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Disability Creative Block

Hey y’all I’m back. Sorry for the long break in posts. I’ve been working on disability. Getting disability in the US is a prolonged effort where you have to appeal many times and appear before a judge. I’ve appealed several times and am now on the state where I appeal before a judge. Let me tell you I’ve been studying the possible questions that could be asked for several weeks, practicing, and I was still very nervous. So as the date of the hearing came closer I just looked at posting here and I froze I was totally creatively blocked due to my disability hearing. Everything just came down to focusing on the hearing but thankfully I got past my hearing, I won’t know my results for a few weeks. But I’m just so glad it’s over and I can get back to focusing on the thing I like without the mind crushing stress I’ve been dealing with these past few week.

I haven’t been doing nothing though, I’ve managed to get a little reading done despite the stress. Most of these are for magical readathon.

Ghost Girl by [Ally Malinenko]

Summary

Zee Puckett loves ghost stories. She just never expected to be living one.

It all starts with a dark and stormy night. When the skies clear, everything is different. People are missing. There’s a creepy new principal who seems to know everyone’s darkest dreams. And Zee is seeing frightening things: large, scary dogs that talk and maybe even . . . a ghost.

When she tells her classmates, only her best friend Elijah believes her. Worse, mean girl Nellie gives Zee a cruel nickname: Ghost Girl.

But whatever the storm washed up isn’t going away. Everyone’s most selfish wishes start coming true in creepy ways.

To fight for what’s right, Zee will have to embrace what makes her different and what makes her Ghost Girl. And all three of them—Zee, Elijah, and Nellie—will have to work together if they want to give their ghost story a happy ending.

Amazon: Ghost Girl

Summary

All Ginny Anderson wants from her summer is to sleep in, attend a mystery writing workshop, and spend time with her best friend. But when Ginny’s father―a respected restoration expert in Chicago―surprises the family with a month-long trip to Michigan, everything changes. They aren’t staying in a hotel like most families would. No, they’re staying in a mansion. A twenty-six room, century-old building surrounded by dense forest. Woodmoor Manor.

But unfortunately, the mansion has more problems than a little peeling wallpaper. Locals claim the surrounding woods are inhabited by mutated creatures with glowing eyes. And some say campers routinely disappear in the woods, never to be seen again.

As terrifying as it sounds, Ginny can’t shake the feeling that there’s something darker . . . another story she hasn’t been told. When the creaky floors and shadowy corners of the mansion seem to take on a life of their own, Ginny uncovers the wildest mystery of all: There’s more than one legend roaming Saugatuck, Michigan, and they definitely aren’t after campers.

Amazon: What Lives in The Woods

The Smashed Man of Dread End by [J.W. Ocker]

Summary

Noe Wiley couldn’t be more excited to move. After the slumber party sleepwalking incident of last year, she’s ready to make some new friends.

But Noe didn’t expect the sullen, strange girls who live on her new street. And she certainly didn’t expect the strange warning they give her—to stay out of her basement, no matter what.

Noe’s not going to let these girls boss her around. She’ll go in her own basement whenever she wants.

So she does. And there he is.

And now there’s no going back.

Amazon: The Smashed Man of Dread End

The Brave by [James Bird]

Summary

Collin can’t help himself—he has a unique disability that finds him counting every letter spoken to him. It’s a quirk that makes him a prime target for bullies, and a continual frustration to the adults around him, including his father.

When Collin asked to leave yet another school, his dad decides to send him to live in Minnesota with the mother he’s never met. She is Ojibwe, and lives on a reservation. Collin arrives in Duluth with his loyal dog, Seven, and quickly finds his mom and his new home to be warm, welcoming, and accepting of his condition.

Collin’s quirk is matched by that of his neighbor, Orenda, a girl who lives mostly in her treehouse and believes she is turning into a butterfly. With Orenda’s help, Collin works hard to overcome his challenges. His real test comes when he must step up for his new friend and trust his new family.

Amazon: The Brave

So that’s what I’ve been reading, reviews should be up soon, now that I’m not so worried I can’t even look at the screen. I look forward to having fun with my reading challenges and getting back to things I enjoy.

Posted in Challenges, Feature, Updates

Novel Notes-Microwriting Challenges

So I’m trying to get back into writing my novel. So what I’m doing is some micro writing challenges here.

