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#hopewriterlife day 10: Reader Today's word is more about y'all than anything, after all you are my readers! So rather than comment on anything else, I have a question for you. . --What topics are you most interested in reading about? --What would you like me to address? I love your feedback and input and I need it to better cater to you 🙂 . @hopewriters #readersofinstagram #writerspeaker #authorlife #feedback #whatareyoureading #motivationalspeaker #motivationalwriter #Identity #daughterofGod

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"I will bring him home," I whisper defiantly, so low that he cannot hear. I push myself up out of the dirt and instead of the traditional nose-to-nose farewell, I press my fist to my chest. "Be well," I whisper."🌲 I'm up to my ears (well, trying to be) in Seventh City edits today, which makes it a perfect time to share a snippet! This moment is a major decision point for my main character, Maki. I will be talking about her more in the coming months, I'm sure; she is a very interesting and special character to me because she is the closest thing to myself that I've ever written, for better or for worse. 🙈 #thisisbookishcommunity prompt: a soulful quote from your book. #bookstagram #thisisbookishcommunity #amwriting #amediting #authorlife #writinglife #goldenhour #pine #north #characterquotes #snippets #ilovebooks #bookish #booklove #yalit #alaskanfantasy #northernaesthetic

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What does your dream vacation look like, friend? Today’s been rough and I need a distraction...bonus points for talking to me about tropical locations 😂

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Friends! I've been a little MIA in this space over the last few days because I've been on an EXTREMELY tight deadline for copyedits on my second middle grade book, which will be out in February. I just got them sent off to my editor and feel like I can breathe again! I'm getting really excited to share more about this book very soon—I've got a cover reveal scheduled for June 10th, which means there isn't long at all to wait! . This book has been a long time in the making. I started drafting it around the time that we sold WHERE THE WATERMELONS GROW in the summer of 2016. In almost every way, it was a much, much harder book to write; at times I felt so anxious about it I didn't even want my editor to buy it, because I was convinced it would never be a strong enough book for me to be proud of my name being on it. It's taken many, many drafts, a lot of tears, and a fair amount of despair, but I'm finally in a place where I genuinely love—and what's more, am genuinely PROUD of—this story. It's about music, and how scary love can be, and the courage we find to pull ourselves back up after the unthinkable happens. . It is also the only book I've ever written set in my hometown (Durham, NC) and incorporates some of the places and memories closest to my heart, including Brightleaf Square, a very unique local mall where I used to perform in Christmas recitals with other students from my string school. (The top right and bottom left photos in this aesthetic are ones I took there myself a few years ago!) Working on this book has been so nostalgic and wonderful in that way. . So mark your calendars for June 10th, because I cannot WAIT to share this cover with you! . . #mgauthor #mgbooks #mglit #middlegrade #middleschool #middleschoolbooks #novelaesthetics #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #writinglife #writersofig #writersofinstagram #brightleafsquare #durhamnc #downtowndurham #downtowndurhamnc #kidsbooks #kidlitauthor #kidlit #igwriters #igauthors #igauthorlife #middlegradebooks

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You can be amazing You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug You can be the outcast Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love Or you can start speaking up Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do When they settle ‘neath your skin Kept on the inside and no sunlight Sometimes a shadow wins But I wonder what would happen if you Say what you wanna say And let the words fall out Honestly I want to see you be brave - Sara baraeilles #wednesdaynight #wednesdaythoughts #coffeethoughts #writerslife #reallife #writerwings 🦋 #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writerssupportingwriters #instagramwriters #igwriters #authorsofinstagram #instagramauthors #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #instaauthor #indieauthor #yaauthor #authorlife

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Submissions are still open for the next #howimetmyother and I need stories! Deadline closing soon—May 31st!

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I know I gave a sneak peek at the cover of my new book A Glimpse Into Chaos: Tales From The Chaos Universe and that looked a whole lot different than what this post shows. But @sierra_graphics had another idea for the cover and oh boy did it work out. This cover is incredible. I can’t wait to release the book. Keep your eyes on this account because it’s coming soon! . . #author #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #authorschallenge2019 #writer #write #writersofinstagram #writing #writerscommunity #aglimpse #aglimpseintochaos #johnboccellaribooks #newcover #book #books #bookstagram #bookshelf #bookworm #bookobsessed #thefourhorsemen #shortstories #selfpublishing #amazon #kindle #comingsoon . . Follow our partners👍👇👇👇 @feastandfandom @knightslayerapparel @sierra_graphics @comicfanlegacy . . Follow our friends👊👍👇 @vivibellesbows @vivibellesdesignstudio @fatboy_eats_jp

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Submissions are still open for the next #howimetmyother anthology. Click the link in our bio for full info!

