Writer Recharge Challenge 2014

writer-rechargeThis February I’m participating in Writer Recharge hosted by Alison MillerLiz ParkerElodie NowodazkijSara Biren & Katy Upperman!

What’s Writer Recharge?

“It’s a month-long motivational challenge similar to last summer’s Ready. Set. Write! So many of us benefited from setting goals, connecting with other writers, and social media-based accountability. So, let’s do it again! Whether you’re delighting next to the crackling fireplace of a Shiny New Idea with a warm cup of tea and or spinning out on the ice-covered roads of revisions in an attempt to avoid the snow-packed ditch, we want to write with you! What do you want to accomplish this month? Hit a daily word count? Revise a certain number of pages or chapters each week? Complete a draft by the end of the month? Let’s get this party started!”

The Timeline:

  • First week of February: Post your goals for the month on your blog, website, or Twitter. Use the hashtag #WriterRecharge. Link your blog post at Sara Biren’s blog!
  • Every Monday in February: Update your progress via your blog or twitter. Link your blog posts on myMonday posts.
  • Throughout the month: Use the hashtag to connect with other writers, have writing parties, and cheer one another on!
  • February 28: Post your final update via your blog or twitter.
  • Anyone who uses the hashtag or links their blog posts will be entered to win one of five query or 3-chapter critiques.

My goals for February:

  • I have a revision/rewrite to finish of my YA Contemporary Fantasy, BLOOD OF ISIS. I’ve realized me not finishing this rewrite it what’s stopping me from progressing to other novels so it is time.
  • Write every day. No exceptions. Doesn’t matter how much as long as I write.
  • Keep querying my MG Thriller ALEX DE VEGA AND PANDORA’S BOX. I’ve been querying it, got some requests, participated in Pitch Wars, many of those early requesters ended up saying no, but I know I’m close I just need to keep going. I received a student writer scholarship for it from SCBWI (yay!!) so I’ll be at the NY Winter Conference & attending the Writers’ Roundtable intensive so here’s to hoping it gets some interest. If not, I’ll go back to the drawing board *fingers crossed*.
  • Read 1 book/week. My TBR is getting ridiculously long and there are a ton of debuts I want to read this year.

I’m really excited to begin/I started a couple days ago and loved it. I love the world of BOI, and if I can just finish this second half I can go back and “sew” everything together and the MS will be ready to send to CPs!

Whew! What a busy month. That’s not even including all the college related events I have going on. Can’t wait to connect with you at #WriterRecharge 🙂

Whimsically Yours,


My Year in Review – 2012

you are a writer

It’s the motto.

2012, what can I say about you.  It was the year I ended my first semester of college and began my second.  It was also the year of the summer during which I created this wonderful blog, my professional website, my tumblr, my twitter, yada, yada, yada, but most importantly 2012 was the year I claimed the title of writer and actually began to write.

Now, I have always written things, especially when I was younger, but it wasn’t until this year (this summer to be exact) that I actually began to write consistently (or somewhat) and write not just in journals but blog posts, short stories, poetry, and most of all novels.

My 2012 year has included many ups and many, many downs but honestly, I can’t change a thing because it’s almost over and I’m very proud of the things I have accomplished.

So…2013, wow, 2013…two more years until I graduate college and enter “the real world” (but honestly, that’s a lie…I’m a writer, when do I ever fully live in reality???).

So, once again 2013, what shall you hold for me?

–Well, I don’t exactly know now do I?  But I do know this, for 2013 and beyond I vow to focus more on Just Writing and less on the business side of things.  I, unlike many writers (or so I’ve heard), love the business side of things.  I consider myself to be great at networking (of any kind), marketing, selling, and so forth but in order for me to accomplish my dream, become a published author and see my book in bookstores, I must focus more on writing and less on marketing.

It’s going to be a challenge, yes, but it will be worth it, and I know if I can do this…well, with all the projects I’m working on, ideas buzzing around in my head, I’ll have a literary agent by the end of 2013 and well on my way to my dreamland.

