So excited to be participating in this linkup! I guess first of all I must thank Mishma from Chasing Faerytales for this incredible opportunity! In this global climate, it’s really nice to be able to sit back and survey all the blessings in my life and thank some of the people that have helped me and continue to help me daily on the road to being a writer! So without further ado:
Family and Friends:
My sister gave me a little tin of chocolate and positive writing quotes before NaNo started. She blogs over at The Words are Flowing and, having done NaNo and Camp NaNo before, knows the quantities of chocolate consumed during the month. She understands when I talk about it too much, and when the feels are overly much, she knows the feeling. She’s so sweet and caring, I doubt I’d be able to do NaNo without her support.
My German sister has offered to help so many times (and I’ve accepted, because c’mon) with the homework I’ve left to the last minute thanks to writing. She’s been so tolerant of the music I’ve accidently blasted and very understanding when I talk about writing so much. As she is a non-reader and non-writer, this means a TON to me. Elli helps me stay in reality where I need to be, most of the time. It’s been so nice to have her here this semester and when she leaves I’ll miss her so much!
My parents- agh, they’re the best with all this. With all the reading and collection-building I’ve done, they have batted minimal eyes*. Even when I brought home 10+ books from the sale they did a few weeks ago, they only asked if I wanted to put the box in the garage. This is not to mention the reminders they’ve given me to eat because I may or may not have forgotten about dinner at least two days this month… so yep. Eating is good. Parents who remind me to are even better. You know what this reminds me of?
“You’re better than waffles, Matthias Helvar.”
A small smile curled the Fjerdan’s lips.
“Let’s not say things we don’t mean, my love.”
― Leigh Bardugo,
Except for the fact that they are, of course, better than waffles. But speaking of that quote and the utter feels in that book, they understood when I had succumbed to them and did not comment when I had two hot chocolates in one day.
Despite the tsks and shaken heads when I bring my big laptop to lunch to work during, my friends have been so supportive. They’ll tease me about being asocial (which I am, to an extent) and about ignoring the conversation, but they’ll also ask me how it’s going and bear with me while I’m on whatever long rant about the plot. They’ll shake their heads but they’ll send me chocolate- the mark of true friendship. And when I do pay attention, the conversations are always interesting and I find myself getting new writing ideas! Some are avid readers as well, and we get into such bookish discussions… *sigh*
In particular, my friends Karis and Ksenya. Both are artists and writers of a sort (Karis is my cowriter for the Lost Isle), so they definitely understand my Pinterest addiction. They do tease me as well about writing in random places during social activities, but they offer valuable feedback! I’m so excited to see where their passions will take them in the art world- both are so talented it’ll be cool to watch! Karis is such a good writer and artist, and Ksenya’s cartoons are so funny! Any time either of them sends me anything, I get so happy!
*get it? Bat an eye? The saying? Ach, never mind.
Oh, my word there are so many blogs and twitters and just general online friends that have been great sources of encouragement, inspiration, humor, book recommendations, friends, advice…. I know I’m going to miss someone. But here we go, and I’ll try not to!
Paper Fury: Oh MY word I love Cait. She’s the funniest and always manages to make me laugh- and for the hard-hearted soul I am, that is a feat. I truly got into YA because of her, and I’m still making most of my bookish decisions based on her reviews. I respect her so much and admire her for her writing skill (seriously, I want to read this Goldilocks retelling. And the Japanese dragon story. And everything) and ability to write SO MUCH. I get so excited when a post arrives in my inbox and tend to read it before I even get out of bed in the morning. If I loved in Australia or had more money for postage, I would send her all the cakes. Seriously. And chocolate.
StoryPort: So, I have no idea if Brianna will see this because she’s been taking an Internet hiatus to finish a draft, but I can’t help but thank her for all the help her posts have been. She (or her blog, at least) was the one to finally push me over the edge and start book blogging. She was the one who posted the character development thing I did a few months ago for the Lost Isle, which was a HUGE help. It always is good to know how one might kill a dragon, after all. Even if I’d make friends with it and train it to guard my books. But I digress. I’m so excited to read her stories, and I hope that I’ll get to beta-read for her at some point!
