Do you have an art blog where you post your images and creative process? Join the conversation.

Here's a coffee question for this week: Do you have an art blog where you post your images and/or creative process? If not, do you post your work on any other photo-sharing or portfolio sites? Feel free to post a link to your site in the comments so we may visit and see your work! I'm so … Continue reading Do you have an art blog where you post your images and creative process? Join the conversation.

Saturday Writing Session # 2 – Take-aways from five hours of writing

For those of you who don't know, I'm a middle school teacher who is also trying to write a twelve-book fantasy saga in my spare time. It's the most amazing job in the world, as I get to work with children and their writing. To do my job correctly, I need to be efficient and … Continue reading Saturday Writing Session # 2 – Take-aways from five hours of writing

Writing Wednesday # 3 – Quotes from A New Nine-Novel Fantasy Series

Recently, I have been working on The Witch's Uprising, the first book in my nine-novel fantasy series A Thousand Watchful Eyes. This blog post includes quotes from the series.

Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!

On Saturday morning, I woke up at 5 a.m. and groggily prepared myself for six hours of writing. Fueled with two large coffees, and ready for anything, I opened my laptop, sat down, and produced 6,000 words (4,500 of which I'm willing to keep). By lunch, I was running around my apartment, sharing my happiness … Continue reading Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!

The Witch’s Uprising: Writing Wednesday # 2

When the twig snapped beneath her left foot, Aurelia felt the world shift. Her heart palpitated - the hoof-beat thump of a seasoned warrior filling her chest. Before she could make a decision, before she could swing the sword, the wind blew across her face, and the man turned. She had seconds to act - seconds!

My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR – October 23rd, 2017

For another monday, I've decided to participate in It's Monday! What are you reading?, which I found through Jen Vincent's Blog TeachMentorTexts.com, and Kellee's Unleashing Readers. Jen has children's literature as the subject for these posts, which she has defined as  "picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit..."  If you're interested in … Continue reading My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR – October 23rd, 2017

YA FRIDAY: 3 Books to Add to Your Shelf

  In an earlier post this Monday, I previewed three books: Pax by Sarah Pennypacker, Ghost by Jason Reynolds, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for IMWAYR. For this week's YA Friday, I'd like to keep the tradition of previewing a book I have read, one book that I'm partway through, as well as one … Continue reading YA FRIDAY: 3 Books to Add to Your Shelf

#FantasyFansUnited – Want your audience to grow? Fantasy Fiction Friday # 1

Fantasy Fiction Fridays: #FantasyFansUnited I know this is published early, but after this week's coffee question and a responses from WordPress bloggers and Instagram users, I couldn't help myself. Paper Palaces will provide a place for Fantasy Fans on WordPress and other platforms to unite, including writers, authors, artists, and other enthusiasts of fantasy fiction, … Continue reading #FantasyFansUnited – Want your audience to grow? Fantasy Fiction Friday # 1

Photographs of Whitby – Seaside Ruins and Inspiration for a YA Fantasy Series

A few years ago, my fiancé and I traveled to England. Whitby stood out as one of the most picturesque locations I have ever seen in my life. Yorkshire, as a whole, is very beautiful. Here are nine photographs of Whitby that served as inspiration for the novels in my young adult fantasy series A Thousand … Continue reading Photographs of Whitby – Seaside Ruins and Inspiration for a YA Fantasy Series