I also want to focus more on my academics and learning how and when to balance my professional life with being a student.

Best of luck to all of you and your endevours…enjoy the new year!!! 🙂

How has 2012 treated you, what do you want to accomplish in 2013…what do you need to do first in order to accomplish your dreams?

Whimsically Yours,


$100 B&N E-Giftcard Giveaway

Hello Wonderful Readers 🙂

As you might know I love helping my fellow writers out, well one such fellow writer now author, Ilana Waters author of The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt is hosting an amazing giveaway that you all should enter!!!  The details, as written by Ilana, are below:

The $100 Giveaway!

“Being a librarian, reading is naturally one of Stanley’s favorite things to do. In fact, he told me that whoever wants to sign up for his newsletter–Hartlandia Headlines–from now until September 20th is automatically entered into a very special giveaway. This giveaway entitles the winner to a $100 e-gift card from Barnesandnoble.com. Stanley only wishes that the medieval-ish world of Hartlandia had internet access so he could enter the giveaway himself.

If you already signed up for the newsletter before, you are automatically entered into the giveaway! But either way, don’t forget to say “yes” to the confirmation e-mail (it may be in your spam box). If you’re unconfirmed, I can’t enter you–sorry! :-(

You are also free to sign up for the newsletter after September 20th, but you won’t be entered into the giveaway. I know you want that B&N giftcard, so sign up today!

And I apologize, but for legal reasons those under 18 CANNOT sign up for the newsletter. But a trusted adult can do so on your behalf if you’re underage. Also, due to B&N’s policies this giveaway is only open to those currently living in the US or its territories. Oh, and if the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours to my “OMG You WON!” e-mail, I have to choose a new winner.

This giveaway is void where prohibited by law, by the power vested in me by the state of New Jerseyana, from the United Veneration of Awesome Giveaways, etc., yadda yadda yadda.”

So sign up today…also if you are a fellow writer/author or anyone related and have a contest/giveaway let me know about it and I’ll post about it 🙂 & stay tuned for more news related to Stanley Delacourt!

Whimsically Yours,

writing reflections

I really like this post because writing is such a huge process, and I think it’s always great to know where you began and note your improvements and what you still need to work on.

When I was in eight grade I thought I was the best writer in the world, until my teacher handed me back a paper with a C on it. I don’t make Cs, or at least I didn’t, I was horrified. She had written all over my paper basically saying: Great ideas, great story, horrible grammar. So I pushed it aside and said whatever until I got another bad grade. Then I realized that grammar is something I really need to work on; it’s something I struggled with then and still do now.

As a writer you have to understand the rules of grammar, that way you can break them. As me anything about figurative language, descriptions, etc…I’ve got you (I’m actually a beast with figurative language), but as to commas, I can edit your paper. I understand grammar well when it comes to the work of others but as for my own, I seem to still have a problem with commas and such. However I am working on it, especially since I’m actually a writer now, one who is editing her manuscript now and will be looking for an agent soon. I cannot have bad grammar be the thing that keeps me from achieving my goals.

So what am I going to do about it? I’m going to start doing exercises out of my eighth grade grammar book (yes, I still have it) because I want to give myself and my stories the best fighting chance they can get.

Whimsically Yours,


Freedom...stylez .. Catchy Hooks


As I am apprehensive to write about a fear. With writing I am afraid of making mistakes, and not wording my thoughts correctly.  If that is a growth in terms of skill, fear of writing destructively is one of the things I have learned to be afraid of in this course.  The ability to influence others is a very hard thing to do, but when a person writes from their heart, I believe a positive reaction is the usual result as long as writing from the heart remains critical in thinking, if there is such a thing as thinking with your heart.  I hope that I have learned what my 8th grade grammer teacher was trying to teach me many years ago when she failed me. I believe she was trying to teach me about the importance of the english language.  Although I was 12 years old at the time…

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