How to Write Faster: An Experiment

April is Camp NaNoWrimo, which is basically like normal NaNoWriMo but with fewer rules. You get to choose your word count goals (instead of the required 50,000) in order to win, and you’re also assigned a cabin, just like summer camp, so it’s easier to find a community. It’s cute and fun, and the writing community is always amazing. But it’s also really intimidating to … Continue reading How to Write Faster: An Experiment

March Writing Wrap Up

I really need to work on writing fluency. That’s what I discovered last month. It was a decent writing month, and I hit the goals that I set for myself (mostly), but every time I wrote, I kept struggling with how long I could actually sit down and concentrate on writing. So that’s what I’ve decided I’m going to focus on for April, and in fact, the rest of the year. I’m going to experiment and try different strategies other writers recommend to help build writing fluency. Continue reading March Writing Wrap Up

Netgalley + Edelweiss 2021 Reading Challenge

I don’t like to set numerical reading goals for myself anymore due to reading burnout (and burnout from life in general), but I like setting types of reading goals. For example, one of my reading goals for 2021 is to catch up on reading the eARCs and Goodreads Giveaway books I’ve received over the past several months or years. Recently, I found out about the … Continue reading Netgalley + Edelweiss 2021 Reading Challenge

February Writing Wrap Up

What a month. It’s the shortest month of the year, but between teacher burnout and the Texas Snowpocalypse of 2021, it easily felt like the longest month. Understandably, I didn’t get much writing in for February. I started the month off with 36,504 words and ended with a whopping 36,828. That’s a grand total of 324 words for February, folks. Thanks to M.K. England, who … Continue reading February Writing Wrap Up

Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Year

Before I was a teacher, I was a young adult librarian, and I knew every YA book published. This is barely an exaggeration. It was literally my job to know what books are out and what would be published soon. I had lists on lists of books separated by genre, category, and special interests for very particular readers so that when someone walked up to … Continue reading Books I Can’t Wait to Read This Year

5 Reading Goals for 2021

Yes, I know it’s February already, but it’s never too late to set goals, right? Every January since I started using Goodreads, I have set a reading goal for myself. Lately, I’ve realized that I don’t like setting numerical reading goals because I feel they’re too strict and limiting. I really don’t like the pressure associated with it when I can’t keep up, especially since … Continue reading 5 Reading Goals for 2021

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han reads like a YA version of a rom com from the 90s/00s golden era. It’s a fun, fast-paced book full of strong family relationships and friendships and not just romance. The whole fake boyfriend trope is one of my favorites, and the way that Jenny Han blended it with a few other tropes made it … Continue reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

How to Guard Your Creative Energy

Every single writer I’ve ever met or seen online has at one point or another berated themselves for how they’re not writing enough. I know I’ve done my fair share of it. Although I’ve gotten better at it, it’s something I still struggle with, especially this year when I had so much time on my hands at home to be able to write. There were … Continue reading How to Guard Your Creative Energy