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- With a big trip to L.A. this week falling right in the middle of my revision deadline, it's going to take a bit of extra organization to keep everything straight in my head. 🌴 I'm not normally this detailed in my bullet journaling—I'm a take-it-day-by-day sort of girl—but I couldn't resist trying my hand at a fun weekly spread! Now I just need to fill in alllll the fun details. 🌴 Relatedly: who out there will be at @yallwest next Saturday? 🙋🏻 This will be my first time, and I'm super excited! 🌴 Unrelatedly: the Texas sky is GORGEOUS today. 😍 . . . . . #bujoweekly #bulletjournal #bujoinspire #bujojunkies #epicreads #harperteen #yallwest #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #books #bookworm #santamonica #cityofangels #funfunfun #writerslife #📚 #☀️ #🌴
- With a big trip to L.A. this week falling right in the middle of my revision deadline, it& #39;s going to take a bit of extra organization to keep everything straight in my head. 🌴 I& #39;m not normally this detailed in my bullet journaling—I& #39;m a take-it-day-by-day sort of girl—but I couldn& #39;t resist trying my hand at a fun weekly spread! Now I just need to fill in alllll the fun details. 🌴 Relatedly: who out there will be at @yallwest next Saturday? 🙋🏻 This will be my first time, and I& #39;m super excited! 🌴 Unrelatedly: the Texas sky is GORGEOUS today. 😍 . . . . . #bujoweekly #bulletjournal #bujoinspire #bujojunkies #epicreads #harperteen #yallwest #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #books #bookworm #santamonica #cityofangels #funfunfun #writerslife #📚 #☀️ #🌴
- With a big trip to L.A. this week falling right in the middle of my revision deadline, it's going to take a bit of extra organization to keep everything straight in my head. 🌴 I'm not normally this detailed in my bullet journaling—I'm a take-it-day-by-day sort of girl—but I couldn't resist trying my hand at a fun weekly spread! Now I just need to fill in alllll the fun details. 🌴 Relatedly: who out there will be at @yallwest next Saturday? 🙋🏻 This will be my first time, and I'm super excited! 🌴 Unrelatedly: the Texas sky is GORGEOUS today. 😍 . . . . . #bujoweekly #bulletjournal #bujoinspire #bujojunkies #epicreads #harperteen #yallwest #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #books #bookworm #santamonica #cityofangels #funfunfun #writerslife #📚 #☀️ #🌴
- Today's #writelifeapril: titles ✨ Ahhh, titles! Titles are one of my favorite things to brainstorm, whether for myself or for friends' books. ✨ For the most part, I come up with my titles early in the drafting process and they end up informing the themes of the book—THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, for example, was my working title since the very beginning {except for a brief month where I thought of it as SANCTUARY}, and it ended up helping the project take shape. ✨ For the project I'm working on now, though, I'm titling my chapters, too—those, I usually pull from the text *after* I've written it. ✨ I'm also pretty superstitious about sharing a title before it's official, which is why I only ever refer to my WIPs with acronyms. ☺️ ✨ What are some of your favorite titles? About ten sprung to mind at once as I typed that question, and this caption is already long, so I will now turn it over to anyone who wants to list some favorites in the comments! 💕 . . . . . . #thesandcastleempire #harperteen #epicreads #secretproject #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #survival #inthefuture #books #bookworm #booklover #booknerdigan #writers #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #wip #workinprogress #process #titles #linedrawing #ocean #🌊
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: titles ✨ Ahhh, titles! Titles are one of my favorite things to brainstorm, whether for myself or for friends& #39; books. ✨ For the most part, I come up with my titles early in the drafting process and they end up informing the themes of the book—THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, for example, was my working title since the very beginning {except for a brief month where I thought of it as SANCTUARY}, and it ended up helping the project take shape. ✨ For the project I& #39;m working on now, though, I& #39;m titling my chapters, too—those, I usually pull from the text *after* I& #39;ve written it. ✨ I& #39;m also pretty superstitious about sharing a title before it& #39;s official, which is why I only ever refer to my WIPs with acronyms. ☺️ ✨ What are some of your favorite titles? About ten sprung to mind at once as I typed that question, and this caption is already long, so I will now turn it over to anyone who wants to list some favorites in the comments! 💕 . . . . . . #thesandcastleempire #harperteen #epicreads #secretproject #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #survival #inthefuture #books #bookworm #booklover #booknerdigan #writers #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #wip #workinprogress #process #titles #linedrawing #ocean #🌊
- Today's #writelifeapril: titles ✨ Ahhh, titles! Titles are one of my favorite things to brainstorm, whether for myself or for friends' books. ✨ For the most part, I come up with my titles early in the drafting process and they end up informing the themes of the book—THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, for example, was my working title since the very beginning {except for a brief month where I thought of it as SANCTUARY}, and it ended up helping the project take shape. ✨ For the project I'm working on now, though, I'm titling my chapters, too—those, I usually pull from the text *after* I've written it. ✨ I'm also pretty superstitious about sharing a title before it's official, which is why I only ever refer to my WIPs with acronyms. ☺️ ✨ What are some of your favorite titles? About ten sprung to mind at once as I typed that question, and this caption is already long, so I will now turn it over to anyone who wants to list some favorites in the comments! 💕 . . . . . . #thesandcastleempire #harperteen #epicreads #secretproject #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #survival #inthefuture #books #bookworm #booklover #booknerdigan #writers #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #wip #workinprogress #process #titles #linedrawing #ocean #🌊
