Friday, January 27

Diving Back In!



So as the title of this blog post indicates, I am finally diving back into writing creatively. It has been far too long since I last looked at my medieval romance, but I'm trying not to get mad at myself for not working on it. I was super busy and I can't help that. At least I'm opening it back up now =)

Alright, so on Wednesday I opened up my AHR document and read through the first two chapters, adding here and there when I thought of something new. Aside from a few additions (and very small ones at that), I LOVE my story! I truly forgot how much I enjoyed Lachlan and Meara's characters. On some level, I think I made myself forget so that it didn't hurt so much when I was forced to do school work instead of working on my story.  However, I was pleasantly surprised. I think this story rocks. The second I started reading, the entire world melted away and I was once again in the Scottish Highlands. Whole scenes and conversations popped into my head, making me eager to dive back in and start writing again!

I know there will be stress involved, especially in the beginning as I get back into the swing of things, but I'm very excited to be back with my creative writing. Lord, how I missed it.

Have you guys ever taken a long break from writing? What did you find the most difficult about jumping back in?

Wednesday, January 25

To Review or Not To Review


I know this question has been brought up numerous times before by other bloggers, but I'd like to hear your take on it.  Do you agree with posting reviews of books you've read? 

Personally, I do post reviews on Amazon and Chapters. However, I do not post them under my name. While I can understand the concerns about posting reviews, I think people have the right to hear opinions about books, whether or not they're positive.  Although many people disagree with 1 star reviews, I admit that I have posted 1 star reviews before, because I have literally despised a book so much that I could not possibly give it more than that. However, I also left detailed reasons why I gave the book a 1 star.  Though to be fair, it is extremely rare for me to dislike a book to that extent. Most of my reviews range between 3 and 5 stars.

So what do you think? Do you post reviews? Why or why not?

Wednesday, January 4

2012 Goals

Here are my goals for 2012!

Writing:

1. Finish writing A Highlander’s Romance (and do all of the editing, etc...)
2. Query A Highlander’s Romance
3. Buy my domain name & create a website
4. Order business cards
5. Join Celtic Hearts RWA
6. Join Hearts Through History RWA
7. Join a Virginia Romance Writers group (once I've moved)
8. Attend the Calgary RWA's Spring Workshop in May
9. Read more than 118 books (to beat 2011's number!)
10. Be more interactive online. Over the past year I've been too busy to do much of anything, but I want to change that. I hope to read more blogs in 2012 and actually comment on those blogs, LOL! ;)

Personal:

1. Work out more! (I'm pretty sure this will always be on my list, LOL).
2. Keep track of all family birthdays & send birthday cards!
3. Start driving again (I had to stop due to my arm issues)
4. Write down all of the family recipes onto handy dandy recipe cards for when I move out!
5. Finish planning wedding (this isn't so much a goal as a "must do")
6. Go to university graduation/convocation!!!! (again, more of an event)
7. Move to Virginia and take care of everything that is involved in that.
8. Get married!!!!!!!!!! ♥

So there are some of my goals! By the looks of things, it's going to be an extremely busy year! I just hope I can keep up.

What are some of your 2012 goals?? =)

Sunday, January 1

January Releases

Happy New Year!!!
I hope you guys had a wonderful 2011 and an even better 2012! To begin the new year, I thought I'd post a list of all the books coming out in January that I want to read!



1. Crash Into You by Roni Loren—January 3rd
2. Lothaire by Kresley Cole—January 10th
3. She Tempts the Duke by Lorraine Heath— January 31st

Okay, this is an absolutely amazing month for new releases. Although there aren't that many coming out, I am SO excited about them. Kresley Cole and Lorraine Heath are two of my absolute favourite romance writers. AND, Roni's book finally comes out! I've waited so long to read this--I can't wait!

Do you have any other books you're excited about this month?
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