Word Counts


A lot of people say word counts for novels should be between 80K and 100K. Apparently, most of these people never got the memo. 😉



777 – Eragon


“Eragon imagined that to someone on the ground, they were just a blur.”

From Eragon, first novel of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.

On the Smell of Old Books


I love old books. And used bookstores. Why?

The smell.

Well, there’s also the fact that I just love old things. Holding something with so much history… But that’s beside the point.

Old books smell wonderful. Someone once told me it was because of the lead breaking down in the old ink and that I would get lead poisoning from smelling them. That freaked me out for a little while. Then I got over it.

And then I found this lovely infographic from Book Riot!


Apparently, it’s not lead…at least, they don’t mention it. Anyway, I’m not too worried. I’ll take lead poisoning over not smelling old books. What better way to die than by the aroma of an old bookstore?

Okay, maybe not. But a wonderfully sciency article all the same! Enjoy!

777 – Divergent


“The first stage is primarily physical; the second, primarily emotional; the third, primarily mental.”

7th sentence of the page 77 in Veronica Roth’s Divergent.

Of editing and…more editing


Usually I just love to write–to be in my fantasy world and hang out with my characters. But lately, I’ve simply felt overwhelmed with how much editing I have to do. How much cutting, how much changing, how much adding…it’s a hugely daunting task.

A couple months ago, I sent my novel off to several beta-readers, and I’ve had some fairly harsh feedback, most of which I agree with now that I think on it. My problem is that now I feel as though I have to start from scratch.

Well, not scratch exactly…but close to it.

I have to change a few main characters’ personalities, I have to change a few main characters’ roles, I have to shift some characters around in regard to where they participate in the story and somehow still get back to where I need them to be. It’s complicated. I can do it. But it’s going to take a lot of work.

I’ve been working on this book off and on (with two other books interspersed) since March 2008. There’s no way I’ll be giving up, so you needn’t worry about that. It’s been too long coming to give up now. I’m not one to give up so easily.

It just may be a bit longer than what I thought it would be to get Treasured to a publishable standard. It’ll come. But it’ll be a while.



I’m going to try something fun: Every week or so, I’ll choose a book, find the 7th sentence on page 77, and post it. Why 777? Because it’s supposed to be lucky. 🙂

Today’s book is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“Suddenly he heard a screech.”

Context is fun for this one! This is during Bilbo’s match of riddles with Gollum, and Gollum has just discovered his precious is missing…. This is definitely my favourite scene in the entire novel. The movie, An Unexpected Journey, does it flawlessly, in my opinion.

More 777s to come! And if you’d like to comment with your own 777s, I’d love to hear them!

You can only co…


You can only come to the morning through the shadows.

This quote is from J.R.R. Tolkien, one of my favourite authors. It means so much to me, and I think most people can relate to it in some way. Life is often hard, and circumstances leave us wondering if things could ever get better. Sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they do. Sometimes it takes what we would consider too long. But this quote says that the shadows have to happen before you can get to the good times–the morning. Remember that.