Monday, January 25, 2016

Struggling to Write?

If you’re feeling like none of the words you write seem quite right, the meeting-your-daily-word-count roll from NaNoWriMo disappeared along with the Christmas tree, and your motivation just took a vacation (probably to somewhere warm), I’d like to welcome you to the club. Ever since I’ve gotten back from the winter holidays, I’ve been feeling completely unenthusiastic about the “writing” part of writing. Which, for me, is really quite scary.

It’s been a struggle to keep the pen moving across the page, and I wanted to share a few exercises that I’ve been doing to keep myself from shoving my black notebook in a corner and leaving it there until springtime or inspiration hits, whichever comes first.

I’ve come up with a few tactics that keep me from going insane while also making sure I’m still writing and creating.

(By the way, I apologize in advance for the tacky section headers, but I’m feeling a tad sentimental about them.)

Step Away From the Novel

After fighting tooth and nail to try and make headway in my current project, I decided to take a break. I’m going back to it; I believe too much in the story to leave it in a drawer and never see it again. But I need a break from that world and those characters, and rather than try to ignore that, I’m accepting it and taking the break I desperately need.

I Won’t Need An Envelope

I’ve been writing letters. Letters to friends and to acquaintances; letters to my favorite authors (they usually end up as how-could-you rants) and to my least favorite characters (usually end with me saying that they should have ended up dead). Really, I’m writing letters to anyone and everyone.

I’m not planning on sending these letters. They’re exercises for me. I find that it’s easy to talk to people through letters that I know they are never going to read. I tell the “recipients” stories about what happened while I was going for a walk or searching for that new release at Barnes and Noble. I make up scenarios where I’m being attacked my zombies or accidentally ran into Hermione Granger at Starbucks.

The letters don’t take long to write and they’re loads of fun.

Who Turned Off the Lights?

I’ve been playing around with blackout poetry. Doesn’t sound familiar? Blackout poetry is really quite simple. You take a page out of a book or a newspaper article and cross off all the words except the ones that make up your poem (personally, I love to pretend I’m artistic and draw over the words I’m not using rather than cross them off).

Working within the words on the page can seem somewhat restrictive, but I find that it makes me stretch my imagination.

Hopefully you picked up an idea or two to try. Happy writing!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Wanted: Middle Grade Titles

Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful day! As part of my goal to read more MG and participate in MMGM more often, I'm asking YOU for the titles of books you have read and enjoyed. Please comment below with suggestions!

Thank you!

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Hello! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I'm still getting adjusted to my new schedule (which happens to include fewer hours of free time and sleep...grrr), so I didn't have the energy to pull anything together this week.

I'll definitely post something on Monday, but I'm not sure if it will be a review, another apology, or something else entirely. But there will be something new. I promise.

Thank you for your patience and support!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Goals for 2016

I guess I could call them resolutions, but I prefer the term "goal" for some reason. I find that sharing my goals with you (rather than just writing them down on a piece of paper and then losing the piece of paper) helps me work towards achieving them. And even if I'm not completely able to make my goals, at least I can compare what I was able to accomplish with what I thought I would be able to accomplish.

Am I making sense? ANYWAY-- I present...



First, I want to make forty or more posts over the course of 2016. That sounds doable for me, and I hope that it'll still give you new content every so often.

Second, I do a great job of vanishing without warning, so I'll try to put out warnings when I'm going to disappear for a week or two.

Third, I'm going to try to read more MG so I can do MMGM. I'm hoping to do one MMGM post a month. That will be difficult because the local library is lacking in that area, but I'm going to try to make it work!

Fourth, I want to do more posts about writing. I think I did exactly one in 2015, so I have lots of room for improvement in this area!

Lastly, I want to hear more from you. This is more of a wish than a resolution, but I want to receive feedback from you. I hope your suggestions will help The Reader's Perch improve.

What are your bookish or blogging goals for 2016? Feel free to share below! 

Oh, and if my writing style sounds odd, I'm going to blame the manga I'm reading right now. I can hear a character speaking in my head as I write this...

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Fangirling about KEEPER!

I am a HUGE fan of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, Shannon Messenger's MG series about Sophie Foster, a girl who discovers that she's really an elf. 

Here's a picture of all my KEEPER books, including the newest book, NEVERSEEN. The lighting is sort of weird, but I hope you can see the beautiful cover art!


I made some fanart for the KEEPER series. I'm not very artistic, so I'm pretty proud that these came out so well!

Here's the original:

I was playing around with filters, and I found I really liked the darker colors:

I tried to use the contrast in the brightness of the hues to represent how KEEPER continues to get a little bit darker with every book. NEVERSEEN is the darkest book so far, and I can't wait to see where the series goes in book five!

Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for all your support in 2015. Back in April (it's hard to believe that was over eight months ago!), I decided to continue blogging. You, my dear reader, have made my journey as a writer that much better. I know I say it often, and it's because it's true: you are truly amazing.

Honestly, I can't say it enough. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Here's to a magnificent 2016!