Why I’m Doing NaNoWriMo This Year

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It is the last day of September, which means that November, i.e. National Novel Writing Month, is right around the corner. Writers all across the country will be spending those four weeks frantically trying to hit that 50,000 word count, and, for the first time ever, I will be joining their ranks in an attempt to break out of this writer’s funk I’ve been in since May and finally finish the first draft of my novel.  Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Monday Morning #6: 22 Ways to Create Compelling Content

Happy Monday dear readers! It is a grey and chilly Monday morning here, but just because this Monday is gloomier than usual doesn’t mean that we need to be gloomier too! To help stave off the Monday blues, this week’s Miscellaneous Monday Morning is a helpful little infographic from Copyblogger with tips on how to kickstart your creative side and come up with some compelling content. Now, this infographic deals specifically with content for blogs, but I found that a lot of the tips can also be applied to writing as well (or anything creative, for that matter!). Check it out, get those creative juices flowing, and have a happy Monday!copyblogger_infographic_1-1

Zimmy Sunday #7: The Dark Zim Rises

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Happy Zimmy Sunday dear readers! As you can see, Zim and I are having a busy day reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, so today’s Zimmy Sunday will be exceptionally short since both of us are eager to get back to it. If you haven’t done it already, go out and pick up this book! I’m not very far into it yet, but I’m already nerding out over Lahiri’s prose. I’d forgotten just how masterful she is at sentence construction, and I’m so happy I get to spend the next few days drinking coffee and reading page after page of her new work. It’s going to be a very nice few days for me, dear readers.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic and relaxing weekend, and I’ll see you all again on Monday.

Danae Writes What She Knows

Happy Saturday! Because I think that the Sunday funnies shouldn’t just be a Sunday thing, here is a little comic from my favorite  strip, Non Sequitur. It’s also quite appropriate for me personally right now, as the piece I’m currently working on has to do with, interestingly enough, stinky booger-brained boys (I’m half-joking…but only half joking). Have a beautiful weekend, dear readers!

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Retail Therapy: Book Find of the Day (9-27-13)

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Dear readers, I have been waiting for this day for what seems like forever now, and it’s finally, *finally* here! While out running errands, I swung by the local bookstore and picked up my copy of Jhumpa Lahiri’s second novel The Lowland, which came out this Tuesday. It’s been ten long years since her first novel, The Namesake, was published, and although she did publish her short story collection Unaccustomed Earth five years ago, what I’ve really been waiting for has been her next novel. While I have many favorite authors (who has only one??), Jhumpa Lahiri is and always will be in my top five for one simple reason: The Namesake made me to want to be a writer. I read it my freshman year at UC Davis, and was the reason why I took my first undergraduate creative writing workshop. To this day when I get really, really stuck on my own work I open up my copy and let Lahiri’s lyrical prose inspire me all over again.

So, moral of the story, I am super duper excited to read this and plan on wrapping up the other two novels I’m reading right now (Bridget Jones’s Diary and A Visit from the Goon Squad) so that I can sink my teeth into this one. It’s going to be a long reading weekend, dear readers, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Friday Funday: Joke Haikus!

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Happy Friday dear readers! Are you as ready for the weekend as I am? What am I saying, of course you are! Has anyone ever *not* been ready for the weekend?

As always, for a little bit of comic relief to help you get through the last few hours before 5 o’clock hits and you’re free, here are a few fun joke haikus that have been circulating the Internet for a little while now. Haiku might be considered the most sophisticated form of poetry, but even the most sophisticated form can’t take itself too seriously all of the time, right? Enjoy, and T.G.I.F.!

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100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 2000-2009 and 1990-1999

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Ever wonder what the top 100 most challenged books of the 2000s were? Of the 90s? Well, you’re in luck, dear reader! The American Library Association knows the answer to not one but both of these questions! In honor of this last (week)day of Banned Books Week, I’ve gone and compiled both of those top 100 lists so that you can see:

  1. what books were challenged in what decade
  2. which ones are being continuously challenged throughout the years
  3. see all the silly titles people are taking issue with (cough cough Captain Underpants cough cough)
  4. get some ideas for new books to add to your list.

After all, isn’t it fun to read a book that somebody else thinks is so deviant that they tried to take it away from people? It sends such a rebellious tingle down my spine!

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