Jessica’s Early Writing (1)

Hi everyone!

Unfortunately, it’s Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. A couple weeks ago, I went to my dad’s house to help him clean out some stuff in his basement and I came across some really old journals and school projects. I thought it would be fun to share some of it with you guys. I have a few different things to share, so I will try to post something different once a week until I run out. This journal is from 1997. Enjoy 😊


I’m sad to say, my drawing skills have not improved.

I really enjoyed writing about my cats and dog.

I liked math and gym. That changed, haha.

This picture is an accurate representation of me roller skating. (Note: the stick figure that fell on her back.)

I still think the library is “nete.”

I laughed so hard reading this one.

These last two were together. I loved writing stories.


I hope you find this entertaining. I had a lot of fun going through stuff and I’m looking forward to sharing more. If you’ve ever shared old writing or school assignments, let me know. I hope your Monday flies by. 😊

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Alter Reach Character Profile: Marci

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday!

It snowed quite a bit here. Yesterday, it was 56° and rainy, and this morning, I woke up to this:

(Sorry for the poor picture quality. My phone doesn’t have a great camera.)

Anyway, today, I wanted to give you a little insight into Alter Reach by giving you so more info on my main character, Marci. Enjoy 😊


Name: Marci Edleman

Gender: Female

Age: 21

Background: Marci has no idea where she came from or anything about her life before the last 5 years. After losing their memories, being accused of murder, and finally being cleared of all charges, Marci and her twin sister, Alyson parted ways. Marci, in hopes to put her forgotten past behind her, moved to New York City right after the charges were dropped and she graduated from high school. Alyson stayed behind in their hometown of Meadowbrook, vowing to find out what happened the night they lost their memories.

Appearance: Marci has a small, oval face and wavy, brown hair, that reaches her shoulder blades. It’s generally thrown up in a bun, though. She’s tall, about 5’8” and toned. Her eyes are dark brown. They often darken or lighten depending on her mood.

Family: The only family Marci knows is her twin sister, Alyson. However, when she moved to the city, she met Al. He owns a bar and offered her the apartment above it, rent free and a job. Al is like a father to Marci.

Friends: Al & Emma from the bar. Later in the story – Wren, Faelyn, Braston and Eloise.

Romance: After the inncident, Marci chose to focus on herself. She hasn’t had time to date, and she’s pretty awkward when it comes to guys.

Introvert or extrovert? Definitely introvert.

Strengths: Creative, logical, loyal, honest.

Weaknesses: She has a really hard time trusting people.

Goals/dreams/aspirations: All Marci wants is to be happy. She would tell you that she wants to forget the past and move on, but deep down, she wants to find out what happened to her.

Fears: Never truly learning who she is.


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the world of Alter Reach. I plan to do more of these soon. If you were snowed in this morning where you live, I hope you stay safe! Have a great weekend!

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5 Ways I Stay Productive

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday. Sorry for the late post! I hope your week is going well. This is my first full week of work since my abdominal pain issue, and I can happily say that I’ve been (mostly) pain free! It has been a little crazy getting back into the swing of things (probably why this blog post is coming so late in the afternoon, but hey, at least I posted!)

Today I wanted to explain how I stay productive. Last year wasn’t the best as far as productivity is concerned, but I’m giving myself a pass with the abdominal issues. However, on my most productive days, these are the things that are always consistent.


1. Stay distraction free.

I write using Scrivner, and I have to say, it is the best money I have spent so far in this writing journey. But, I’ll save that for another post. Scrivner has a distraction free mode that takes over your whole screen to help you stay off the internet and out of your email. For me, personally, I’m addicted to Twitter. This mode keeps me from clicking back to Twitter when I should be focusing.

2. Turn off my phone (and put it in another room).

Remember how I said I am addicted to Twitter? Well…while the distraction mode in Scrivner is helpful to keep me from looking at Twitter (or anything else), if my phone is near me, I’m likely to still stall my production. When it’s time to write, I turn my phone off and put it in another room.