- Today's #writelifeapril: writing tools ✨ On any given day, I use this set of go-to tools to fuel my productivity. I migrate from office desk to living room desk to kitchen table, so when I saw this tray on sale at @target, it was basically an insta-buy. ✨ In my arsenal: a pair of Moleskine notebooks {one is lined, for journaling thoughts out, and the other is a sketchbook I use as my bullet journal} • stainless steel ruler • highlighter {favorite as of late is this teal Mildliner} and Staedtler marker pen • post-its in various sizes {really feeling the teal lately, ha!} • shiny pen/Sharpie holder • pretty coaster because I always keep a glass of iced water nearby {moved said water out of the shot because the coaster was prettier 😂} • aaaaaand coffee/tea in a pretty mug {today's is @kilogramtea's breakfast blend yet again—it is seriously good!} ✨ It's so much easier to get started when my workspace is neat and visually appealing—even on the busiest days, this is a welcome sight. . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writers #writerscommunity #writerscorner #authorsofinstagram #authors #writerslife #onmydesk #officespace #officesupplies #writingtools #moleskine #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #bujoinspire #kilogramtea #anthropologie #target #teacup #amwriting #miseenplace
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: writing tools ✨ On any given day, I use this set of go-to tools to fuel my productivity. I migrate from office desk to living room desk to kitchen table, so when I saw this tray on sale at @target , it was basically an insta-buy. ✨ In my arsenal: a pair of Moleskine notebooks {one is lined, for journaling thoughts out, and the other is a sketchbook I use as my bullet journal} • stainless steel ruler • highlighter {favorite as of late is this teal Mildliner} and Staedtler marker pen • post-its in various sizes {really feeling the teal lately, ha!} • shiny pen/Sharpie holder • pretty coaster because I always keep a glass of iced water nearby {moved said water out of the shot because the coaster was prettier 😂} • aaaaaand coffee/tea in a pretty mug {today& #39;s is @kilogramtea & #39;s breakfast blend yet again—it is seriously good!} ✨ It& #39;s so much easier to get started when my workspace is neat and visually appealing—even on the busiest days, this is a welcome sight. . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writers #writerscommunity #writerscorner #authorsofinstagram #authors #writerslife #onmydesk #officespace #officesupplies #writingtools #moleskine #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #bujoinspire #kilogramtea #anthropologie #target #teacup #amwriting #miseenplace
- Today's #writelifeapril: writing tools ✨ On any given day, I use this set of go-to tools to fuel my productivity. I migrate from office desk to living room desk to kitchen table, so when I saw this tray on sale at @target, it was basically an insta-buy. ✨ In my arsenal: a pair of Moleskine notebooks {one is lined, for journaling thoughts out, and the other is a sketchbook I use as my bullet journal} • stainless steel ruler • highlighter {favorite as of late is this teal Mildliner} and Staedtler marker pen • post-its in various sizes {really feeling the teal lately, ha!} • shiny pen/Sharpie holder • pretty coaster because I always keep a glass of iced water nearby {moved said water out of the shot because the coaster was prettier 😂} • aaaaaand coffee/tea in a pretty mug {today's is @kilogramtea's breakfast blend yet again—it is seriously good!} ✨ It's so much easier to get started when my workspace is neat and visually appealing—even on the busiest days, this is a welcome sight. . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writers #writerscommunity #writerscorner #authorsofinstagram #authors #writerslife #onmydesk #officespace #officesupplies #writingtools #moleskine #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #bujoinspire #kilogramtea #anthropologie #target #teacup #amwriting #miseenplace
- Heyyy, North Texas—will I see any of you at the @epicreads @katiecotugno @sarazarrbooks event at @bnfrisco tonight? {7PM} ✨ So excited about this trifecta of talent, and can't wait to read these beautiful new books after my deadline passes! 😍 . . . . . #authorsofinstagram #authors #yalovin #yalit #youngadult #balzerandbray #epicreads #harper #tbr #goodreads #barnesandnoble #event #beckyalbertalli #katiecotugno #sarazarr #bookstagram #books #booksandplants #📚 #🌵
- Heyyy, North Texas—will I see any of you at the @epicreads @katiecotugno @sarazarrbooks event at @bnfrisco tonight? {7PM} ✨ So excited about this trifecta of talent, and can& #39;t wait to read these beautiful new books after my deadline passes! 😍 . . . . . #authorsofinstagram #authors #yalovin #yalit #youngadult #balzerandbray #epicreads #harper #tbr #goodreads #barnesandnoble #event #beckyalbertalli #katiecotugno #sarazarr #bookstagram #books #booksandplants #📚 #🌵
- Heyyy, North Texas—will I see any of you at the @epicreads @katiecotugno @sarazarrbooks event at @bnfrisco tonight? {7PM} ✨ So excited about this trifecta of talent, and can't wait to read these beautiful new books after my deadline passes! 😍 . . . . . #authorsofinstagram #authors #yalovin #yalit #youngadult #balzerandbray #epicreads #harper #tbr #goodreads #barnesandnoble #event #beckyalbertalli #katiecotugno #sarazarr #bookstagram #books #booksandplants #📚 #🌵
