My Complete 2014 Reading List and Statistics

Posted on: 1st Jan 2015  /   Categorized: Book Love

My goal for 2014 had been to read 100 books and I was going strong all year long. I finished Book #98 on Saturday, Dec. 20, so I was very confident. 100 books was totally in the bag!


And then I got caught up in holiday planning and didn’t read anything for a few days, and then…






And then I really wasn’t reading for a few days!! (Unless you count squishable baby books that max out at 15 words…)


So with a hint of desperation, I picked up two graphic novels on New Year’s Eve and, in between feedings and diaper changes, managed to finish the last page of my last book at precisely midnight. No, really. I shut the book at the same moment that fireworks exploded down the block. It was epic.



Then I changed some more diapers. 😀


Here is the list of all 100 books I read in 2014, along with some statistics. My Top 10 Books / Series will be posted tomorrow, along with the Top 10 Books / Series I plan to read in 2015.





Total books read: 100 (woot!)


Genre Breakdown:

Satire: 1

Children’s / Middle Grade: 6

General Fiction / Literary: 6

Romance: 9

Graphic Novels: 10

Non-Fiction: 13 (3 parenting, 3 writing guides, 2 for research, 5 for fun)

Young Adult: 55*



*Young Adult can be further divided into:

Short story collections: 3

Historical: 3

Futuristic / dystopian: 8

Fantasy: 13

Contemporary: 13

Paranormal / urban fantasy: 15





First Quarter
1. Plus One, by Elizabeth Fama
2. The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
3. Fool, by Christopher Moore
4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
5. Winterspell, by Claire Legrand
6. Star Cursed, by Jessica Spotswood
7. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
8. Splintered, by A.G. Howard
9. Revolutions for Fun and Profit, by Ryan Shattuck
10. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
11. Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi
12. Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi
13. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
14. My Life as an Experiment, by A.J. Jacobs
15. Passionate Persuasion, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
16. Also Known As, by Robin Benway
17. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel, by Daniel Cooney
18. Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles, by Arne Bellstorf (graphic novel)
19. Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir & Khalil (graphic novel)
20. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige
21. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

Second Quarter
22. Firebug, by Lish McBride
23. The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
24. Devine Intervention, by Martha Brockenbrough
25. The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats
26. Symbols of Love, by Denny Lee and Josh Stoneman
27. Bubbly on Your Budget, by Marjorie Hillis
28. Choker, by Elizabeth Woods
29. The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen
30. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon (graphic novel)
31. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
32. Vicious, by Victoria Schwab
33. Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor
34. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton
35. Of Neptune, by Anna Banks
36. Hatter, by Daniel Coleman (first publication; to be re-released Fall 2014)
37. Ashen Winter, by Mike Mullin
38. Shards & Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
39. Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod
40. I Heart You, You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder
41. Bad Boys of the Black Hills, and Some Wild Women, Too, by Barbara Fifer
42. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (graphic novel)
43. Haunted Deadwood: A True Wild West Ghost Town, by Mark Shadley and Josh Wennes
44. The Taste of Lightning, by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)
45. Storm Siren, by Mary Weber
46. Enthralled, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
47. Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)
48. Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)
49. Threats of Sky and Sea, by Jennifer Ellision
50. Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo

Third Quarter
51. The Serpent of Venice, by Christopher Moore
52. I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
53. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
54. In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (graphic novel)
55. Days of Blood and Starlight, by Laini Taylor
56. Dreams of Gods and Monsters, by Laini Taylor
57. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
58. Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta
59. Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein
60. The Avery Shaw Experiment, by Kelly Oram
61. The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner
62. Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins
63. Sister’s Fate, by Jessica Spotswood
64. The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings
65. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
66. Elusion, by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
67. The Truth About Alice, by Jennifer Mathieu
68. Unforgotten, by Jessica Brody
69. The Caress of the Wind, by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)
70. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, by Kathleen Flinn
71. Lailah, by Nikki Kelly
72. Altered, by Gennifer Albin

