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I love words, stars, and superheroes.
I'm a fangirl, writer, and spoonie.
Beautiful People
Beautiful People is a monthly link-up for writers designed to help you get to know your characters.
Hosted by myself and Cait @ Paper Fury.
A Novel Idea
A Novel Idea is a weekly link-up for writers focused on everything about the writing process.
Hosted by myself and Ashley @ Ashley Aspires.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Novel Idea: 9/27/16

Sky Destrian


As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.



This week, follow this writing prompt as a starting point and see what happens. Have fun with it!


"I like you." 
"Don't be dumb."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Novel Idea: 9/20/16

Sky Destrian



As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.


What is your current word count goal for your WIP? What are your typical word count goals for your novels? Do your finished projects usually run shorter or longer than you anticipated?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Novel Idea: 9/13/16

Sky Destrian



As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.


This week, tell us about one of your favorite characters to write. What is your favorite part about writing them? Feel free to share photos and/or snippets.



Thursday, September 8, 2016

What I Read: August

Sky Destrian

Thanks to my friend Ashley @ Ashley Aspires, I've had the idea to recap what I read each month. Much like Ashley, I used to be a voracious reader, but for whatever reason, I went through a years-long phase where I just didn't read. That changed this year when I challenged myself to read 10 books and discovered that there are so many books in the YA genre that I need to read. Now I'm addicted to reading, and I want to sum up all the books I read this month. So, without further ado, here's what I read in August!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

A sweet and simple read. I was endeared to Jase's family (especially George), which was my favorite element of the book (but I'm still mad at Sam's mother). I'm looking forward to reading The Boy Most Likely To, the sequel/spin-off, in the coming months.

Book in a gif:


Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot had a unique concept that I absolutely loved. 10/10.

Book in a gif:

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This book was super clever with lovable characters. And it made me pretty much flat out sob. I had my heart broken by this book, but I'm okay with that.

Book in a gif:


Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

Harvey was my favorite. That is all.

Book in a gif:

Hawkeye vol 1: My Life As a Weapon by Matt Fraction

Hawkeye was not my first comic, but it was certainly one of the best comics. I love Clint Barton, goodbye.

Book in a gif:

Ms. Marvel vol 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is flat out amazing. I love her so much. @Marvel, please give us more heroes like Kamala Khan.

Book in a gif:


Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen


A solid start, and I look forward to reading more. I adore America Chavez.

Book in a gif:
There is a seriously evil mother in this book.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

The main character, Denise, has autism, so the book was an interesting look into her life. She also loved cats, which I can really relate to.

Book in a gif: 

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I'm terribly behind on reading, so I finally started Percy Jackson and the Olympians. And that hype that the series has garnered? Totally deserved. I get it. I love it. It was great.

Book in a gif:
Percy, probably.


This Is Not a Test Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers
I already gushed a ton over these books, so I'll keep this brief. These books were awesome. The end. Read them.

Book in a gif:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

Like Percy Jackson, I'm horribly behind on Harry Potter. And like Percy Jackson, HP definitely deserves the hype. I loved it. The Harry Potter universe stole my heart.


Book in a gif:




All the Rage by Courtney Summers

This book focused on rape. It was such a painful book to read, but a necessary one. It's so, so important.


The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

While the first book is still my favorite (so far), this book was such a good sequel and left me wanting more.

Book in a gif:

What was your favorite book you read this August?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Beautiful People: September Edition

Sky Destrian





Hello, writerlings! It's almost fall. Almost NaNo! And Cait and I are back again with even more fantabulous writerly questions for you to answer about your characters!

But first...

What is Beautiful People?
Beautiful People is a blog meme hosted by myself and the ever-awesome Cait @ Paper Fury. Every month, we post ten questions to help you get to know your characters better. They can be elusive and enigmatic, but we hope every question we post brings you closer to the answers about your wonderful beautiful people (your characters). 

How do I join?
Just jump in! Snag the questions, post them on your blog, and come back to add your link! I also recommend checking out the posts of the other participants. It's a great way to make new friends.

Please also give Cait and I a link back--whether through a regular link, or these shiny blog buttons:





And now for the questions!

  1. How did you come up with this character?
  2. Have they ever been starving? Why? And what did they eat to break the fast?
  3. Do they have a talent or skill that they’re proud of?
  4. List 3 things that would make them lose their temper.
  5. What is their favorite type of weather? Least favorite?
  6. What is their Hogwarts house and/or MBTI personality?
  7. Are they more likely to worry about present problems, or freak out about the unknown future?
  8. What is their favorite thing to drink?
  9. What is their favorite color? Least favorite?
  10. What is a book that changed their life?

So what are you up to, fellow bloggers? What are you writing? What are you reading? What (or who, mwahaha) are you head-over-heels in love with? Tell me everything?

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Novel Idea: 9/6/16

Sky Destrian
As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.


When you first get a story idea, what is the first thing you do? How do you develop it further? Do you write it down and let it simmer for a while, or do you start writing right away? Do you use Pinterest, outlining, or brainstorming in your plotting process, or do you just wing it? Tell us everything!



Monday, September 5, 2016

A Novel Idea: Books That Inspire Me

Sky Destrian

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is...
This week, tell us about the books that make you want to become a better writer. Why do they inspire you? Who wrote them? What genre are they? What is it about them that appeals to you and inspires you?

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Exactly a year ago this month, I read Since You've Been Gone on the plane ride home from Oregon. This book launched me head-first back into reading YA... and not only that, but loving to read YA. It also made me see that contemporaries could be deep and profound if I wanted them to be. Morgan Matson's writing style is a constant encouragement and inspiration to me.


Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Oh man, this book, guys. It's one of my favorites ever because of the intrigue of the plot. It kept me reading. It also had a unique format and was told with interview transcripts and newspaper articles as well as prose. I was so into this book, and it's still one of the best books I've ever read. If I can write like that, I'll be happy.


The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I just started reading this series, but already, it's become one of my favorites. The sheer talent of worldbuilding such a complex universe is mindblowing to me. Another part I admire about HP is the wonder and magic in the series. I hope I can write something like that.


Run by Kody Keplinger

This is another favorite book of mine. I read it this year, and it broke me. The friendship between the two girls was so beautiful, and the plot was intriguing. This book made me feel--and that's what I want to write like.


All the Rage by Courtney Summers

This book is such a tough read, but it's so important. The main character was relatable, and the message of this book was vital. It didn't shy away from the tough stuff. It said something important, which is something I hope to do with my writing.



This list isn't exhaustive, and I'm sure I'll think of more as soon as I've published this. But here are a few books that inspire me to be a better writer. What are yours?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Novel Idea: 8/30/16

Sky Destrian


As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.



This week, tell us about the books that make you want to become a better writer. Why do they inspire you? Who wrote them? What genre are they? What is it about them that appeals to you and inspires you?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Novel Idea: 8/23/16

Sky Destrian
As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.



This week, follow this writing prompt as a starting point and see what happens. Have fun with it!


"I don't care if you are panicking - just do it quietly."

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