17 10 / 2014

I love brick walls inside living spaces. Brick walls as the backdrop of a lovely reading space? Insane adoration! #fridayreads

I love brick walls inside living spaces. Brick walls as the backdrop of a lovely reading space? Insane adoration! #fridayreads

(Source: dustjacketattic, via teachingliteracy)

16 10 / 2014

So, I’m currently working on two novels. Why?

The first is a spinoff series from the Mindspeak trilogy. This will be Kyle’s story. (And Raven’s story, whom you haven’t met yet.) This story will explore Kyle’s backstory, but it will also dive deeply into what he, as one of the original clones from the Mindspeak series, can do with the supernatural abilities that arose when a crazy mad scientist doctor played with his DNA. He’s able to get inside a person’s head when they are dreaming or when they are unconscious, the way he got inside Lexi’s head many times during the Mindspeak series. Raven is suppressing memories of a traumatic event that she witnessed and is now having nightmares. Story question: Can Kyle help her when he invades her dreams without her knowledge? Will she be terrified when she learns of what he can do? Will she be furious at the gross invasion of her privacy?

The second story I’m working on is the start of a completely new YA story/series. I can’t tell you much about this story at this time mainly because it’s just too new inside my head, and because the subject matter is time sensitive. I don’t want anyone speculating about the direction I’m going in with this story. (Vague much?) But I hope to write this novel as part of NaNoWriMo, which I’ve never participated in before but want to this November.

So, why am I working on two novels at once?

1. Because I can. I don’t answer to anyone other than my readers, and I’m pretty sure readers of the Mindspeak series are going to love both of the novels I’m working on. And I promise to get a new novel out to you as quickly as possible.

2. I was writing Kyle’s story first, but the #2 story simply kept speaking to me. I’ve been plotting this new series since before I began writing Mindsurge last fall/winter. I simply can’t get the story off my mind.

3. Recent news stories have inspired a high level of creativity and story/scene ideas for this #2 novel. This novel is begging to be written RIGHT NOW!

The bigger question that I simply can’t answer until after I try is this: Is it possible to write two stories at once? I’ll let you know after I’ve tried it.

16 10 / 2014

torteen:

There’s a new Mockingjay preview!

(via yaflash)

15 10 / 2014

I’ve included some white-headed capuchin monkeys in a scene in my current WIP today. Also, my main characters are having a brief romantic “moment.” They’re just starting to bond. I love this stage of writing a romance.

I’ve included some white-headed capuchin monkeys in a scene in my current WIP today. Also, my main characters are having a brief romantic “moment.” They’re just starting to bond. I love this stage of writing a romance.

(Source: earthlynation)

15 10 / 2014

15 10 / 2014

Love this reading spot. My mom had one of these bird cage chairs in my childhood home. 

Love this reading spot. My mom had one of these bird cage chairs in my childhood home. 

(Source: fancy.com, via teachingliteracy)

15 10 / 2014

"Never goodbye." ~Jack DeWeese, Mindsurge (#3 in the Mindspeak series)

"Never goodbye." ~Jack DeWeese, Mindsurge (#3 in the Mindspeak series)

13 10 / 2014

laurendestefano:

manofsteel141:

I know the feels

the dog is me, the donuts are publishers

From Heather: This picture makes me so happy!

laurendestefano:

manofsteel141:

I know the feels

the dog is me, the donuts are publishers

From Heather: This picture makes me so happy!

(Source: dragonsmagick)

10 10 / 2014

I was forced to be #darthvader. #starwars #monopoly

I was forced to be #darthvader. #starwars #monopoly

10 10 / 2014

Let the games begin. #starwars #monopoly #fallbreak #staycation #imsogoingtowin

Let the games begin. #starwars #monopoly #fallbreak #staycation #imsogoingtowin