4th Quarter
73. Writing for Comics, by Alan Moore
74. Panel One: Comic Book Scripts by Top Writers, edited by Nat Gertler
75. The Winner’s Crime, by Marie Rutkoski
76. Priya in Heels, by Ayesha Patel
77. Charming, by Elliott James
78. Prom Nights from Hell, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
79. Hell Week, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
80. Highway to Hell, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
81. A Little Something Different, by Sandy Hall
82. Epic Fail, by Claire LaZebnik
83. Blue Lily, Lily Blue, by Maggie Stiefvater
84. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
85. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll
86. Salvation, by Anne Osterlund
87. The Adopted Family, by Florence Rondell and Ruth Michaels
88. An Unexpected Kiss, by Cindy Roland Anderson
89. Feels Like Love, by Jeanette Lewis
90. Full Court Devotion, by Cami Checketts
91. The Christmas Eve Kiss, by Taylor Hart
92. Risking it All for Love, by Kimberley Montpetit
93. Blue Christmas, by Lucy McConnell
94. Batwoman: Elegy, by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III (graphic novel)
95. My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories, edited by Stephanie Perkins
96. Dreamwood, by Heather Mackey
97. The Crown of Embers, by Rae Carson
98. The Bitter Kingdom, by Rae Carson
99. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi (graphic novel)
100. The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba (graphic novel)


Join the #CyborgMonday Festivities!

Posted on: 1st Dec 2014  /   Categorized: Fairest

Forget Cyber Monday, we’re having our own cyber party all day today—officially dubbed Cyborg Monday—as we unlock exclusive new Lunar Chronicles content and start preparing ourselves for the upcoming release of Fairest on January 27!



Things to Do Right Now


1. Check out our newly redesigned Lunar Chronicles Web Site:


2. Test out the brand new Glamour Yourself App. Make your own video or image into a Levana-style glamour, then share it with your friends!

glamour yourself


3. View the entries (so far) for the Fairest Fanart Contest, then enter your own Queen Levana-inspired design. The grand prize winner will be flown out to the Fairest Launch Party in Tacoma, WA, in January!


Fairest contest

(Open to US and Canada. Ends December 31.)


4. Enter the Cyborg Monday Sweepstakes on Instagram. You could win a copy of Fairest plus a Fairest poster and mirror!




Help Us Unlock More Exclusive Content


fairest unlock content 

Want to read the first chapter of Fairest? Listen to a video of me reading an excerpt from the book? Download Lunar Chronicles wallpapers? See what cities I’ll be traveling to for the Fairest tour next January?



Then it’s up to you to help us unlock all this content!



How to unlock exclusive content:


– Tweet using the hashtags #Fairest, #CyborgMonday, and #GlamourYourself

– Post to Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook using the #CyborgMonday hashtag

– Share your #GlamourYourself image on the social media of your choice

– Like The Lunar Chronicles on Facebook

– Like and Share this post on Facebook

– Follow @MacTeenBooks on Instagram

– Follow @FierceReads on Tumblr and Twitter

– Follow me (@marissa_meyer) on Twitter



All of those tweets, shares, follows, and reblogs are currently being monitored by Cress, and when we reach certain milestones, content will be unlocked! So get busy!



Join in the #CyborgMonday Twitter Chat


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Bring your questions and excitement to the #CyborgMonday Twitter chat, happening tonight at 9:00EST/6:00PST.



Join the Cress Read-a-Thon

Cress readathon

Read and share your thoughts on Cress between now and December 14! More details can be found here.

Get Ready for Lunar Chronicles Ship Weeks!

Posted on: 23rd Nov 2014  /   Categorized: Cinder


 (Artwork by NightmareSiren and M.F. Islands.)



Calling all Lunartics: The first ever Lunar Chronicles Ship Weeks are starting soon!





From the TLC Ship Weeks Tumblr:


A Ship Week is a specified week where fans draw/write/etc and submit pieces for a particular pairing. Ship Weeks of course implies more than one week of such festivities.


The first annual The Lunar Chronicles Ship Weeks will take place from December 21, 2014 to January 24, 2015, the 5 weeks before the release of Fairest, and feature the following ships and the corresponding themes for Days 2, 4, and 6 of each week.


For each themed day (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), submit pieces based on the theme~ Other days of each week are open for any pieces related to that ship.



In other words—it’s a five-weeks-long celebration that allows the fans to create, share, gush, swoon, discuss, and fangirl/fanboy over our beloved TLC characters!






