Sunday, August 31, 2014

reads: august 2014

one | Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me: A Novel by Lurline Wailana McGregor

two | Ruins (Partials Sequence #3) by Dan Wells

three | The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

five | Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

seven | #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso


nonfic: 3
   1 business
   2 food

adult: 1
   1 fiction

ya: 3
   1 dystopian
   1 contemporary
   1 sci-fi

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 august 2014

3 memories

  • getting an early birthday package from my mum: snacks + food + angry birds stickers
  • hunkering down during hurricane iselle: curling up with the spousebot and catching up on tv  series
  • entering pitch wars: meeting so many writers and mentors via twitter. anxiously awaiting the results!

2 obsessions

1 looking forward to

  • my birthday: i don't have anything special planned. just looking forward to having an excuse to eat cake and shop online.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

pitch wars: pimp my bio

From the Pitch Wars page (via Brenda Drake)
Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. Mentors also pick one alternate each in case their writer drops out of the contest. Writers send applications (query and first chapter of manuscript) to the four mentors that best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for the next two months. Then we hold an agent round with over a dozen agents making requests.
I'm looking forward to participating this year. I've been working my way through the list of amazing mentors and narrowing down my picks.

Also prepping for hurricanes as I write this! Adrenaline!

For any mentors/fellow mentees stalking my way, thanks for stopping by. Let's have an awkward handshake-hug-back-pat moment!


writer me

My writing obsession began as a kid, when I penned Dragonlance/Sailor Moon/vampire mash-up fan fictions and forced my friends to read them and compliment my genius. More recently,  I've placed twice in the Writer's Digest Competition with a 5th in Children's/YA and an Honorable Mention in Horror. I'm an active member of SCBWI and a former student editor for my college's literary magazine.

I write YA fantasy. My love for all things fantasy runs truly madly deep. I've also done other spec fic, including horror and sci-fi. I lean towards action-filled plots with fast-pacing and mystery and romantic subplots.

I'm detail oriented. I'm an extreme outliner who works well with deadlines and clear goals. I keep track of my ideas and strive to always be working on a project. I'm competitive and dedicated, pursuing things with hard focus.

also me

I'm a complete nerd/geek (read: Ravenclaw and Erudite) who loves gaming and binge reading. My ideal date is a visit to the bookstore followed by some thrift shopping and lunch at a local restaurant. I rarely wear heels because if the zombie apocalypse happens, I want to be able to run. Personality wise, I'm positive and upbeat. I like making connections and when I make a true friend, it's for life.

For a mentor, I want someone willing to troubleshoot problems with me, someone open to being asked a lot of questions. I'd also love someone with a sense of fun!

Be sure to check out the other wannabe-mentee bios!

Thursday, July 31, 2014 : july 2014

3 memories

  • fourth of july: visit to the pool + grilling hot dogs
  • anniversary: 4 years! a day spent sight seeing, thrift shopping, & seaside luncheoning (fun note: it was our first anniversary spent together! he was deployed/away for training for the first 3)
  • watercolor painting: currently using this set

2 obsessions

  • oversized leather totes: perfect for schlepping everything down to the coffee shop/library.
  • soy yogurt: my grocery store started carrying these. great with cereal or for smoothies!

1 looking forward to

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

reads: june-july 2014

two | Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead 

three | Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

four | Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories #3) by Mary Robinette Kowal

five | More Than Music (Chasing the Dream #1) by Elizabeth Briggs 


non-fic: 3
   1 health
   1 self-dev
   1 memoir (humor)

adult/na fic: 4
   3 romance (2 paranormal; 1 contemporary)
   1 fantasy (historical)

ya fic: 3
   1 paranormal
   2 fantasy


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