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RTW: Novel's Love-List

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Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:

What is your novel's "Love List"?

I think it is a great idea by following author Stephanie Perkin's lead by writing a "Love List" about my book. I'm working on a revision project right now for my Japanese-inspired fantasy KIN for almost four years. It is the hardest book I've ever written since it takes me out of my comfort zone. I wanted a challenge, and I sure got it! 

Re-reading it brought out so many things that I love about the story, and also, the things that I could improve so I can love it even more. So I'm happy to share my list here with you guys.

My Love List for KIN

Uncle mentor
Moon Festival 
Stories by the river
Scrolls 
Secret maps
Frightful forest
Sharing stories
The old well
Mountain v…

RTW: My Summer Soundtrack

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Today is Road Trip Wednesday! What is that? It is a blog carnival where the contributors of YA Highway post a weekly topic and participants write their responses. You can jump from blog to blog to see each blogger's take on the question. 

Topic of the week:

What music has been your summer soundtrack?

I listen to music mostly when I'm on the computer working on my projects or catching up with friends "back home". While writing, I sometimes have a particular feel of music in mind. For KIN, which is a Japanese-folklore based story, I went to the music of Joe Hisaishi. He composed the music for the majority of the Ghibli movies and they capture the right emotions for my story.

This summer, I worked on my sci-fi project Bright World. It was so different from anything that I've ever worked on before. I relied heavily on the magic of Pandora to find me the right tunes. I played with the stations and found the Weezer (90s) rock helped get the words out. However, the music st…

The Heroine's July 2012 Reads

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I checked at how many books that I read this year and the tally so far is at 46! Wow! I usually average at about 63 books since I started using Goodreads three years ago so I might be able to read more than ever! Here is what I got through in the month of August.

On Writing If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
I'm a big fan of Felicia Day, and right now, I'm loving her Monday show The Flog via Geek and Sundry. Every week she does Fab Five (now Top Three) as part of the show. During the second episode, she chose this book to share and talked about how it helped her with taking her writing seriously. This is the girl that started The Guild and the first real web series, so yeah, I'm going to listen! I ordered the book online, and I have to say, it is really a book that helps with the insecurities that can plague writers. I can see why it was so helpful to Felicia Day since it coaxed me out of my shell on the days I needed it most rec…