Required Reading – The Raves: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I’ve got a post on the RRFS blog today for the series we’re doing, talking about classic books we love. Come on over to see me flail about Pride and Prejudice!

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I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time because of the 2005 movie. It was one of the classics I’d missed during high school, and I’d never bothered to pick it up because I figured it would be similar to Wuthering Heights (which, by all accounts, sounded like something that would drive me crazy to try and read) or Rebecca (which was good, but depressing).

However, I watched the movie because it had been nominated for an Oscar and I was trying to watch all the Oscar-nominated movies before the awards were given out. And I was stunned by how much I loved it. The next time I was at the used bookstore, I found a copy of Pride and Prejudice, and I immediately picked it up.

And I’m glad I did, because it made Jane Austen one of my favorite writers.

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Wrapping Up NaNoWriMo 2016 with the Ferrets!

The Ferrets wrap up NaNo! It’s been a crazy month, which is a large part of why I haven’t been posting as much, but here’s a brief look at how we all ended our biggest writing month of the year and what our final word counts (or hours count, as the case may be) were.

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It’s time for triumph! Right?

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Each of the Ferrets below launched herself into NaNo – with or without a plan, to be quite honest with you, and not all of those plans survived engagement with NaNoWriMo proper – and forged ahead, making progress on her chosen project (or projects).

We attended write-ins, we made ourselves laugh or cry – and that’s just at the process of writing, before we even get to the content – we developed some truly impressive NaNo-fingers and NaNo-brains leading to nifty new and creative typos. . .

Life forgot that there’s supposed to be an allowance for NaNo and threw obstacles in our paths, but we made it through anyway!

Let’s say goodbye to NaNoWriMo for this year with a last word from each of us about this year’s session and our works for it.

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The Writing Process Blog Hop – Michelle Answers the Tough Questions

Hey everybody! I’ve got a post up on the RRFS blog today, talking about my writing process. Go check it out when you get a chance! 🙂

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We were tagged in a blog hop by the lovely Michele Chiappetta with the Purple Ink Writers, wherein we discuss the particulars of our writing process! I’m up this week, and Rebekah will have her own writing process post up next Monday.

So, here are the questions!

What am I working on?

Primarily, I’m working on a new adult urban fantasy set in and around Norman and Oklahoma City, where werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural creatures are commonplace, and OU has a school of magic nestled somewhere on the South Oval.

Connor, my MC, is a wizard, a sophomore in college, and he’s just accidentally helped his girlfriend steal a very dangerous book from the wizard’s library on campus. (Oops?) So naturally, he’s got to stop her before she can use the spells, which have a very good chance of causing mass destruction as a side effect.

How does…

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April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Final

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Now that April’s over, here are allllllll the A to Z Challenge posts from the RRFS blog:

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris
The Importance of Non-Fiction to Fiction Writing – Serena
Choosing the Best Opening Scene for Your Story – Rebekah
P is for Pierce, Tamora – Me
Writers are Weird – A Look at Quirks – Lissa
Representation Issues – Eris
Sexuality in Fiction from the Perspective of an Asexual – Serena
Kathy Tyers: High Standards in Christian Speculative Fiction – Rebekah
U is for University – Me
Vampires…Before They Were ‘Cool’ – Lissa
Chuck Wendig, Eat Your Heart Out – Eris
The Magic of Xanth – Serena
Does YA Fiction Make Too Many Excuses for Young Adults? – Rebekah
Z is for Zombies – Me

And now, my final goal updates for April:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
*sighs* I might not have hit this goal, but I did write another 4,000 words on this story, finishing up the climax and finally moving into the part where I can start wrapping things up. I WILL TAKE IT. Especially since I finished my big goal for the month.

How did April go for you? Are you ready for May?

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 3

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

As before, here are the RRFS A-Z Challenge posts thus far!

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris
The Importance of Non-Fiction to Fiction Writing – Serena
Choosing the Best Opening Scene for Your Story – Rebekah
P is for Pierce, Tamora – Me
Writers are Weird – A Look at Quirks – Lissa
Representation Issues – Eris

And now, my goal updates:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 65,633

I finished! I finished! I finished!

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Draft two is complete! I finished transferring over the paper edits of my last two chapters on Saturday morning, before I had to head out to see family for the Easter holiday. It was wonderful to have that accomplished before I left town.

I cut out approximately 2,000 words and cleaned up a lot of the story. Then yesterday, because I was still on a high, I rewrote my query and tightened it up. Overall, I’m pretty happy, in case you couldn’t tell. 🙂

Of course, we’ll see how long that lasts.

And now, if you’ll excuse me:

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2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
I did not make much headway on this goal last week, sadly. I did, however, write about 200 words and get myself past a stuck point, and outlined what happens in the rest of the story. I’ll be hitting this pretty hard this week and next, and if I don’t finish it this month then by golly I will finish it in early May.

How’s your month going?

April Camp NaNo and #WriteMotivation Update – Week 2

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.


As before, here are the RRFS A-Z Challenge posts thus far!

A is for Apostrophe – Me!
Classical British PoetsLissa
Consent and You! Why It’s Important to Think About Consent in Your WritingEris
The Quirky and Captivating Characters of DiscworldSerena
Let’s Talk About Ellipses…Rebekah
F is for Fanfiction – Me
Divine Gaiman – Revelations of a Humble Genius – Lissa
H is for Hangover (From Writing) – Eris
How do you Idea? – A Day in the Brain of a Ferret – Serena
J.R.R. Tolkien – A Bit of Gratitude – Rebekah
K is for King (Stephen, that is) – Me
The Meaning of a Letter – Lissa
Martin–as in George R.R. – Eris

And now, my goal updates:

2014-Participant-Vertical-Banner1. Camp NaNo – Finish draft 2 of MGG.
Word count goal: 67,000
Current word count: 49,758

I’m in the middle of chapter 18 and stalled out because I realized I needed to add a conversation in there that I should’ve probably added on the paper edit round, but didn’t (probably because I was drunk and/or tired when I was on that chapter) (probably both, let’s be real here).

I’m going to step it up this week, because I won’t have much of a chance to work on it this weekend.

2. Finish 2013 NaNo novel.
All right, nearly 3000 words written so far this month, and I am so close to the end I can almost taste it. I know better than to think I’ll have this wrapped up in the next 10k, but a girl can dream, right?

In other news, I can’t believe April is half over. Who authorized this?

How’s your month going?