- Today's #writelifeapril: notebook vs. computer ✨ For as long as I've been writing, notebooks and the computer have both played important roles in my process. ✨ When it comes to brainstorming—especially in revision, but also before I dive into first drafts—I'm a black-pen-and-Moleskines sort of girl. ✨ For drafting, I do everything in Scrivener on my computer. ✨ My revision method uses a hybrid of both—I journal thoughts in the Moleskine, organize those thoughts into a to-do list in Scrivener, then work through the draft chapter by chapter on paper. When I finish making changes on paper, I tweak my Scrivener documents to match. ✨ Unrelatedly, I feel the need to acknowledge the amazing pie I had at @westoakcoffee today—it was $3 pie day, and I had this incredible slice of their Nutella-pretzel flavor!{@ajleaps, it was delicious as ever! 😍} . . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writer #writerscommunity #writereadrepeat #revision #revisionland #amwriting #amrevising #authorsofinstagram #authors #scrivener #moleskine #planneraddict #westoakcoffeebar #denton #dentoning #process #tuesdaytreat #tuesdayfun #deadline
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: notebook vs. computer ✨ For as long as I& #39;ve been writing, notebooks and the computer have both played important roles in my process. ✨ When it comes to brainstorming—especially in revision, but also before I dive into first drafts—I& #39;m a black-pen-and-Moleskines sort of girl. ✨ For drafting, I do everything in Scrivener on my computer. ✨ My revision method uses a hybrid of both—I journal thoughts in the Moleskine, organize those thoughts into a to-do list in Scrivener, then work through the draft chapter by chapter on paper. When I finish making changes on paper, I tweak my Scrivener documents to match. ✨ Unrelatedly, I feel the need to acknowledge the amazing pie I had at @westoakcoffee today—it was $3 pie day, and I had this incredible slice of their Nutella-pretzel flavor! @ajleaps , it was delicious as ever! 😍} . . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writer #writerscommunity #writereadrepeat #revision #revisionland #amwriting #amrevising #authorsofinstagram #authors #scrivener #moleskine #planneraddict #westoakcoffeebar #denton #dentoning #process #tuesdaytreat #tuesdayfun #deadline
- Today's #writelifeapril: notebook vs. computer ✨ For as long as I've been writing, notebooks and the computer have both played important roles in my process. ✨ When it comes to brainstorming—especially in revision, but also before I dive into first drafts—I'm a black-pen-and-Moleskines sort of girl. ✨ For drafting, I do everything in Scrivener on my computer. ✨ My revision method uses a hybrid of both—I journal thoughts in the Moleskine, organize those thoughts into a to-do list in Scrivener, then work through the draft chapter by chapter on paper. When I finish making changes on paper, I tweak my Scrivener documents to match. ✨ Unrelatedly, I feel the need to acknowledge the amazing pie I had at @westoakcoffee today—it was $3 pie day, and I had this incredible slice of their Nutella-pretzel flavor!{@ajleaps, it was delicious as ever! 😍} . . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writer #writerscommunity #writereadrepeat #revision #revisionland #amwriting #amrevising #authorsofinstagram #authors #scrivener #moleskine #planneraddict #westoakcoffeebar #denton #dentoning #process #tuesdaytreat #tuesdayfun #deadline
- Purple pen: ✔️ • Coffee: ✔️ • Nice stretch of time: ✔️ ✨ Now that I'm home from the whirlwind trip we took to Austin this weekend, I'm so motivated and ready to focus on this revision! ✨ I'm happy to be surrounded by excellent desk toys + two motivating prints that seem rather applicable this morning: one says SOME THINGS TAKE TIME and the other says YOU'VE GOT THIS. ✨ Whatever you're up to today, I hope you feel the peace and focus and energy to tackle it. *clinks coffee mug in solidarity* ☕️🚀❤️ . . . . . #mondaymotivation #mondaymorning #revisionland #hellonewweek #goodmorning☀️ #workinprogress #projects #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writer #author #authorsofinstagram #writelife #writereadrepeat #focus #slowandsteady #motivationmonday #amwriting #amrevising #☕️ #❤️
- Purple pen: ✔️ • Coffee: ✔️ • Nice stretch of time: ✔️ ✨ Now that I& #39;m home from the whirlwind trip we took to Austin this weekend, I& #39;m so motivated and ready to focus on this revision! ✨ I& #39;m happy to be surrounded by excellent desk toys + two motivating prints that seem rather applicable this morning: one says SOME THINGS TAKE TIME and the other says YOU& #39;VE GOT THIS. ✨ Whatever you& #39;re up to today, I hope you feel the peace and focus and energy to tackle it. *clinks coffee mug in solidarity* ☕️🚀❤️ . . . . . #mondaymotivation #mondaymorning #revisionland #hellonewweek #goodmorning ☀️ #workinprogress #projects #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writer #author #authorsofinstagram #writelife #writereadrepeat #focus #slowandsteady #motivationmonday #amwriting #amrevising #☕️ #❤️
- Purple pen: ✔️ • Coffee: ✔️ • Nice stretch of time: ✔️ ✨ Now that I'm home from the whirlwind trip we took to Austin this weekend, I'm so motivated and ready to focus on this revision! ✨ I'm happy to be surrounded by excellent desk toys + two motivating prints that seem rather applicable this morning: one says SOME THINGS TAKE TIME and the other says YOU'VE GOT THIS. ✨ Whatever you're up to today, I hope you feel the peace and focus and energy to tackle it. *clinks coffee mug in solidarity* ☕️🚀❤️ . . . . . #mondaymotivation #mondaymorning #revisionland #hellonewweek #goodmorning☀️ #workinprogress #projects #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writer #author #authorsofinstagram #writelife #writereadrepeat #focus #slowandsteady #motivationmonday #amwriting #amrevising #☕️ #❤️
- Home again after a delightful weekend in Austin! ✨ It was so wonderful to celebrate Easter with @theaustinstone @austinstoneworship this morning—we've kept up with them from afar via their sermon podcast + albums ever since we moved, but it was so great to be back in person for the morning. ✨ Thanks for doing what you do, @aaroniveyatx @jaleesa_mac + team. Our family appreciates your sincerity and the richness of your music/message, and how you always strike that tough balance of being impressively talented without ever distracting from why you're up there singing in the first place. ✨