Dec 21 – Dec 27: Winter and Jacin

Daybreak Monday, Dec 22

Regency Wednesday, Dec 24

Wonderland Friday, Dec 26


Dec 28 – Jan 3: Cress and Thorne

Firsts Monday, Dec 29

Road Trip Wednesday, Dec 31

Unbroken Promises Friday, Jan 2


Jan 4 – Jan 10: FREE WEEK

Genderbend Monday, Jan 5

Plus Iko Wednesday, Jan 7

Crossover Friday, Jan 9


Jan 11 – Jan 17: Scarlet and Wolf

Shadows Monday, Jan 12

Cooking Wednesday, Jan 14

Wild West Friday, Jan 16


Jan 18 – Jan 24: Cinder and Kai

Dreams Monday, Jan 19

Masquerade Wednesday, Jan 21

Celestial Friday, Jan 23





Read all about it on the TLC Ship Weeks Tumblr, and use their submission form to submit your artwork! Then sit back and enjoy all the gorgeous TLC love to come out of it.





I’m not officially involved with TLC Ship Weeks other than being SUPER excited about it and helping to spread the word, so if you have additional questions, be sure to go check out the FAQ page on the Tumblr or ask the moderators!




I cannot WAIT to see what everyone comes up with!!! #BestFandomEVER

Writer’s Block, Schmiter’s Block

Posted on: 18th Nov 2014  /   Categorized: Writing Tips

I cannot believe that I’ve never done a blog post about writer’s block. I mean, that’s writer-blogger 101, isn’t it? Everyone’s done a post on writer’s block!


But I couldn’t find one in my archives, and it’s a pretty timely topic during NaNoWriMo, so . . . all right then. Let’s do this!


First, a caveat:


There are lots of brilliant resources out there that get to the heart of real writer’s block. How it’s a psychological issue. Why it’s a problem that faces many creative-types. Why it often stems from emotional conflicts, such as perfectionism, depression, outside pressure, and on and on.


If writer’s block is something that plagues you often or has had its claws in you for an extended period of time, it might be related to a larger issue, and I definitely recommend doing more research into it and finding solutions that deal with the heart of the problem.


For me, personally—this is not something I’ve ever suffered from. Generally when I’m struggling, I know it’s temporary. Maybe I’m tired, or I’m distracted, or my WIP is giving me trouble, or I’m just not feeling the love that day. And I’ve found that, generally, when someone says they have “writer’s block,” it tends to be these shallower sort of problems they’re referring to.


Which is what I’m talking about in this post: Simple solutions and strategies for getting yourself writing again. Not the real writer’s block, which I will leave to the experts and those writers who have experience with it.



Thou Shalt Not Say “I Have Writer’s Block”


First things first. Banish the words from your vocabulary!


Real writer’s block, to me, is the inability to write. Period. And really, how many of us are ever incapable of writing? If I asked you to write a single sentence on your current WIP, could you do it? Yes? Well okay, then. No writer’s block here!


I’m not meaning to be flippant, but think about it. When you say “I have writer’s block” (Translation: “I’m not capable of writing!”) then you are giving yourself an easy excuse to not write. The result: You don’t write. Then you feel like a loser for not writing, which makes you even more convinced of your writer’s block, and so on. It’s a downward spiral.


And why would you give writer’s block that power over you?


Say: I’m tired. Say: I’m having trouble focusing today. Say: I don’t know what happens in this next chapter.


And then say: But I know that’s normal, and I have strategies for dealing with it.




My Favorite Strategies for Getting Un-Stuck



Strategy #1: Make Tiny Goals

For me, I find that getting started is the most difficult part of writing on a consistent basis. Every single day we are faced with distractions. Laundry, emails, television, etc. And if you never sit down and start writing, it’s really easy for an entire day to pass you by with no forward progress on the WIP.


And then another day goes by.


And then another.


When it seems impossible to sit down and get any writing done, I often motivate myself with itty bitty, teeny tiny goals.


Example: I am going to write a sentence.


That doesn’t sound so tough, does it?


And really, how long does it take to write a sentence? (Even if you factor in turning on your computer, opening your WIP, and scrolling to the bottom of the document, it’s still generally going to take less than a minute to accomplish this goal.)


Sentence—done! There. You’ve accomplished something. You’ve made progress on your WIP, and . . . I’m willing to bet that sentence is going to turn into a second sentence. And then another. And then maybe even another. Because getting started was the hardest part.


