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Top Ten Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List

I've been seeing lots of people participate in this Top Ten Tuesday from the Broke and Bookish, and I can't resist sharing my own list this week. 

My Ten Authors

1) Juliet Marillier
One of the first fantasy authors I read in college and instantly I was in love with her Sevenwaters series, and each series afterwards. Her books have me haunting the stacks days before the books come out in hopes they set it out early. She's the first author I allowed myself to buy in hardcover when I had the money to finally "splurge". 

2) Shannon Hale 
The author of the Bayern series, Princess Academy, Rapunzel's Revenge, Austenland--- I love how she writes many kinds of  books. One of the first authors I found outside of college when I tried to read more for enjoyment, and boy! I've learned so much from her writing and her talks on writing from her website. She gives me the truth, but makes me more passionate. 

3) Laini Taylor
I feel almost magical when I read Laini Taylor's …

The Pomodoro Technique and Revision

Are there any techniques you like to use to stay on task?

During NaNoWriMo, I did a lot of writing sprints with fellow writers on Twitter to reach my writing goal. It worked very well for me since I worked with other people, but it helped me focus. I'm now in the wide world of revisions (again). This time, I might try something similar in the next part of the writing process.

I started to listening to Sara Zarr's podcast series This Creative Life in the past few weeks, and as I took my walk to help with my back pain today, I learned about the Pomodoro Technique from Sara's guest Mark Pett. It is similar to writing sprints (write for 30 minutes with a 15 minute break in between), but instead the technique requires work for 25 minutes, with 3-5 minute breaks in between. At the fourth interval, you take a longer 15-30 minute break.

I'm an Android user so I went to the Google Play store and discovered plenty of Pomodoro apps and am going to download a few to decide which o…

RTW: Favorite January Read

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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

I read lots this month and it always leaves me feeling great when I think of all the different things I've devoured. However, one of the books really, really stuck with me. And that book is...


Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
There are just so many elements that I love about this book. A snazzy Lois Lane type character, witches, foreign (not US) country setting, a fun group of friends, creepy buildings, legends, family secrets... if there was ever a love list for a book, this one doesn't end. The writing reminds me a lot of Diana Wynne Jones, author of my favorite book Howl's Moving Castle. I love how both authors can take something so ordinary and make it extraordinary without batting an eye. In this case, an every day girl who has talked t…