- Home again after a delightful weekend in Austin! ✨ It was so wonderful to celebrate Easter with @theaustinstone @austinstoneworship this morning—we& #39;ve kept up with them from afar via their sermon podcast + albums ever since we moved, but it was so great to be back in person for the morning. ✨ Thanks for doing what you do, @aaroniveyatx @jaleesa_mac + team. Our family appreciates your sincerity and the richness of your music/message, and how you always strike that tough balance of being impressively talented without ever distracting from why you& #39;re up there singing in the first place. ✨
- Home again after a delightful weekend in Austin! ✨ It was so wonderful to celebrate Easter with @theaustinstone @austinstoneworship this morning—we've kept up with them from afar via their sermon podcast + albums ever since we moved, but it was so great to be back in person for the morning. ✨ Thanks for doing what you do, @aaroniveyatx @jaleesa_mac + team. Our family appreciates your sincerity and the richness of your music/message, and how you always strike that tough balance of being impressively talented without ever distracting from why you're up there singing in the first place. ✨
- Took a spontaneous trip to Austin this weekend—it's been months since I've visited, and even though we're only in town for a tiny bit of time, we're hitting up as many favorite spots as we can. ✨ Tonight, I get to catch up with my long-time writer friend @chinadespain at one of my favorite little coffee shops, and I'm so excited! {shout-out to Thunderbird Coffee 😍☕️} ✨ . . . . . . #weekendfun #saturdayfun #saturdayevening #austintx #atx #austincoffee #thunderbirdcoffee #wildgiftcoffee #roadtrip #texasforever #☕️ #writerscommunity
- Took a spontaneous trip to Austin this weekend—it& #39;s been months since I& #39;ve visited, and even though we& #39;re only in town for a tiny bit of time, we& #39;re hitting up as many favorite spots as we can. ✨ Tonight, I get to catch up with my long-time writer friend @chinadespain at one of my favorite little coffee shops, and I& #39;m so excited! {shout-out to Thunderbird Coffee 😍☕️} ✨ . . . . . . #weekendfun #saturdayfun #saturdayevening #austintx #atx #austincoffee #thunderbirdcoffee #wildgiftcoffee #roadtrip #texasforever #☕️ #writerscommunity
- Took a spontaneous trip to Austin this weekend—it's been months since I've visited, and even though we're only in town for a tiny bit of time, we're hitting up as many favorite spots as we can. ✨ Tonight, I get to catch up with my long-time writer friend @chinadespain at one of my favorite little coffee shops, and I'm so excited! {shout-out to Thunderbird Coffee 😍☕️} ✨ . . . . . . #weekendfun #saturdayfun #saturdayevening #austintx #atx #austincoffee #thunderbirdcoffee #wildgiftcoffee #roadtrip #texasforever #☕️ #writerscommunity
- #fridayreads: @chavelaque's THE MAGIC WORDS ✨ I've just settled in at a cozy cafe table, equipped with this excellent book. ✨ Excited to take some time this afternoon to work though some of the exercises here—a bit of focused journaling always helps when I'm diving in for a round of revision. ✨ If you haven't checked out Cheryl's craft books before, I highly recommend them! Anyone else read this one yet? If so, which chapter was your favorite? . . . . . . #friyay #writers #writerscommunity #onwriting #craft #writereadrepeat #amwriting #amrevising #author #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #book #bookrec #bookrecommendation #tbr #goodreads #cafe☕ #weekendfun #fridaymotivation
- #fridayreads: @chavelaque & #39;s THE MAGIC WORDS ✨ I& #39;ve just settled in at a cozy cafe table, equipped with this excellent book. ✨ Excited to take some time this afternoon to work though some of the exercises here—a bit of focused journaling always helps when I& #39;m diving in for a round of revision. ✨ If you haven& #39;t checked out Cheryl& #39;s craft books before, I highly recommend them! Anyone else read this one yet? If so, which chapter was your favorite? . . . . . . #friyay #writers #writerscommunity #onwriting #craft #writereadrepeat #amwriting #amrevising #author #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #book #bookrec #bookrecommendation #tbr #goodreads #cafe#weekendfun #fridaymotivation
- #fridayreads: @chavelaque's THE MAGIC WORDS ✨ I've just settled in at a cozy cafe table, equipped with this excellent book. ✨ Excited to take some time this afternoon to work though some of the exercises here—a bit of focused journaling always helps when I'm diving in for a round of revision. ✨ If you haven't checked out Cheryl's craft books before, I highly recommend them! Anyone else read this one yet? If so, which chapter was your favorite? . . . . . . #friyay #writers #writerscommunity #onwriting #craft #writereadrepeat #amwriting #amrevising #author #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #book #bookrec #bookrecommendation #tbr #goodreads #cafe☕ #weekendfun #fridaymotivation
- Today's #writelifeapril: story catalyst ✨ Usually, when asked what sparked the idea for THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, my answer is the beach—which is very, very true {scroll through my Instagram feed and you'll see *how* true that is}—but today, I thought I'd focus on another aspect that made the idea come to life: trails through dense, green trees. ✨ When I lived in Austin, my writing desk faced a window full of trees like this. Also, I walked this amazing trail two or three times each week. ✨ I've always been a sucker for creepy forest/jungle settings—think LOST, or the arena in CATCHING FIRE. When "I miss the beach sooo muchhhh" came face to face with all the trees in my life, my setting was born: a mysterious island with a strange, dangerous jungle. ✨ Can't believe the book will be out so soon—June 6 (!!)—eight Tuesdays away! ✨ {More info via the link in my bio, if you are interested in the full book description. Also, reminder: there's a @goodreads giveaway going for 5 advanced copies right now!} . . . . . . #thesandcastleempire #harperteen #epicreads #june2017 #beachreads #summerbooks #bookstagram #books #islandgirl #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writelife #austin #austintx #atx #texas #texasforever #hikeandbiketrail #lost #4815162342 #😍 #🌳
