Reading Report for 2014 and a Preview of 2015

Today, I'm kicking off a series of posts where I'll look back at what I accomplished in 2014 and what I have planned for 2015 in the three main word-related areas of my life: reading, writing, and editing. Since "reading" is the easiest to quantify, we'll start there....

December Book Wrap-up

December Book Wrap-up

Before we start with the books, a quick programming note: Welcome to 2015! I'm starting off with my December 2014 Book Wrap-up but come back next week for either two or three (I haven't decided yet) posts addressing reading, writing, and editing as they happened in...

Editing ‘The Last Superhero’

Editing ‘The Last Superhero’

When Astrid asked me to edit “The Last Superhero,” a lot of thoughts went through my mind. It wasn’t my first full-length novel. I’d edited at least half a dozen before this one. It wasn’t even my first time editing her work – I’ve edited two full-length novels and...

November Book Wrap-up

November Book Wrap-up

The second half of November, once I finished some major work events, was great for reading. I finished 7 books in all, though among that I'm including one I edited (I'll have read it about 4 times by the time I finish work on it this week). This was a diverse reading...

October Book Wrap-up

October Book Wrap-up

I have been working working working and so this post is late late late! Ack! October was a decent reading month with 5 books total. Two of them were shorter books but one was 771 pages long (and felt even longer) so I'm going to consider that a very good month. With...

September Book Wrap-up

It's time again (already?!?) for my monthly book wrap-up. After a disappointing August with only 2 books, I was ready to really bump it up in September. Oh yeah! And did I succeed? Um, I read 3 books last month. But let's focus on the positive - all three were...

Course Review – Character Development Intensive

Course Review – Character Development Intensive

Over the years, I've taken multiple courses online from Gotham Writers at writingclasses.com. Most of their online courses are 6-10 weeks long and include weekly lessons to read and discuss with your classmates, exercises to complete on your own, homework with...

What happened to August?

What happened to August?

AKA: The life of a freelancing editor I had grand plans to blog regularly in August, and then several things happened that sort of interfered. Most of them are actually word-related so they're worthy of sharing here, though as you can see from last week's post, not...

August Book Wrap-up

In July, I started a new feature where I share quick reviews of all the books I read during the month. And I recapped an impressive 8 books! I closed the post with: "Not a bad month - guess we'll see what August brings!" Spoiler alert: August did not bring 8 books......

July Book Wrap-Up

July Book Wrap-Up

I thought I'd try something new - a monthly wrap-up post including all of the books I've read during the month with a brief review of each. And imagine my surprise when I looked back and saw what a big month July turned out to be - 8 books! Yes, a couple of them were...

Book Review: “The Reading Group” by Elizabeth Noble

Book Review: “The Reading Group” by Elizabeth Noble

I read "The Reading Group" by Elizabeth Noble back in April and gave it two stars on Goodreads. I had high hopes when I picked this up that it would be a book I'd recommend to my own book club. I won't be doing that. It took me a long time to get through it and...

Not Your Average Thesaurus

Not Your Average Thesaurus

Your plot can be amazing – full of twists and turns and brilliance – but if nobody cares about your characters, it doesn’t matter what happens to them. This is something I’ve been struggling with in my current WIP. My main male character is strongly defined but the...

Developing a Writing Habit

Developing a Writing Habit

One of those fundamental questions for a lot of people when it comes to an activity they love is "When did you consider yourself to be a...?". Whether it's a runner, photographer, dancer, designer or baker, there's usually some milestone they can point to that signals...

Book Haul 2014 (so far)

Book Haul 2014 (so far)

I've been watching a lot of Booktuber videos (for those of you who aren't familiar, this is an entire subculture on YouTube of vloggers dedicated primarily to sharing their thoughts on books and reading) and book hauls are popular. Most do a monthly video sharing the...

A Tale of Used Bookstores

A Tale of Used Bookstores

2014 is a year I will remember fondly as "The Year I Discovered Used Bookstores." I'm not sure if my husband will remember it quite so fondly but considering all the money it's saved us, he should. Then again, if you buy something you wouldn't have bought otherwise...

NC Literary Festival Panels

NC Literary Festival Panels

Here’s the second part of my day at NC Literary Festival, which includes the two panels I attended. For part one, general thoughts and author sessions, visit yesterday’s post. The first panel I attended was short-titled Forensics Panel. The official title was “Science...

NC Literary Festival Overview

NC Literary Festival Overview

Welcome to the first part of my day at NC Literary Festival. This post will include an overview of my experience, as well as some general thoughts and observations based mainly on author sessions. I also attended two panels (a forensics panels and a First Books panel)...

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