As some of you may know, Twitter is my favorite social media site. And for those of you who didn’t know, well, now you do!
I’m here to tell you why this is the case.
It’s easy to use and navigate.
You can tweet as many times as you like about anything you wish! Want to give some writing advice? Go ahead! Want to show off your latest book purchase? No problem! Want to rant about your uncle’s mother’s niece’s pet cat Henry? Go right ahead! Someone will probably see it and think it’s cool.
It’s easy to connect with people who share similar interests with you! I’ve met so many amazing writers through Twitter! (Hi Hannah and Hannah (yes I know two Hannah’s), Tim, Stephanie, Dana, Libbey, Ana, E.C, Chloe, Angie, Zac, Brianna, and Martha!) The Twitter writing community is such a friendly and helpful place!
You can make lifelong friends through Twitter. (again, *waves at all my wonderful Internet friends*)
You can talk about topics of your choosing, with people who actually care. Instead of bugging your non-reader/writer friends, go to Twitter to fangirl and talk! People love talking about their fandoms!
You can grow your author platform if you’re a writer! By gaining followers, you are automatically increasing the amount of people who will someday see your ‘Hey! My book just got published and it’d mean an awful lot to me if you’d share the word/buy a copy!’ tweet. Also, who knows? Maybe one of your tweets will inspire someone? I know that that’s something I strive for. To stay new and inspiring for my amazing followers.
There is always someone out there who knows more than you. You can gain insights from people better than you, and they can help you improve at whatever it is you’re trying to get better at. Again, the writing community on Twitter doesn’t hesitate to help to other writers.
You can talk with your favorite authors! I’ve had multiple interactions with famous authors and bookish people on Twitter. It’s always super cool when they like, retweet, or comment on something of yours.
You can stalk amazing hashtags like #amwriting. If you have Twitter, are a writer, and haven’t looked at this hashtag yet, what are you doing? Go check it out! You’ll thank me later.
You can share little peices of what you’re working on! If you’re a writer like me, share some sentences from your book, talk about your characters. Get people excited for your novel! Their excitement will seep into you and you’ll be even more inspired to write!
Well, those are 10 reasons why Twitter is my favorite social media site. I absolutely love it! What’s your favorite social media? Why? I’d love to hear!
Thanks for reading! I really hope someone enjoys this post. I wanted to put something up for you guys but I couldn’t figure out what to write about. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments!
I’ll talk to you again soon and until then, remember to keep reading, and keep writing!
I’m going to give you guys a quick run through of everything that happened. Be prepared for feels and flailing because I met a LOT of really cool people! 😀
The week before the event was a bit hectic. A lot of time was spent preparing, researching, and stressing. It would be my first time attending an event as big as this so, I made sure to watch a lot of YouTube videos and read articles on how to survive. It helped a lot!
A few days before the event, I downloaded the BookCon app and, through it, met of group of sixteen girls. We created an Instagram DM chat, calling ourselves The Spectacular Sixteen, and decided to meet up at the event. We made signs so we could find each other while we were there. It was really exciting!
Somehow I managed to survive the craziness, and made it to the night before. I spent all day preparing, then attended a birthday party at 4:30 (If you’re reading this, happy birthday again, Addy!).
We got back to the house around 10:00 that night and I still had things to get ready for tomorrow! It was a crazy stressful few hours but, I managed to get everything done and fall asleep around 12:30-1:00.
About one and a half hours later, I woke up and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I got out of bed at 3:00 to leave. I was far too excited to sleep in the car, and stayed awake for the entire three hour drive.
We arrived at McCormik Place in Chicago at 6:00 in the morning, and managed to score a pretty good place in line. We happened to get a spot right next to some really nice Canadians, and we ended up hanging out a lot through the event. (if you ever read this, hi Lindsey and Lauren! *waves*)
After waiting in line for awhile, I decided to go on Instagram to see if any of The Spectacular Sixteen had arrived yet. They had and they actually weren’t too far away from where I was in line! I went to find them and it was so nice to get to meet them in person! We hung out, talked and went to find Epic Reads totes and take pictures! Having them to hang out with made waiting in line for a few hours much more bearable. They were all really nice and they were booklovers like me so we instantly had something we could all connect with.
