Showing posts from December, 2017

2017: A Year In Blog

Well, it's been a hell of a year, hasn't it?

2017 did not start off happy or calm for me. 2017 was a year long exercise in seeing how much outside events can seriously mess with your head and make one feel instantly drained in a creative sense. I'm referring to the political climate in this country and around the world this year; the balance between staying informed, researching the news to gain accurate information, but also needing some space for self-care is not a balance I've yet perfected.

On a personal note, my grandma was declining and died in January. In November, my aunt and uncle moved out of the house they'd shared with my grandparents for over forty years, a house I grew up in because grandma's house was my afterschool. It was a bit sad to sell the house, but also good in other ways.

But there were good things about 2017 as well!

The big news of the year is this:

Guys, that's my name in a paperback!!

Which was published on October 30th in Full Da…

2017 reading challenge: the stats

So, what did I read this year?

From Goodreads:

Out of the 35 books I read this year, 25 were fiction, was poetry, 9 were nonfiction. (In 2016, I read 18 nonfiction books. Then again, my reading goal was higher by 9 books in 2016).

Of the 9 nonfiction:
-1 was a travel guide
-1 was a memoir
-2 were about romance as a writing genre
-1 was about self-publishing
-4 were history, specifically British history; 1 of these was the history of Indians living in Britain

Of the 25 fiction:
-6 were historical fiction
-7 were historical romance; 1 of these was a novella and another was a collection of 3 novellas
-2 were contemporary romance; 1 was contemporary women's fiction with a heavy romantic element
-1 was historical mystery
-1 was contemporary YA
-1 was contemporary adult
-1 was cozy mystery; another one was a mystery/adventure
-3 were fantasy; 1 was steampunk, 1 had paranormal and supernatural aspects, and the other was a fantasy retelling

Overall, 30 of the books I read this year were w…

Goodreads Reading Challenge: Done!

Yay! I hit my 35 book goal for 2017 today, so here are the final five.

I'll post later this week on my reading challenge stats, so stay tuned :-)

31. Winter's Siren by Krystal Jane Ruin. Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult/Retelling. 5 stars.

32. Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes. Nonfiction/Writing/Storytelling/Romance. 5 stars.

33. A Hope Divided (Loyal League #2) by Alyssa Cole. Fiction/Romance/Historical Romance/United States/Civil War/Espionage. 5 stars.

34. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Fiction/Women's Fiction/ Romance/Contemporary Romance/Britain/Royalty. 4 stars.

35. The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats by W.B. Yeats. Poetry/Irish Literature. 4 stars.

The Downton Abbey Exhibition

Everyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows that I am a hardcore Downton Abbey fan. So when I heard that there was a Downton Abbey limited time exhibition going on at 218 W. 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan, I bought tickets and dragged my mother and a friend to the city. 
I'm not sure what that building was originally, because it's not a museum, but it was more than adequate to house this exhbition, which is only in New York City until the end of January, I think. It features original set pieces, costumes, and props from the show with some historical context to guide you along the way.

We walked into a very busy lobby area, our e-tickets were scanned, and we were ushered into a small introduction room with a video introduction by a beloved Downton character. The first floor was about the servant characters.

There were objects and props from the show which the servant characters would have handled. Each room had an explanation of what would have gone in that …

IWSG December

It's December, the last IWSG post of 2017! Check out the group here.

For the past few weeks, I've been working on a writing project only a few people know about. I haven't blogged about it. I don't mean to be cryptic or secretive, but I'm also kind of afraid that if I talk about the project--which I'm outlining--and then it falls apart, then I have to explain that it's fallen apart or is on hold, as a few of my projects in the last few years are. On hold, that is.

And I don't want to do that because I want to see this idea through and I want it to work and come together. I want to finish it and see it published in whatever way it'll be published.

I'm outlining because when I pants a story, it always falls apart in the middle--I get stuck and I freeze. Part of that is lack of plotting skill and a great deal of it is anxiety, I think.

I'm also outlining because this idea is a series idea--it's romance, so the main characters are different…