Where Have I Been??? (and some news!)

Currently listening to: Say Amen, Panic! at the Disco

Could I have gone any longer without making a new blog post? A year and a half or so since my last post…that’s probably a new record. So what have I been up to, you may ask? Well, there’s been a lot of writing involved. Songstuck’s sequel has been revamped…oh, maybe 4 times now? To be quite honest, I’d been hitting some creative blocks with the story, and I’ve been trying to work that out. In the meantime, I’ve got another work in progress that I’m loving at the moment and hope to have a full draft completed in the next few months.

What else have I been doing? Traveling, for one. I’ve taken a few more trips to the east coast, and loved every minute. I’ve visited family and been awed by some amazing performers (lookin’ at you, flying all over the arena in a bungee-harness, P!nk…). I took a bit of a hiatus from writing for a few months during a rough transition period at work. It’s amazing how sheer exhaustion–mental and physical–can drain your creativity and motivation. It was in the midst of that hiatus that I started sorting things out with myself and trying to reset. Reworking old drafts suddenly felt like a chore, and wasn’t helping me out of the funk I’d found myself in. That’s when I turned toward a new story, and that’s just the change of pace I needed.

So now, to the news! I will be making an appearance at a writer’s even at Books to Benefit in Normal, IL. Books to Benefit is a great nonprofit organization that works to promote literacy. You can get more information about the event here.

~Sofia

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Happy Halloween!

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For the last few weeks, I’ve been bouncing between spending far too many hours at work and holing myself up in my apartment working on sketching out my outline for the sequel to Songstruck. I know, I know–I said I was going to have a draft finished like…three months ago. But now that I’ve scrapped the old draft I was working on, it’s taking some time to get things back on track. Luckily, though, I’ve always been in the habit of cannibalizing old stories, so there are going to be passages from the old version that still fit into the new version. So that’s a plus, and a little less struggle on my part.

Tomorrow is November 1st, which means it’s officially the start of National Novel Writing Month! One of the few times of year when I make it my mission to pretty much spend every spare moment writing. I mean, I carve out time pretty consistently to write as it is, but every November, that kicks into high gear. Late nights, early mornings, and my journal constantly by my side so that I can write when I take breaks at work, too. It’s a crazy 30 days, but I love it! For anyone else participating this year, good luck!

~Sofia

Appearance at Barnes & Noble B-Fest June 10-11th

Good news, everyone!

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(sorry; I had a friend who was always watching Futurama, so now I can’t see that phrase without thinking it in this Professor Farnsworth’s voice)

I have a wonderful friend. This wonderful friend happens to work at a Barnes & Noble store, and put my name up to make an author appearance and do a short workshop during her store’s B-Fest Teen Book Festival next weekend. So I’ll be there on Friday, June 10th and Saturday, June 11th. Both days, I’ll be giving a brief talk about NaNoWriMo and how it can be an effective tool for an aspiring writer (or any other writer).

You’ll be able to purchase my debut novel, Songstruck, at the store, which I’m so excited about. It’s difficult to get self-published novels into brick-and-mortar stores, so it’s a nice treat for me to see my book on a shelf. I’ll also be wandering around the store most of the day on Friday and Saturday, lurking around the other activities, searching for some new books to read, and possibly scribbling away in a corner. I’ll happily sign any copies of my book while I’m at the store, and I always welcome book recommendations to add to my reading list!

Feel free to come find me any time, and I hope to see some of you at my workshop!

The details:

Where: Barnes & Noble, Evansville, Indiana (624 South Green River Rd)

When: Friday, June 10th, 7:30pm & Saturday, June 11th, 3:30pm

What: “A Manuscript in a Month”

You can find more information about the 3-day event and the other workshops and activities here.

~Sofia

Last Hours to Enter for a Chance to Win!

The Goodreads giveaway for Songstruck ends in just a few hours! If you haven’t entered yet, click here and get your entry in! If you win, I’ll send a copy of the shiny new second edition of Songstruck your way.

 

Also, as an update, Galavant has continued to be an absolutely amazing mess of a show and I still adore it. If you still haven’t watched it, you should get on that ASAP. 😛

 

~Sofia

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Currently listening to the In the Heights Original Cast Recording

Merry Christmas, everyone!

If you’re anything like me, the holidays tend to be something of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, they provide a much-needed break and some fun celebration. On the other hand, they’re exhausting. I love my family, but for Christmas, I usually have around three days’ worth of near-constant family contact.

Basically, I need a break from my break. 😛 I need a nap and some alone time. Luckily, I’ve had a couple of chances to have some of that alone time. And I’ve been spending it writing like crazy, because my Christmas break is also the only tiny sliver of time I’ve managed to carve out as writing time. I’ve fallen behind my original timeline for having Stagestruck‘s first draft completed, but I’m okay with that; I’m making good progress on it, and that’s what matters right now.

In the meantime, remember that I’m running a giveaway of the new edition of Songstruck on Goodreads. Just click here and follow the instructions to enter!

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Happy Holidays!

~Sofia

Songstruck Kindle Edition On Sale — Today Until 12/19!

That’s right! For this week only, you can grab a copy of Songstruck for only $0.99! Just click here and claim your copy before the countdown deal expires.

eBook SONGSTRUCK

Isabel Poole is a wonderful storyteller. So wonderful, in fact, that her audiences tend to believe that the fairytales she tells are true. They aren’t, of course, because magic isn’t real.

That’s what Isabel tells herself, until the day she’s proven wrong.

On what should have been an entirely normal, entirely dull day, a strange melody fills the air and captures Isabel’s attention. Leaving her home behind, she follows the song into the forest and finds its source: fae twins, intent on spiriting her away. They need her—or rather, the spark of magic inside of her—to help them end a war that is tearing their world apart.

A wise person would refuse. A wise person would run home and forget about the fae and their war and their magic. A wise person never would have followed the music into the forest to begin with.

Isabel never claimed to be wise.