Around 8:00, they opened up the doors and let people into the area where they were giving out wristbands to see the authors. Lindsey, my brother, and I went straight to the James Dashner line, hoping to snag a wristband. We managed to get one and then headed to the Veronica Roth line which we were also lucky enough to get one for. Then we split up, and my brother and I were able to grab two more wristbands. He got Morgan Matson, and I got Jenny Han. My mom also snagged a Lauren Oliver wristband which was so amazing because she would be giving out ARCs of her new book Replica at the signing! We then went to wait in line to get onto the floor, which didn’t open up for another two hours.
The crowds were huge! There were people everywhere. I tried vlogging and I was pretty much shouting for my camera to pick up my voice!
Instead of going out on the show floor, my mom and I decided to attend the Balancing Good and Evil in YA Literature panel which was a super cool experience! Not sure if I would ever choose to go to a panel over the show floor again but I wanted to at least have one panel experience.
Once we got out of the panel, we immediately headed to the autographing sessions because Veronica Roth’s signing was right afterward. I joined Josiah and Lindsey there and we waited for an hour or two before I finally got to meet Veronica. It was so cool to finally be able to see her in real life! Her book, Divergent, has really impacted my life and I got to tell her that. It was super cool and surreal!
After meeting Veronica, I immediately headed to the Jenny Han line and waited for another hour or so. I got to meet Jenny Han and tell her that her book, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, was one of the first contemporaries I had ever picked up and how it had really inspired me during NaNoWriMo 2015. It was super cool to be able to meet her in real life!
Straight after her, I headed to the James Dashner line. I was freaking out in line because his series, The Maze Runner, is one of my favorites and I was finally going to meet him! AHHHHHH!!!!
I wanted him to sign four books and a board (I take it to all the book events I attend for authors to sign), so I needed to split the stuff up between people. I had my brother take my first edition copy of The Maze Runner, and a copy for my friend Alexa. He got those signed and then I came up behind him and had James sign page 250 of The Death Cure and apologize for what he did (if you read the book you’ll know), and then I also had him sign my board. GUYS!!! LOOK HOW HE SIGNED IT THOUGH!!!!
He was super nice and liked that I had a first edition copy and that I cosplayed as a Glader. It was awesome that he knew what I was! : D
After we left the Dashner signing we had about an hour to wander the show floor before the Booksplosion panel. By this time we had accumulated so many books that my arms were falling off and my mom and I made a trip to the car to drop some books off. I felt much better after dropping them off. Books are heavy guys! Especially when you’re carrying like 30 of them!
When we got back from the car, we wandered the show floor a little more and I got to see Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff signing ARCs of Gemina, and Ruta Septys signing copies of Salt to the Sea. I headed to the Booksplosion line shortly after.
We waited in the panel line for about an hour and a half before they let us into the room. While we were waiting I was able to let someone use my portable charger because their phone had died which was really nice to be able to do, and Jesse and Christine came into the room to film two or three times and everyone freaked out. I was a bit too stunned seeing them in real life for the first time to scream but the others definitely weren’t. 😄
When they finally let us into the room, my mom and I raced to find seats and were able to get some pretty close to the front.
The entire room exploded when the BookTubers came in, and I died right there in my seat! Not really though cuz if I had I wouldn’t be writing this… unless ghost me is writing this… hmmmmm… anyway!
The panel was super cool and I got to ask them a question! (if you guys want you can answer the question I asked them in the comments: If you could have as a pet any animal from any book, which animal would it be? I’d love to hear your answers!) The panel definitely wasn’t long enough. I seriously could have stayed in that room for another hour or two! 😄
But, fortunately, they had a meet and greet afterwards! I was super nervous the line would be too long to meet them, but I did! When I walked up and they all said hi I was freaking out on the inside but I think I managed to act pretty normal on the outside (at least I hope I did). I asked Jesse (link to his channel here. You guys should check out his videos! They’re seriously amazing and never fail to make me smile) to sign my copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children because it’s his favorite book and his channel was the thing that introduced me to it. He seemed pretty excited about signing it when I asked him!
