NaNoWriMo: Keep Writing

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For those who are participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing, etc., you might be feeling like this:


But you should listen to Ray Bradbury:


Be like Dory…

Remember you are not alone:


& keep in mind that


So keep writing!


To all of the NaNo Writers…

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You may be making your word count, you may be a little (or a lot) under your word count, but you have made a commitment to your writing this month, and that is awesome.

Yet with the flush of the first week behind you, when you are in love with your idea, your characters, your writing, your novel is likely becoming more difficult. Take comfort, writers! You are not alone – & I have put together a compilation of quotes to prove it.





You are not alone, & you can do this. Keep writing!

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Quote: Run Through It

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“Even still, we run. We have not reached our average of 57.92 years without knowing that you run through it, and it hurts and you run through it some more, and if it hurts worse you run through it even more, and when you finish, you will have broken through. In the end, when you are done, and stretching, and your heartbeat slows, and your sweat dries, if you’ve run through the hard part, you will remember no pain.”

-...if you've run throughthe hard part, you willremember no pain.-.png

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June is a Great Month & a Great Book

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Remember how excited you used to feel in June, as the sun shone through the window, and you studied for final exams because summer vacation was right around the corner? That excitement is exactly what you should feel for June, a novel written by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore.

daydreamJune is a well-written novel that revolves around a character aptly named June. The novel alters between two different timelines, in which themes of love, family, friendship, secrets, and honesty are explored in a way that is entertaining, well written, and truthful.

Rather than tell you more about how much I enjoyed this book, I thought I would show you by sharing some of my favorite quotes from the book.

Personification of a house:




Marriage in the ’50s:




I love this – no wishy-washy, hand-wringing. Kiss when you feel like it (as long as the other person’s into it):


Romance –


To sum up this post, I really, really liked this book. I might pick up a physical copy at the bookstore to read it again, and I think you should read it. What about you – any recommendations? What’s the last book you read that you really enjoyed, and think all of your friends should read?

Sex & Horror #yesplease

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-For at that moment Mr. Kinnear, dead as he was, was the stiffer man of the two of them.--Alias Grace

When I trekked cross-country to come live in the Bay Area, I had a copy of Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood that I had purchased at a library sale, and which I had barely begun reading when I left it in a hotel room somewhere in the middle of the country. I was very disappointed, and intended to get another copy on my hands at some unknown point in the future.

Then, recently, I remembered that I had a library card, and can thereby procure a myriad of very wonderful books, including the previously abandoned Alias Grace.

It was an interesting read. The first novel I had read by Atwood, I was impressed with her skill, imagination, and particularly, her character development. Based on the true story of Grace Marks, a woman imprisoned for decades for a murder in which she may or may not have been complicit at the tender age of 16, this novel was fascinating. The story began to meander a bit for the latter third of the book, but I can understand why it did so, and it was not unpleasant to read, it just felt a bit more out-of-focus than I was a wholehearted fan of.

However, I am glad I read it, and I am also glad to point out the quote above, which melds, in a single, concise sentence, two of my favorite literary themes: eroticism and horror. (Some of you may remember I am slowly writing a paranormal erotica short story anthology, which provides even more evidence that I am a fan of these two themes.) Ever since I can remember, horror stories have fascinated me. And sex, whether we love to think about it, hate to talk about it, or both, is also generally fascinating to people in one way or another.

Have you read Alias Grace? If so,what did you think? If not, what is your favorite horror story? I like to read comments as well as novels, and would love to hear from you!

The Kiss

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she leans forward

-Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus