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Something New: A Playlist

Shoot!  It's Wednesday, isn't it?  I completely forgot to write a blog post, even though I thought about it all week.  Whoops....
Anyway, I'm working hard on Something New for Camp NaNoWriMo, and it's at about 39,000 words right now (although I haven't begun working on it today so that number's probably gone up a little bit...hopefully).  I've mentioned before that music is a big part of my writing process, and this is one of my favorite series as far as music goes.  It has a lot of my favorite songs on it...so here you go!  I've attempted to capture the general mood, feeling, themes, and aesthetic of the book in this playlist.  
Braver Still -- JJ Heller Pieces -- Stars Go Dim  If It's Amazing Grace -- Stars Go Dim All I Have -- Stars Go Dim Heaven on Earth -- Stars Go Dim (I just really like Stars Go Dim, okay?!  Go check them out!)  Primrose (From "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 2") -- City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Your Favorite Co…

Week In Review: The More You Know

How was everyone's Independence Day?  This week I began participating in four hashtag games on Twitter pertaining to Something New, so if anyone wants to check my responses out, my account is linked on the "Social Media" tab!  (And if you follow me and are tired of the hashtag games, I'm sorry.)

Currently reading: The Hunger Games trilogy.

Current projects: Something New for Camp NaNo, though I don't have an exact word count for this week.   I think I took care of about 50 pages this week, and haven't worked on it yet today.

Current Bible verse: Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  Matthew 6:27 NIV

This week, I also finished up my forensic psychology class and in the same breath, started my "psychology of happiness" class.  I'm pretty sure that my immediate thought of "Oh, great.  Happiness journals." when I saw the assignment says a lot about my personality and exactly which side of the "glass half full or…

Author Interview & Book Spotlight: Angela R. Watts & "The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon"!

Update: purchase The Thief, The Damsel, And the Dragon HERE!
We have a special post today in honor of The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon by Angela R. Watts.  It's coming out this week, and I'll update the post for you guys as soon as the Amazon link is up because you really need to check this book out.  With that being said, I asked Angela a few questions, which she very graciously answered as part of her blog tour week -- and without further ado, let's get on to the interview!

What inspired you to write The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon
Angela: I sat down to brainstorm and jot down whatever came....And those three things seem pretty interesting together...So I decided I wanted to switch them up and make them less than obvious. ;)

What did you enjoy the most about writing it? 
Angela: The characters!  Or the setting.  I really miss North Carolina.  But I do like the characters a lot, ha!

What is one thing you hope to convey to readers with this novella?
Angela: That we…

Week In Review: Goodbye June

I can't believe it's the end of June already! I need to start my Christmas shopping....yeesh. 

Next week I have a final for my forensic psychology class, which I'm kind of sad about - I actually enjoyed this class.  The content, anyway, not the people that tried to pick fights in the discussion boards or...called me Abby....?  Anyway. 

Currently Reading: I finished the Barbara van Tuyl series from last week, and I'm planning on getting a bunch of Kindle books this week...and reread The Hunger Games. 
Current Projects: I'm prepping Something New for NaNo July and WIPjoy on Twitter, and I'll be working on plots and whatnot for a few other things so I'm busy....not writing, but busy.  
Current Bible Verse: Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God's slaves. (1 Peter 2:16 NIV) I think this is an excellent reminder for the 4th of July!  
Now, I will also be having a special post for Monday on top of the normal Wednesda…

Something New: A Fresh Start

It took three different plots before I settled on Joanna and Walter's story.  Before that, countless "one-shot" chapters and chapter variations, even different versions of characters, ages, settings, and so forth, took shape before Beautiful Chaos was published. 

Now I'm working on the second book in the series.  After a brief hiatus with the Clarksons of the Faith, Hope, and Love Collection, it's good to be back in Kentucky with the Markuses and Larkins. 

There were a good many driving forces behind the book: the opioid epidemic sweeping our nation, and the problems with assaults and freedom of speech college students face, especially, are focused on in the first book and will continue in the second book.  Perhaps on a more positive note, though!  We also see Joanna, whose character is torn by a broken family, learn how to grow despite many setbacks -- something very common in today's society as well. 

In the second book, I'm planning to explore the role…

Week In Review: Ides of...Summer?

Hey everyone!  It's been a slow, rainy week: work, school, animal chores, create a tissue army against this cold of mine -- and repeat.

Currently reading: The Bonnie series by Barbara Van Tuyl.  It's a book series from the '70s about thoroughbreds and it has been a favorite of mine since childhood -- passed down from my mother.  They're on my "reread every summer" list. 

Current projects: I am going to begin working on Something New now that My Compass Home is out.  Heh.  Heh.  I'm working on something new.  A pun and a book title -- alright, I'll stop.  Anyway, I also have about three or four new novel ideas that I came up with this week (either in the ides of intellectual boredom or a fever-induced delirium; either way, they're good ideas). 

Current Bible verse: "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up....I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son…