Tips for Reading

Hi guys! I decided it’d be fun to write a random post today. I know most of you love reading, so this will be right up your alley. Tips about eating! No, wait … reading. Sorry. I’m sick, so I haven’t eaten much today, and eating makes me sick, but I keep thinking there must be something appetizing out there …

Reading is hard. I know, ’cause I have 267 books I want to read (probably over three hundred if I were to add books I want to read just because they’re classics). Will I ever get through all those books? Probably not. I really am going to go through my to-read list on Goodreads someday and delete a good half of them.

But you know how addictive to-read lists can get … you add one, and then you add another, and then you add twenty more, and before you know it you have … *calculates* … twenty-two books on your to-read list. 😄

Anyway, on to the post!

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February 2017 Dares

Well, it’s time for another round of dares! *shivers* Seriously, though, guys! How time flies! (Wow, I’m a poet! Which … is actually true … unlike most of the stuff I post on this blog … haha, what? I did not just say that …)

Before you sink your juicy whites into this pearly post (wait …), a brief announcement. This will be the only post on Reveries this week, I’m afraid. I need more brain space. ;)Next Monday, however, we’ll resume with our regular schedule.

Now, on to the dares! Well, you know, a recap of last month’s dares, anyway, because obviously you want to end with fresh hopes instead of faded ones … because I seriously fail at everything I tell myself to do here … but anyway! On with the show! Er, post!

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Guest Post: Five Secrets to Writing Fantasy

Hi, guys! Today I’m going to be hosting another guest post. I’m really excited to introduce Sarah of Riding for Jesus with her guest post, “Five Secrets to Writing Fantasy.”

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Hello everyone! I’m Sarah, and today Kellyn is letting me do a guest post on …

FIVE SECRETS OF WRITING FANTASY!

I love to write fantasy. It gives me a chance to create a whole new world of elves, dragons, heroes, heroines, brave men and women, amazing creatures … and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

Arguably, fantasy is one of the best things in this world. But that doesn’t mean writing it is easy. Stories often pop into your mind, and you start … and 15 minutes later … WRITER’S BLOCK appears in flashing lights in your mind. Or you get to the exciting part … and nothing.

I have the same irritating problems, so I scoured my notes and books for some tips, which I now present to you.

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Feeling vs. Thinking in Writing

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I know, I know! A Step-by-Step Guide to Publishing with Createspace for Intelligent People (Part 2) was supposed to be posted today. But … too lazy and too enthused about this new idea (which, disclaimer, I got from the book Writing With Power by Peter Elbow. I’ve only read the first chapter, but I’m smart enough to draw a whole blog post from it. *nods*)!

Today we’re going to be talking about feeling and thinking in writing.

Both of these are extremely important. By forgetting one or the other we either write something full of craziness or full of stiffness. By combining them, the novel never gets written.

The only way is to do first one, then the other, then a balance (that sounds confusing since I just said you can’t combine them, but bear with me!), then publish. I’ll explain more on each of these steps (or, rather, each of these drafts). I made up the system, but the general idea comes from Peter Elbow’s book.

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Beautiful People #21

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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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On Sprinters, Elections, and NaNo

First, I just want to say I’m amazed by the amount of support I got when publishing The Lady of the Vineyard. Thank you all a million times! I hope I’ll be there for you in the same way if you ever publish (or when you do again).

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Okay now … let’s do ’em in random order.

Elections:

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As you may have noticed, there’s a new page on Reveries. This is the page for Round #2 of Blogger Election Day. I urge you to go to that page immediately and vote! More details will be on the page itself. (Yes, I did just link to it three times!)

Now, for this round, I’m only allowed to give ten reasons why you should elect me as president. As before, you’ll never to go to the Blogger Election Day Page and comment the number that you like … like this: “I like 9/10 of the reasons!”

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Guest Post: A Chat About … Writing Villains!

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Okay, guys! Today we’re doing something we’ve never done before! WE ARE HOSTING ANOTHER BLOGGER ON REVERIES!!! That’s right! The amazing Coralie of the fantastic blog Cora & Callie has written a guest post for us. It’s about villains! I hope you’re as excited to read it as I was. 🙂

And, because I’m insane (what? I sometimes have no other excuse …) I added my own comments. In italics. And these little guys: {} 😛 I’m sorry, Coralie!


Hi everyone! I am Coralie, from coraandcalli.wordpress.com! Kellyn, the absolutely amazing SUPER GIRL who owns Reveries, has given me permission to write a guest post for her! *whoops*
{Ah, stop, you! 😀 }
So, today, I’m going to talk about writing VILLAINS.

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The Lady of the Vineyard Blog Tour, Day 5

We’ve finally come to the last day of the blog tour! After this, we’ll be getting back to the normal schedule.

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Today’s Posts:

An author and character interview (and bonus book spotlight!) by Morgan Dusky (Studies in Character). It’s always so much fun to do anything with Morgan and her characters, and this was no exception! I also finally got some of the Adele-and-Troy-squabbling out of my head, which is good, because I need to move on to other characters, sadly. 😉

Also, Morgan’s birthday was last Saturday, on release day; I totally forgot to mention that in my post! Oh, well.

A book spotlight by Willowy Whisper (http://willowywhisper.com/). Tastefully done! 🙂

A review by J.C. Buchanan (Beyond the Amethyst). I love seeing reviews of my novels … it gives me a happy feeling inside … and this was no exception!

An author interview by Kate Willis (Once Upon an Ordinary). This one was fun! Kate is always pretty awesome. Which, oddly enough, reminds me that I need to write a review of Austenland. 😄

An author and character interview with Allie Taylor (The Depth of My Faith). It hasn’t come out yet (because it’s also a bonus!), but I’ll try to add the link in later if I can. Also, my ‘aspiring author interview’ can be found here. Allie did it with me a little while back. 🙂

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The Lady of the Vineyard Blog Tour, Day 4

Wow … I can’t believe we’re already at day 4! Only one day to go! Well, I’ve got some sad news. This is our smallest day due to some problems people (including me!) had that made us have to do some re-scheduling! Oh, well. I deserve it for totally forgetting about 9/11.

Everyone: *posting pictures saying ‘Don’t Forget’*

Me: Don’t forget what?

Such a great American …

Anyway … time for Day 4!

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Today’s Posts:

A review and author interview by Angela R. Watts (The Peculiar Messenger) YES!!! AWESOME REVIEW! THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS TRYING TO SAY!!!

A character interview by Daisy Ferrell (Happy Days with Anonymous A). I love this one! Adele can be so much fun when she wants, and Zeph’s additions are great!

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The Lady of the Vineyard Blog Tour, Day 1

Wow. I have never been so nervous and yet so excited at the same time. 😀

My very own blog tour! How marvelous! How wonderous! How perfectly … I’d better stop before I end up doing another Cruella Deville impression, but you get the point. It’s so exciting! 🙂

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The Posts for Today Are:

A Book Spotlight and Review by Faith Potts @Stories by Firefly

A Character and Author Interview by Lana H. @The Music of Words (She’s also my cover artist! ❤ )

A Book Spotlight and Author Interview by Sarah Briel and S. Isabell Jacobsen @Aardvark Magazine (The interview was done in-person! Also, if you want a real kick, check out this interview I did with the same wonderful people several years ago back when Madeline Farrenson and Quiet were the books I really wanted to publish!)

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