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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

oh look, a vlog!

So, as some of you know, Georgie Penn came to visit me for a week. She leaves tomorrow, but we've had a great time and today we decided to record a vlog for you guys. We took some time to talk about NaNoWriMo--mostly about how we don't have a plot, but also about our NaNo experiences in previous years. It's 12 minutes long, just fyi. But it's 12 minutes of awesomeness, people.

Aaaand here is the update about Beautiful People you've all been waiting for...

One final announcement: I forgot to specify how long The New Recruit giveaway lasts. It'll end on November 1st, the same day NaNo starts, so if you haven't entered yet, go and do so now.


  1. Yay! Beautiful People! I really do hope you guys host the linkup again. And a lot of fun listening to the vlogs. :)

  2. Ah, your vlog quality is so much better than mine! Hehe, I think I have camera envy. Great vlogs, by the way! So nice to put names to faces :)

  3. Yayyyz! I finally get to hear Sky's VOICE!! And you two are so funny - definitely get together again to make more vlogs. ;)
    "I feel like I'm its....aunt." :D

    About what you were saying about your other novels being 'trash' - well, first of all they're not but I know what you mean, as I have novels like that too. But anyways, I heard somewhere that usually you have to write two novels before you get anything worth publishing, like "Silver Tears." So I think that's a normal thing. It has been for me - I wrote two dumb novels and then got "Torn Heart" which I self-published.

    I did Nano last year for the first time. I had always been skeptical of it but I took the plunge and I am so glad I did! It was one of the most fun things I have ever done - and I did win. *phew* Favorite character was my FMC, Dust, who's just this sweet, gentle, rather ditzy girl who is still tough at the same time...she sticks out like a sore thumb in the place where she lives.

    Again, I loved your vlog.

  4. Awww! This was fun. I enjoyed it, guys! ^__^

    I always loved doing Beautiful People but gracious do I understand being too busy for it, so whatever you guys do I'm perfectly okay with.

    I'm still in shock NaNo is just in...4 days now? O_O I have an outline and everything but still...NaNo came SO FAST.

    Good luck to both of you!! <3


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