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RTW: Fairy Tale Re-tellings

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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:
In honor of this month's Bookmobile book, Marissa Meyer's CINDER, name a fable or story you'd like to see a retelling of. If you're feeling creative, come up with a premise of your own!
Four years ago I read a lot of books based on fairy tale re-tellings (the best of them Ella Enchanted). There were quite a few based on Cinderella fairy, but I decided I wanted something different. I didn't want to go with the basics, or the ones Disney retold. I already wrote a book in that setting, and it was time for something new and exciting.
Right now I'm revising my Japanese inspired fantasy tale after reading The Bamboo Cutter's Daughter. A childless couple finds a child in the bamboo, and raise her before she mus…

RTW: My Writing Word Processor

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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 word processing program do you use to write you manuscript, and can you share one handy trick you've learned in that program that has helped you while you write?

For years I used Microsoft Word for my writing. The frustrating part about it was I e-mailed what I wrote while working back and forth. I would copy and paste it into my main manuscript in Word to find myself working on formatting it correctly. Not exactly what I wanted to do when I could write.

I moved over to Google Docs (name is switching to Google Drive) since I'm able to access my work on the Cloud and offline if I'm using my computer with no Internet. I loved it since it was easier for me to share documents and I could access it from anywhere. Now th…

The Heroine's Geeky Faves: Board and Card Game Edition

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When we moved to San Diego, I knew we would have to wait to attend science fiction and fantasy conventions to meet people. The season had passed, and Comic-Con is filled with people from all over. I decided to go to Meetup.com to see what groups were out there. I went through the lists that related to the things that I loved the most like games, writing, books, and movies.

We found a very active boardgame group that has meetups all over the city, and one in our neighborhood! We went and met some nice people (one of who we hang out with outside the group) and discovered new games and gained a new love for some we've played over and over before. I thought I would share my new loves with you.

Games that I Love

Munchkin
If you know me, or follow me on Twitter, you have probably read a tweet or two about Munchkin. There are many versions of it from the original fantasy themed to space, ninjas, zombies, westerns and even Cthulhu. It is a bit of a strategy game where you try to reach Level…

RTW: Required Reading

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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:
Back to school time! What's your favorite book that you had to read for a class?

In the fourth grade, we were partnered up to create a Link Way project of a book of our choosing. My partner and I picked Happy Birthday, Samantha! I loved the American Girl series at that age (in the early 90s), and in college, I bought the book before they changed the look of them all. It is the only American Girl book that I own since I borrowed the rest from the library.
This is the first book that I really remember reading for a class rather than it being read to us. I'm an English major so I've had to read a lot of books outside of my K-12 education. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite (I have a special edition copy that my hu…

The Heroine's August 2012 Reads

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I've been working hard on revisions and writing more than ever. I'm taking advantage of the time that I have now that I'm at home with the dream to write fueling me. Hope you enjoy the books that have helped me in the moments I needed away from my own words!

August Releases
There were some great releases this August. I read three different type of books that I definitely recommend if you're in the mood for witches, fantasy, and... a boy that changes bodies every day?

The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
 I grew up in North Dakota so I love the imagery that Tessa Gratton uses of her character living in Kansas. It is a fresh and lovely landscape that adds to the magic throughout the book. It isn't just a love story mixed with magic, but also has a deep meaning of family, traditional and not. Be sure to check out Blood Magic, too. It isn't necessary to read it before this, but you won't want to miss it.

Every Day by David Levithan
Yes, a boy that finds himself in a …