“You’re not beholden to my wishes, but I hope you’ll still carry them on your wings and deliver them for me.” He brushed hair from my cheek, trailing a fingertip over my skin in a way that I had to fight to keep my eyes from falling shut. “Just know that I don’t rely on anyone, not even the heavens, to grant my wishes. I make them come true on my own.”
These characters! I’m crying over the amazing feedback I’m getting for Violent Delights:
Thank you all for taking a journey that starts and ends at with us at the feet and the mercy of a man who grants his own wishes.
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How do you get through the day?
There’s only one way for me.
When my mom took this picture, we started laughing because this is how she found us. It was kind of a random, funny moment. But really, it's a true depiction of motherhood.
Bug was having a hard day. He was up early. His ear hurts again. We couldn't go to the park. Then I wouldn't let him go swimming because its too cold. And to top it all off, while he was following me upstairs whining, he knocked his arm into the wall. (Although he never could find the wound. On either arm. He looked at both. Lol) So as he came up, I met him in the middle, right where he was at. We sat down and I started asking him about his day. He told me that he played by himself at school today, and then about how he wasn't the flag holder, but was very good at it when he was before. He told me he painted and played, and expressed his frustration that Lunch Bunch isn't until Friday and that's so far away.
And we rested and talked until he fell asleep.
He was tired. From his day. From his frustrations. From his disappointment. And he just needed to rest on the stairs and express it all.
So I giggle at this picture, but I kind of love it, too. Because isn't it just the picture of motherhood? Meeting your kiddo halfway when they are tired and frustrated and disappointed. And giving them a place to rest. #motherhood#momlife#naptime#theworldaccordingtobug#thisisboys#mykidisweirderthanyourkid#bugslife#authorlife#momproblems
Gagh! They’re just so freaking cute! Five down, 9 to go ☺️ And don’t worry, the last one isn’t dead, that’s how I check if they’re boys or girls...that ones definitely a girl 😍 unfortunately I think the pretty stripped one is a boy and the one that hatched yesterday too. I’ll have to put marks on them this arv to keep track. #minifarm#bantams#babybantam#bantamchicks#authorlife#clucky
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A Unique Project On The Side
THE TIME OF OUR LIVES
So, very different to my usual writing of fiction novels, at the moment I am working on a biography for my grandparents which follows each of their lives growing up through the war, through their childhood and young adult life, the changes they experienced as the modern world developed and how they met and began their journey together and into the present day.
This project came about after my great grandmother had jotted down a brief summary of her life before she passed away (no more than five pages) and many of my family asked my grandparents to do the same. Me being me, and never turning away from an opportunity to write, suggested we delve into the depths of the past and bring it to life in a full length biography format that can be passed down through the generations.
It is not my usual area of writing (far from the fantasy and fictional worlds I dream up) but it is, in a way, another world, because the world that my grandparents grew up in will never really be understood by my generation or those that follow. That world will be lost over time, but preserved within the pages of this book.
This has been one of the most interesting and eye opening experiences of my writing journey and I am so excited to see it all come together.
While it will not be a book that I publish to the market, I know it will be a treasured keepsake of special value to my family for years to come.
So, each day I take time out of my busy writing schedule of completing my fiction manuscript, and allocate a few hours to live in the past and learn and discover a new style of research and writing. And I am loving it!
WRITING IS BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY FORM
It’s been a rainy day here but even rain clouds can’t damper how excited I am for Under the Lies to release! TWO DAYS YALL! Two days! I feel like a broken record but make sure you snag a copy while it’s only .99 cents! Come release day it’s going up! .
Who’s excited to meet Noah Kincaid? He’s quite the man 😍🔥
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Came down to the kitchen this morning and found this. We take cupcakes very seriously in the house, but apparently to Emma they’re worth murdering someone.
