Kell in Cal(ifornia)

As most of you know, I took a trip to California with my parents last week. I took quite a few pictures while I was there, and today I’ll be sharing a few of them with you.

However, before you move on to my excellent photography, I’d like to direct you attention to this poll. If you have a moment, hop over there and vote for The Lady of the Vineyard! If TLOTV gets enough votes, it will be “Book of the Month” over there are Long and Short Reviews (YA), which would be a huge honor for me. 🙂

Now, without further ado, the California trip!

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Five Secrets of Description


Confession: I don’t actually have five ‘secrets,’ per se. But I have a bunch of stuff I think people should remember when writing description.

So don’t actually take my advice.

That’s right.

Just read it, like it, comment on it … then forget it.

It’s best for you and the posterity who would otherwise have to read through your awful descriptions right in the middle of your amazing novels.

Seriously, though, ladies and gents, I’m doing my best here to tell you everything I know about description.

Well, not everything.

Just five things … to keep in mind … when describing stuff.

And by stuff I mainly mean scenery, people, etc.

So. Let’s get going.

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Beautiful People #21


Hi, guys! It’s time for Beautiful People #21! In case you don’t remember (which means you have an awful memory! Or … you started following this blog recently! Either way!), it’s a character interview hosted by … well, you can see the links in the banner up there ^ so I don’t think I need to tell you. 🙂

Anyway, I’ve done #18 and #s 19 and 20 so far. Time for #21! This time it’s random questions that I really had to twist around a lot so I could ask my character them directly. See the original questions here.

Today I’ll be interviewing Princess Jessamine of Killeen from the esteemed Caught in a Spell. I interviewed Crowned Prince Taevian of Gigia (aka “Tae”) a while back here. He’s making comments on her replies in italics.

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Beautiful People #19 & #20

10928109_595959117172101_1450331761_nA couple months back I did Beautiful People #18. I forgot (well, didn’t have time) to do #19 (Random Questions), so I decided to answer those now. 🙂 I’ll also be answering the questions for #20, which is Appearance.

What is Beautiful People? Well, you can find out anything you want to do about it here. It’s just me asking my characters questions, yada yada. Today I’ll be interviewing Troy Kee, a character from The Lady of the Vineyard (again).

Note: I changed the questions around a little so they’re asked directly as the character instead of to the author about the character.

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Beautiful People #18: Childhood Edition

10928109_595959117172101_1450331761_nHi Everyone! I know this is an off-day for a post, but I’m doing something I’ve never done before.

Post on a Thursday?

Who said that? No, that’s not it. I’ve posted on a Thursday before, I’m sure, before I started a schedule that is now being renovated. Today I’m doing Beautiful People!

Now, let me explain a little. It’s kind of like the Character Studies I’ve been doing these last couple months. It’s a set of questions posted monthly that authors can ask their characters. Find out more here.

Today I’ll be interview a character from The Lady of the Vineyard. I’ve been working on this historical/literary fiction novella when I’m supposed to be writing Ivy Introspective.

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Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards


The magic of finding a home

Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Sometimes she “borrows” things she needs from the orphanage. Sometimes, to guard her secret, she even lies. Then, one stormy night at the cottage, Mandy gets sick, and no one knows how to find her – except a special friend she didn’t know she had.

Buy on Amazon // Add on Goodreads

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BIBPC, Category #7

Well, it’s time for the last BIBPC. *sobs* The final category is “photo editing.” When I saw that, I thought, “Hmm … I’m going to stink at this.” But I did my very best. It’s nothing spectacular; I just played around with the lighting and tint a little.


Original Image

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BIBPC, Category #1

team hummingbird

As some of you may know, Megan (A Barefoot Gal) is hosting a photography contest, BIBPC (Boring into Beautiful Photography Contest). This is the second contest of this sort that Megan has hosted. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do the first one, but I’m participating in this one. I’m in Team Hummingbird!

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