On Book Buying (Binges)

So there’s been a little bit of drama with booktube lately, but, honestly, enough people have addressed it that I don’t really want to. Instead, I’d like to discuss a different thing.

If you follow me on twitter (link at the bottom of this post), you might have noticed that I was really excited about going on a book-buying binge. See, every year, I save up all the Barnes and Noble gift cards I get (which I get primarily on Christmas and my birthday) until employee appreciation week when the employee discount on books increases.

Yesterday was the first day of that week, and I bought a nice little mountain of books for relatively cheap. This all had me thinking about how I decided to go buy a book, which books I buy, and my general buying habits. For a vaguely related discussion, you can check out my post on libraries from aabout a year ago. I also posted my thoughts on book hauls a few months ago.

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Let’s Chop Up the Writer’s Block

I’m ready. I’m so ready.

I open my word processor of choice—Scrivener for fiction, open office or word for blogging. I take a deep breath, hands hovering over the keyboard, barely brushing the keys if at all and—

I stare.

The cursor blinks, hypnotizing and terrifying.

Maybe a couple of words come out, maybe the screen is just blank.

It’s a nightmare for a fair few writers I know—so I asked three writers to answer a couple of questions I had about their personal experiences with writer’s block!

Featured below you will find:Jewel E. Leonard
Website | Her Interview with me😀 | Buy her book, Tales by Rails | Twitter
Jewel is the author of the Rays of Sunshine series of novellas and is in pursuit of an agent for her Witches’ Rede historical romance series.

Briana Morgan
Blog | Buy her book, Blood and Water | Twitter | YouTube
Briana is an author, editor, and all-around wonderful person. She’s dedicated to writing good fiction, helping others, and being a devoted mother to her furbaby.

Zac Tyson
Blog | Twitter
Zac Tyson is a YA and MG speculative fiction writer. He often travels to other worlds by transport of books, and also loves peanut butter and occasionally forgets he’s not a kid anymore.

Thank you all so much for participating in this blog post! I really appreciate your time and effort in answering these questions!
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3 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed

Your heart’s racing and you’re blinking at the clock every couple of minutes. You have that list of things you need to do—whether it be in your head or on paper or in a calendar or in a planner—and you’re incredibly conscious of just how many things are on that list.

How on Earth are you going to get all of it done? Will you get it all done? Heart’s racing, head’s pounding, maybe you’re trembling a little.

I like to call this feeling overwhelmed.

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Bookish Things on My Doorstep

So Lori from Ink, Keys, and Other Things (who’s awesome, by the way, so I’d recommend bookish and writerly people check her out) suggested that I do a post on book subscription boxes due to a comment I made on twitter this week. And as I didn’t have another topic in mind for today, I thought I should~

Note 1: I am not getting paid for this or anything like that.

Note 2: Although one of these boxes did not work for me, I encourage you to check it out if it sounds like something you’d like to try.

Note 3: All opinions are my own, and I would love to hear yours, too, so comment with anything you have to say!

That being made known, this is a review of/comparison of 3 different subscription boxes, and a discussion thereof. You can click the names of the boxes to go to the website.

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How I Plotted #TheProject

So one of the big writing discussions is the pantsing versus plotting debate. Essentially, there is a debate between whether it’s better to discover what you’re writing as you write, to wander through the woods without a map, or if it’s better to track your progress, to plan your way though every nook and cranny. Personally, I see this as a spectrum. Personally, I believe that both of these are perfectly valid ways to approach writing. I used to be very much on the pantsing end, but I found that plotting worked much better for me.

So here, I will share with you how I personally go about plotting. The intention here is not to convince you to plot or to say it’s the right way to do it, I’m just showing you how I personally plotted through the Project❤

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Thinking Thursday: Retro Reviews [1]

Welcome back to Thinking Thursday everyone! Retro reviews is essentially me providing 3-5 very short reviews for books I read some time ago. These will be abbreviated reviews and will not include all the information I would in a normal review for the sake of your time (and mine). All cover images were retrieved through Google Images or Goodreads and do not belong to me. Enjoy!