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: story catalyst ✨ Usually, when asked what sparked the idea for THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, my answer is the beach—which is very, very true {scroll through my Instagram feed and you& #39;ll see *how* true that is}—but today, I thought I& #39;d focus on another aspect that made the idea come to life: trails through dense, green trees. ✨ When I lived in Austin, my writing desk faced a window full of trees like this. Also, I walked this amazing trail two or three times each week. ✨ I& #39;ve always been a sucker for creepy forest/jungle settings—think LOST, or the arena in CATCHING FIRE. When "I miss the beach sooo muchhhh" came face to face with all the trees in my life, my setting was born: a mysterious island with a strange, dangerous jungle. ✨ Can& #39;t believe the book will be out so soon—June 6 (!!)—eight Tuesdays away! ✨ {More info via the link in my bio, if you are interested in the full book description. Also, reminder: there& #39;s a @goodreads giveaway going for 5 advanced copies right now!} . . . . . . #thesandcastleempire #harperteen #epicreads #june2017 #beachreads #summerbooks #bookstagram #books #islandgirl #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writelife #austin #austintx #atx #texas #texasforever #hikeandbiketrail #lost #4815162342 #😍 #🌳
- Today's #writelifeapril: story catalyst ✨ Usually, when asked what sparked the idea for THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE, my answer is the beach—which is very, very true {scroll through my Instagram feed and you'll see *how* true that is}—but today, I thought I'd focus on another aspect that made the idea come to life: trails through dense, green trees. ✨ When I lived in Austin, my writing desk faced a window full of trees like this. Also, I walked this amazing trail two or three times each week. ✨ I've always been a sucker for creepy forest/jungle settings—think LOST, or the arena in CATCHING FIRE. When "I miss the beach sooo muchhhh" came face to face with all the trees in my life, my setting was born: a mysterious island with a strange, dangerous jungle. ✨ Can't believe the book will be out so soon—June 6 (!!)—eight Tuesdays away! ✨ {More info via the link in my bio, if you are interested in the full book description. Also, reminder: there's a @goodreads giveaway going for 5 advanced copies right now!} . . . . . . #thesandcastleempire #harperteen #epicreads #june2017 #beachreads #summerbooks #bookstagram #books #islandgirl #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writelife #austin #austintx #atx #texas #texasforever #hikeandbiketrail #lost #4815162342 #😍 #🌳
- Today's #writelifeapril: #wordcountwednesday ✨ There's something so magical about starting a new project, when an entire world starts to grow roots, just waiting for the right words to make it spring to life on the page. ✨ Whenever I get a new idea, I start a fresh Scrivener project for it and get the first page out, just to nail down the voice—that way, it'll be easier to slip back into it when I have time to actually write the rest of the book. ✨ I only have 700 words written on this brand new idea—not even enough to fill in one of the 70 hearts pictured here (one 💛 = 1,000 words)—but I'm excited to dive in when I next get a good stretch of time. 💕 . . . . . #wordcount #wip #workinprogress #author #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #shinynew #amwriting #amplotting #brainstorm #writerscommunity #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #progresstracker #progress #process #blankpage #productivity #youngadult #ya #yalovin #yalit #books #scrivener
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: #wordcountwednesday ✨ There& #39;s something so magical about starting a new project, when an entire world starts to grow roots, just waiting for the right words to make it spring to life on the page. ✨ Whenever I get a new idea, I start a fresh Scrivener project for it and get the first page out, just to nail down the voice—that way, it& #39;ll be easier to slip back into it when I have time to actually write the rest of the book. ✨ I only have 700 words written on this brand new idea—not even enough to fill in one of the 70 hearts pictured here (one 💛 = 1,000 words)—but I& #39;m excited to dive in when I next get a good stretch of time. 💕 . . . . . #wordcount #wip #workinprogress #author #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #shinynew #amwriting #amplotting #brainstorm #writerscommunity #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #progresstracker #progress #process #blankpage #productivity #youngadult #ya #yalovin #yalit #books #scrivener
- Today's #writelifeapril: #wordcountwednesday ✨ There's something so magical about starting a new project, when an entire world starts to grow roots, just waiting for the right words to make it spring to life on the page. ✨ Whenever I get a new idea, I start a fresh Scrivener project for it and get the first page out, just to nail down the voice—that way, it'll be easier to slip back into it when I have time to actually write the rest of the book. ✨ I only have 700 words written on this brand new idea—not even enough to fill in one of the 70 hearts pictured here (one 💛 = 1,000 words)—but I'm excited to dive in when I next get a good stretch of time. 💕 . . . . . #wordcount #wip #workinprogress #author #authors #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #writersofig #shinynew #amwriting #amplotting #brainstorm #writerscommunity #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #progresstracker #progress #process #blankpage #productivity #youngadult #ya #yalovin #yalit #books #scrivener
