Notes from #MWW15


This weekend I’m in Muncie, Indiana attending Midwest Writers Workshop! Although it’s the 42nd annual gathering, I’m a first-timer and super excited!


Thanks to generous sponsors, I’m attending on a scholarship. Yesterday included an amazing intensive with Christa Desir (my crush has grown immensely), being awed by my squad of super-talented YA/NA writers, motivational advice, lots of hugs, and tasty free chicken wings.

We just wrapped up the agent Q&A panel (TONS of good info to unpack there). Now it’s off to re-caffeinate, learn how to edit and revise when you’re SO sick of your book, and practice for this afternoon’s agent pitch session. (EEP.)


RSW Update Four


Ready. Set. Write! is a summer long writing challenge hosted by Erin Funk, Elodie Nowodazkij, Alison Miller, Jamie Morrow and Katy Upperman where we write, revise, plot and cheer each other on.

 How I did on last week’s goals

  • Write fiction for at least 1 hour per day. I did so-so with this one. Life was like “The hell you say!”
  • Do something active 3x. Thank goodness for living room dance parties. :D
  • Drink more water. Much improved!

My goals for this week

  • Finish beta reading. I owe people thoughts on pages. Y’all are super talented.
  • Prep for Midwest Writers Workshop. It’s almost time!
  • Keep up with physical activity. Gotta work on that mind-body connection.

A favorite line from my story OR one word/phrase that sums up what I wrote/revised.

There’s very little I hate more than seeing people I love upset and not being able to do a damn thing about it.

The biggest challenge I faced this week (ex. finding time to write).

Organization. Sometimes it’s so hard dealing with emotional and physical clutter (yes, I’m just now getting completely unpacked in my new-ish apartment. Don’t judge me.)

Something I love about my WiP.

It’s totally surprising me!

Summer Reading Challenge Update


I love YA Buccaneers for many reasons but topping the list is their awesome challenges! Thanks to them I’m doing something I tend to neglect when I’m busy: reading for fun. :D

Summer Reading Progress

YAB Summer Reading 3

  • Banned book: ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

  • Book w/diverse MC: TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

  • Book by your fave author: JUST FRIENDS by Norma Klein

  • Road trip book: NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen

  • Book you own but haven’t read: THIS STRANGE NEW FEELING by Julius Lester

  • Set during the summer: SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson

  • Freebie: PHOTO NOMAD by David Douglas Duncan

  • Graphic novel: ESSENTIAL X-MEN VOL. 7

Summer Reading Playlist