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Writing is Hard

I've come to the conclusion, in the last couple of months, that writing a book with 100% seriousness and dedication is one of the hardest professional challenges a person can face. At least it has been for me. Not even graduate school was this hard (or maybe I'm forgetting my #gradschoolproblems). Anyway, I think part… Continue reading Writing is Hard

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Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

I finished reading Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia a couple of weeks ago and never wrote anything about it, so here are my thoughts on it. Synopsis ”The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers… Continue reading Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Writing Update

I've been so absent from here! So I figured I'd update you guys on how my WIP is going. Originally I'd planned to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo to work on another writing project I've been researching for the last few months. That, however, didn't turn out to be a good idea. I knew in my… Continue reading Writing Update

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Work in Progress Update

Hello, friends! I feel like I haven’t written a blog in ages. It’s been ten days! I do apologize, but my husband surprised me with a road trip to South Carolina to celebrate my 29th birthday—and it was also my brother’s wedding—so I’ve been a bit busy. But I’m back and ready to blog! This… Continue reading Work in Progress Update

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Resistance Women Book Review

This was the first novel by Chiaverini that I read, and I have to say I was extremely impressed by the research that went into creating this massive book. The historical accuracy blew me away, allowing me to learn more about an era I am immensely passionate about. It was wonderfully written, but it is… Continue reading Resistance Women Book Review

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Writing in Progress

This past week hasn’t been the greatest for writing. I wasn’t feeling well physically and we had a scare with our cat. So I sort of neglected my blog last week! However, I was still able to get about 50 pages of edits of my WIP. Although I’m behind on my schedule (not surprising), I’m… Continue reading Writing in Progress

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The Song of the Jade Lily

I received an ARC of The Song of the Jade Lily in exchange for an honest review. This book is wonderful in every sense of the word. The writing is easy to follow, the characters are all well developed, and the storyline itself is heartbreakingly beautiful. Themes of loss, love, friendship, identity, loyalty, and most… Continue reading The Song of the Jade Lily

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Keep Moving Forward

It’s Monday, which means it’s WIP update! For the past week, instead of editing my manuscript directly on the computer, I set aside time to go through and examine some plot points that I remembered were going to happen at the end of the WIP. I wrote them down on my research notebook and was… Continue reading Keep Moving Forward

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Why I’m Not Pursuing a Ph.D

I graduated with my MA three years ago, and people still ask me when I'll be applying to Ph.D programs. My answer is always the same, "I'm not." After graduating with my BA in history, I was sure I wanted to pursue a higher education degree and I did. However, once I graduated with my… Continue reading Why I’m Not Pursuing a Ph.D

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The Lieutenant’s Nurse Book Review

Synopsis November, 1941. She's never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even… Continue reading The Lieutenant’s Nurse Book Review