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Writers Who Have Influenced and Inspired Me

Hey everyone! So, Tuesday next week me and my family are going to Gatlinburg for a little vacation so there won't be any post up but I will be posting tons of awesome pictures on Instagram of our adventures I'm sure so take a look over there.
Today I want to talk about writers and influences and inspiration all smashed together into one. There are so many writers who have influenced and inspired me in my journey to become a better writer but and there will be more to come. You know when you were a little kid and you looked up to her parents or your big brother or sister and you thought, "Wow, they are amazing. I want to be just like them?" And they've inspired you to become a better person, to do better in school or do better in a hobby or activity? Well that's how I feel about certain writers. They are my role models and to some degree my heroes.
They're the ones who's blogs I stalk regularly and read every single one of their posts from the time t…

Happy Easter!

He is risen! Happy Easter everyone!

I hope everyone has a great day today with friends and family full of candy and eggs and celebration. At my house we just got done eating cinnamon rolls. Yum! And getting plastic eggs of candy out of our baskets but besides all of the awesomeness such as yummy candy and little trinkets and toys I hope that everyone keeps in mind why we celebrate this holiday. Because Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and three days later rose again. That is why we celebrate Easter. That is the only reason why I celebrate Easter.

Jesus came down and dwelt among men, fully man and fully God at once. He healed the sick, cured the blind and raised the dead on his time here on Earth. He made friends, disciples and preached to crowds upon crowds. Jesus came down to heal us and give us hope. To die for us. One night he was betrayed by Judas and sentenced to death by crucifixion by Pilate. He was mocked, beaten and humiliated for our sakes. The soldiers cast lot …

Mappy! Map! Maps!

No I am not talking about Mappy the game with the mice and the cats, I am talking about real pirate-like papery maps. I've always heard and read posts about how great maps can be for fantasy authors and even just any old author whether their story is in Wonderland or a small town in the middle of nowhere. Either way maps are helpful, says almost every writer everywhere.

I've tried drawing maps before but since I'm such a horrible drawer I could never pull it off. Especially that when tried to draw them I expected them to turn out perfect and looking like something that an expert pirate could have done. But it wasn't until I started reading The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig that I realized the importance of the map.

The Girl From Everywhere is about a girl named Nixie who was born in Honolulu. Her mother died from childbirth and her father returned to find a dead wife and a daughter that needed caring for. Heartbroken he sailed away with her and Nixie grew up o…

Rain, Writing, and Finding Your Niche

Over the last few weeks I've been in a bit of a writing rut. Characters didn't talk to me, no plots or ideas caught my interest. And combine that the rainy, cloudy forecast and you've got a very frustrated and frazzled writer who can't find anything to do with herself. This always happens to me after I finish a project like Weapon Icean and after I've been in the editing and revising cave for so long. All I did was write, write, write and edit, edit, edit the crap out of that thing and I still have so much to do with it! But that's a topic for a different post. Right now I want to talk about finding your niche and if that's even a thing. If, as a writer, you even have to find a niche and stick to it.

A few days ago I was watching an interview with Shannon Messenger (one of my favorite authors) and she said how she was working on a side project but that her publisher might not want it because of how it's a slightly different genre from her other two ser…

The Road to Hell is Paved with "Thats"

Hi everyone! Sorry for the absence last week. I was feeling a bit sick and couldn't get a post up but I'm back and excited for March. Next week I turn eighteen which is a little exciting and a little scary at the same time.
(And this gif of the Doctor is pretty much me when I realized I'll be eighteen in eight days!!)

I'm pumped because I just sent out the first chapter to an editor friend and will hopefully find out how much she'll cost and then send in the entire manuscript of Weapon Icean for professional editing. The process is a little nerve racking but also exciting since I've never had an editor look over one of my works before. It's another step closer to getting Weapon Icean published!

Update: I'm also working on book 2 which has had a bit of a rocky start but I'm pushing through and also will have a synopsis of Weapon Icean up here soon.

But anyways, now that my update and exciting news is done I have something to say about the road to h…