I was able to tell him how much his videos have helped me. Whenever I’m sad, his videos make me smile and I was able to thank him for putting out such amazing content and having such an impact on my life. He teared up and I teared up and we hugged and took a picture and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life! This book is never leaving my sight. 😄
I also got to meet Kat from Katytastic (link to her channel here), and Christine from polandbananasbooks (link to her channel here) which was also so incredible and surreal! I was like ‘uh what, this, what, they’re right in front of me THEY’RE REAL *dies from fangirl excitement*. 😄
I was also lucky enough to meet Natasha from tashapolis and Sasha Alsberg from abookutopia (links to both their channels here and here. You should seriously check out all of these channels. They’re really amazing! Especially if you love books!). Sasha even signed a card of her new book Zenith for me and gave me a signed bookmark too!
After the Booksplosion panel, we were leaving the convention hall when we ran into Margot from Epic Reads! I asked her if she would take a selfie with me and she did! She also gave me one of the yellow roses she had. It was so cool!
The next morning, we laid out all the stuff we got on the table to see our haul. This is what we ended up with!
I only bought four of those books! The rest were free! And this isn’t even everything, we have some more tote bags that weren’t shown in the picture!
Out of everything we got though, these items are definitely my favorites-
I cannot believe how amazing my first BookCon experience was! I went there expecting to maybe, maybe, get into the Veronica Roth line, the James Dashner line, and the Booksplosion panel. On the ride over though I was trying to make my expectations even lower because I thought the chances of getting into the signing lines were so low, it wasn’t going to happen. But I ended up getting everything I wanted and more!
BookCon was like an amazing, incredible dream. I think I’ve convinced myself it actually happened but, the day after, I was kind of doubting that it was even real. 😄
I want to go again so badly and hopefully it’ll come back to Chicago soon so I can! I met many amazing people and seeing all the authors who were exactly where I aspire to be someday was incredibly inspiring! Someone I was waiting with in line even told me that maybe, if BookCon came back to Chicago in two years, I would be on the other side signing my book for fans! She asked for my name so she would be able to recognize it when she saw it on shelves one day! It was incredibly inspiring to hear a complete stranger sound so excited about me and my career.
I’m so excited to see what the future holds and I’m so glad I was able to attend this event!
Thank you again so much to Veronica Roth, James Dashner, Jenny Han, Jesse, Kat, Christine, Sasha, Tasha, Margot, and The Spectacular Sixteen for making this event such an amazing experience! I hope to meet you all again someday! 😀
Did you go to BookCon this year? If you did, let me know what signings or panels you attended or if you walked around the show floor all day! I’d love to hear about your BookCon 2016 experience!
That’s all from me for now! I’ll be back soon with another post and until then, remember to keep writing, and keep reading!
Last month’s Camp NaNoWriMo was an uphill battle with portals and magical evil mages along the way, but I managed to reach the end of the trail and hit my goal of 50,000 words! (seriously, there were evil mages. I fought them off though… for now)
This was the hardest NaNoWriMo event I have ever participated in. It was difficult in the beginning and then, for a few days, things seemed to get better… but then it went back to being hard again. And it didn’t stop being hard until I finally dragged myself across the 50,000 word line. Most of the month was spent like this-
I guess more than anything what this session taught me was to never ever give up. For the first time I had to really live the advice I have been giving people ever since I started writing which is, ‘when things get tough, when writing the book is torture and you could think of a million other things you would rather be doing, just force yourself to keep going.’ This is the first time I’ve ever really had to do that. I mean, every writer has their struggles with plot holes and frustrating characters and the debilitating self doubt that nothing you write matters but this was the first time where I honestly didn’t enjoy writing the book. And not just some of it but pretty much everything. But I kept going, and now I have 50,000 words of a story that I’m starting to like. Without the pressure of reaching my goal weighing down on me, I feel more free and it’s easier to write.