A Ray of Books: Oh, Raneem, I love you too! We first started talking because we got so sidetracked talking about Rhysand and MBTI and everything on a totally unrelated post… fast forward a week or so and we have enthused about writing, complained about awful guys, and shared our strange Pinterest habits. I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read much of her blog until a few days ago, but what I’ve seen I love! She’s so funny and so sassy and is a food person and I respect that very much. As aforementioned, food is life.
The Bookish Feels: Angie and I started our blogs at about the same time so that in it of itself is pretty cool! That initial crazily sidetracked conversation in which I met Raneem also introduced me to Angie, so we end up complaining about homework way too much! 😉 She’s about my age as well, so it’s nice to see others here in the book blogging world! I hope to see more posts from her soon! She’s got a great twitter to follow and a GORGEOUS bookstagram, so make sure you’re following her!
@YoureDoingFine: Ahhh I love having a penpal! It’s been so long since I did last, and since Audrey and I were connected through NaNo, we’ve been able to talk on twitter all about our progress and our challenges and plot holes and musicals and so much! I get so excited to get a letter from her or see a DM waiting for me to respond to! It’s fun to talk about chocolate and Europe and Elisabeth das Musical and everything and anything!
Books Are My Fandom: I love Dani and Jamie so much! I’ve tried to join in as many BAMF chats as I can, but they take place most of the time during class so I can’t always make it to the entire one, alas. I have, however, been able to join in the most recent BAMFsAloud chat and enjoyed it immensely! 😉 I’m definitely going to make it a habit! I always look forward to the reviews and the Convince-Me-to-Reads when they show up in my Twitter feed!
Writerology: Oh, my WORD. We need more psychologist-writer blogs. The drawing of other professions into writing is always incredible, but ESPECIALLY psychology and sociology. It’s so crazy helpful to get a dose of the science behind characters or behind the writer life or how to write an unlikable character without the technical terms- or, at least, with the technical terms explained in English! And the Storycrafter chats… *swoon*. A key part of my Sunday, now! Yesterday, for example, we had seven what-if questions spread out throughout the hour that we had to answer in the voice of a character. It was crazy helpful to figure out Max (a character that won’t be introduced until book 2 of the Lost Isle, sorry! 😉 ) and some of his backstory!
Brittany’s Book Rambles: Ahh another great chat! I love Brittany, she’s got really great reviews. My first trade is actually in progress with her, so it’s incredible to be a part of that! I had to join in the last BBTC late, but I made it and got to answer all the questions before it ended, thank goodness! She always knows how to get me excited for upcoming book releases!
Simmering Mind: It would be enough to mention #WIPjoy, in terms of convincing me why Bethany has a place on this list, but there’s still more! She’s also a Christian bookworm like me, and she blogs about everything from writing to faith to parenting. I love getting the chance to read her posts no matter the topic as some apply to me (writing, faith) and some are more up the alley of my characters (parenting).
She’s Novel: Articles. Worksheets. Articles. Kristin is INCREDIBLE with what she does, helping us plod along with our drafts! She’s got the absolute greatest collection of articles and worksheets (because you didn’t expect that from just from reading the beginning of this paragraph) that I use way too much. She’s been a HUGE help for me in this NaNo season!
Goodreads. Please, check my Goodreads, because all the books I have read in the past few years have definitely helped. Problem is, that’s over four hundred… so no, I’m not writing down every single one.
A HUGE thank you to everyone I’ve mentioned in this post and to everyone else because seriously, you all are incredible. All of you followers every time I see a like or a comment or a new follower it makes my day. Heck, every time I see that someone VIEWED this blog I get excited. This blog is still in its infancy and I know not too many people know about it, so that makes the smallest interaction mean SO MUCH to me. I love you all!
(also, btw, I did a spur-of-the-moment booktube, and it’d mean a lot if you’d watch it and give feedback! I honestly have no idea what I’m doing with this, so… yeah. Feedback would help. A lot.)