NaNoWriMo Week Two Update // breaking the rules, hitting a milestone, and oops, oh look, I forgot about the Dare Squad again

good morning, cyberspace!

Week two of NaNoWrimo has officially come and gone, which means we have finally broken into the final half of this crazy adventure of writing a book in a month. It’s hard for me to believe that we’re already halfway through November, but I guess it just goes to show that time truly does fly when you’re having fun.

Or. . .you know. . .when you’re quietly sobbing into your cereal each morning because you still have to write another 1,667 words before the day is through. Whichever floats your boat, my friends.

But anyway, now that week two has drawn to a close, I think now is the perfect time to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned over the past few days.

Or rather, to tell you guys just how big of a NaNoWriMo hypocrite I am, because I totally did something over the weekend that literally EVERYONE tells you never to do during The NaNo. Aha.

Let’s get this ball rolling, shall we?

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NaNoWriMo Week One (and two days) // Struggles, Triumphs, An Unexpected Speech About Burnt Toast, and Killing the Dare Squad Hub

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good morning, cyberspace!

I told myself I wasn’t going to do weekly update posts for NaNoWriMo this year. I told myself that I was going to focus solely on my book, that I had a whole mess of other things going on in November, and blogging about the whole writing process was just too much for my smol little self to handle.

I promised myself I wasn’t going to do weekly updates for NaNoWriMo this year.

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Welcome to my weekly NaNoWriMo update, peasants.Read More »

The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad, Season Two!

— The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad Dare Board —

The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad Season Two Dare Board


— The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad Winner’s Board – a sneak peak —

Winner's Board Sneak Peak

Happy NaNoWriMo, Everybody! — A Day One Pep Talk

good morning, cyberspace!

and welcome to the VERY FIRST DAY OF NANOWRIMO, 2018!!! ASDFGHJKL!! Even though I’m writing this post exactly six days in advance, I still cannot stop myself from getting the extreme nervous jitters every single time I think about the fact that it is officially time to begin The NaNo.

*insert incoherent screaming here*

I honestly cannot believe that it is November yet again. It feels like just yesterday that I started the first draft of everlost in 2016, and yet here we are, beginning a brand new November with a brand new story in a brand new year. And though I’m extremely pumped to be able to begin a new story after two entire years of working on everlost, it’s still just plain terrifying to think about.

So for today’s smudge I decided to do a pep talk. I’m not sure if I’m going to write any more of these throughout the month (i’m going to be focusing primarily on writing my book for the next thirty days, which means the blog might slip somewhere into The Land of Desolation), but for today — for Day One of NaNoWriMo — I figured we could all use a little kick in the pants to get us to start writing.

. . .okay. So maybe I just needed someone to give me a kick in the pants to force me to start writing. Aha. Hahahahahaha.


So without further ado, let’s get on with the pep! *flings peppermint and pompoms at your face*Read More »

The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad — Meet The Squad!

good morning, fellow squadians!

and welcome back to yet another NaNoWriMo! I am so extremely excited to join this crazy writing adventure with you all, and I cannot WAIT to see what amazing stories are going to be written this month! And now that NaNoWriMo is finally here, it is officially time to introduce everyone to 2018’s NaNoWriMo Dare Squad! 

And let me tell you what, guys — I am severely excited about this years Squad. We’ve got SO MANY returning members, as well as some new faces, and I am just so beyond thrilled that you’re all willing to publicly humiliate yourselves for the world to see!!! wait what Literally nothing could warm my heart on this cold November day more than that. ❤

So without any further ado — ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, cupcakes and marshmallow fronds, it is with the deepest pride and greatest pleasure that I introduce you all to. . .

. . .2018’s NaNoWriMo Dare Squad. . .

Fruit Peel (4)
Hopefully you all can read that?? Some of the goals had to be shorten and shrunk so that everything would fit, but if there is anything about your name or goal that you don’t like, please feel free to contact me, and I will get that resolved as quickly as possible!

So there you have it, folks! Those are your fellow Squadians! Those happy little marshmallows up there are going to be your pocket-sized best friends throughout the month of November, so go ahead and give them all a hug and a cookie and introduce yourself down in the chat below!!! Tell us what your project for the month is. Tell us what your hobbies are. Give us some random facts and obsessions about yourself so that we can all be one big happy bloggy family for a month!

And now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go get some writing done. It’s the first day of NaNoWriMo, and I — the smudgiest thought — have a book to write.

