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Authors you’d like to read?

Who are some authors that you want to read this year? Are you planning on attending any signings or book festivals?

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Y’all West @yallwest just released their author line-up and it’s incredible! There are so many authors I want to meet, but first I’ve got to read their books! My March TBR is a mix of actual TBR books (Jason Reynolds and Jacqueline Woodson), but also books of some of the authors that will be at Y’all West: Dhonielle Clayton, Erin Estrada Kelly, Gloria Chao, and Samira Ahmed, to name just a few. I’m hoping to get these books read before the book festival. If you’ve read any of these, what did you think? (No spoilers, please!)

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For #marchlitwrit Writing Beverages/Snack | Writing Workspace: The cloudy skies and rain got the best of me before I could snap a decent picture of my desk! But tea is usually my choice of drink while writing. I might a sneak a cookie too.

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#authorappreciationmarch Author you wish to read

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Hope you are all having a great weekend so far! It’s actually raining here (yay!) so movies and games for us. What are you up to?

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Which fandoms inspire you?

“If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” — Toni Morrison

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What’s your favorite fandom(s)? What inspired you to start writing?

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It’s been a while since I’ve talked about how I started writing. Stories would always pop up in my head since I was a kid but I never really thought of them as stories—just what ifs. What if we won a lifetime supply of Fruity Pebbles? What would happen if I could read my teacher’s mind? And sometimes my what ifs would carry on to TV and/movies shows—would Shaggy be really sad if Scoobie got lost? What would have happened if the Fertellis never found Mikey Walsh, his friends, and One-Eyed Willie’s treasure? I’d come up with these elaborate what-ifs but I never wrote any of them down (probably a good thing) because it never occurred to me that I should.

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Fast forward to my first year teaching—I truly believe books find you when you need them most. First year teaching is hard enough but during that year, my father passed away too. I caught the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to me!) on TV and soon after I read the book. I fell in love with the characters and eventually was inspired by Jane Austen too (she drafted all 6 of her novels in secret on a tiny writing table because women of the gentry did not have jobs). Once I was done reading and binging Pride and Prejudice, the what if’s came back and I put my ideas to paper. Needless to say, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was my first fandom.

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Featured here are some of the drafts of stories I wrote for the fandom! (Yes, I kept them!) I wrote fan fiction for various fandoms for over ten years, believing it was just a hobby. I’d teach during the day and write when I came home. It wasn’t until I read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir that I actually considered writing my own story—a biracial warrior princess who has to fight for her life against her father and a diwata—a goddess. But that’s another story for another time!

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Challenges (a day late!😅)

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#marchlitwrit Fandoms that inspire you

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#authorappreciationmarch Jane Austen | Romance

Weekend Update!

How’s your weekend so far?

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Today I went on a dumpling crawl with friends (we went to six places!) Then we had tea and Bobba at @bubblerepublicala (pictured here). Afterwards, I watched with my family season 2 of Trollhunters. If you haven’t watched this show, you’re really missing out!

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For obvious reasons, (I’m exhausted!), I’m going to follow Melanie’s @watermelanies lead and keep this short!

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For #marchlitwrit Plotter or Panster? If you saw my previous post, it’s obvious that I’m a plotter. For my draft I had a rough outline of key events! For my revision, I’ve made a general to do list, but this weekend I’m going to get more specific.

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For #marchinbooks18 Favorite Stand-alone books—The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater! Such a gorgeous story!

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For #bookishrandomthings Favorite Non-bookish fandom—Supernatural! I love this show so much! I named one of my sons Dean! Supernatural bookmark and sticker are from the Supernatural @nerdypost box!

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And yes! I brought all this stuff with me to lunch bc I wanted to make sure I got today’s prompts done! Thank you to my friends who put up with my bookstagram shenanigans!

Book Challenge: Short Books, Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

I read all my books for my monthly TBR, said no book nerd ever!
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How did you all do this month with your February reading goals?

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Let’s be real here. It’s the end of the second month of the year and I feel like I’m behind on my reading goal! I’m seriously considering changing it from 75 to 25. Between revising my manuscript and well, being a mom, I need to make my life easier and not be stressed about reading all the books which is a valid concern, but one that I don’t need right now!

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I created a Story Highlight for my 2018 Reads and just put up the books I read for February—I forgot to include Watership Down! I’ll follow up with a wrap-up post later!