- Today's #writelifeapril: #tacotuesday ✨ These are some of my favorite tacos on the planet—potato/egg/cheese/fresh jalapeños from @austinjava on 2nd Street in Austin, Texas—and I miss them terribly! ✨ This is a throwback to late 2014 when I was revising a draft of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE at one of their cute little window bars; it was always one of my favorite places to work because of their coffee, their tacos, and their excellent staff. {shout-out to @scarlett_rosie! 💕} ✨ Hope to visit AJ again the next time I'm in town! . . . . . #austin #austintx #atx #tacos #breakfasttacos #breakfastlover #😍 #revisionland #thesandcastleempire #coffee #secondstreet #austinjava #iheartaustin #texasforever #writersofinstagram #writers #authorslife #keepaustineatin #atxfood #austineats
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: #tacotuesday ✨ These are some of my favorite tacos on the planet—potato/egg/cheese/fresh jalapeños from @austinjava on 2nd Street in Austin, Texas—and I miss them terribly! ✨ This is a throwback to late 2014 when I was revising a draft of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE at one of their cute little window bars; it was always one of my favorite places to work because of their coffee, their tacos, and their excellent staff. {shout-out to @scarlett_rosie ! 💕} ✨ Hope to visit AJ again the next time I& #39;m in town! . . . . . #austin #austintx #atx #tacos #breakfasttacos #breakfastlover #😍 #revisionland #thesandcastleempire #coffee #secondstreet #austinjava #iheartaustin #texasforever #writersofinstagram #writers #authorslife #keepaustineatin #atxfood #austineats
- Today's #writelifeapril: #tacotuesday ✨ These are some of my favorite tacos on the planet—potato/egg/cheese/fresh jalapeños from @austinjava on 2nd Street in Austin, Texas—and I miss them terribly! ✨ This is a throwback to late 2014 when I was revising a draft of THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE at one of their cute little window bars; it was always one of my favorite places to work because of their coffee, their tacos, and their excellent staff. {shout-out to @scarlett_rosie! 💕} ✨ Hope to visit AJ again the next time I'm in town! . . . . . #austin #austintx #atx #tacos #breakfasttacos #breakfastlover #😍 #revisionland #thesandcastleempire #coffee #secondstreet #austinjava #iheartaustin #texasforever #writersofinstagram #writers #authorslife #keepaustineatin #atxfood #austineats
- Congratulations, @alison_cherry—so excited WILLOWS VS. WOLVERINES is finally out in the world! ✨ I've read all of Alison's books, and I *thiiiiiiiiink* this one might be my favorite—I can clearly recall gushing at length about it with @clairelegrand on one of our coffee dates. ✨ If you're into summer camp books, prank wars, or shifting friendship dynamics, you're very likely to love this one. 💖⛺️💚 . . . . . . #bookstagram #books #bookworm #booknerdigans #tbr #amreading #goodreads #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #authors #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writelife #willows #wolverine #summercamp #camplife #prankwars #middlegrade #mg #mglit #teamroot #💖
- Congratulations, @alison_cherry —so excited WILLOWS VS. WOLVERINES is finally out in the world! ✨ I& #39;ve read all of Alison& #39;s books, and I *thiiiiiiiiink* this one might be my favorite—I can clearly recall gushing at length about it with @clairelegrand on one of our coffee dates. ✨ If you& #39;re into summer camp books, prank wars, or shifting friendship dynamics, you& #39;re very likely to love this one. 💖⛺️💚 . . . . . . #bookstagram #books #bookworm #booknerdigans #tbr #amreading #goodreads #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #authors #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writelife #willows #wolverine #summercamp #camplife #prankwars #middlegrade #mg #mglit #teamroot #💖
- Congratulations, @alison_cherry—so excited WILLOWS VS. WOLVERINES is finally out in the world! ✨ I've read all of Alison's books, and I *thiiiiiiiiink* this one might be my favorite—I can clearly recall gushing at length about it with @clairelegrand on one of our coffee dates. ✨ If you're into summer camp books, prank wars, or shifting friendship dynamics, you're very likely to love this one. 💖⛺️💚 . . . . . . #bookstagram #books #bookworm #booknerdigans #tbr #amreading #goodreads #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #authors #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writelife #willows #wolverine #summercamp #camplife #prankwars #middlegrade #mg #mglit #teamroot #💖
- Today's #writelifeapril: #goalcheck ✨ We're only ten days in to April, but it's already been a fun and full month! ✨ So far, I've spent more hours than I can count at this little desk in my living room, working on various projects. ✨ As far as my specific goals for this month go, I'm right on track—I've finished the book I was reading for a friend, am on pace to finish the majorly time-consuming secret project well ahead of schedule, and have gotten started on everything else within my control! ✨ Excited to see what the rest of this month brings—hope you're all pushing through to crush your goals, too! 💕 . . . . . #writer #writersofinstagram #writersofig #authors #authorslife #writercommunity #goals😍 #productivity #bulletjournal #bujo #wip #secretproject #amwriting #readingtime #bookworm #ya #yalit #youngadult #mondaymotivation #☕️
