner in most aspects of my life, but I am totally not a planner when it comes to writing. It just doesn’t work for me. Plot lines and character traits float around in my head, and are constantly…