3. Either write in silence or listen to instrumental music.

Call me weird, but if a song has lyrics, I can’t concentrate on writing. I created a writing playlist a few posts back, but that was mainly songs that I listened to before writing, and inspired scenes of Alter Reach. Sometimes, I even write in silence. It might be weird, but I do a lot of my best thinking in silence.

4. Timed word count goals.

I give myself a word count goal and a set time to do it in. I tend to work well under pressure. When I was in high school, I did really well writing papers the night before they were due. So, I give myself a little bit of pressure and it usually helps me stay productive.

5. Take a break.

As counterproductive as taking a break seems, overloading my brain is likely to make me head back to Twitterland, so I need to give myself a dedicated break.


How do you stay productive?

We are supposed to get another snow storm tomorrow night into Saturday, so I will be putting these practices into use and making some major headway on Alter Reach.

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My Writing Bucket List

Hi Everyone!

I wish I could happily tell you I am feeling better and I’m back to regular life, but I can’t 😦 Had some more tests done yesterday, but I won’t have any answers until Friday (if I get any). It’s been a frustrating month, but I’m trying to stay positive.

Alright, enough with the depressing news, on to the blog post for today! I thought it would be fun to share some of the things on my writing “bucket list.”

Enjoy 🙂


My Writing Bucket List

1. Finish Alter Reach. You would think this was a given, but I started writing this two years ago. I’ve taken my time with it, but I’m really ready to get it finished and get it out there in the world.

2. Hold a copy of Alter Reach in my hands. I think that would be the coolest thing on the planet. Something I wrote and put so much effort into, finally available to hold.

3. Find a way to make a full time living off writing. I’m not sure this will happen after my Alter Reach, but it’s definitely a goal.

4. Write more books! I’m hoping Alter Reach will have enough success, that I can continue to produce more books (and hopefully faster).

5. Keep this blog going, and up to date as another source to keep in touch with readers.


That’s all I have for you today. Do you have your own writing bucket list? Or a life bucket list? What’s one of your goals?

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Cancer – A Poem

Hey there everyone! Happy Thursday.

This is a very personal poem, written quite a while ago. Some of you may know, my mom passed away from cancer when I was 18. Writing definitely helped me through some rough times.

Enjoy. 😊


Cancer

Eating away
every ounce
of hope
until that day
comes when,
she slips away,
and you’re left,
to face this
world alone.


Time is running out for you to enter my 100 Followers Giveaway! Giveaway closes at 6PM (EST) tomorrow night and I will announce the winner on Saturday!

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Halloween Book Tag

HAPPY (ALMOST) HALLOWEEN! 👻

Before we get started, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the support! You guys are great. If you haven’t already, click here to enter my 100 Followers Giveaway for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

I love this time of year. I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but I couldn’t, so in honor of Halloween, I wanted to do a fun tag. I found this one here.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for a photo of my Halloween costume (I didn’t get the best photos from the Halloween party I went to the other night, but you’ll get the idea.)


Favorite Horror Book? 

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. I’ve loved every Stephen King book I’ve read, but something about Salem’s Lot stuck with me. 

Scariest moment in a book you’ve read?

I don’t really want to spoil, and I can’t say this is the absolute scariest moment, but there was a scene in The Call by Peadar O’Guilin that made me turn the light on.

Have you dressed up as a book character for Halloween?

No. I tried to be Lara Croft from Tomb Raider once and ended up looking like a mix of Katniss from the Hunger Games and an unknown character from the Walking Dead. Last year, I dressed up as a book nerd though. That was cool.

What do you think your favorite fictional character would dress up as for Halloween?

Good question. Damon from the Vampire Diaries would probably go out as himself, and no one would question it.

What is your favorite type of horror (gore, psychological, etc.)?

I want a good story, and I want to be scared. I’m not a huge gore fan – I find movies like Saw to be unbearable, so you won’t find me watching the new Jigsaw movie. But, as long as there isn’t ridiculous amounts of gore, I’m in.

Recommend some Halloween Reads!

Anything Stephen King. The Call by Peadar O’Guilin is pretty fun so far.


Per usual, I tag anyone who wants to do the tag. Just let me know you did it, so I can read your responses!

