Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday and Some Announcements

Or rather, it should be Some Announcements and Road Trip Wednesday because the Announcements are happening first. Bwa ha ha!


1. Our blog hop, Save-a-Word Saturday, is happening again this week! Come on by and help us save wonderful old words from extinction and thereby stop the fall of Western Civilization and by extension the End of the World.

* Hint *
 This week's theme is: Tea 

2. We've recently joined the Blogaholic Social Network and are listed in their blog directory and a number of their groups, which is pretty awesome.

3. Lastly, but not leastly, I caved and got Twitter last week. I am now a happy little Twitterer (Tweeter? Twitterette? Or, why not cut to the chase, Stalker of Celebrities). So, if you care to, you can now:

Road Trip Wednesday

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This weeks topic: Tons of writers are in the midst of NaNoWriMo, trying to stay inspired as we reach the dreaded middle. Share your most inspiring and/or motivational video, book, or quote on writing!
I have a number of books that inspire me, depending one what sort of inspiration I am in need of on a given day. I think it is  tie between The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier and Chalice by Robin McKinley, with Robin McKinley's Sunshine coming in a close second. They are stories that have the most important part of what I am trying to achieve in my own work, a certain feeling that often eludes me. It helps that I can remind myself what it sounds like by returning to my favorite authors.
However, if I'm in need of another sort of inspiration (read: ego boost), I generally turn to Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan. If she got published (by Tor, no less), then I certainly can.


  1. Ha! I love the concept of an inspiration book that comes from the other side of awesome. But only in small doses, I hope :)

    1. Oh, yes. Unless I'm feeling ill, of course. Then I read A Little Princess and Warprize (almost all the way through, I skip to spectacular high/low points).

    2. Let me clarify. I love A Little Princess. I was not lumping them together.

      I actually do enjoy Warprize, though.

  2. Haven't read any of those books but if they provide inspiration I may just have to do that!

  3. I haven't read any of those books either, but now I really want to! I need to get one of Robin McKinley's books. They've been on my list for awhile.

    1. She is absolutely amazing. You definately should.

  4. I don't tend to read fiction for inspiration or motivation, though sometimes the books I'm reading will motivate and/or inspire. This might be because I feel like I'm still playing catch-up with fiction reading. After I've read a sufficient quantity of novels, I'll probably go back and re-read books I thought were particularly helpful, inspirational, motivational, etc.

    Welcome to Twitter, Tyler-Rose! I'm following you... :)

  5. Ha! Knowing your stuff is better than a published book that plenty of people enjoy is a great inspiration. I've had those moments as well. Whatever helps us keep on keeping on :)

  6. hmmm... will have to check the books out :)