SpilltheVillianousTea

1LineWeds: Introduce Your Antagonist

Villian 1: It was time to finally see she didn’t silence everything around her. That had been a joke, a trick, a distraction. L could finally see now what she really was someone who could morph into anything and everything and she’d fooled her right up until it was too late.

Villian 2: She burned the brightest L had every seen she would have shielded her eyes or looked on in awe, that is if her burning hand currently didn’t have her by the throat.

ThursdayAesthetics

Villian 1: She loved climbing the walls of palace being above everyone just gave her a better view the view she’d have when that country girl was finally won over when this backwater was lost and won, when she was finally Queen.

Villian 2: She wasn’t like her sister she didn’t fear the water because she knew without a doubt it couldn’t hurt her she stood on the beach and shot her fire into the water steam opening a path for her. She stopped the shot her fire at the sand hitting it with more and more intensity until it turned to glass. She didn’t care what her mother said, they didn’t need peace with waring tribe, they had all the powers they needed, and she would show the little lightning witch she’d never threaten her people again.

#WriterFriendsChallenge

1. I’m a middle grade to YA fantasy writer not sure where I fit at the moment. I like writing about neurodiverse, witchy and LGBTQIA characters, oh and dragons and magic, and sometimes ghosts and mental health.

2. Put 10,000 words on my main project and 5,000 on my side project

#TheMoonStardustandSkyChallenge

  1. I’m a middle grade and young adult fantasy novel writer who likes to write about fantasy and the spooky witchy stuff.
  2. On my main series two book novel that could each be read as stand alones but work better together. On my side series a standalone.

#Seatember2021

L watched the ocean for a long moment every fiber of her soul wanting to dive back under those waves and choke the people who were responsible for what happened to her family. But as she watched the reds in the sunrise, she realized the world was on fire and it wasn’t just about her anymore. She dug her toes into the sand one last time, a promise she would return and face her demons before she turned away from sunrise when she stepped back into the jet and A asked where they were going she replied simply. “Back to the capital, we need to fix this.”

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Guys, I haven’t forgotten you!

Hi guys, just wanted to let you know I have a lot in the works including website redesign. Look forward to it, it’s going to be beautiful. A very important review from Algonquin. A very important review for a book tour and two NetGalley books. What I mean to say is I’m in the weeds guys. the book review will come because I’m still reading from the readathons, I’m just not sure when. I’m going to do the best I can to keep posting content regularly I’ve also got a nice surprise coming! I can’t wait to share it with you guys. Hope to keep posting as regularly as possible!

Photo by Todd Trapani on Unsplash

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Feburary Goals

Hopefully February will be a re-building month. Not just for my bones but for the blog as well. I hope I’ll have the money to get some things improved and if not well I’m still planning a little early spring cleaning.

1) Get ahead on posts.

Ideally I’d like to be a month ahead but I’d settle for 2 weeks.

2) Do some kind of Ace Awareness thing for Valentine’s Day

3)Find a read-a-thon I like.

4) More interaction, book tour maybe?

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Weekly Review

It’s been a pretty good week. I’m healing and I go back to the doctor’s first of next week to see how I’m doing. Hopefully things will move along at a timely pace. I can tell I SHOULD NOT be on my foot yet but I’m hoping I can put some pressure on it soon so I can be on crutches.

I finished a few books this week just graphic novels

I’m also playing Skyrim, but I recently had to start over to get a few characters and things that I wanted. I’m playing as a female Imperial. I’m going to be a Mage type sticking with my normal standard of gameplay. If you have any tips feel free to drop them in the comments, I can always use the help.

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January Wrap-up

When I was writing at the beginning of the year I forgot to set monthly goals. So I’m getting back to that. But I’ll wrap up January anyway with some idea of what my goals were for it even if I didn’t write them down here.

1) Equal December’s views.

While I didn’t do this, I have done pretty well especially considering I had to take two times out for injury.

2) Read 10 books

I’m at 9 and almost finished with 2 more.

3)More interaction

Well I did an author interview with one of my favorite authors so I’m doing better about interacting with authors.

4) Planning ahead

I did this pretty well until it got ahead of me due to breaking my ankle but I’m trying to get back on track.