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Wednesday, Nov. 1st — QUESTION OF THE DAY 

  • Today is a day of beginnings, so share your NaNoWriMo project’s opening line down in the chat below! (if you’re uncomfortable doing this, that is totally okay. i know some people don’t like sharing their work online, so if that’s you, feel free to discuss some of your absolute FAVORITE opening lines that you’ve read!)

Monday, Nov. 5th (wow. these really are daily. ahahahahahaha. #fail)  QUESTION OF THE DAY

  • Now that it’s Day Five of NaNoWriMo, we’ve hopefully finally begun to push on through the rough beginnings of our glorious stories and are staring to blaze new trails towards the more exciting, potentially plot-twisty centers of our story truffles*. So now that our stories are finally beginning to grow wings and take flight — or are currently crashing to the ground in distance streams of fire as it burns a hole the size of the Grand Canyon into your outline (like mine. ahem.) I feel like now would be a great time to talk about all of the scenes we are most excited about writing this month! What sorts of fun things are you most excited to get to in your NaNoWriMo story? What are the characters you’re excited to meet? The settings you just can’t wait to explore? What are the plot twists that keep your mind whirring at night? (and if you’re not a chronological writer like me, what sorts of fun things/characters/scenes have you probably already written? [and also if you don’t want to share any spoilers, that is totally okay! just be super elusive. like a squirrel.])

*can you tell that the NaNo is beginning to get to me? because the NaNo is beginning to get to me.

doctor who spoilers GIF

P.S. ATTENTION TO ANYONE WHO SENT ME A FORM FOR THE DARE SQUAD — if you sent me your information in October, and it is NOT on the board, then that means it probably got lost somewhere in my very messy inbox and I am SO SO SO SO sorry. If you could please contact me through the Suggestion Desk and send in your information once again, I will get your name up on the board immediately. I’ve been having some issues with my inbox apparently, and I would feel absolutely awful if you sent in your information and I missed it. So yes. Just contact me and we’ll get it sorted out ASAP. *gives you cookies in apology*

P.P.S. I was going to delete those daily prompt things up there, but like. . .that would make the conversations down in the comments kind of bizarre for anyone looking back on this post. So I’m just gonna keep them there and let this post remain a trainwreck for all the rest of time. ahahahahahahahaha. #helpme

The Top 5 BEST Halloween Movies of All Time

good morning, cyberspace!

For those of you who have been living underneath a hollowed-out log for the past 30 days, tomorrow is Halloween.

i know. so shocking.

Ah, yes. Halloween. The most spooky day of the year, filled with children and candy and pumpkins and ghosties and those weird little gummy Dot things you find in the yellow boxes that no one really knows what they are, but they taste okay-ish so you eat them anyway.

Halloween. I’m probably on the opposite end of most Christian people, here, but I absolutely love Halloween. I love the candy and the dressing up. I love eating chocolate until I feel like I might burst and having no regrets because it’s Halloween. I love making caramel corn with my mom and handing out candy and taking back the candy because HOLD UP, G.I. JOE., THAT IS MY SNICKERS BAR!!!!!!! seeing what all of tiny children are dressing up as nowadays. I love dressing up as a mime and breaking my vow to stay silent all day after three hours of pure and intense torture. And above all this — at the very tippity top of my list for ALL THE THINGS that I love about Halloween — I absolutely adore watching Halloween movies.Read More »

The NaNoWriMo Dare Squad – Season Two! // some basic info,dare board reveals, and a few smol polls for y’olls

good morning, cyberspace!

Today is a very exciting day for me, you guys! NaNoWriMo — the single-most glorious writing event of the entire year — is finally returning! In just 8 short days (or less or more, depending on where you live in this great, big, beautiful world), writers from all over the planet are going to whip out their pens, their pencils, their notebooks, their laptops, their clay tablets, their typewriters and write 50,000 words in a single month.

Or, you know. . .as many words as you’d like to write, I suppose. There is no judgement here, folks.

Some of us will be rebels. Some of us will be traditionalists. Some of us will go above and beyond and pump out a whopping 100k in less than thirty days. (I will not be among these few, of course.) Some of us will fail. Some of us will win.

However, no matter what this month looks like for you — whether you’re writing 50k or 30 — I want this NaNoWriMo to be one that none of us will ever forget. And how do I plan to do this, you ask?

Easy. We’re going to be playing a game.

And if you happened to be among those who read my last blog post, you will know exactly which game I’m talking about. . .

That’s right, folks! Today we’re going to be talking about ALL OF THE THINGS pertaining to the NaNoWriMo Dare Squad!Read More »