It kind of weird to say this but, this was the first NaNoWriMo session that I didn’t really enjoy. I was counting down the days until it ended basically the entire month. But if I could go back in time and choose whether or not to do it again, I think I would still make pretty much the same choice I did. It taught me a valuable lesson. No matter what, never give up. And I also have bragging rights now for enduring all that and still coming out with 50,000 words. 😄
How about you guys? Did any of you fall into a hole and have a hard time climbing back out? Were your trails as bumpy as mine? I’d love to hear all about your Camp NaNoWriMo adventure!
I also want to let you guys know that I’m trying to post more frequently on here. I always feel bad for not putting out enough content for you guys. I’ll try to be better about it from now on. If you want, let me know what you’d like to see in the future! That way I can know I’m giving you the best content possible!
Thanks so much for sticking with me even though I may not be the best blogger in the world. I’ll try to get better for you all. 🙂
I’ll talk to you soon and remember to keep writing, even when it’s hard! 😀
A couple days ago I hit 20,000 words! Yay!!! *throws party and celebrates*
But unfortunately, this session hasn’t been all sparkles and celebrations.
Up until a few days ago, I really disliked my story. Fantasy just isn’t my genre and I really wasn’t enjoying my book. I came *this* close to giving up, and would have if I hadn’t been so determined not to break my NaNoWriMo winning streak. I didn’t write as much as I should have though and I, very quickly, fell behind.
I decided to just drag myself through though, no matter how tedious and torturous it was. Now I have hit 20,000 words and am actually kinda enjoying the story. I still don’t really know what I’m doing or where the book is going but I am pulling myself through it word by word.
So if you ever think your story is garbage or it’s not working, do NOT give up. Even if it’s the most boring, horrible, tedious experience of your entire life, do NOT give up. Push through the challenge and persevere! You never know where the story might go and what wondrous adventures it might take you on if you just decide to follow it. 🙂
I think one of the best quotes for my situation this month would be this one by E. L. Doctorow-
It’s one of my favorite writing quotes and I’ve understood it long before this book but this one gives it a whole new meaning. I barely even know what’s going to happen in the next scene. 😄
Some other quotes to sum up my experience so far this month include-
And this. Lots and lots of this-
But anyway! It’s getting a whole lot better and I can now see myself more easily reaching my goal of 50,000! I am starting to understand my characters and my world better and the other day, my MC even surprised me with something I didn’t even know she was capable of! It’s been incredible to watch my fictional universe and the people I’ve put in it start to flourish and, really, that’s all I need. I can go from there on plot and other things.
I will try to get another update in before the end of the month! If you want, let me know how you guys are doing with your Camp NaNo goals! I’d love to hear about your experience! 😀
I’ll talk to ya’ll later and, until then, remember to keep writing!
First of all, I want to apologize for being gone for so long! It’s terrible and I’m sorry. 😦
Second! I want to let you know that I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo again this year! 😀
The two projects I will be working on this month are-
A collection of short stories about characters from a trilogy that I am in the process of editing.
A new urban fantasy novel. I am still trying to work though the plot of this one but I can tell you that the book it is most like is The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire. It was very similar to that, especially in the beginning, but is now starting to take it’s own form.
My word count goal for the month is 50,000 words and I am currently at 8,720.
The urban fantasy project in particular is kind of scary for me because I don’t really like the fantasy genre. I haven’t read much in it or really done anything with it. I’m kind of playing it by ear and trying to figure out the genre as I go along.
It originally started out as just fantasy but when that proved too challenging I decided that I would change it to urban fantasy so I could mix the magic of fantasy with the realness of having some characters from our world in it.
World building is something I struggle with, it’s one of the reasons that I hate fantasy because it takes so much of it, so I haven’t been enjoying that aspect of it a lot. If you guys have any tips or tricks for world building, or any articles, books, or websites that you think would help, I would absolutely LOVE if you would share them with me. I need all the help I can get.
