Newsflash… New Video Topics

I am super excited to share my new video plans. I am branching out and adding new topics to my youtube channel. The majority of my videos will continue to focus on writing, reading, and encouraging others in their journey but why stop there? I want to bring you videos related to other aspects of my life as well.

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I am striving to find a balance between my writing life and personal life. I love writing and this year I choose to start treating it like a job. The downside of this is that I fall into the habit of being in a constant state of work and not taking the time to do other things I love. Ultimately, this leads to burnout and loss of productivity.

Hense, the addition of new videos related to productivity, journaling, cooking, art, craft, and even a few haul videos. As a matter of fact, the first Haul video is here. Check it out!

 

 

Next week will be a follow-up video to the haul, featuring how I used the product in my haul. Also in the works is a three-part video series on bullet journaling and how I use it for daily productivity and for writing life. If you are not bullet journaling this is the perfect time to start.

I would love to know what type of videos and topics you would like to see covered! I will be posting occasional polls on twitter allowing you to help choose the videos and topics. You can find a follow me on twitter @authoraprillea

Writing Ritual Tag

It is time for a writing tag! Fellow authors and YouTubers, Kim Chance and Mandi Lynn created this writing ritual tag. I enjoyed their videos so much I decided to play along.

Watch April’s Writing Ritual Video  or keep reading if you are not in video kind of mood.

Writing Ritual Tag Questions:

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

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  • Monday – Friday.  Mornings and afternoons. I set small a word count or scene goal. When I finish this I am done for the morning if I want to be. Most of the time, archiving the bite sized goal is enough to get things flowing and I continue to write by setting small goals or doing writing sprints.
  • Then in the afternoon, after I finished all of my other tasks I will look over the things I wrote and make small edits and do a few more writing sprints if I am feeling like or have a deadline to meet.

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How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

  • During the school year, this is easy for me. I simply turn off my phone, remove distractions, and get to work.
  • When my kids are home in the summer secluding myself is trickier because they are my #1 distraction.  I start by making sure their needs are met,  telling them I will be working and they can’t disturb me unless it is an emergency.  A bleeding or dying sort of emergency. If this doesn’t work, I will move my work to the bedroom and shut and lock the door and put in headphone. If it is a nice day, I head outside to the patio to write.

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How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

  • I try to review my work the end of each writing day. Sometimes in the morning, I will read the last paragraph that I wrote.  If I read too far back into what I have written I tend to start editing and that can keep me from advancing in my story.
  • I also review and edit my writing on the weekends when I don’t have any other plans.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

  • I don’t have a specific song but almost anything by the Chainsmokers or Pink tends to inspire me.

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

  • I like to read writing reference books. This is helpful if my writer’s block is triggered by a problem with my manuscript.
  • If it is simply a lack of motivation that is blocking me I find that creating art related to my WIP can help inspire me to write.  I am not an artist but sometimes creating art can spur me to get excited about writing and get me through a block
  • If I need a dose of audible motivation I will head over to youtube or listen to a writing related podcast.

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What tools do you use when you’re writing?

  • My MacBook air, Scrivener, Grammarly (only when editing), the 5KWPH app for tracking and timing my writing sprints, and my bullet journal to keep track of tasks.

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What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

  • quiet and uninterrupted time.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

  • Coke Zero, Water, Coffe and Tea

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How do you know when you’re done the writing?

  • I know I am done when I complete my daily goals, start to get angry or my writing time is up. If I am really feeling my writing that day, I might keep writing until I am too tired to keep my eyes open, but that doesn’t happen often.

 

So, there you have it. My writing routines and rituals, which are subject to change and modification at any time.  I would love to hear your writing routine! If you participate in this tag via blog or video please let me know and don’t forget to check out the video’s of the original creators of this tag, Kim Chance and Mandi Lee.

Kim’s Writing Ritual Video

Mandi’s Writing Ritual Video

My Writing Ritual Video

I am tagging the following youtube authors as well as anyone who would like to participate. Don’t forget to let me know if you do the tag! I would love to know your writing routine

Natalie Roberts

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Emily Bourne

Wanderlust: My July OwlCrate Unboxing

Do you know how hard it was for me? I was out of state for work and my July Owlcrate box was at my house. So. So. Far. Away.  Three weeks later, I am home, unpacked, and finally able to unbox! It was worth the wait. Click here to watch my Owlcrate Unboxing Video.

July’s theme was Wanderlust, perfect for travel and book lovers like me.

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First up, the monthly button, you can see it in the photo above. It ties in perfectly with the information (I call it the spoiler) card. I love the palm tree on this one.

Next, let’s talk about our sneak peek items. Owlcrate told us in the June box that we would be receiving a Fantastic Beasts and where to find them item. How cute is this Newt Schemander pop keychain?

I adore drawstring backpacks. They are functional and lightweight so I was thrilled to get this Lord Of The Rings inspired back pack that was created exclusively for Owlcrate. If you want to know what I use these type of bags for… watch the video!

That brings me to the next adorable and useful item. This pocket sized journal designed by Olly. There were 8 designs. I am pretty happy with the one I got. It is very small but I am going to use it to track my spending.

This months box has gone above and beyond on functional and bookish goodies! The next item is an owl shaped luggage tag.

This pocket sized mirror is beautiful and perfect for travel or stashing in your on- the- go makeup bag. I thought it was a magnet at first glance but the other side is a mirror.

The is months book is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. The author letter was a bit different this month, but the fun art journal style of it fits perfectly with the type of art I have been doing.

As far as the book itself, it is not one I would have chosen to read on my own. That is part of the fun of Owlcrate. I get to own and read books that I might not choose and most of the time I end up loving them.

But, I am a book lover, not a book critic. It is harder for me to hate a book than it is for me to love a book.  I do try to find something to love about almost every book I read, even if it is not sort of book I prefer. Check out this map poster and map inspired art card.

Next months box theme is… Something wicked this way comes and will include the featured book and a second book! Now that is something to get excited about.

Get your owl owlcrate box here!

Book Love: Fairest Of Them All – A Tale Of the Wicked Queen

Are you or someone you know a bit obsessed with fairy tale villains? If so this quick, fun read won’t fail to delight. Let’s start with the cover. I have had my eye on the beautiful book covers in this series for some time now. Simply done but eye-catching.

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As you may have guessed, this is the story of the wicked queen from Snow White. It is written from her point of view, allowing you to follow her along on her journey as she transcends from a child with low self-esteem to a beloved queen and then to adoring stepmother to the wicked one.

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The story proceeds as expected but with details and insight into her past and the origins of the magic mirror and its role in her descent into wickedness. The three strange sister’s make an appearance bringing with them wicked mischief that sets the stage for Queen’s downfall to vanity and envy.

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Overall, this story was so much more than I expected and beautifully written. I read it in ebook form, which included a sneak peek into the next book in the series. The strange sisters play a role in that book linking the stories together in an interesting fashion.

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What I loved:

  • The origin of the mirror and the role it played.
  • Seeing the wicked queen as the loving protective woman she was before her slow fall into wickedness.
  • The twisted sister’s aspect of the story.
  • The ending. No spoilers in this review so that is all I can leave you with.
  • The way witchcraft is woven into the story.

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Who should read this?

  • Disney obsessed lovers of fairy tales
  • Anyone who is fascinated with villains
  •  Snow White fans
  • Anyone who wants to explore the darker side of fairy tales.

 

What is your take on fairy tale retelling and villains? Do you adore them like more or are you over it?