Here’s my costume (I might wear this to work tomorrow!):

I love orange, and if I didn’t have a day job, I might just actually do this to my hair. Haha! The rest of the costume wasn’t pictured very well, so I won’t share the photos… but it was a black shirt, orange tutu, black and orange stockings and orange shoes. 😁

Are you dressing up? What will your costume be?

Thank you again for the support. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway. 😊

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Poetic Expression – A Poem

Happy Saturday!

We are going to a Halloween party tonight. I’m being lame and reusing my costume from last year but it is what it is. I’m going to be a book worm. Stay tuned for pictures on Facebook/Instagram and maybe I’ll post one here.

I have 99 followers! One more to go til I announce my give away. Looking forward to that.

Here is a poem I wrote 9 years ago. Enjoy. 😊


Poetic Expression

Feelings bleeding through,
the black ink on this paper.
A written tale of a little,
girl ripped apart by love.

So much power held in my mind,
spilling it out through my pen.
Turning my darkest fears into,
a symphony of poetic expression.

Piecing every thought together,
my personal diary in metaphors.
Pulling myself apart to find,
the words to turn my life around.


What are your plans for Halloween? If you’re dressing up, what will you be? Have a great weekend!

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Writing Rituals Tag

Happy Friday! 😎

Quick, fun writing tag because I haven’t done one in a while. As always, I tag anyone who wants to participate. Just let me know in the comments so I can ready your response.


Writing Rituals Tag

When do you write? (Time of day, day of week)

Mostly in the afternoon, after work. I try to write something every day, except on Sunday.

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

It’s difficult in an apartment, but I have my own corner in the living room with a desk. I just have to force myself to stay off Twitter.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I have a bad habit of editing as I go, so I’m constantly reading what I wrote and changing things. It’s why my process is slower than I’d like.

What song is your go to when you’re feeling uninspired?

I listen to a lot of instrumental music when writing. Songs with lyrics distract me. I don’t have a particular song that gets me out of a writing slump though.

What do you do when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

I step away and read a book or watch a tv show/movie.

What tools do you use when writing?

I have a couple go-to books that help when I’m struggling to find words. I have the emotions thesaurus and a book with writing prompts.

What is one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Chocolate.

How do you fuel yourself when writing?

Chocolate. 😎

How do you know when you’re done writing?

I don’t really have an answer for this question. I’m finished writing when I’m finished. It’s not the same every night.


That’s all I have for you today. What are your weekend plans?

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Updates!

Hi there, Happy Thursday! I can’t believe October is almost over. It also hasn’t snowed here in NY yet, so I am pleased.

NaNoWriMo is almost here and I’m excited to be challenging myself again. I am not writing anything new, however. This time, my goal is to finish Alter Reach completely so that I can move on to editing. My goal is to have it out sometime mid-2018. *Fingers crossed*

I am very honored and excited to announce that I will be part of a Blog Tour for Watching Glass Shatter by James Cudney! The book is fantastic, definitely pick it up on Amazon. My stop is 11/14, but make sure you check out all the blogs on the tour.

Last, but not least, I am close to 100 followers on this blog. I honestly never expected to get one, so I am beyond excited about it. As soon as I hit 100 followers, I am going to run a giveaway, with a few prizes. Hopefully, the next time I hold a giveaway, the prize will be a copy of Alter Reach, but for now, I have a few fun surprises in store. Stay tuned. 😊


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Spiderweb – A Poem

Hey there! I hope your weekend has been going well. I haven’t been feeling well this week, so I’ve just been resting and trying to work on Alter Reach. I wanted to share another poem. This one has a kind of Halloween theme. Enjoy. 😊

Spiderweb

The spider sees its prey,
a tired little butterfly
needing rest and comfort.
He hides in the shadows,
awaiting her arrival.

She lands in his web,
unaware of the danger.
The spider emerges,
welcoming with open arms,
whispering sweet lies.

He says, “Rest now my love,
in the morning you will be
rested and ready to fly.”
She drifts into a slumber,
she’ll never wake from again.

The threads tie and bind,
his prey dies tonight,
in sweet silence.


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