Category: Personal (Page 1 of 3)

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November 30, 2022

Hopefuls, Monthly Author Check-In, Personal

Monthly Author Check-In: November 2022


What I’m Writing: A Hopefuls holiday special
What I’m Reading: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
What I’m Loving: Still listening to Taylor Swift’s Midnights on a near-endless loop

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November 1, 2022

Personal, Writing Tips

Reflections on NaNoWriMo, 20 Years Later


Twenty years ago today, I wrote the first 2,000 words of my first NaNoWriMo novel.

I participated in NaNo from 2002-2007, and then again in 2012, as well as several personal “off-season” NaNoWriMo-inspired writing marathons. And though I don’t technically join anymore, it was such an influential part of my early writing life that it felt wrong not to mark this occasion.

So today, let’s take a look at the biggest lessons I gained from the experience—and how it continues to shape me as a writer even now.

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January 12, 2022

Jenn Recommends, Personal, What I’m Reading

2021 Reading Year in Review


It’s cliche but it’s true: if you want to be a writer, you need to first be a reader. More than just keeping up with current genre trends and studying craft, though, everything we consume as a creative gets woven into our minds and our souls—and you never know when part of that tapestry will work its way into your own work. So it’s nice, at these yearly transitions, to look back at all the things that influenced my own artistic sensibilities in the year 2021. Let’s get into it!

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November 17, 2021

Hopefuls, Monthly Author Check-In, Personal, The Beacon Campaigns

Monthly Author Check-In: November 2021


What I’m Writing: All the things
What I’m Reading: The Shimmering State by Meredith Westgate
What I’m Loving: The 2.0 update on Animal Crossing: New Horizons—I have finally learned how to properly decorate my island, and to say I’m obsessed is putting it mildly

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June 18, 2021

Monthly Author Check-In, Personal

Monthly Author Check-In: June 2021


What I’m Writing: Hopefuls 3
What I’m Reading: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon (I also recently finished The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams and wanted to give it a shout out)
What I’m Loving: I’ve just discovered art vlogs on YouTube: Cheyanne Barton, Hyemina, and typicallychloe have been early favorites

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