Friday Five–the Technical Difficulties Edition


Tasha K. was awesome this morning, and she emailed me a head’s up that my blog was having technical difficulties: the comments hadn’t been working at least a day. The Spam Free software kept blocking people from posting anything.

If this happened to you, I’m so sorry!!

I’ve changed the plugin I was using, and after testing it a number of times, I think the issue has been sorted out. So, you should be able to leave comments now, but if you’re having trouble, please don’t ever hesitate to email me!


I know I mentioned that I would release a short story set in The Ever Afters world that takes place between Book 1 and Book 2, and I still plan to. However, I no longer think I’ll be able to draft, edit, and release it before Of Witches and Wind comes out next week. 🙁

I’m really sorry about that, you guys! I hope no one was waiting for it!! Of Sorcery and Snow has taken up more time and energy this year than I was expecting, and so I’m busy playing catch up in a bunch of arenas, not just this one.

I’ll keep you posted!


I turned in The Ever Afters 3: Of Sorcery and Snow to copy-editing last Monday, and I’m slowly starting to feel like myself again.

Dude, this book….

It’s going to take me a while to talk about this book, the same way it took me a while to talk about Of Witches and Wind, because it was such an intense experience. The short version is that the bulk of the work happened between early January and early July of this year. That’s only six months. In comparison, I had over a year for both Of Giants and Ice and Of Witches and Wind, so the schedule was way more intense.

On the plus side, I had the plot all worked out before January, so that sped things up a bit.


Anyway, it left me feeling pretty wrung out, like my creative battery was at an all-time low. So, basically, I’ve spent the past couple weeks doing what Joss Whedon calls “filling the tanks.” (There’s a cool article that mentions it here, in case you’re interested.)

That basically means devouring content, so that my brain has stories to munch on. This is like plugging my creative battery into an electrical socket, so that I can recharge and go back to creating again. It’s a necessary step of being a writer, or any kind of artist. I learned this the hard way, and sometimes, my body sends me a reminder.

For instance, if I don’t take some time and recharge, I’ve noticed that I usually start running fever. This happened after I turned in a revision to my editor last month. That led me to sit on the couch and gobble up books in my PJ’s for a week. (To be totally honest, I’ve gotten a bit of a cold this week too, but I think that’s just because I didn’t totally get over the one I had last month.)


On the subject of filling the tanks, it’s taking me a while to get back into reading actual books, probably because I had just finished going over MY book during a line edit, which is a demanding experience. Instead, I read a lot of blog posts and articles, and I also got completely caught up on The Voice and SYTYCD on Hulu.

I also went to the theaters twice last week. (I haven’t been to see anything since Warm Bodies in February, so it’s not exactly something I do all the time.)

Monsters University

Went to see this one with my roommate. Monsters, Inc. is one of her favorite movies of ALL TIME, and she thinks that this one was just as good. There are less adorable children in it, though.

This one is all about teamwork, and the way the best teams are made not because every single person is talented at EVERYTHING. It’s because the teammates work wonderfully together. Totally recommend.

Pacific Rim

Okay, I wasn’t excited about this one when I first saw the trailer, because I’ve never been into giant fighting robots. But then people started talking it up on Twitter, and I was intrigued. Then I found out that this kick-butt lady was in it, and I was ALL OVER IT.


I saw it on opening day, and it’s probably the most fun I’ve had watching an action film since The Avengers. GO SEE IT!!


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