100 Days of Sunlight Blog Tour//Interview With Abbie Emmons

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Guess what, guys! Today we have the amazing Abbie Emmons coming onto the blog to talk about her debut indie novel, 100 Days of Sunlight! Abbie is pretty awesome (and her YouTube channel is amazingly helpful) and I’m ecstatic to have had the opportunity to interview her 🙂

Please welcome Abbie!

Chelsea: What are three things we might not have known about you?

Abbie: 1: When I’m not writing, I train Karate and love it so much! I’m currently a green belt.

2: I was homeschooled all my life and am currently studying creative writing and psychology.

3: One day I want to learn how to fly planes. Continue reading

7 Things We Need More of In Fantasy

7 Things in Fantasy

For many years, fantasy was my favourite genre. It still kinda is, but I’ve discovered so much good historical fiction lately that it’s a toss up now.

But still, I grew up with fantasy. I loved (and still love) the classics, like The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. The problem with fantasy though, is that so many novels just fall into the same old tropes time and time again, copying what worked for Tolkien and putting no originality into the process. It gets a bit tiring and originally I was going to do a post on all the tropes and clichés I hate in fantasy. But I thought about it and decided that I wanted to be a little more positive.

Hence, we’re going with seven things I’d love to see more of in fantasy (and the great thing is, these don’t apply just to fantasy, but to all speculative fiction). Continue reading

The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

Technically, it’s a bit passed the middle of the year, but that doesn’t matter. We’re still in July, so I feel this tag is still applicable. And since everyone’s been doing it, and its a chance to scream about books, I’m going to give it a go.

The questions seem to vary a bit, but I’m taking the questions straight from Cait at Paperfury (and she has a list of the original questions on her post)

  • How much have you read?

So far, I’ve read 30 books toward my goal of 50. Usually I go for a goal of 100, but this year, I thought I would try to go a little easier on myself.

  • What have you been reading?

A lot of YA. Especially a lot of contemporary and fantasy new releases (or last years releases). I’ve also diversified my reading a lot and have been specifically searching for fantasy inspired by countries and cultures other than Western Europe/North America. I’ve managed to find a few, like The Shark Caller by Dianne Wolfer, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, but if you have any more suggestions, let me know! Continue reading

5 Journals Authors Should Try Using

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It’s a cliché, definitely, but pretty much all writers have a stack of unused notebooks and journals lying around somewhere. It might be a source of immense shame, or immense pride, depending on the writer. Or it might just be a source of confusion. After all, you bought the notebook because it was cute and half price…and now what do you do with it?

Luckily, I have a list of different uses for those notebooks. I think that journals are a great tool for writers, so I’ve compiled five different types of journals/notebooks that can be used for writers. Of course, you don’t have to use any of them, but I reckon at least giving them a try is worth it. 🙂

(And then, of course, once you’ve used up a few notebooks, you’ve got an excuse to buy more!) Continue reading