High school was where writing got serious. It wasn’t just for fun–it was for grades, for college credit, for a future career. Greenrock Writers’ Retreat was a place to experiment with writing without consequences, and with the collective influence of other brilliant young writers. We hashed out plot ideas, argued over the summer’s chosen book, and complained about the communal dorm bathrooms (because bleh).
I’m in college now, soon to be on my way out of the very university where I attended Greenrock for the first time as a newly minted high school freshman. While I didn’t choose MSU because of Greenrock, it definitely helped me to plant some roots there, and I am loving every second of being in the Professional Writing program (even the ones I whine about). I was sad to not be able to come back this year as a Greenrock alumni for the writing marathon, but excited to hear about the program expanding.
A special shout-out to Dawn and Luke, my first Greenrock mentors (and of course my original gang of GR writerly hoodlums, The Dolphins). The ones who knew how to draw me out of my shell, make me laugh, and challenge how I thought about writing.
It’s a day to be thankful for friends, family, and readers like you! Hope your holiday is fantastic.
With Love, The Girl
Looking for something spooky this October?
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Haunted (haha) by the death of his paranormal-seeking father, teenage Cas Lowood has taken up the family legacy, traveling the country ghost hunting. More accurately, ghost slaying. When he catches wind of the legend locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, he knows what he has to do. But Anna is like nothing he has encountered before. This time, his skill, wit, father’s athame may not be enough to save to him.
I didn’t realize I loved ghost stories until getting my hands on this book. Cas’ paranormal world has me hooked. Suspenseful, smart, and well-written, I can’t wait to read the next installment. Not many books can leave me holding my breath, but this is one of them. Totally spooky and reminiscent of the TV Series Supernatural, I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good (and weirdly romantic) ghost story.
Because of the holidays The Girl will be taking a break this week. Hope everyone enjoys their holiday!
A huge thank you to Tiegan at Harbour for nominating Girl Meets Fiction for the One Lovely Blog Award! I’ve had a great time writing and am honored by the nomination. And of course, thanks to my wonderful readers!
You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. List the rules and display the award. Add seven facts about yourself. Nominate however many other bloggers (this is a fluctuating number for everyone) and let them know about their nomination!
Seven Facts About “The Girl”
- I have and will continue to cry over exceptionally written cartoons.
- My favorite fairytale has been Rumpelstiltskin ever since I played that tricksy wizard in the second grade play. Nailed it, by the way.
- When at home, I drink almost exclusively from mugs because they make me feel simultaneously mysterious and artsy.
- I do not like pineapple.
- My favorite book is The Night Circus by Erin Morgan.
- Books that feature movie covers give me the urge to force-choke people, Darth Vader style.
- I like cat sweaters. Yeah, I’m that person. No shame.
Chosen for being creative, entertaining, and constructed well. Check these blogs out!
Abigail Mandley Photography
A Word of Substance
The Ninth Life
Due to the holiday, Girl Meets Fiction will not be posting any new content this week. Thanks to all my loyal followers! I’ll be back at it early next week. Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope you are having a splendid week. Just wanted to give all of my awesome followers a heads up on a small change coming to Girl Meets Fiction. Due to the temperamental tornado of due dates that is college, I will be moving from triweekly posts to biweekly. Posts will include Must Read Mondays and Fiction Fridays. Stay beautifully you!
Quote from author Sue Monk Kidd.
(Art taken from Pinterest)
This is normally where I offer the internet my possibly-not-so-wise-but-might-be-useful-who-knows kind of writing wisdom. However, I’m taking a short break this Friday because (drum roll please…) I finished writing my book yesterday! It’s obviously rough and needs self-editing, but for today my hands need some rest. Fear not, I shall return to the virtual realm for Motivation Monday. If you miss me in the meantime, you can always follow me on Twitter or Pinterest.
Thank you, my patient and lovely writers, readers, and passers by! Have a great weekend.