One sentence. You can do it.



Strategy #2: Word Sprints

I love word sprints. They are another great way to force yourself to sit down and get started without overthinking it. It isn’t about word counts. It’s about a set amount of time spent with your fingers on the keyboard, and you can do a word sprint in as little as five or ten minutes—perfect for when you just can’t seem to carve out any time in your busy life.


How it works is simple: You sit down and open up your WIP. You set a timer. (I like to do increments of 25 or 30 minutes, but really, this is up to you. Don’t make it too long, though, or it defeats the purpose.) Then you keep your fingers on your keyboard (or pen on paper) until the timer dings.


There is a racing-against-the-clock sensation that forces you to silence the inner editor and focus and write. You just might be surprised how much you can get done in short, focused writing bursts like this.



Strategy #3: Brainstorming on Paper

Now, the two above strategies work for me 90% of the time, because they give me the little push I need to get started.


Sometimes, though, getting started isn’t the problem. Sometimes I’m gung-ho and willing to write, but the book itself is being problematic. Maybe I’ve written myself into a corner. Or I’ve gone so far off my original outline that I have no idea what happens next. Or the characters have thrown a wrench into my master plan and now I’m floundering for what to do with them.


This is usually my queue to break out a pen and a notebook and start brainstorming. Studies have shown that we access a different part of our brain when we’re writing on paper versus on a computer, and I find that something almost always jogs loose once I switch it up.


What do I write? Well, that depends on what the problem is.


A lot of times, for me, my brainstorming will start with a rant. (Why is this book being so difficult?????) Then maybe I’ll start breaking down the problems, as I see them. (Jack was supposed to go to school so he and Jill could run against each other for school body president, but the stupid boy decided to skip school instead and is off gallivanting at the arcade—what a slacker! He’ll never win the vote this way!) Then, as my rant starts to run out of steam, I usually start throwing “What If” questions into the mix. (But what if Jack was able to win the vote anyway, even if he’s not there? What if his friend starts a rumor that he’s not at school because his grandma is dying, and he wins with a sympathy vote? Oh, and then Jill would be livid when she finds out the truth! And maybe Jack didn’t want to be president at all, and that’s why he skipped in the first place, and he’ll be so annoyed when he gets back to school and realizes he won!)


You get the point. I’ll keep going until I find a solution that I get excited about.  (Note: sometimes that solution involves going back and changing things earlier in the draft, but hey, that’s what revisions are for.)



Strategy #4: Take a Break (to be used with caution)

And then, some days, you just need to take a break. Some days our brains are being pulled in a million different directions and writing just isn’t a priority. Some days we’ve hit a creative wall and our brains feel like mush. Some days we’re in the middle of reading a great book and we just won’t be able to concentrate on our own work until we finish reading it.


I believe it’s healthy to take breaks. Go for a walk. Take a nice relaxing bath, or a nap. Occasionally, you may need to take off a day and just read or watch TV or spend time with your loved ones. Seriously. It’s allowed.


The key word, of course, is occasionally. This is not an excuse to procrastinate for weeks and weeks (because Marissa Meyer said it was okay!) –but take the time you need to recharge and re-motivate yourself.


Then get back to work, slacker!



(I hope you’re all having a great, inspiring National Novel Writing Month! Feel free to share your techniques for defeating “writer’s block” in the comments.)

The Countdown to WINTER starts… NOW!

Posted on: 10th Nov 2014  /   Categorized: Fairest

One more year! ONE MORE YEAR!


We are officially 365 days away from the epic conclusion of the Lunar Chronicles hitting bookshelves and e-readers and finally being in your hands!



That’s right. #WinterISComing.



I know, I know, a whole year is still FOREVER away, but we’ve survived this long, and I think if we band together, we can make it. (As I embark on what is hopefully my final round of revisions, I will be doing my best to ensure that the book is worth the painfully long wait!)



In the meantime, we do have FAIREST to look forward to, which will be released in just under three months, on January 27. EEP. I’m so excited to show you another side of Queen Levana and also hint at the beginnings of some of our favorite Lunar Chronicles heroes and heroines . . . now in chibi-form. (Ha!)