Photo by Ali Inay on Unsplash

Posted in Author Recommendations, Recommendations, Updates

Yallfest (YallWrite)

Are any of ya’ll come to the panels at Yallfest. Usually it’s a book festival held in Charleston SC. But this year due to COVID they are focusing on writing instead. There are so many great writers coming to share their knowledge and they are doing all sorts of contests and author chats leading up to it. It’s going to be the weekend of November 13th through the 14th, but there are some panels on Friday as well.

In their own words with YALLWrite is a craft-themed, online festival for readers, writers, illustrators & storytellers to stay connected and inspired despite our social distance.

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They have lots of great panels that can be found here.

The couple that I’m looking most forward to are Fantastic Fantasy and Astonishing Adventure

How do you build a world for middle grade readers, establish magic, and supernatural phenomena, avoid info dumps and engaged middle grade readers with the wildest flights of your imagination? How do you keep your fiction grounded in the emotional reality of being a middle grade person, when you’re casting them far from the reality they know? Basically, how do you make stuff up and make it feel real?

Moderated by Soman Chainani with John August, Sayantani DasGupta, Kwame Mbalia and Claribel A. Ortega

The Story Corpse

WITH VICTORIA “V.E.” SCHWAB

One because V.E SCHWAB! And two because the description sounds amazing This class will look at drafting as the construction of a body, from the bones of plot, to character muscle, to the flesh of prose. Attendees will hopefully leave feeling more ready to conquer the always strange and sometimes overwhelming necromancy of bringing a book to life.

Seriously theses are just a few of the panels that are available, you all should really go register.

This post was not sponsored by YallWrite just an excited fan looking forward to meeting people.

Posted in Blogtober, monthly goals, Updates

Blogtober Wrapup

Blogtober was a smashing success. I only missed a couple of days but I got tons of new followers and my number of visitors and views reflected posting every day. I haven’t had this many followers since before the summer, leading me to wonder, is the summer a slow time in blogging? I’ll have to check into this and see what other bloggers say.

Anyway, some Blogtober highlights

  1. Lots of new followers.
  2. Visitors are up.
  3. I’ve been reading more.
  4. I almost didn’t have to use the prompts at all to think of posts.
  5. I’ve been interacting on Twitter more.

These are all goals I’ve been trying to reach over the summer so I’d consider that a smashing success. I hope to continue this positive energy in November!

Image by Benjamin Balazs from Pixabay

Posted in Blogtober, Updates, Weekly Wrap-ups

Weekly Review 10/24

It’s been a pretty good week. I finished my tenth book for the month making this the most productive reading month of the year so far. I’m still not sure how some of those mega-bloggers do it though with 30 plus books a month. Shout out to them because there is no way I could read that fast, I mean I feel myself getting faster, but like I just don’t ever see 30 books a month happening.

I’ve been reading two books one new one girl. Lil who finds a another girl. Alice from a what she thinks is a cult, and then life in the cult where Lil’s own sister may be, it’s twisty and turny and perfect for Halloween.

Then I’m re-reading Small Spaces to be followed with a re-read of Dead Voices because both are mega creepy and are perfect for this time of year.

This week I also finished The Unwanted’s Quest: Dragon Fire. I’m waiting for my library for the next book in the series to be ready, then for the next book to be released by the author, which is final one in the series. Other than that I’m very glad I read the series and can’t wait to read more.

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Dragon Fire (The Unwanteds Quests Book 5) by [Lisa McMann]

Other than that I’ve just been working on Dragon Age, still trying to level up. I’m also sitting in on an author presentation with Ghost Squad author Claribel A. Ortega about telling ghost stories so I’m looking forward to that.

Hope you all had a good week and are getting read for the spookiness next week!

Image by Various-Photography from Pixabay

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Delays Ahead

Hi all,

I really hate to have to do this because I love posting three times a week. However my sister is sick at the moment, and will be sick for the foreseeable future. It’s not Covid don’t worry, but I will need to be stepping up and helping out with some things. I’ll still try to post as much as I can, and I’ll still be posting at least once a week. But as you all know family is in general more important than blogging.

Keep my sister in your thoughts if you do that kind of thing, she has some medical hurdles she needs to get over. However I believe in her as does her husband and the rest of the family. So hopefully I’ll be able to post soon with good news. However if you don’t see me in this space as often, that’s probably why.

Hope all your family is well,

Solara