WUW: Donezo!!!

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winter wuwWHAT I’M READING

Ahhhh! Ignite Me!! I finished it yesterday and I’m very happy with it. Juliette’s character arc ROCKS. Seriously. And Warner has quite a nice character arc as well. Such a great character. Mafi did a fantastic job with him. There were some pacing issues, as well as major Adam issues, but that’s all I can say without getting into spoiler territory. If you haven’t read the Shatter Me series, I highly recommend it. I didn’t love Shatter Me, in fact I was kinda disappointed in it, but I loved Mafi’s writing style and voice so much I decided to give it another try. So I read the first novella, Destroy Me, and I was hooked. I didn’t read Fracture Me, the second novella, and after reading Ignite Me, I’m glad I didn’t. But I’m so so glad I stuck through to the end of the series.


I finished the second draft of FRACTURED RADIANCE!!!! Confetti! Streamers! Ticker tape! I finished it on Friday afternoon, then bundled it up and shipped it off to betas that night. I’ve already heard back from one of them(!), which was a very unexpected and very pleasant surprise. Still, no matter how quickly all feedback comes in, I’m taking at least 6 weeks off my book, probably even two months. I really need some space from the manuscript so I can look at it with fresh eyes. In the meantime, today I decided I’m going to start another paranormal book during the week, and on the weekends I’m going to world build for my high fantasy series. Eeee! These are two projects I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. I made the decision today, and tomorrow I’ll start on the new paranormal story. I’ll let you know when I have a title, which may be a while because I’m terrible at titles. Oh, and have I mentioned that FR needs a new title? And it was so perfect. Oh well.*


We’ve been having lots of gorgeous weather here in Denver lately (and lots of ungorgeous weather, like the chilly weekend that just passed), and Turbo and I have been spending lots of time outside. I love being outside, playing with my kiddo and soaking up much needed vitamin D. It’s been lovely.


Getting my house back in shape! Good grief, did I ever have tunnel vision last week! I promised the Mister I would clean up last week, and I did clean the kitchen one or two nights and I did wash and dry our clothes, but that’s it. So, this week I’m trying to make my house habitable, at the very least. Most of the laundry (that I did Monday) is still on the couches, but I folded some of it last night and I should finish it up tonight. I’ve also vacuumed, swept, and even mopped(!). That happens like … once every 6 weeks or so. So, yay for a clean home!

Have a fabulous week!

*I sound so “ho hum pig’s bum” but actually it was more like “WHAAAAAAT?! I HAVE TO THINK OF ANOTHER TITLE WTF! #$$@*!%^!@$%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

14 thoughts on “WUW: Donezo!!!

    1. Thanks! I just might take you up on that offer. I’ve got a new working title that’s getting some good feedback, but that’s just one book out of the rest of my life. :)

  1. Good luck with your new projects, and hearing back from your other bata readers. Normally, I do take more than 24 hours to get back to people, except I loved your book so much I couldn’t stop reading it. :)

    1. Thank you again! I didn’t tell you that Sunday morning was extremely unpleasant, so getting your email was a bright spot to help me through the mess! :)

  2. Nice work on finishing your second draft! That’s awesome!

    I’ve got my copy of IGNITE ME sitting here waiting to be read. Not sure when I’ll get to it, but hopefully soon.

    Enjoy your lovely weather (so jealous!!!) and working on your other writing projects this week!

    1. Oooo, read it read it read it! It’s by no means perfect, and I did go in with love expectations, but I was very pleasantly surprised. Juliette has turned into quite the kick butt, strong, empowered woman.
      And my lovely weather has been replaced with wet, mushy snow. Ah, well. Next week!

  3. Oooh, a new, shiny paranormal series?! How fun! I can’t wait until I’m done with my WIP so I can get going on the next idea. That’s bad, isn’t it. I just put my name on the waiting list at the library for IGNITE ME. Crossing fingers that the waiting list isn’t too very long! Have a great week and enjoy that clean house! (I’ve forgotten what one looks like.)

    1. If that’s bad, then I’m terrible because I’ve been dreaming of this story for the entire time I’ve been working on FR. And I’m already itching to write my high fantasy, which is next in line after this one. So, I know how it goes! :)

  4. I haven’t been by here in a while, don’t know if you remember me, but congrats on finishing your second draft! Woohoo! :)

    I have been out of the YA blogosphere so long that I completely forgot that the last of the Shatter Me series was out. I am so happy you mentioned it AND recommended it–I can’t wait to read it!

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