November, NaNoWriMo, and New Release Date!

Hello, hello, hello friends!


One of my biggest goals with this upcoming book’s release was to start blogging more because God knows, I am terrible at blogging. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that there’s always a million other things to do, and before I know it, I haven’t written a single blog post in a month.


Lots has been happening lately. Aside from writing, I work at an elementary school, both as an aide and in their after-school program. I teach drama club, and right now it’s been the wild adventure of wrangling 32 Kindergarten-5th grade-aged children into putting on a play. (GOD HELP ME, WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF)?


Don’t get me wrong. I love my job, I love teaching drama club, but I’ve learned that it’s a crazy whirlwind of finding costumes, building sets, making props, and coaxing kids into memorizing their lines.


On top of that, November brings exciting things! NaNoWriMo has officially begun! For those of you that don’t know, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, and it happens each November. It challenges you to write a 50k word novel in only a month. I think for writers, the word NaNoWriMo automatically brings on the desire to yank out hair, but I also find the program to be incredibly useful! I actually first started The Traitor’s Crux last year during NaNoWriMo and loved both the structure and the challenge that it brought to the table. Maybe it’s my competitive streak, but I liked seeing my progress and being challenged to sit down and write every single night.

This year for NaNoWriMo, I didn’t have a set project. I’ve been working really hard on The Traitor’s Crux second book, but I was 40k words into the first draft before NaNoWriMo even began. I’m still using it as a motivator to write every day, but it’s kind of strange already being pretty much done. I’m hoping to use it each night still, as my goal for the second book is around 100k words (I personally like to write more than necessary, because I always end up cutting TONS from the first draft).


Basically, November is going to be a crazy, wonderful, and yes, exhausting, month. It’s my goal to really focus in on all the projects that I love so dearly, but also to take the time to just breathe. I love writing, and while I complain about it a lot, I really find comfort in sitting down with my story each night and losing myself in their world. There’s no proper way to describe it, but I guess that’s the point of passion, isn’t it? I don’t really feel like I’m working because I love it so much. I don’t mind the stress or the frustration of revisions. It’s so worth it because I love storytelling, and I love this book (I know, I’m biased. Sorry).


It’s still so, so surreal to think about The Traitor’s Crux being an actual, published book! I know I always gush a little too much in my blog posts, but I can’t stress how amazing this experience has been. I’m really psyched to share more news with you guys as it comes around!


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  • THE TRAITOR’S CRUX has a new release date! The first book in my series will be out November 7, 2017! Mark your calendars!




  • NEW WORLD RISING by Jennifer Wilson

  • THE GRACES by Laure Eve

  • THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR by Katharine McGee

  • GIRL IN PIECES by Kathleen Glasgow


Pinterest Picks 

Pinterest is an amazing writing tool! I love using photos to help set up a mood board! Here are some picked for THE TRAITOR'S CRUX.  
(Please note, these pictures do not belong to me! Found on Pinterest!) 






  • Fire- Barns Courtney 

  • The Sound of Silence- Nouela 

  • Stay With Me- Daniel Jang

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit- Scala and Kolacny Brother

  • The Lightning Strike- Snow Patrol

  • Arsonist’s Lullaby- Hozier

  • Stubborn Love- The Lumineers 




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