November 2017 Writing Goals (I’m writing a YA Novel!)

There, I’ve said it, I’ve thrown it out to the internet and screamed it to the heavens – maybe now I’ll write the damn thing. It’s been a long time dream of mine – since I was 5 to be exact – to be an author. I’ve made excuses and lazed about on it for years, but no longer. I am writing a book, and this blog is going to keep me accountable. To do that, I’m going to start a series of writing goals and updates on my process to keep myself motivated and to give the kick in the ass I’ve been needing for years. What better month to start it all off than November? Not only is it my birthday month – 22 ya’ll! – but it’s also National Novel Writer’s Month – talk about starting with a bang. Continue reading “November 2017 Writing Goals (I’m writing a YA Novel!)”

Caraval Review: Alice in Wonderland With a Twist


Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world…

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval . . . beware of getting swept too far away.

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