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Faves of 2015: The Year in Reading

This post is LATE! But not TOO late—it’s still January. I’ve decided not to be embarrassed about being late with my Best Books of the Year posts unless I procrastinate all the way to February. (*knocks on wood* Now, who wants to …
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The Name Game, Character Style

Here it is! The very first Journeypen Project topic that was suggested by readers!   Disclaimer: this post has spoilers for the Ever Afters series through OWAW. — I don’t follow the same process for every single character, but I can shed a little …
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NaNoWrimo 2015 Recap: Weeks 2 and 3

I know. I disappeared. I’m sorry! Top 3 Excuses: (I have more, but I’ve decided against indulging in divulging them (Nano brain makes me punchy and inclined toward wordplay (Ellie and Ben got their punny-ness from SOMEONE.))) Writing toward a daily word …
1. I love those pens, but I've written through TWO of them this week, which makes me wonder how much ink they include in their refills. 2. I started this notebook on the second day; the one underneath is used for prewriting, outlines, naming, etc. 3. The treat I gave myself on Friday evening, in order to power through the last 1,000 words. 4. The WIP! I took a picture of each page of new material, so that I can have a digital backup. That way, I won't lose the whole book if I drop my notebook--a.k.a. MY ONLY COPY--in a puddle or something. (These are legit things professional writers think about. :-P)

NaNoWriMo 2015 Recap: Week 1

Sunday, Nov. 1 – Day One: When actually faced with the blank page, excitement for new project ebbs, and nervousness mounts into BLIND PANIC. Spend most of the day naming my characters; then I set a timer for two 15-minute sprint, one …