about the giveaway

I am SO incredibly sorry about this, but I’m afraid there isn’t going to be a giveaway after all.

See, I queried a bunch of people on Etsy who sell LMM-related things, and only one person responded and said that they would provide a giveaway prize.  We messaged back and forth, working out the details, and they said they’d post about the week on their blog once I announced it.  They haven’t posted about it, haven’t answered my messages for the past couple of weeks, haven’t been in contact at all.  I think that’s their way of saying they don’t want to do the giveaway anymore, and I don’t have anyone else lined up.

Like I said, I’m super sorry about the whole thing, and I hope that the rest of the week will be fun enough to make up for the lack of a giveaway.

*keeps saying ‘sorry’, like the apologetic Canadian I am*



lucy maud montgomery week: intro + the tag!

Welcome to the Lucy Maud Montgomery Week, everyone!

Today is LMM’s birthday.  (And it was Louisa May Alcott’s birthday yesterday – funny coincidence, that.)  So join me in celebrating the birthday of one of the world’s most beloved authors in this week long party, because it’s going to be amazing.  Goodness, I’m soooo excited for all the awesomeness that this week will hold.  There’ll be guests posts and lots of posts written by myself, too, and OODLES of fangirling, and a giveaway (which I’ll be posting about later on today).  This promises to be an unforgettable week, and the festivities start with a tag. 

Feel free to answer these tag questions on your blog (if you do that, please share the link – I’d love to read your answers and I might not see them otherwise) or in the comments section, whichever you prefer.  I’ll be answering these questions myself later on this week. 

  • How did you first discover LMM’s books?
  • What’s your favorite LMM book? 
  • What’s your least favorite LMM book?
  • Who is your favorite character in allllll of LMM’s works?
  • What couple is your favorite?
  • What is your favorite quote from LMM (either a quote from one of her books, or from her personal life)?
  • How many LMM books have you read?
  • Which LMM book would you most like to see made into a movie?
  • Have you found a kindred spirit?

Have fun! 🙂


december 2015 bucket list

~make hot cocoa for my family

~go caroling

~watch Christmas movies – It’s A Wonderful Life, Stalag 17, White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Little Women {1994}, The Ultimate Gift, and that one Christmas episode of Wanted: Dead or Alive

~take long walks through the snow

~listen to all the Christmas songs I’ve got on my computer

~read at least one Christmas novel or short story

~edit my Combat! Christmas fanfiction

~hand-make all my presents

~bake sugar cookies and give them to people

~wish strangers a merry Christmas

~have a snowball fight

~take pictures of all the neighbors’ Christmas lights

~think of at least three goals/resolutions for the New Year

~make a new, Christmas/winter themed header for this blog once LMM Week is over

~see the New Year in


P.S. This is my 150th post!

nanowrimo 2015: week 3

So, for the past couple of days, I was about this close to giving up on my novel, NaNoWriMo, and writing in general – it was awful.  Much of the problem stemmed from the fact that plot holes abound in my story and I was sick and tired of not being able to plot out a sensible story.  Plus my dialogue was terrible.  Plus my characters weren’t coming out on paper like they are in my head.  PLUS Louis L’Amour and O. Henry and a bunch of other brilliant authors write westerns that are a hundred times better + more accurate than any I could ever hope to write.  I know I shouldn’t compare myself to anyone else.  I know it, but it’s so hard.


I still love my characters.  And my story.  And my novel in general.  And, come on, it’s only the first draft.  I think I need to learn to cut myself some slack.

Anyway, the word count has still been going up steadily, as you can see.  Saturday ended up being one of my best word count days, despite the fact that every word I wrote felt like garbage and I hated everything about writing.  I guess pushing on anyway was a good thing, but by the end, all I wanted to do was eat Oreos and watch Combat! for hours.  But I only have about 6,000 words left to write now, which is great, since I want to be done NaNo by the 27th because we’re having company over and they’ll be taking over my bedroom. 😛  (Not that I really mind, though – they’re awesome folks.)  (I probably won’t be posting a NaNo wrap-up post until after the LMM Week, though.)

