NaNoWriMo!

So, is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this month? I am thinking about joining in for the first time. ūüôā I am almost finished with my second novel and I thought that this would be the perfect push to help me finish! We will see how it goes especially since Thanksgiving is this month and I have some vacation time planned!

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Imagining a Cozy Writer’s Retreat

Lately, I have thinking about how fun it would be to have a personal writer’s retreat. In the autumn, I always get the desire to travel and see new places. I have been imagining how wonderful it would be to have a cozy writing retreat to travel to and not only explore new places, but work on one of my writing projects too.

So, if I had a personal writer’s retreat to go to this is what I would have –

 

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England

First, it would be in a gorgeous old house with amazing views.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Robin Hood

Any writer should also be a reader. I have been for a long time and though I have read hundreds of books, only a few have become truly my favorites. A lot of them are books that I read when I was younger and that left a deep impression on me. Everyone remembers the first time they visited the Kansas prairie of the Little House books or the fantastic realm of Narnia.

One of those books for me was undoubtedly, Robin Hood.

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Pied Beauty

By: Gerard Manly Hopkins

Glory be to God for dappled things ‚Äď
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
¬†¬†¬†Landscape plotted and pieced ‚Äď fold, fallow, and plough;

      And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

What I learned writing the first draft of my novel…

Writing my very own novel has always been a dream of mine. I actually finished the first draft of my first novel in 2016. I have only taken a peek or two at it since then though I eventually plan to dig into it deeper and refine it more. I am now in the midst of banging out the words of my second novel set in a totally different time period and place.

But, I learned some very valuable lessons from writing my first novel that helped give me the confidence to even attempt a second try at another story idea. I want to share them with you (in convenient bullet form of course!)
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The Things That Inspire Me: Pens

Because just like paper and its amazing history, pens and the tools we write with have a history all their own just as fascinating!

My Dearest, I have been thinking of you~but, that's is nothing new~

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