Alter Reach Playlist

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday!

My NaNoWriMo word count update: 9,089

I’m right on track. I’d like to have a bit more, but I’m not pushing it. This is by far, the most productive NaNoWriMo I’ve participated in. Normally, I’m procrastinating until the last minute. This time, I’m trying to do it right.

I wanted to talk about a subject I feel like I read and hear a lot about in the writing community, and that is music. Music is a great tool for inspiration, and I understand why people make writing playlists to go along with their novels.

Music has always been a little tricky for me when it comes to writing. I am inspired by it, like most, but I have a hard time listening to music with singing while I write. It distracts me too much. I can listen to instrumental music, but sometimes, I write in silence.

I’m not sure what it is about silence, but I’m able to concentrate so much more. It’s part of the reason why I can’t wait until we have a house. Currently, my writing space is in our apartment living room. I have my desk in a little corner, and it works, but it’s not ideal. It’s a heavily trafficed room (even with just the two of us), and we have two (going on three) fish tanks running. If you have a fish tank, you’re aware that it makes noise. It’s a calming noise, and I like it, but it sometimes distracts me from my writing task. I’m apt to turn around and watch the fish. I need a room with a door and a do not disturb sign. Haha.

As I said earlier, I am very inspired by music and while I can’t always listen to it while I write, I can listen to it throughout the day and before I sit down to write.

I’ve never made a writing playlist, but for this post, I thought it would be fun. Here are 10 songs that I’ve listened to recently or use to listen to, that remind me of plot points or characters of Alter Reach. These are in no particular order, and I’m sure there are more. Maybe I will do another list in the future.

Enjoy 🙂

Lindsey Stirling – Lost Girls

Evanescence – Haunted

Nightwish – Nemo

Epica – Chasing the Dragon

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

Lindsey Stirling – Crystalize

Enya – So I Could Find My Way

Within Temptation – The Hollowing

Amaranthe – Stardust

Leave’s Eyes – My Destiny

That’s all I have. If I think of ten more, I will do another list.

In other news, and I’ve mentioned this a few times in the past, but I’m finally looking into my options for publishing an Ebook of some of my poetry. It’s something I’ve contimplated since I started writing poetry, but never actually sat down to do. During my NaNoWriMo breaks, I am researching, formatting and getting everything together. I don’t have a publish date in mind yet, but I will of course, keep you posted.

I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was pretty busy, but I’m looking forward to the holidays.


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Hey everyone!

I hope you had a great Halloween. I actually was able to wear my wig one more time to work. That was a ton of fun.

Today is November 1st, otherwise known as the first day of NaNoWriMo. If you’re unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month. It’s a contest with yourself, where you pledge to write 50,000 words in the month of November. The prize is just that – you wrote 50,000 words in 30 days. Some of you may be aware, I participated in NaNoWriMo in 2015 and 2016. Alter Reach would NOT be anywhere near what it is today if I hadn’t. This year, the only difference will be that Alter Reach will FINALLY be ready for editing. After so many drafts and edits, I will finally have a complete novel that I’m ready to start the beta reading and editing processes with.

My plan for this blog remains the same; update as frequently as possible. I will let you know my current word count at the end of each blog I post. I’m so excited to share this story with the world. It’s been a little over two years since I started, and I never actually thought I would ge this far.

Please don’t forget to enter my 100 Followers Giveaway! I thank you so much if you have already, so glad to have you aboard this crazy writing journey.

Okay, last few photos before I store the orange wig til next Halloween. 👻


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NaNoWriMo Update


This week has been a little crazy with the election and some other personal stuff going on, so unfortunately, I’ve fallen a bit behind in my word count goals. Have no fear though! I am a true “pantser”, I’ve been that way my entire life. (Pantser – someone who “flies by the seat of their pants,” or in the writing world, someone who doesn’t plan out what they are going to write – they just write). I’m also a procrastinator and work better under pressure. I won NaNo last year towards the end of the final day, after being behind the entire month. This probably isn’t the best way to go about it, and I don’t suggest you try, but it works for me.

I believe I will be ready to edit/send to an editor after NaNo is finished, so that’s super exciting. My tentative goal is to have the book out in the beginning of 2017, but please don’t quote me on that. 🙂

I just wanted to type up a quick update – sorry there isn’t much else to let you know. I just don’t like to leave the blog untouched for long periods of time.

Until next time!


One Sentence Summary – NaNoWriMo Prep

Hello there,

T-Minus 7 days until NaNoWriMo kicks off. I thought it would be fun to do some writing prompts/challenges up until November 1st. I love visiting the NaNo forms before, during and after because there are so many awesome, inspiring and super helpful people chatting throughout the year. I just found this challenge on the form tonight and thought it would make a nice, short blog topic.

Writing a one sentence summary of your novel.

Sounds easy, right? …. Here goes nothing :O


In a journey to recover their lost memories, twins sisters, Marci and Madison, must return to a world they were forced to forget and fight a battle they didn’t know was coming.


I stared at the computer for a half hour…that was more difficult that I thought, but I’m happy with it. If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or if you’re currently writing a book, feel free to post your one sentence summaries!

Until next time,



New Laptop & NaNoWriMo

Writing life is so much easier when you have a computer to write on.

When I was unemployed, finding the time to write was super easy. My husband wasn’t home all day, so I used his computer and didn’t have to worry about sharing it or getting off quickly so he could use it. Once I took my new job, I found it much more difficult to write. Paul’s computer is in his room, with all of his video games and collection of Alien figures. It’s his space. So, trying to write while he was in the same room was nearly impossible. I can’t listen to music with lyrics while I write, let alone listen to someone play a video game.

I’ve been itching to buy a new laptop for a couple of months, but they are an investment and they certainly aren’t cheap. I’ve read in a million different articles that if you don’t invest in your craft, you won’t be able to take it very far. I won’t publish a novel without hiring an editor and I’m definitely not going to be able to finish my novel without sitting down and writing it.

Good news! I bought a laptop today. It’s awesome. It is a 2-in-1, so it flips around into a tablet. Not necessarily a feature I needed, but since most of the laptops that didn’t have the feature cost the same amount, I figured it was worth having a bit of fun with my laptop.

The best part is, I bought this laptop just in time for NaNoWriMo! I’ve written about NaNo in past blogs, but just in case you aren’t sure what it is:

NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. You attempt to write 50,000 words in the month of November.

I won it last year, and was able to kick-start my novel. The “rules” state you should write 50,000 words for a new novel, but there is a whole section of people who call themselves NaNoRebels – these people decide not to follow the “rules”…some write film/TV/play scripts, some finish their manuscripts and some edit their already completed first draft. I will be joining the rebels this year and finishing my novel/editing what I have. As long as you write 50,000 new words, the rest of the “rules” aren’t really mandatory.

Anyway, I’m super excited to be back and I can’t wait to post on November 30th saying that I finally finished my novel! Good thoughts and prayers are welcome as I embark on this journey. I will be writing a weekly NaNo update as well as making sure I post much more frequently on here…so I hope you look forward to that.

Until next time –