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: #goalcheck ✨ We& #39;re only ten days in to April, but it& #39;s already been a fun and full month! ✨ So far, I& #39;ve spent more hours than I can count at this little desk in my living room, working on various projects. ✨ As far as my specific goals for this month go, I& #39;m right on track—I& #39;ve finished the book I was reading for a friend, am on pace to finish the majorly time-consuming secret project well ahead of schedule, and have gotten started on everything else within my control! ✨ Excited to see what the rest of this month brings—hope you& #39;re all pushing through to crush your goals, too! 💕 . . . . . #writer #writersofinstagram #writersofig #authors #authorslife #writercommunity #goals 😍 #productivity #bulletjournal #bujo #wip #secretproject #amwriting #readingtime #bookworm #ya #yalit #youngadult #mondaymotivation #☕️
- Today's #writelifeapril: #goalcheck ✨ We're only ten days in to April, but it's already been a fun and full month! ✨ So far, I've spent more hours than I can count at this little desk in my living room, working on various projects. ✨ As far as my specific goals for this month go, I'm right on track—I've finished the book I was reading for a friend, am on pace to finish the majorly time-consuming secret project well ahead of schedule, and have gotten started on everything else within my control! ✨ Excited to see what the rest of this month brings—hope you're all pushing through to crush your goals, too! 💕 . . . . . #writer #writersofinstagram #writersofig #authors #authorslife #writercommunity #goals😍 #productivity #bulletjournal #bujo #wip #secretproject #amwriting #readingtime #bookworm #ya #yalit #youngadult #mondaymotivation #☕️
- Today's #writelifeapril: writer's block ✨ Whenever I get stuck on something in a project, my go-to way of dealing with it is pretty basic—a blank page and a black pen. ✨ Doesn't hurt to work through plotting questions in a cute coffee shop, either! {shout-out to @kimzeys_coffee, pictured here} ✨ On a day-to-day basis, if I'm having a hard time getting started, it's usually because my mind is full. In that case, I make a list to come back to later, then plug in my headphones—the thunderstorm track I've listened to for years almost always puts me in a focused mindset! ⚡️☁️☔️⚡️ . . . . . . #amwriting #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writers #writersofig #authors #coffee #coffeeshop #kimzeyscoffeeshop #moleskine #journal #journaling #writelife #saturdaymorning #cozycafe #plotting #wip #workinprogress #secretproject #shinynewthings #☕️
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: writer& #39;s block ✨ Whenever I get stuck on something in a project, my go-to way of dealing with it is pretty basic—a blank page and a black pen. ✨ Doesn& #39;t hurt to work through plotting questions in a cute coffee shop, either! {shout-out to @kimzeys_coffee , pictured here} ✨ On a day-to-day basis, if I& #39;m having a hard time getting started, it& #39;s usually because my mind is full. In that case, I make a list to come back to later, then plug in my headphones—the thunderstorm track I& #39;ve listened to for years almost always puts me in a focused mindset! ⚡️☁️☔️⚡️ . . . . . . #amwriting #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writers #writersofig #authors #coffee #coffeeshop #kimzeyscoffeeshop #moleskine #journal #journaling #writelife #saturdaymorning #cozycafe #plotting #wip #workinprogress #secretproject #shinynewthings #☕️
- Today's #writelifeapril: writer's block ✨ Whenever I get stuck on something in a project, my go-to way of dealing with it is pretty basic—a blank page and a black pen. ✨ Doesn't hurt to work through plotting questions in a cute coffee shop, either! {shout-out to @kimzeys_coffee, pictured here} ✨ On a day-to-day basis, if I'm having a hard time getting started, it's usually because my mind is full. In that case, I make a list to come back to later, then plug in my headphones—the thunderstorm track I've listened to for years almost always puts me in a focused mindset! ⚡️☁️☔️⚡️ . . . . . . #amwriting #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writers #writersofig #authors #coffee #coffeeshop #kimzeyscoffeeshop #moleskine #journal #journaling #writelife #saturdaymorning #cozycafe #plotting #wip #workinprogress #secretproject #shinynewthings #☕️
- #fridayreads: DARE MIGHTY THINGS by @heatherkaczynski ✨ Today is for peppermint tea and a great book—I'm so excited to finally dive in to this one! I've been excited about it ever since the announcement went up last year, and Heather has become a good friend, so I'm doubly thrilled to read it! ✨ I've only read the first two chapters, but have been thinking about them ever since I had to put it down last night. Can't wait to find out what happens! 🚀❤️ . . . . . . #daremightythings #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #bookstagram #books #booksandtea #amreading #goodreads #tbr #booknerdigans #bookworms #epicreads #harperteen #spacelove #nasa🚀 #fall2017 #writersofinstagram #writers #writerscommunity #writersofig #authors #authorsofinstagram #💜
- #fridayreads: DARE MIGHTY THINGS by @heatherkaczynski ✨ Today is for peppermint tea and a great book—I& #39;m so excited to finally dive in to this one! I& #39;ve been excited about it ever since the announcement went up last year, and Heather has become a good friend, so I& #39;m doubly thrilled to read it! ✨ I& #39;ve only read the first two chapters, but have been thinking about them ever since I had to put it down last night. Can& #39;t wait to find out what happens! 🚀❤️ . . . . . . #daremightythings #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #bookstagram #books #booksandtea #amreading #goodreads #tbr #booknerdigans #bookworms #epicreads #harperteen #spacelove #nasa 🚀 #fall2017 #writersofinstagram #writers #writerscommunity #writerso fig #authors #authorsofinstagram #💜
- #fridayreads: DARE MIGHTY THINGS by @heatherkaczynski ✨ Today is for peppermint tea and a great book—I'm so excited to finally dive in to this one! I've been excited about it ever since the announcement went up last year, and Heather has become a good friend, so I'm doubly thrilled to read it! ✨ I've only read the first two chapters, but have been thinking about them ever since I had to put it down last night. Can't wait to find out what happens! 🚀❤️ . . . . . . #daremightythings #ya #yalit #yalovin #youngadult #bookstagram #books #booksandtea #amreading #goodreads #tbr #booknerdigans #bookworms #epicreads #harperteen #spacelove #nasa🚀 #fall2017 #writersofinstagram #writers #writerscommunity #writersofig #authors #authorsofinstagram #💜
