Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking to You, 2015

I actually started writing this yesterday, then scrapped the entire post because it wasn't saying what I wanted it to say. But then I woke up to a certain email, and to my critique partners being the marvelous, beautiful souls that they are, and so I turned on my trusty laptop and sat down to write.

I've seen numerous posts about New Years resolutions, and they've all gotten me thinking. I don't want to write a resolutions post (but believe me, I'm certainly making resolutions! They just feel a little too personal to share on the World Wide Web).

So instead, I'm just going to say I'm looking to you, 2015. I have high hopes for this new year. I'll be back in college, but actually pursuing my degree, rather than simply getting all of my general education out of the way (and that is SUCH a relief. It sucks to have to take some of the same classes I took in high school. My high school was a college prep school, so the bar was always higher). I'll be moving out in the fall to one of two colleges I am thrilled to pieces (and also woefully not ready) to have to choose between. I will, God willing, get an agent for my epic fantasies, and I will, God willing, get a book deal.

But that's all I have to say about that.

2014 was a strange, hopeful, yet ultimately disappointing year. It started with a bang: I was in PitchWars, and PitchMadness, and Cupid's Lit Connection Blind Speed Dating contest...I was getting requests, I was getting rejections. They often say not to talk about requests and rejections, so obviously I won't  be listing every single thing that happened (and most of which I'll save for my Agent Success Story post, whenever that may come), but I'm going to be a little honest here: I've queried my book a lot. I've gotten lots of requests, and just as many rejections. And so, on this final day of 2014, I lay my pirates to rest. They've been good to me--they got me all of my critique partners, they've gotten me some of my writing friends--but I am glad to close that door.

I'm entering 2015 with a new novel, this one about war and remembrance and overcoming darkness and friendship and sweeping love and heartbreak and betrayal and honestly I could keep going on and on about all the things it IS but I won't because this post is already long enough.

2014 was a learning year for me. I know I didn't set out for it to be a learning year, but now that I'm looking back on it, I know that's what it was. And I am so glad for it, despite everything.

I hope that 2015 will be a growing year, a successful year, in every sense of those words. I am so thankful for everything I've been through. I am so thankful for my critique partners and writing friends who have been there every single step of the way and kept me sane when I couldn't do that for myself. They are the best friends I could ever ask for, and I am going to hold onto them with everything I've got because they mean so much to me.

So, here's looking to you, 2015. May you bring growth and success and be as fulfilling as I hope you will be. And because it wouldn't be a true post without some music (and even though it's not Monday), here's a gorgeous piece of music I've had on repeat for a while. It's called Before Time by Thomas Bergersen.

Over and out,


Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday Music 64

Happy holidays, everyone!

This will be my last Monday Music post for the 2014 year. It's hard to believe it's nearly over--and this year has been a strange one.

I don't know why it is, but the first half of every year seems to draaaaaaaaaaaaag on but then the second half flies by faster than I can blink. 2014 was a good year, but it was also a lousy year, so I'm not too sad to see it go.

Without further ado, here is your Monday Music selection! This week's is called Tales of Ice and Blood by BrunuhVille. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Music 63 & Some Thoughts on Support

Hi everyone!

Support. It's a topic near and dear to me--and I know it's near and dear to all the writers I know, and most likely all those I don't.

Being a writer is lonely. You spend hours holed up in your office/bedroom/living room/what-have-you, pouring your heart and soul into characters to give them life on the page. You play with your emotions to give your characters emotions. You live and breathe their lives, their stories. You swoon with them, you cry with them, you laugh with them.

But through it all, most of the time, you're writing alone. That's why support is so insanely important. Even if it's just one person you can turn to, hold onto that person with all you have because you will need them when the time comes. And I don't mean a spouse, a sibling, a child, a parent, etc. Those people can do wonders, but they don't understand the hardships of being a writer. They don't know how hard it can be to pull yourself away from your pages, or to forego all aspects of a social life in favor of writing.

What I mean are other writers, in any stages of the process--newbies, querying, agented, on sub, published...The list goes on. It's so important to have people to turn to when your well is running dry, when you're feeling stressed about the publishing world, or when you've written yourself into a corner you can't seem to get out of. Get involved on Twitter (I've met fabulous friends through there!), AbsoluteWrite, WriteOnCon (when it's in session), NaNoWriMo, How About We CP (I met my CP Anne through this!), blogs (many authors/writers have contact forms on their blogs/websites!), contests like PitchWars, or other avenues I may have overlooked.

I guarantee you will not regret growing your social circle of writers. And if you can't find any, come to me! I'm happy to help you look (though I'm afraid I can't take on any more critique partners, sorry!).

And now, without further ado, here is your Monday Music selection! This week's is called Flares by The Script (one of my favorite bands). Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Music 62

Hi, everyone!

This week's Monday Music selection is called Evanescence by Arn Andersson. Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Music 61

Hi, everyone!

I can't believe it's already December. There are only 31 days left of 2014, and this year definitely did not turn out like I thought it would. Looking back, at the beginning of this year, I was in PitchWars for my pirate fantasy. Now, at the end of this year, I'm beginning to query a new manuscript, my demon fantasy. (What is with me and breaking villainous stereotypes?)

Anywhoo. Onto your Monday Music. This week's selection is a mashup because I can't seem to be able to get enough of them. This one is by Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy, called Numb Yesterday. (Can you guess which two songs were combined? Hehe.) Hope you enjoy!

Happy Monday!