BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

This past week, I discovered this awesome thing called BookTube-A-Thon. Here’s a quick video about what it is specifically: Basically it is a week-long reading marathon where everyone tries to read as much as possible. There are daily challenges and reading challenges and it just seems like it will be so much fun. I decided that I wanted to do a KidLit spin on the challenge, so all of my books come from the various children’s and YA categories. In the spirit of the event, here is my very ambitious reading goal for the coming week. Here are the 2017 … Continue reading BookTube-A-Thon 2017 TBR

Supporting Authors

I love to read. Always have and hopefully always will. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to buy very many books (thank goodness for libraries). But this leaves me wondering: how I can support my favorite authors? I want them to be successful, so they can continue to feed my habit. https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js I ran across this article a few weeks ago, and it got me thinking. I’m already doing quite a few of the things in the list to support my favorite authors, but I want to do a bit more. So, I’ve decided to do a regular book giveaway. I want the … Continue reading Supporting Authors

Exciting Times + July Goals

OK. So I’m actually really excited about a few things. John and I are collaborating again An editor is interested in seeing the completed manuscript for one of my picture books I got 3 more rejections (totaling 8 for the year) I’ve decided to do a semi-regular book giveaway (starting this month) 1. A few weeks ago, John and I attended an SCBWI workshop. It was great to get out together for the day sans children. Thank you in-laws! I will be writing a separate post specifically about the conference, but we learned a lot and were inspired. It’s been … Continue reading Exciting Times + July Goals

Reset Refresh Rebound

2 months without a post. What have I been up to, you may ask? Read 5 books. All were good. Really enjoyed What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by  Randall Munroe. It is basically the book version of Randall’s blog and is hilariously informative. I also enjoyed reading with my daughter Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa. I picked up Bird Box by Josh Malerman because I was nominated for a Bram Stoker award. It was entertaining and a bit creepy. I am actually excited that this one is being made into a movie because the book … Continue reading Reset Refresh Rebound

March Writing Update

So I normally don’t toot my own horn, but I’m quite proud of myself. I hit every single one of my writing goals that I set last month. How about them apples! The biggest highlight of the month was participating in Madness! Poetry. What an absolute blast. I ended up losing in the 2nd round to a really good poet. But my poem about a dinosaur salon still won the kids’ vote, so I’m really happy about that. I would love to participate next year. Currently, the ‘Elite Eight’ are battling it out and voting is open. If you have a … Continue reading March Writing Update

February Update

February has been a good writing month despite the last week being a bit emotionally rocky. I don’t know if it’s postpartum, or just my normal ups and downs, but I’ve been a bit rough, and that’s okay. Overall, I am super happy with my progress. I am slowly finding ways to make time to get my butt in the chair and write. Mostly, this is between the hours of 10:30PM-3:30AM. It’s slow going, but I am improving. Here are a few things I was able to accomplish this past month: Wrote and submitted 3 poems Received 2 rejections Posted … Continue reading February Update

Devious Distractions

I’ve been thinking a lot about what distracts me from writing. Hmmm…I guess thinking about what distracts me from writing is also distracting me from writing, but that’s not the point. The exercise showed me that 90% of the time, it is my own internal struggles that keep me from getting my big butt in the chair to write. I came up with 3 main categories of devious distractions. Unexpected Necessities -10% 1st, the external 10%. These are things that arise that I hadn’t planned but that I have little control over. My 3 month-old decides to  take a 15 … Continue reading Devious Distractions

January Writing Update

As a way to be more accountable with my writing, I will give a quick little update here on the blog at the end of each month. This past month has been a success, I believe. I was able to attend an SCBWI writing conference in Miami, which was great. I took a picture book intensive at the conference from the marvelous Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Stemple. To be honest, I was a bit star struck. But once I was able to gather my wits, I was able to learn so much. If I had to pick the … Continue reading January Writing Update

2016 Reading in Review: My Top 3 Books

2016 ended up being an interesting year of reading. Like previous years, I set a goal to read 52 books—one for each week. In that regard, I failed miserably with a mere 21. Between going back to work, being exhausted and sick for 9 months, moving across country, and then having a newborn at home, I just fell short. But it wasn’t a total bust because I broadened my horizons and explored a new format: the graphic novel. I have attempted to read graphic novels in the past, but found them frustrating. Text heavy panels made the art feel secondary … Continue reading 2016 Reading in Review: My Top 3 Books

Update + Some Inspiration

My march writing goals are going along quite well, although they have been slightly revised. John and I have restructured how we’re approaching Mobster Monsters–we’re sitting down and hashing out what each letter will be. This way I’m not writing a limerick that his illustrations have to conform to, and he’s not illustrating something that I then have to write a limerick for. We have our pow wow and then break, with each of us knowing what to do for each letter. So far, we have reached the letter K. So my revised goal for March is to get through … Continue reading Update + Some Inspiration