Do not touch or ☠️
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One of my jobs this weekend is to work through page proofs for The Paper & Hearts Society! This is the last stage before the final book goes off to be printed, so it’s the opportunity to catch any silly spelling or grammar errors and make tiny changes to the text.
It’s less than three months to go until publication and I’m so excited, but so scared too! Proofs are beginning to go out to authors and bloggers and reviewers and that means people will be reading it, which is what I’ve always dreamt of. I finally get to share the story I’ve been working on for so many years!
I’ve been having a little bit of an identity crisis recently — am I an author now? Am I still a blogger? Am I both? *Can* I be both?! But I think what I’ve got to do is stop stressing and embrace this new chapter in my life. Lucy, PLEASE CHILL OUT, GIRL. IT WILL BE OKAY. I’m going to try to enjoy every second of reading back through the book I’ve put so much hard work, love and effort in to. •
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I can’t believe this book is coming out in one week! I started writing it ten years ago while living in Berkeley and collecting unemployment. I was trying to teach myself to read and write fiction. In the mornings I would do my best to write for a few hours, try to persuade myself that it was OK if it didn’t “go well.” (It often didn’t.) In the afternoons I would go on long walks around Berkeley, often to @moes_books or to the library to find things I had heard or read that I should read if I was going to take writing seriously. I would read in the evenings. I remember buying a beat-up used mass market version of Don Quixote from Moe’s for a dollar. It was a revelation to me (at the beginning, anyway -- reading it started to feel like a pretty dogged effort several hundred pages in). I read Jane Austen (for the first time!), The Magic Mountain, and many other things, including my first P.G. Wodehouse, which I found so delightful that I felt compelled to imitate him. That was how I started writing Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe, though it mutated over the years as I worked on it in San Francisco, Iowa City, Seattle, Georgia, and New York, carrying it with me from place to place. I remember asking @kmsoehnlein, who I knew from going out to drag shows, if he would mind reading the first 30 pages. (Thank you, Karl.) I’m grateful that these 10 years of writing and revision (and arguing and laughing and dreaming and freaking out and traveling…) have brought so many lively, nourishing connections and friendships. That I get to put this work out into the world now means more to me than I can say.
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happy tuesday bookworms! 🌱 Q // how do you stay productive working/studying from home if you do?
i work from home and have for nearly two years now. before then, i did a 4 year uni course where it was mostly from home, too! i’d day i’m pretty good at being productive but i have my off days. here are some of my tips:
🍁 know yourself & when you work best. use those hours to do most of your work. i am a morning person so i do my biggest sesh between 8am and 1pm.
🍁 take frequent breaks but also schedule things between those breaks. i like to have specific tasks. so for example, i’m going to work on chapter 1 from 3pm to 4pm today. it’s very specific but it’ll keep me productive!
🍁 set the mood the way that works for you! i have a home office which is extremely helpful. it means the other rooms in my house are for relaxing. i like to have music and candles on all the time too, as a little treat ✨
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Feeling some major #mondayvibes today... Checking things off my list, getting ready to launch a new program, grooving out to #buddhabar , talking with my team, catching up with old clients, leading trainings and not even close to being done. How is your Monday coming along?
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the shack: review (2.5/5 💫)
what i liked:
🌟 plot started off really gripping!
🌟 the trinity characters were interesting and different
🌟 this book challenged religious stereotypes
🌟 the author tackled difficult questions and gave a lot of great answers
🌟 some beautiful sentences and i liked the way ‘god’ was portrayed
what i didn’t like:
🌲 there was no plot after the first hundred pages or so. the book just became one big long conversation
🌲 didn’t love mack, the main character
🌲 writing didn’t do anything for me
🌲 the ending was a bit too ambiguous and unconvincing for me
🌲 a lot of the information wasn’t theological which i think is a bit risky for such a popular ‘christian’ book
i’m sure you’ve heard of this book / movie. it’s been very popular in the last few years!! i’m glad i read it but if you pick it up, go into it with an open mind and accepting attitude 🍁