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Happy Hump? Day? 🤨

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Y•O•L•O You only live once.... create and enjoy the moments, enjoy the sunsets, play with your kids, eat sandwiches off your fancy dishes, date your spouse, start a new hobbie, take the singing lessons, start your Etsy page, get that tattoo, create your vlog, get your passport, travel and check things off your bucket list, start your side gig....just GO DO IT! I’m hosting a small group in London next week and I’m beyond excited about it. I literally make a living by LIV’n and helping others embark on their YOLO moments. #holyshift is now avail in hardback and softcover through Amazon and also avail at Barnes and Noble Booksellers! #londonscalling #yolo #wanderlusty #london #travel #bucketlist #livlist #authorlife #mastermind #10x #madeformore #riseup #glowup

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If in the end all I explored were the endless worlds contained within books, would that be a bad thing? Yes, this world has plenty to see. But part of me loves staying home and taking a literary journey to the stars or into the heart of Asia. Maybe I’m meant for more than what’s printed on a page, but those lines of text are sure Beautiful ❤️ - - Stay Beautiful ❤️ - #books #booklover #reader #novel #booklife #igreads #authorlife #amwriting #blogger #bookpictures #booktography #readingnook #readingaddict #readingforfun #readingissexy #readingbook #novelist #keepwriting

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Guess who joined the glasses club!? This girl!

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This pronoun can be tricky and is often used incorrectly. Here's the only rule you need to remember to use it correctly: Use "myself" only after you've already used "I." -I went to the doctor by myself. -I wanted to wait until you got home to bake the cake. But I got bored and did it myself. Never use "myself" as an intensified version of "me." #wordchoice #proofreader #edit #authorlife

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I never imagined Hermione as anything other than Emma Watson until after I was through reading the books.i think it's really beautiful that her character can be envisioned as so many different, lively versions of The Greatest Witch of Our Age. Who should I do next? #harrypottermemes #harrypotter #harrypotterfandom #hufflepuff #harrypotteredits #gameofthrones #gryffindoredit #gryffindor #hufflepuff #tati #ravenclaw #ronweasley #hermionegranger #jamescharles #wizardingworldofharrypotter #bookshelf #books #fanedits #fanfiction #edits #authorsofinstagram #booktag #bookstagram #authorlife #harrypottertextpost #harrypotterfacts

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"Sometimes the thorns cut a little too deep, and all you are left with is the scars that remain." • Ravyn reached for another cluster to keep from reaching for him instead. "I suppose that is the risk then." • One side of his mouth lifted in the slightest smile of apology. - GUARDING SNOW, CROWN OF STARS book 5. •••• Hi, everyone! I'm hard at work on editing CH 41-42 today! And here's a snippet from one of my favorite scenes in these chapters! •••• #wipwednesday #thisbookishcommunity #wipwed #allthebooksmay19 (fave hero: a hero who is realistically flawed, whose deep struggles just make his victories that much more powerful and beautiful to witness💕 I feel this kind of hero is Lucan, my main character in this book) #authorlife #snowwhiteretelling #fairytaleretelling #cleanreads #yafantasy #bookquotes

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Today I had the privilege to speak to the 9th and 10th graders at Coxsackie-Athens HS in NY about kindness and empathy and books and fear and painting and self-doubt. This was just before they filed in. I love this part of being an author ❤️, especially when students come talk with me after my presentation and share their stories of pain and hope. . . #kindnessmatters #kindness #bullying #antibullying #love #hope #empathy #authorlife #yaauthor #authorsofinstagram #kindnessrocks #kindnesscounts #loveyourself #youarenotalone #beyourself #youngadultbooks #kmwalton #coxsackie #bekind #bekindalways #bekindtoyourself #coxsackieny #ilovemyjob #author

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Okay, does anyone else have a special type of food they mention in their stories?? I know if a certain author who has the same feeling when it comes to pizza 🍕 #amiright @teaganhunterwrites ?? 😉😉 . . What's like the one food craving you constantly get? Personally I crave all kinds of foods all the time, but sushi and pizza I'm always down for💗 . . DON'T FORGET to sign up for my blogger/bookstagrammer master list to help me promote my cover reveal!! Link in bio!☝☝☝ . . #author #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #authors #authorsofig #write #writer #writinglove #writersblock #creativewriting #writerscommunity #writing #writers #writingbooks #writingromance #romancewriters #wip #workhard #workinprogress #pizza #nickandrews #characters #love #hardwork #UNDERTHESCARS