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I realized it’s been weeks since I’ve talked about Nnedi Okorafor! Her Binti series is becoming one of my favorite series—space travel, technology, and a main character who is the most talented astrolabe maker ever, it’s such a great sci-fi read, but Binti’s struggle with her Himba culture and pursuing her dreams of going to Oomza University add so much depth to her character and gives another layer of richness in the world building. If you’re struggling through the post-Black Panther movie life, Binti is perfect for you!

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For #grimdragon Short Books! The Binti trilogy is comprised of novellas! Each book is about 200 pages, give or take. Also, I can’t believe this is the last #grimdragon prompt ever! Holly @the_infinite_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad, thank you so much for creating the #grimdragon community. I’m so grateful for the new friends I’ve made here and also for all the awesome book recs! My life is richer for the people I’ve come to know and I’ve grown so much as a reader!

Book Challenge: An author I don’t see often on bookstagram

Anyone else feel like today (Friday) was hard won? Like you just talked down Smaug from burning you dead because you weren’t going to steal his gold? 🐲 No? Just me then?😜

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One of my goals last year was to read more graphic novels and Montress was high on my list. I’ve only read the first two volumes but I really enjoyed them! It was a little jarring at first because you’re thrown into the world of the story and you hit the ground running with the action, but once you hit your stride in the story, it’s a really fantastic read. (Did I just make a running reference? Go me! I am so not a runner.)🏃🏽‍♀️ Also, the art in this series is just incredible—rich in detail and conveys so much of the mood. Definitely worth checking out.

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Alternate matriarchal 1900s Asia with a deco-inspired steam punk style? Teenage girl surviving a war, but discovering she’s got a psychic link with a powerful monster? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

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For day 26 of the #grimdragon challenge: An author you don’t see often on bookstagram—Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu!

Reading Challenge: Kill, Kill, Stab, Stab, Stab

What kind of reading goals do you set? (Besides the number of books you read by the end of the year. 😏) I mentioned in my previous post that I’m also a writer (thanks to every one who liked and commented about finishing my draft! I truly appreciate it!) and to become better at writing, you have to read! Seems logical but in reading dozens of author interviews, one piece of common advice about becoming a better writer was to read in your genre, and also outside of it—know the genre writing conventions of the story your writing and also what good writing looks like regardless of genre.

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One of my reading goals for the last two years (now three) is to read a book outside my preferred reading and writing genre (YA fantasy). I’ve read so many great books from contemporary to historical fiction (still working on non-fiction😅).

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Last year (and most likely this year too), I found a lot of recommendations through the #grimdragon challenge and I haven’t been disappointed! Featured here are a mix of authors that were new to me and outside my preferred genre—okay, so this is still fantasy, but these are definitely not YA. Epic battles, fierce characters, and bloody fighting—I didn’t realize what I was missing in my life until I read Abercrombie, Staveley, Lawrence, and Eames! I highly recommend all of these authors!

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For #grimdragon Day 13: Stabby, stabby kill, kill, kill

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How’s your weekend going so far? We just watched Cars 3 and now I’m like 😭. At my age, everything seems to set me off!

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Book Challenge: Darkly humorous 

For #grimdragon They’re all gonna laugh at you! Darkly humorous books! When our hosts for #grimdragon Holly @the_infinite_book_dragon and Corey @grimdark_dad rave about a book, take note of it for future reference. When they rave about a book and post about it several times, that means get off your arse and read it which is what happened with Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames @thebookofeames. Holly and Corey have never led me astray so I was excited to read this one!.

If you like epic fantasy quests, you’ll enjoy this. If you like bands made up of likable, imperfect characters you will enjoy this. If you like richly detailed, unique world building, you will enjoy this. But what you will love is how these old, retired band of friends (bands of mercenaries are treated like rock stars in this story) get back together to save the daughter of one of the band members against impossible odds–one being they’re old (in comparison to the other bands) and the other being in order to save her, they have to go to a place that would give Mordor a run for its money. Despite all these issues, there is sardonic humor on nearly every page and also conveyed through the main character Clay Cooper–a member of the band who had a fierce reputation as being one of the deadliest mercenaries of all time but when the band broke up, he became a sentry guard and started a family. Needless to say, because of this attitude, Clay’s observations during the quest are both endearing and humorous at the same time.

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This was one of my favorite reads this year! What are some darkly humorous books you enjoyed? What are some of your favorites this year?

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A virus has infiltrated our house. I thought I escaped it but I’ve been fighting off a sore throat and the urge to just bury myself under blankets and sleep. If mom goes down, this whole ship will sink!

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