NaNoWriMo 2017 – The Best Year So Far

Hands down, 2017 was the best writing year I’ve ever had since I started writing seriously. This was the smoothest year in terms of drafting and it was my most productive year in terms of quality. If I could have another writing year like this, I’d be so happy. Heck, if all my writing years could be like this, I’d be so freaking happy.

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Review: Lie to Me by Jess Ryder

Publication Date: April 19, 2017

Meredith finds an old VHS tape while going through boxes from her childhood. On the tape, she finds a video of herself saying strange things, telling a story she doesn’t understand. And on the video is her mother, who disappeared 25 years ago.

The story Meredith hears herself telling dates back to a murder almost 30 years ago. As she begins digging into the case of Cara, the murdered young woman, Meredith finds a more tangled story than she could have ever imagined.

30 years ago, Cara was an aspiring actress living with her best friend. But the longer she lived there, the more complicated her life became and the darker the people around her appeared to be.

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NaNoWriMo 2016 – Novel Writing in College

Starting NaNoWriMo for the third time in a row, this was the first year I tried to balance writing with college life. I knew that it was something I wanted to continue when college began, but I wasn’t sure how much time I would be able to commit to NaNoWriMo. This was the first year that I spent mostly playing catch-up, having realized that I really suck at making time for writing. However, this year stands out because it’s the first time I wrote a main character who wasn’t white, thus beginning my exploration into diversifying my writing and the character pool I choose from.

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Review: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Publication Date: January 27, 2009

During World War II, Henry Lee finds himself an outsider. He’s Chinese in a time when anyone Asian could be assumed to be Japanese. He’s American in a place where his neighbors are all Chinese. Sent to an American school by his parents, he finds an unlikely friend there and falls in love for the first time.

In 1986, Henry is mourning the death of his wife and looking back on his youth. There are still memories of growing up during World War II and what it was like to be Chinese in that era. When an old hotel opens up, Henry gets the chance to dive deeper in his past and find closure.

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NaNoWriMo 2015 – Discovering my Genre

I think that NaNoWriMo 2015 was the year that I began to understand genre as a writer and discovering where I wanted to fit into that. As someone who has always been fascinated with spies and mysteries, I knew that I wanted to try writing about something along those lines eventually. When October rolled around, I decided that I would try to write a story about spies in the most generic way possible.

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