Picturing the Best Possible Scenario


I am a worrier. My mind often leaps to the worst case scenario. When someone is late, I wonder if there was a car crash. When I hear a bump in the night, my first thought is often kidnapper. I’ve gotten better at dismissing these thoughts over time, but still it is exhausting. I think this is a common thought pattern among a lot of writers. In order to create stories where bad things happen to our characters (the essence of plot) we need to have this kind of imagination.

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Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Be For Halloween


Three days until Halloween and everyone should have costumes on the brain. I’m being Medusa this year, but if I wasn’t I would totally love to be any of these characters. Let me know what you think of my picks (and what your ideal literary costume would be) in the comments! Continue reading “Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Be For Halloween”

Marry, Date or Dump: Witches Edition


It’s almost Halloween. Who has their costume ready? In spirit of this spooky season, I’ve given you three literary witches to choose from for this week’s marry, date, or dump. We have Elphaba from Wicked, Diana Bishop from A Discovery of Witches, and Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter series. If these witches don’t speak to you, feel free to substitute any of your choices in. I can’t wait to see who you choose in the comments!

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OCD Love Story, by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann HayduI love titles that tell you what the story is going to be about. I think there is probably no better example of this than OCD Love Story, by Corey Ann Haydu. It’s a book about characters with OCD and it’s a love story. I don’t think either element would be as successful without the other to counter balance it.

To give you a little context here is the summary from goodreads: When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again. Continue reading “OCD Love Story, by Corey Ann Haydu”

Top Ten New Series I Want to Start


Happy Tuesday! Starting a new series can be daunting. I started the Game of Thrones books over a year ago and am still working my way (slowly) through book 5. It has taken up more than 100 (a lot more than 100 actually) hours of my life so far. Still, there is almost nothing better than getting into a new series. When I love a book, I am hugely excited to be able to keep engaging with the story in future books. Here are the top ten newish (I think they are all 2012 or later) series that have been catching my eye lately. Let me know yours in the comments! Continue reading “Top Ten New Series I Want to Start”

Seven Life Lessons from Alice in Wonderland


1.Tell stories in a linear manner: “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

2. Be open to changing your mind: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”  Continue reading “Seven Life Lessons from Alice in Wonderland”