My publisher is building up to some really awesome, exciting things to be released on December 1—hereafter known as #CyborgMonday.



Sneak teasers from Fairest AND Winter? Tour city announcements? Videos? A Q&A chat with yours truly? A super special awesome secret thing that I can’t talk about but that I’m really, really psyched for?



All of that and more! So mark your calendars and get ready to tweet, tumble, and share, because some of the goodies will require your help to unlock. (!!!)




fairest cyborg monday



In the meantime, we just announced a brand-new fanart contest! And get this: The Grand Prize Winner will be flown out to my hometown of Tacoma, WA, to join me for the FAIREST Launch Party on January 27! Ah, I love it so much. The launch parties are always a ton of fun, and you’ll of course be going home with signed books and other fun swag—including some goodies that may only be available at the launch party.



Fairest contest


Your Mission: Create a portrait of Queen Levana by answering the question: What do you think Queen Levana looks like?



See the full details here:



(I’m sorry to my international readers, but because this contest is being hosted by my US publisher, it is open to US and Canada citizens only.)



And my final announcement of the day—CRESS has made it into the Semi-Finals round of the 2014 GoodReads Choice Awards! Vote for your favorite reads of the year here:


gr choice


Thank you, readers and Lunartics. I’m looking forward to an action-packed 2015!

Enter to Win “No Plot? No Problem!” by Chris Baty

Posted on: 3rd Nov 2014  /   Categorized: Giveaways

Welcome to Day Three of National Novel Writing Month 2014! By the end of today, participants should be at around 5,000 words. (With only 1,784 words from the weekend, I have some catching up to do…)


If you find yourself with a little reading time this month, and are hoping for some NaNoWriMo motivation, I’m pleased to announce that the revised and expanded edition of NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! by NaNoWriMo’s founder Chris Baty is now available at major book retailers (check your local indie!).




I read this book when I did my first NaNo way back in 2006, and it was so inspiring—and hilarious. Chris Baty breaks NaNo down on a week-by-week basis, tackling the most common challenges we month-long novelists face, all with humor and understanding. The book also includes plenty of useful advice and writing tips for any writing journey, not just the 30-day ones.


Plus, this expanded feature includes some really cool new additions. My personal favorite is… writing pep-talks from successful NaNoWriMo novelists!


Like, um… me.




Other all-star pep-talkers include Gayle Brandeis, Rachael Herron, Elizabeth Haynes, Lani Diane Rich, Erin Morgenstern, Julia Crouch, and Sara Gruen. And of course, lots of pep from Chris Baty himself!


I’m so excited about being included in NP?NP! that I bought not one but two copies, and that second copy… is now part of a giveaway!


Enter here for your chance to win the Revised and Expanded edition of NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! plus a signed (paperback UK) copy of CRESS. And whatever other Lunar Chronicles goodies I have lying around…


All you have to do is leave a comment on THIS blog post, either quoting your favorite line from your current NaNo novel, or, if you aren’t noveling this year, leave some encouragement for those of us who are.


(If you’re not comfortable sharing a line from your novel, you’re allowed to just leave some cheerleading words, too.)


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Good luck!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Introducing The Gatlon Trilogy

Posted on: 29th Oct 2014  /   Categorized: Gatlon

We are just two days away from the start of National Novel Writing Month, where all around the world people will attempt to write a 50,000 word novel (or the first draft of one) in a mere 30 days.

I’ve spent the last three weeks scrambling to make myself sort-of, kind-of, semi-prepared for it, and . . . I have failed. I am the Queen of Unprepared this year. (At least, it feels that way to me, though I’m sure there are people who will claim they better qualify for this title.)

I will be participating, though. Because I really, really love NaNo and it would make me sad to sit it out.


My November Plan


I won’t be doing any crazy masochistic word-count challenges this year (sorry to anyone who was looking forward to that!), mostly because my NaNo Project is only one of four writing projects I’ll be working on simultaneously this month: 1. Winter revisions, 2. Historical Anthology revisions, 3. Outlining the Secret Project, 4. NaNo!


I’ll be more-or-less aiming for the standard 50,000 words . . . or whatever it takes to wrap up a first draft, which tends to be closer to 70,000 words for me, but . . . we’ll see. I’m trying not to over-think it just yet.


And what will I be first-drafting . . . ?