I have been taking my writing a little slower this month. Normally I finish really early but I think I’m going to take it a little easier this time through and give myself a break from the craziness of NaNo months.
Are any of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this year? If so, how are you doing? I’d love to know what genre you’re working on and what your word goal is for the month!
I’ll hopefully be doing a few more updates and posts throughout the month. Until next time, remember to keep writing!
It’s Valentines Day! The day of love! Besides the fact that I don’t have a boyfriend… But guess what I do have! Fictional characters! And I guess that’s just as good right? Let’s dive right into my top 5 fictional character crushes! This list will be in no particular order.
1. Cas (The Altered Series by Jennifer Rush)
Cas is an all around great guy. He’s funny and funny, and did I mention FUNNY!!! He never stops joking and talking about food (which he loves). He’s also sweet, nice and cute. I think he would be really fun to hang out with. I love him so much. ❤
2. Lukas Vetti (The Orion Series by Anastasia Cross) (Link to Pinterest board here)
Luke is a nice guy. Everyone else thinks he’s a jerk (which, I guess he can be sometimes) but he has a good side. I know it. (Even though he insists he doesn’t). He’s also the bad boy type. And his sarcasm is on point. He’s sweet, even though he would never admit it.
3. Scott Skyy (Blue Skyys by Anastasia Cross) (Link to Pinterest board here)
Scott is just a really good guy. He’s sweet and he’s Christian which is a big plus for me. In a blog post Ana did on him (I’ll link it here) she said his core value was friendliness, and that ‘he believes in being kind to everyone no matter what’, which I agree with and really like. His favorite color is blue like the sky so high five! That’s my favorite color too!
And then there’s this from the blog post I mentioned above,
41. Life is an act of ______. How would he finish this sentence?
“Life is an act of living, because you kinda have to live to live…wait now I just confused myself…”
Isn’t he the cutest? 😄
4. Nikolai Staunton (The Orion Series by Anastasia Cross) (Link to Pinterest board here)
Nik is Russian and he’s super cute. I mean, look at this.
How can you not love this?
Plus he’s really sweet, loyal, optimistic, thoughtful, and a Christian! He loves his family and friends. And butterfingers are his favorite candy! I LOVE butterfingers! *high fives* He’s the kind of guy I could totally see myself being best friends with.
5. Parker (from a story by one of my best friends, Alexa)
(sorry, she hasn’t found a picture for him yet but trust me, he’s adorable)
Parker. I can’t even with Parker. Okay first of all, I was there when he was named. And I also came up with his last name. And I was his first fangirl. (I have official claim to him so any other future fangirls should know that he’s mine) 😄
He’s the bad boy type too, but I don’t think he’s as bad as people might think or say he is. He’s sweet. Love ya Parker! 😀
So those are my top 5 fictional character crushes! I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting a lot of them but I can’t think of any others at the moment.
Who are your top fictional character crushes? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back with another blog post soon! Until then, remember to keep writing!
NaNoWriMo is officially over! Congrats to all of you who won! You all deserve a round of applause.
Also a round of applause for those who didn’t reach 50,000 but still wrote more than they would have if they hadn’t tried. You guys are all winners!
So now that NaNoWriMo has ended, I thought that I would tell you how I did on my NaNo project this year.
On November 19 at 12:12 in the morning, I won NaNoWriMo, clocking in at 50,698. I also finished the book!
This NaNo has been a complete success for me. Not only did I manage to hit 50k, but I also reached a goal I had set for myself at the beginning of the year. I told myself that I would write three books in 2015. And I reached that goal by finishing my NaNo novel!
I am super excited about how everything turned out this year and am looking forward to 2016. I have the feeling much more writing and editing will be done then.
How about you? How was your NaNoWriMo? Did you win? Did you not reach 50k but managed to get a lot of words anyway? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you all had an amazing NaNo experience! I will be back with another blog post soon and, until then, remember to keep writing!