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20 years

Earlier today I had a bit of a realization: this year marks 20 years that I've been writing. I'm 33 now, so we're talking well over half my life.

I've never shied away from talking about how I started out writing fanfiction, and when I started writing, it was during spring break of seventh grade. So March-ish of 1999. This was during the heyday of boy bands and the 90's pop craze, and I was, unashamedly, a Backstreet Boys girl. A friend of mine introduced me to the idea of fanfiction, and my little middle school brain just seized that and ran away with it.

My first fandom was, of course, Backstreet Boys RPF (real person fic). It was all very cringey and not very good, but I kept at it, because it was fun (writing fanfiction was a lot more fun and rewarding back in those days, I will admit). The more I wrote, the better it got, and at some point in high school I shifted to writing AU (alternate universe) fic. It was still Backstreet Boys fic, but the guys were more …

Anniversary Post: The Only One

This past Saturday, August 24, was the four year anniversary of the publication of The Only One. I meant to make a post, and then, in usual me fashion, totally forgot. (In my defense, that was the day my mom came back from Colorado and I was focused on cleaning up the house, lol.) But here I am now.

The idea for the book (referred to as TOO for the rest of this post) came from one of my favorite Tumblr games, which was to have someone give you a handful of actors as your cast, you'd put your music on shuffle, and make up a fake movie based on the first song that came up. A friend gave me Dianna Agron, Darren Criss, and Billie Piper, and the song that came up was Jon McLaughlin's "Things That You Say" (title came from the line "tell me you're in love, I'm the only one, go on and lie to me with all the things that you say").

And in looking for the poster I made just now, I did not realize that TOO as an idea was as old as it was: I came up with it in …

Music + Writing

I've been listening to my Lifehouse playlist on Spotify lately, and I'm on an album that gives me a lot of feelings about my first original writing project because it came out while I was knee-deep in that project, and it got me to wondering about how other authors relate music to their writing.

I'm not much of an actual playlist person (all of my playlists on Spotify are literally just one playlist for each favorite artist with all of their albums so I can listen to them all back to back lol), I can't write to music with lyrics because I get too distracted by the lyrics, but I have a lot of songs that relate to my various original works. The entirety of Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires album is essentially the soundtrack for The Only One (the song "New York" especially) while "This Love" by Taylor Swift is what I would want Richard and Piper's theme to be if it were to ever become a movie. No Safe Place/Finding Home Again have songs from severa…

It's been... too long

I haven't posted here since February. Oi. Sadly, I haven't done much writing since then either. I've been so focused on getting my client's book finished that my own writing has fallen by the wayside, and now I've gotten out of the habit.

Fortunately, I think the end is very near on my client's book, and I'm hoping to get back to working on Crimson Hollow full force here soon. I'll have two weeks to myself in mid-October, and I'm really hoping the time alone could prove to be productive. I'll also be traveling to Colorado again over Thanksgiving, and driving back home with my mom, and maybe that time will also be fruitful, especially if I can find my flow again before then.

I keep forgetting to do a sale on The Only One, and I also keep forgetting that I want to publish a little novella in the No Safe Place/Finding Home Again 'verse. Maybe my memory will return to me soon too, lol.

My carpal tunnel has been bad in my arms and hands lately, w…

A Sale is Coming

There's not much happening over here, writing-wise, unfortunately. I'm still entrenched in a book I'm helping one of my clients publish, and it's severely cut into my own writing time. I'm ready to be done with it so I can get back to my own stuff, but I think the end is still a ways away.

On the bright side, No Safe Place will be on sale next month! I wanted to do a sale in January, but the money didn't quite work out for buying promos, but my tax refund should be depositing this week, so I'll be able to submit for a few promos. The sale will run March 9 through March 16 (coinciding with the dates Hannah was missing in the book), so mark your calendars and tell your friends!

I also meant to do a sale on The Only One for Valentine's Day, but I've been busy with work and other things and it just completely slipped my mind to try to plan it, but I'm going to try to schedule one, maybe for April (perhaps for my birthday, who knows).

Speaking of The…