My first superhero book!!!


Introducing The Gatlon Trilogy


Important Note: EVERYTHING in this description is subject to change, including the title!


Working Title: The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (Book One)


Pitch: A series about Superheroes, Supervillains, and the Gray Areas in Between


Quick Summary:


There are two rival schools in Gatlon City: the respected and exclusive Morris Academy that has turned many an evolved youth into celebrity superheroes, and the Gatlon School for the Gifted, which has a slightly less impressive reputation. Students of Gatlon tend to be relegated to minions, placeholders, or—at best—sidekicks.


Clara has no interest in being a hero, but she does need answers. Her invisible, mischievous pet Thunderbird, Tondra, is dying, and she refuses to let him go without a fight. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot more happening in Gatlon than just a sickly mythical bird. Crime is on the rise, the police have gone complacent, and a new team of vigilantes are causing more problems than they’re fixing. When Clara and her peers find themselves swept up in the chaos and no longer able to tell the good guys from the bad, no one is sure which side of hero vs. villain they’ll fall on.




How (Un)Prepared am I?


Well, I have a very, very, very rough outline that I was working on during this last Fierce Reads tour. And about half of my characters have something along the lines of character profiles.


Oh, and I’ve started a Pinterest board—woot! Mostly it’s just inspiration photos right now… and an excuse to pin pictures of Sendhil Ramamurthy. *dreamy sigh*


You can see it here: (Again, keep in mind that I’m still getting to know my world and characters and everything might change.)


And . . . that’s about it right now. This is not my usual MO, as you might recall from my Writing Process series, but I didn’t want to miss out on NaNo, and who knows? Maybe it will be good for me to go off-roading a bit this year. It’s been a while since I wrote something without a very structured outline guiding the way.



You can make me a NaNo Buddy and follow my progress here:



Good luck, everyone, and happy writing!

A Day in the Life: Monday, September 15, 2014

Posted on: 16th Oct 2014  /   Categorized:

What does a day in the life of a full-time author look like? For this author, every day tends to look a little different…



6:00: Craaaaaaawl out of bed. Coffee coffee coffee.


6:30: I spend some time reading through my favorite blogs, scrolling through Pinterest, and geeking out over the BBC miniseries North & South on Twitter. (A friend rec’d it over the weekend and I was up way too late watching it. OH THE DRAMA, THE ROMANCE, THE GOWNS!)


Make the bed. Brush my teeth. Etc.


8:15: Head to the gym for a yoga class.


9:30: Grab a fruit smoothie and head back home.


10:00:  I write a long, detailed email to my editor all about the new Secret Project we’re working on. (Secret Projects, you guys! I love them. I’m SO EXCITED about this one and I think you guys will be too. *GIDDY*)


11:15: I write a blog post: From Idea to Finished, Step 4: Simmering Periods.


12:15: Post is up, time for lunch. Grilled cheese sandwiches for the win.


1:00: I’m behind on emails (kind of the story of my life), so I set a timer for an hour and try to whip through as many as I can.


2:00: Woohoo, I managed to get my inbox… er, slightly more under control. I celebrate by… starting a load of laundry, and updating the event listings on my web site’s calendar!


2:40: With a few minutes to kill, I open up Scrivener and start going over my notes for Heartless. I finished the third draft last Thursday (yay!) and I’m already itching to get back into it and knock out Draft #4 (double yay!). However, since my blog post this morning was all about taking breaks in between drafts, I decide to make small edits for now and research things that need researching. I’ll probably start real revisions again on Wednesday.


3:00: I sign in for a 20-minute Skype visit with Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia. *waves from the west coast*  This is the first Skype visit I’ve had in months, so I’m relieved that it goes so smoothly!


(FYI, I’ll be opening for Skype visits again soon. If you would like to host a 20-minute Q&A session with your library, class, or book club, check out the details on my connect page.)


3:30: Change the laundry. Walk down to get the mail. Get back to making edits in Heartless.


6:30: After making about 2/3 of the smaller changes I wanted to make throughout the book, it’s time to go curl up on the couch with a good book. I’m really enjoying The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn, a memoir about cooking from scratch and trusting your taste buds that has so far been super inspiring! (Though I might be biased, given that I love pretty much anything that has to do with food…)



And that’s been one more Day in the Life.

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