- Today's #writelifeapril: favorite pen ✨ As you can see here, I have several favorites—it really just depends on what sort of thing I'm working on! ✨ In general, my favorites usually land at the intersection of finest-tip-possible + smoooooooth writing (but I am *not* a fan of using gel pens, or anything too bulky). ✨ I'm also mildly in love with this new purple-green metallic pen holder I found at @target last week…makes all the writing I'm doing this month even more fun! 😍😍😍 . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writerscommunity #writerlife #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #pens #favoritepen #mildliners #staedtler #staedtlerpens #sharpie #handwritten #handwriting #moleskine #target #anthropologie #onmydesk #secretproject #wip #☕️
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: favorite pen ✨ As you can see here, I have several favorites—it really just depends on what sort of thing I& #39;m working on! ✨ In general, my favorites usually land at the intersection of finest-tip-possible + smoooooooth writing (but I am *not* a fan of using gel pens, or anything too bulky). ✨ I& #39;m also mildly in love with this new purple-green metallic pen holder I found at @target last week…makes all the writing I& #39;m doing this month even more fun! 😍😍😍 . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writerscommunity #writerlife #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #pens #favoritepen #mildliners #staedtler #staedtlerpens #sharpie #handwritten #handwriting #moleskine #target #anthropologie #onmydesk #secretproject #wip #☕️
- Today's #writelifeapril: favorite pen ✨ As you can see here, I have several favorites—it really just depends on what sort of thing I'm working on! ✨ In general, my favorites usually land at the intersection of finest-tip-possible + smoooooooth writing (but I am *not* a fan of using gel pens, or anything too bulky). ✨ I'm also mildly in love with this new purple-green metallic pen holder I found at @target last week…makes all the writing I'm doing this month even more fun! 😍😍😍 . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writerscommunity #writerlife #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #bulletjournal #bujo #bujojunkies #pens #favoritepen #mildliners #staedtler #staedtlerpens #sharpie #handwritten #handwriting #moleskine #target #anthropologie #onmydesk #secretproject #wip #☕️
- Today's #writelifeapril: #1linewed ✨ Since I've heard about *two* giveaways for THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE today {more on those in a minute!}, I thought it would be fun to share a glimpse into the book itself. ✨ This section—starting with "One day, when the war ends…"—was my original opening, and the very first spark of an idea for this story. The paragraph itself has stayed mostly intact ever since that first draft! ✨ As for the giveaways: the first is a @goodreads giveaway for *five* ARCs {details in my previous post!}! ✨ The second giveaway is here on Instagram, over at @blackvioletnyc's feed—she's giving away THE most excellent/adorable Harry Potter–themed book sleeve along with an ARC of my book. All you have to do there is follow/tag a friend in the comments! ✨ . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writers #writersofig #authors #authorsofig #authorslife #thesandcastleempire #giveaway #goodreads #goodreadsgiveaway #harperteen #epicreads #june2017 #novel #bookstagram #book #bookworm #booknerdigans #sneakpeek #arc #galley #beachreads #🍦 #📚
- Today& #39;s #writelifeapril: #1linewed ✨ Since I& #39;ve heard about *two* giveaways for THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE today {more on those in a minute!}, I thought it would be fun to share a glimpse into the book itself. ✨ This section—starting with "One day, when the war ends…"—was my original opening, and the very first spark of an idea for this story. The paragraph itself has stayed mostly intact ever since that first draft! ✨ As for the giveaways: the first is a @goodreads giveaway for *five* ARCs {details in my previous post!}! ✨ The second giveaway is here on Instagram, over at @blackvioletnyc & #39;s feed—she& #39;s giving away THE most excellent/adorable Harry Potter–themed book sleeve along with an ARC of my book. All you have to do there is follow/tag a friend in the comments! ✨ . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writers #writersofig #authors #authorsofig #authorslife #thesandcastleempire #giveaway #goodreads #goodreadsgiveaway #harperteen #epicreads #june2017 #novel #bookstagram #book #bookworm #booknerdigans #sneakpeek #arc #galley #beachreads #🍦 #📚
- Today's #writelifeapril: #1linewed ✨ Since I've heard about *two* giveaways for THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE today {more on those in a minute!}, I thought it would be fun to share a glimpse into the book itself. ✨ This section—starting with "One day, when the war ends…"—was my original opening, and the very first spark of an idea for this story. The paragraph itself has stayed mostly intact ever since that first draft! ✨ As for the giveaways: the first is a @goodreads giveaway for *five* ARCs {details in my previous post!}! ✨ The second giveaway is here on Instagram, over at @blackvioletnyc's feed—she's giving away THE most excellent/adorable Harry Potter–themed book sleeve along with an ARC of my book. All you have to do there is follow/tag a friend in the comments! ✨ . . . . . #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #writers #writersofig #authors #authorsofig #authorslife #thesandcastleempire #giveaway #goodreads #goodreadsgiveaway #harperteen #epicreads #june2017 #novel #bookstagram #book #bookworm #booknerdigans #sneakpeek #arc #galley #beachreads #🍦 #📚

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