ROMANCE SUCKS!

Yes, you’ve read it right. It’s a bold statement, especially for a romance author (me, in case you were wondering). Well, let me tell you a secret: I started writing romance because I hate romance. There. I said it. I like reading, and I read a lot. Probably not as much as I would like to, even not as much as I should, I’ll admit that, but I do read a lot. And I read all genres, I’m not picky — I love any book that can stop time and make me feel something. That is, when that something isn’t frustration. And romance is the only genre that leaves me frustrated 98% of the time. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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#CAMPNANO TIME!

For those unfamiliar with what this is, let me explain: every April and July, NaNoWriMo runs a ‘camp’. It’s pretty much the same as what happens in November — a month of furious writing — except you make your own goals. You can set a number of words, days, or even hours to write, you decide if you’re working with a first draft or a revision or something else entirely, and you can join one of the cabins to go through the month in groups (which is always fun). This April, I decided to set my goal by hours and not words as I’ve done every other year. I pledged to write 60 hours this month — 2 hours per day. This is day 8 of the month and how many hours have I written? THREE. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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The Short Story Experience: LUCKY STRIKE

THE END OF LUCKY CHARMS?March 31, 2047 It’s official: the four-leaf clover you’ve been carrying around inside your wallet is useless — but your genes might not be. By now, you’ve certainly heard of Aurora Zeinallah. Eighteen months ago, the Sudanese scientist put her small town on the map when she came on the record about a curious study — the genetic traits of luck. With an already large pool of volunteers, Zeinallah came to the public to invite people who might be interested in participating in her research and ask for funds. The unusual theme coupled with the Doctor’s impressive resume garnered a lot of attention from the media and some eccentric billionaires. The scientific community, however, laughed and turned their back on her. Apparently, though, she who laughs last, laughs the longest. Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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EVIE, ELEANOR, EMILINE, AND DAISY

Only girls and almost only names that start with an ‘E’. I only noticed this when I started writing the post, but isn’t it cool? So, I read not only one, but TWO hyped up books this month! And they were… well, you’ll find out below. I’ve also read a terrible one and a really great one in between them so it’s been a rollercoaster of a month. Here they are: Notice: JavaScript is required for this content.

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