My IG challenge, the 'Writing the Senses Challenge,' starts tomorrow. For the next month, Monday's posts will be introductions to each 7-day section of the challenge. I'll give a description of how I'm going to implement the challenge in my own work. You can follow along with my method or create one of your own using my prompts. Want to know more? Read on!
For several months now, I've wanted to create a writing challenge. I finally sat down and put it all together to create the #WritetheSensesChallenge. Hooray! Read on to find out more.
This is the second book that my family always reads before opening gifts on Christmas day. I can never make it through without crying. Last Christmas, before I even opened the cover, my son held out his hand and took over the reading for me. That, too, is enough to make me tear up since he's not particularly fond of reading. :)
Happy Christmas Eve, y'all! I want to share some of my special family traditions with y'all this week. The first is this book review of The Cajun Night Before Christmas which I read to my family complete with proper Cajun accent. The second one, I'll be posting tomorrow.
How do you feel about tattoos? I've always loved them since I first discovered they existed years ago. They fascinated me, much to the current dismay of my grandmother and several of my friends. I have to grin at that, though. Surely they know me well enough by now that me having them should be no surprise.
Anyway, if you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I've shared about a group of special people who did a lot to help me stay sane when our family was practically forced to stay in a place we didn't enjoy. I wanted to create something that would mark that milestone in my life and honor those special people and their encouragement, laughter, and support. So I came up with the most horrible rendition of a Sailor Jerry tattoo of a jack. Then I handed it over to Tyler at Typhoon Tattoos and asked him to make it better, which he did. (Typhoon Tattoos is also on Twitter.) My oldest daughter was the first to try it out. Then I got mine just a little over a week ago after waiting ten long years to get another tattoo. That counts as a milestone, I think. :D I'm so happy with it and can't wait to get my next one.
Nightvision Twilight Shadows by C.H. Knyght
I'm so excited to finally purchase this book, written by an online friend who's artwork (click here to check it out on DeviantArt) has always been a bright spot in my day. I knew it was out there but there are so many writing craft books I'm trying to purchase. I feel like I'm years behind all the other authors in my genre and need those to catch up.
So I finally purchased C.H. Knyght's book, the first in The Mother's Realm series, and you can expect to read my review in January 2nd's book review blog post. Until then, why not check it out for yourself, here on Amazon or here on Goodreads? She could really use some more reviews on it and if you enjoy reading fantasy, you won't be disappointed.
I was so excited to be added to her list of ARC readers for book two and this was the main reason I wanted to hurry and read Nightvision Twilight Shadows. I'm not sure how many ARC readers she has lined up, but if you think you might be interested in finding out, here's her IG post on that. While you're there, why not follow her work?
Oh, and just to be clear, she isn't paying me to promo for her, nor am I receiving any pay or perks for any clicks. I'm just trying to pay it forward.
Blue Christmas by Diane Moody
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I realized this book was orginally a fanfic that had been altered to its current form, I wasn't sure how I'd like it. I know about fanfics through my daughters who enjoy reading them on Quotev, but I've never indulged in them myself. I did like that the author created hers for her daughter because that is something I can totally relate to. The backstory surrounding the creation of this novel was pretty cool!
Having said that, I found myself enjoying the story. The characters were individuals with relatable problems they needed to overcome. The setting was nothing super special which actually added an aspect of reality to the tale for me. The fact that these characters lived their faith while still working in a secular field was interesting. The fears associated with that sort of circumstance are definitely real.
My favorite characters were once again side-characters. I just enjoyed how these supporting characters did their jobs so well. As the chapters move on, you kinda get the feeling that you are part of the family, too, and that's something I understand well and can relate to in real life. Mrs. Moody has written a pleasant, clean novel that I think any young adult who reads contemporary romance would enjoy.
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Shout-Out To Elzevera of Willow Editing!
My online friend, editor Elzevera K., is getting ready to offer a class through her website. Right now, she's cutting the price in half for pre-orders. Now's the time to sign up because the coupon is only good through December 20th at 11:55 CET! You can do that by signing up at her Self-Edit Like a Pro page. What are you waiting for? :)
Not sure what to think? I'll also link you to her "services" page so you can check that out. You can find Elzevera's IG TV broadcast about editing in which she mentions her new class that's coming soon by clicking here. You can also go directly to her page of inspiring IG posts by clicking here or on the photo below. She's always posting encouraging messages for writers and offering them tidbits of editing wisdom.
Upcoming Fun! A New IG Challenge By Yours Truly
I love IG challenges, as you probably can guess from many of my blog posts. I decided to create one of my own. Something I struggle with in my writing is describing a world readers can immerse themselves in without swamping them under a load of useless details. Those may be important for me since I need them to word my work efficiently, but the reader doesn't necessarily need all that. I think this will help me know my world better so that I'm able to convey what's necessary and leave out those things the reader can imagine with ease.
Enter the "#WritingtheSensesChallenge2019". It should be ready to go on January 1st. Please look forward to that special blog post which will go out on a Tuesday.
That's it for today. I was a sloth this weekend as far as work goes and didn't do much but holiday prep, minimal house chores, and rest. Back to the sewing machine and oven I go. I'm so looking forward to Christmas Day!
My first love, you may be surprised to note, isn't actually writing. It's music. My mother says I was singing (humming tunes) before I could talk. She always wished she could've put me in voice lessons but when I was growing up in our rural area of Louisiana, voice teachers were hard to find and totally out of budget for our little farming family. It didn't stop me from singing, though, and thankfully, my mom and dad both had a good choral teacher during their high school years. I learned a lot from them. :) What does all this have to do with writing?
I was hoping to have holiday novels to review all month but that won't be the case. I'm happy to say I was able to purchase a book one of my fantasy author friends wrote so I'll be reviewing that one next. I was super excited when she opened up her newest novel for ARC readers and I was added to the list. I thought it would probably be a good idea to read the first book in the series before I tried to give an opinion on the second. It was an excellent excuse to purchase her book which had been sitting in my wish list for a little while.
I hope you'll enjoy this book review, though. It's definitely holiday themed. I had a lot of fun reading the collection of tales and I hope my review will convey that, even though it's somewhat short.
The month of December is almost a shut-out for writing. At least, it always seems to end up that way for me. So what do I do as a writer during December? I catch up on tons of things I can't seem to keep up with when I'm writing. Read on to find out more...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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