The Handwriting Challenge

A few months ago, I was tagged by Nandini of Unputdownable Books (and formerly of Pages of Rustle) for the Handwriting Challenge. (Thanks for nominating me, Nandini!) This is a fun and unique blog hop where participants write their answers on pen and paper, then take a photo and share it in the blog post to show what your handwriting looks like.

Of course, before I show you my handwriting, let’s go over…

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A Call for Suggestions for This Year’s Blogoversary

Happy Blogoversary

Holy cow, this blog will be 8 years old on July 9th.

The big day may be two months away, but if I don’t start planning for it now, I’ll be scrambling to prepare something at the last minute. And do I ever dislike last-minute scrambling. So let’s avoid it entirely. ūüėČ

Since blogoversaries are equally about thanking readers and¬†celebrating this site’s achievements, I’d love to have your input again for what you’d like to see for this year’s “festivities.” Here are a few ideas I’ve thought of:

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The Freestyle Writing Challenge, Part 2

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Last year I tackled the Freestyle Writing Challenge for the first time. It was a fun way of writing about whatever I wanted (within the topic chosen by the blogger who nominated me, of course) and seeing how many words I could type in a short amount of time. Today, I’m *finally* accepting Sarah J. Higbee’s nomination to take on¬†the Challenge again. Thanks, Sarah!

Here are the rules for the Freestyle Writing Challenge:

  1. Open an new Microsoft Word document.
  2. Set a stop watch or timer for 5 or 10 minutes, whichever challenge you think you can beat.
  3. You topic is at the end of this post, but DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH A TIMER.
  4. Fill the Word document with as many words as you can. Once you begin writing, do not stop.
  5. Do not cheat by going back and correcting spellings and grammar with spell check in Word. This Challenge is only meant for you to reflect on your own control of sensible thought flow, not your ability to write the right spelling and stick to grammar rules.
  6. You may or may not pay attention to punctuation and capitals. However, if you do, it would be best.
  7. At the end of your post, write down ‚ÄėNo. of words =_____‚Äô so that readers¬†have an idea of how much you can write within the timeframe.
  8. Copy and paste the entire passage on your blog post with a new topic for your nominees, and include these rules with your nominations (at least 5 bloggers).

So, Sarah’s topic for her nominees this time was… Continue reading

The Six-Question Character Challenge

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I’ve fallen behind on blog tags again, so¬†it’s time to play¬†catch-up (again). This tag is a brand new one from¬†Brianna daSilva at Story Port. (Thank you, Brianna!)

The¬†Six-Question Character Challenge¬†offers six questions that you have to answer for three of your WIP’s characters. You can choose whichever characters you want. The¬†point is to introduce these characters to your readers if you haven’t yet, and to see how they’re similar or different.

Before we get started, let’s start with… Continue reading

The Author’s Oracle Writing Tag

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I spotted this tag at Faith Rivens’ blog not too long ago and absolutely¬†knew¬†I wanted to do it, too. It’s inspired by the Major Arcana, the first 22 cards in a tarot or oracle card deck.

Now, I’m aware that not everyone believes in the accuracy in tarot or other divination tools. But being a believer isn’t necessary here. The following questions take each card’s themes and applies them to your WIP or your writing process. So, this is¬†a more “inclusive” tag than you might think. ūüėČ

Any story-specific questions in this tag will focus on my WIP,¬†The Keeper’s Curse. To learn more about this novel, you can either¬†read the current draft of its blurb¬† or¬†visit the Chronicling The Craft series. Continue reading

The “Be Thankful” Challenge

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Thanksgiving may have been last week, but the holiday season is a good time to be thankful for what we have and who we cherish. So, when fellow fantasy writer Elizabeth Rawls nominated me for the “Be Thankful” Challenge, ¬†I knew I couldn’t let this one wait. (Thank you, E.!)

The rules for The “Be Thankful” Challenge are:

  • Share the “Be Thankful”¬†image in your blog post.
  • Write about 5 people in your life you are thankful for.
  • Write about 5 things in 2015 that you are thankful for.
  • Spread the love and challenge 5 other blogs to take part.

So, let me share with you some of the people and things I’m most grateful for…

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The Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Tag

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So I’m still sifting through the blog tags and awards I received over the summer, and the next one is the Siblinghood of the World Bloggers Tag from Elizabeth Rawls. (Thank you, E.! Sorry it’s taken me so long to get to this!) This was originally known as Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, but someone¬†wanted to make the tag¬†more inclusive and changed the name. Not a bad idea, I say. ūüôā

The rules for Siblinghood of the World Bloggers are as follows:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post. (Check!)
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers, and notify them of said nominations.
  4. Create 10 questions for your nominees.

Elizabeth put a neat¬†twist on hers, and started¬†all of her questions with the phrase “Would you rather…”. So,¬†here we go! Continue reading