Thursday, August 31, 2017

How Well Can You Count to Five?

Apparently even schedules, which I love, aren't enough to keep me consistently blogging. :/ I haven't exactly been keeping up with the blogs I read either. And I can't say I've been terribly busy, because I haven't.

At any rate, I'm here now.

I've been deep in the editing world of late, going through the manuscripts from my editors and fixing up The Tragedy of the Traitor which will be published in just under two weeks. I'm excited for this book to be completed and published! Today though, I don't necessarily want to talk about the editing process or the book itself. I simply want to highlight my amusing mistakes. Because everyone makes mistakes and it's okay to talk about it sometimes. It reminds us that we're all human, that none of us are perfect (and hopefully also reminds us that despite our failings, we have a wonderful God who loves us anyway).

I'm not talking about huge mistakes today. Just some silly editing nonsense.

Mostly counting.

Counting isn't something I would normally say I have a problem with. And until today I was unaware I did have this problem...but, as you shall see...

These are only a few of the instances I came across today where I miscounted a group of characters. I'm pretty sure the one I always seem to forget is Dusty, which is a pity. She's a lovely character and I honestly have no idea why I keep forgetting her. But at the very least, it gave me something to laugh about today. :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I'm Stumped (25 Blog Post Ideas for Authors)

As a writer, vlogger, and blogger I know all too well how difficult it can be sometimes to come up with something to say. Choosing a topic to blog about is occasionally very easy. There are days when I know exactly what I want to say. And then there are days when I don't have a clue and I scour the internet for ideas and still come up empty-handed.

I'm sure there are plenty of other writers who blog who have faced this dilemma time and time again. In honor of them, I'm going to create a list of possible blog topics, both as a reference for myself and for everyone else out there who doesn't have a clue what to blog about! :)

This list is definitely going to be geared toward authors, because writing is what my blog is all about.


-writing update (what have you been working on recently?)

-book review (what have you been reading?)

-describe your writing space (and include pictures!)

-describe your ideal writing space

-your inspiration juice when writing? (most writer's tend to say coffee, but mine is definitely tea!)

-post a chapter of your current manuscript

-how do you beat writer's block?

-how do you feel about NaNoWriMo?

-your biggest distraction when writing?

-interview a fellow author

-interview one of your readers

-quarterly writing goals

-your story as a writer (where did it all begin? How far have you come? Who influenced you the most?)

-the biggest mistakes you've made as an author

-did you self-publish or go traditional? Why?

-your favorite book of all time?

Polls (get your audience involved)

-for naming characters

-for naming books

-for what to write next




-character mapping


-choosing a story


There you go...that's my little list! If you're still stumped, I would recommend checking out this list!   It's one I use a lot!

Hope that helps! :)

Happy writing, everybody!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Elyon's Strength

When I was in high school, practically everyone I knew was reading the same books. They spread like wildfire through our ranks. Everywhere I turned, there they were. Black. Red. White.

I never read them though. 

Everyone seemed completely obsessed, but I never did pick them up.

Well, now I have.

The Circle Trilogy by Ted Dekker are the books I'm talking about. Black. Red. White.

And now I understand what all the hype was about. These books are absolutely riveting!

The characters are believable and relatable. The story is thought-provoking, intense, suspenseful. I've been on the edge of my seat, furiously turning pages, since I picked up Black and I haven't settled down yet. I am nearly done with book 3, White, and all I can say is that these books are a must read.

The story is about a young man who gets caught between two realities. A little like Narnia...although mostly not like that at all. At any rate, both realities are facing the end of the world, basically, and he's got to save them both...somehow. In the midst of it all is the Great Romance. Elyon's wooing of his bride. I love the way that Ted Dekker has portrayed God's love (Elyon's love) of his people through these stories. It's captivating and emotional for me as a follower of Jesus myself to watch the Great Romance unfold within the confines of this trilogy. It's glorious. I really can't say enough about these books.

So if you want to be challenged in your faith, captivated by your Creator's lavishing love, and spell-bound by an intense, suspenseful story...what are you waiting for? Go read!

Elyon's strength.

I'll probably be saying that all year now. I just can't get over these books. :)