By the way, if anyone reading this right now is depressed about their writing like I was, whatever you do, DON’T DELETE ANYTHING.  I haven’t actually done that when I’ve been in one of my slumps, but I’ve considered it and now the thought makes me shudder.  Just walk away, take a nap, watch a funny movie, bake a chocolate cake, go for a walk, hang out with your pet (playing with animals lowers your stress levels a LOT), etc., but don’t delete or edit anything.  Trust me, it’s a recipe for disaster.

Anyway, I’m hoping that I don’t have go through One of Those Days again (at least for a while) because, after all, I love my story as much as Clint Eastwood loves squirrels.


little things {#10}


~fuzzy socks

~writing with pen/pencil/paper/notebook instead of a computer

~animated movies

~feeding apples to the horses next door


~my bookshelves

~planning out blog posts

~kindred spirits

~crunching fall leaves beneath my feet

~fangirling with friends

~peanut butter


~cool, crisp, biting autumn air

~the promise of a white Christmas

~”Who’s your friend who likes to play?  Bing Bong!  Bing Bong!”

~shipping adorable ships

~all of YOU, lovely followers


announcing the Lucy Maud Montgomery blog week!

Just taking a minute from my frenzy of NaNo-ing (I need to be done by the 27th because of Reasons) to announce the blog event I’ve been working on for some time – the Lucy Maud Montgomery blog week.  LMM’s birthday is November 30th, so the week starts then, and it promises to be a time full of fangirling and an outpouring of adoration for all of LMM’s brilliant books.  I can’t wait for the fun to begin. 🙂

If you’re interested, consider snagging one of these blog buttons below (or the one at the beginning of the post) to let other people know about the event.

Here’s to literary awesomeness and genius! (Especially Lucy Maud Montgomery’s.)


nanowrimo 2015: week 2

My word count has gone down on days fifteen and sixteen (haven’t written anything today yet) because I committed the cardinal sin of going back and chopping a rather large chunk out of my story.  Reason: I’ve learned that it’s impossible for me to continue writing when a piece of the plot doesn’t fit – I feel restless until it’s removed, even if the part in question isn’t all that big.  But other than that, I’ve done quite well in the ‘no editing’ department, I think.  For instance, a few days ago I read through some of the stuff I’d written at the beginning of the month (another ‘do not do’ thing, I know, but I couldn’t resist) and even though there were lots of places where I could have polished my prose, I refrained from doing so.  (And overall, I’m satisfied with the quality of my work so far.  It’s not perfect, by any means, but it’s at least fixable and I see some definite promise.)

There was one crazy day last week – I forget the exact date – where I chopped out pages of my novel in the morning and afternoon and got everything worked out and fixed to my liking, and then I wrote four thousand words that same evening.  Let me tell you, I was one tired writer by the end of that day, but it felt good all the same.

Recently, I read a blog post (or maybe this was in a book on writing) that talked about how writers can’t expect their brains to come up with new inspiration and motivation all the time without feeding it first.  Your mind can’t pull up brand-new ideas all on its own.  You have to watch movies and read books and listen to music (or draw, if that’s your thing) to feed your mind and then inspiration will flood your brain and you’ll be writing merrily in no time, free of writer’s block.  Anyway, for the past week, I think I’ve done a pretty good job of doing just that.  I watched True Grit (2010 version) with my dad a few days ago, which was great, inspiration-wise, because of the revenge plot-line and bounty hunters and all of that – and even putting that aside, it was still a great movie. 

Then, I was bored one afternoon and my story was going nowhere fast, so I decided to hunt up some westerns from my family’s DVD collection, and I happened upon one called Vengeance Valley (dun-dun-DUN), made in the 50s, starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Walker.  I gave it a try, ’cause it’s all about the relationship between two brothers (which, as it happens, is also a big part of my story) and it was pretty good.  Definitely fueled my writing for the day.  And THEN I watched Good/Bad/Ugly because my brothers wanted to see it again (which fed the levels of awesome in my story) and between that and watching Where Eagles Dare, everyone in my story is starting to talk, act, and look like Clint Eastwood.  (Well, not ALL of the characters.  But pretty close.)  Not to mention the fact that I now have three awesome ideas for GBU fanfiction that I can’t work on because of NaNo. *sigh*

I’ll finish off this post by sharing some collages I’ve made for The Bounty Hunter.

OH MY WORRRRRD.  I love this story so much! 🙂