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Sunday, October 16, 2016

healthy happiness habits // sunday thoughts

Confession/Story Time: The last couple of weeks have been quite limbo-ish and crazy for me. There've been unforeseen, kinda horrid circumstances and then the inevitable thing which is finishing school (which kinda freaks me out because it is huge and afterwards I have to start something new or scary or both). Honestly, I stress easily and worry too much (especially about little things). Sometimes it helps to calm down and get some perspective. Therefore, a list of things I should do more often in order to not go insane ...

X Take a walk through the park, the street, the bush, or around the backyard. Bring headphones to lose yourself in music, or look around and appreciate your surroundings.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

stepping outside my comfort zone (a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian reading list)

Happy Saturday, friends! So 99% of the time, I read contemporary or historical fiction, which is amazing, but it means I read next to no fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian novels. I often say I don't really like those genres because I don't read enough of them. Consequently, it's remedying time. And today I'm sharing a list of twelve fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian novels that I want to read soon ... (All links go to Goodreads.)
 
Stars by Colleen Oakes: Firstly,  I identify with Peter Pan on the whole not wanting to grow up thing. Secondly, I love Wendy Darling. Thirdly, this the first book of a trilogy! Fourthly, I haven't read a Peter Pan retelling yet and this one, according to the blurb, has Wendy as the main character and keeps the setting of Victorian London, so what better place to start?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I have been hearing so many good things about this Cinderella retelling and the rest of the books in its series, so I have a major case of curiosity. Making me even more curious is the Chinese setting and that it's classified as sci-fi rather than fantasy.
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee: THE SNOW QUEEN IS JUST AN AMAZING FAIRYTALE, OKAY? I mean it's kinda creepy and there's snow and the emphasis on friendship? Obviously, this is a must-read for me. Plus the title is a delight to say aloud.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

imagination equals wonderfullness & why do I write?

(Um, I apologise for the lack of photos in my post. I would put some in except Blogger is being annoying with them. Hopefully that gets cleared up soon.)

And here is the sorta, kinda introduction-like post about me as a writer. Be ye warned because it might not make a great deal of sense ...

When you introduce yourself as a writer two questions normally follow: What do you write? Why do you write? I get why people would ask this and it's true that they're important. They're important not only as information for the questioner, but also for yourself as a writer. I think it's because they help to define and describe you. (Not to say you can't change as a writer because, wow, I change a lot.) They give clarity, and clarity, people, is something I crave.

Very simply, here it is: I write contemporary and historical fiction for young adult and middle grade readers. None of my manuscripts are complete to a point where I'm the happiest with them, but I love them all anyway (although they can be infuriating, just saying). And I write because ... because why? Is it enough to say: Because I love it? Because once I discovered this magic I didn't want to go back? Because once I realised maybe my stories could go further than the hard drive of  my computer I couldn't go back?