NanoWriMo Final ROUNDUP

People often say that NaNoWriMo, and writing in general, is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. I’m not enough of a runner (i.e. I’m literally not one at ALL) to make an educated comment on whether this is true or not, but I can say this with confidence: NaNo was HARD this year. Harder than the last several, if I’m being honest. Less like running and more like dragging my croaking carcass arm over arm toward the finish line. Throughout the month, I really struggled with doubt, anxiety, brainfog, depression, and anger. I was ANGRY that I couldn’t get invested … Continue reading NanoWriMo Final ROUNDUP

BOOK REVIEW: Sneakers in the Water

Author:  Nita Ferris

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Warnings: Domestic Violence, some gore


Nita Ferris was kind enough to offer me a copy of this book in exchange for a review, which I was happy to give! I went into this book with no prior expectations or any idea what it was about, which was refreshing.

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NaNoWriMo Week 3 ROUNDUP

When it rains, it pours! I’ve all but completely recovered as of last weekend from my illness, but now my husband, seemingly out of the blue, has developed pneumonia. So here I sit on Thanksgiving Day, in a Starbucks, alternately updating the blog and working on my NaNo project while avoiding his germs! It really strikes me today how thankful I am for the opportunities I have to write, for a family that completely supports my dream, for the different writing groups I’m a part of, and for this day and age where things like indie publishing are a possibility. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Week 3 ROUNDUP

Book Review: Pearl’s Number

Author:  Bethany Atazadeh

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Warnings: None


As anyone who knows me is probably aware by now, Evalene’s Number
was Book of the Year for me. I tore through that baby in about two days because of how much I loved the plot, prose, and characters. I couldn’t get enough of EN and I was so overjoyed I wouldn’t have long to wait for the sequel! I was fortunate enough to get to read the first 5 chapters of Pearl’s Number early, and then to receive an ARC copy, which I was finally able to carve out time to read – and finished in a day!

Pearl’s Number is an incredible sequel that doesn’t shy away from the tough angles of family, society, free will, and consequence. I. Loved. It.

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NaNoWriMo Week 1 ROUNDUP

I decided to do something a little different for the blog this month: I’ll be posting on Thursdays instead of Sundays and including weekly roundups of how NaNoWriMo is progressing! You’re all welcome to join in and post a comment letting everyone know how it’s going or whether you need encouragement, etc!

So let’s dive in!

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The Key to Succeeding at NaNoWriMo

Happy NaNo, WriMos! How’s everyone doing so far?

Happy times in Renee-land: I’m changing projects already. WHOOPS.

When I looked back at my NaNo progress over the years for the #NaNoThatWriMo challenge on Instagram, revisiting the days of yore (this is my eighth year of November NaNo!) I realized that ever since 2012, I haven’t completely stuck with one project for NaNo. I either start multiples and discard one or two; I start with one and move onto a second; I write fast and then spend the rest of the month redrafting; or I switch completely.

Oh, how younger me would wail at this.

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