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***SNEAK PEEK AT TIGER QUEEN** Preorder today and get: -Signed Bookplate -Exclusive Enamel pin -Creature Guide -Digital poster Send your name, mailing address, and proof of purchase to tigerqueenbook @gmail.com. And now, enjoy me reading the opening of Tiger Queen! @blinkyabooks #bookstagrammer #yabooks #yabookstagram #bibliophile #yalit #bookstagram #books #youngadultbooks #tigerqueen #bookish #booklover #igreads #amreading #reading #bookaddicts #bookaddiction #bookaddict #epicreads #bookdragon #ya #ilovebooks #writersofinstagram #authors #authorsofinstagram #authorlife

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ONE OK ROCK's song "Stand Out Fit In" has been playing on repeat today while I work on my #screenplay. They are a Japanese rock band and are amazeballs. If you haven't listened to them yet, check this one out on YouTube.

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MY AUTHOR COPY CAME!!! I am not chill!!! *unpackaging in my instastories ♡

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✨ SURPRISE ✨I’ve sure been keeping this one to myself for awhile, but I’m so excited to announce that I’m pregnant with baby 2 and due in October! 😁 . I wrote a whole blog post about it, including why I’ve kept this news to myself so long. I’ve linked it in the bio if you’d like to give it a read 😊 now I’ve gotta get back to working on my next novel so I have something down before October 😅 . #brimming #momswhowrite #writermom #momstyle #oaklandblogger #bayareablogger #freelancewriter #sahm #pregnancy #pregnancyannouncement #babynumber2 #babybump #maternity #thebump #momswhoblog #babyontheway #dueinoctober #be1withmoms #joyfulmamas #justmomlife #writerlife #writewithoutfear #momswhowrite #authorlife #motherly #lifeasmama #mynameismama #writingblog #mentalhealthmatters #17weeks

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When I was four, I wanted to be a paleontologist because I had a dinosaur book. When I was six, I wanted to be a mounted police officer. Not just a police officer; no, I wanted to be the one that rode horses around to control parades. When I was ten, I wanted to be a veterinarian. When I was fourteen, I wanted to be an architect. When I was sixteen, I wanted to be a youth pastor. And it’s strange, because in the background of all of this, I always knew that my passion was in writing. When I was four, I wanted to write. When I was six, I wanted to write. When I was _____, I wanted to write. I have always wanted to write. And in my life, I have always waited. I sort of hoped that, if I waited long enough, one day I wouldn’t want to write anymore. Because writing is HARD. There are so many risks in writing. There is rejection and failure. It is not for the faint of heart. But I started doing this Choose Your Own Journal, and I began the Destination Journey. On the journey, a question was posed: what do you think you will regret the most if you didn’t try or accomplish and why? I looked at my life from every angle, and I realized something; I would regret never giving writing a chance. Writing is difficult and frustrating. But I can’t live a life where I don’t write. And furthermore, I don’t think I could be satisfied if I didn’t write a book. It’s not about the prospect of money or fame (as only about 0.001% actually get that). It’s because I know that it’s what God is calling me to do. And I don’t want to live a life running from His call. So, I’m writing. And I don’t know everything. I don’t have all the answers. But I know that I’m where God wants me to be. And I know that I trust His plan. In the comments, tell me the craziest job you wanted to have as a kid ⬇️

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It is impossible to take a picture without one of our babies photo-bombing us. Look at her sneaking in from the left. SMH!😊😊

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For those who need this reminder as much as I do. ❤️ Life has been c r a z y lately, and a sweet friend reminded me that exhaustion keeps me from offering my best self to those who need me, and my sweet husband reminded me that I am not only needed, I am wanted. Pauses are good. Filling ourselves up with the things we cherish, adore, and enjoy is good. . So, I'd love to know: What's your way to self-care? My favorites include movies and cuddles... and definitely chocolate ice cream. 😅 . . . Thanks for the inspiration  @bossbabe.inc ✌️ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #selflove #inspirationalquotes #motivationalquotes #authorlife #quote #wednesdaywisdom   #livethelittlethings #thehappynow #flashesofdelight #wednesdaymotivation #wednesdayquotes #wednesdaymood #wednesdayfeels #beautifulgirls #beautifulwomen #girlempowerment #womenempowerment #femaleempowerment #repost #postoftheday #gogirl #getitgirl #pinkquotes #pink #inspiration #selfcare #loveyourself #lovelythoughts #love #yesplease

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