My Dream Author Panel

A while ago I was inspired by Eventbrite to create my own dream author panel. But where do you start when you plan a panel? I have so many authors I’d love to see at a panel, but obviously not all of them could come, even if it is a dream panel. So I decided to go for a theme: authors who deserve more recognition. I decided to keep it small and pick three authors, so that all three of them hopefully would get enough speaking time (after all they deserve more recognition, so it would suck if they still didn’t get that much recognition at the panel itself!).

So who have I chosen? I’m glad you asked! (ssh I know I was the one who asked no need to point it out)

THE AUTHORS

Calista Lynne

While I didn’t give this book a five-star rating, it’s been on my mind ever since I finished it. It was just so cute and the way it represented asexuality was really beautiful. I would love to hear more about how Calista wrote We Awaken and her future writing plans. Plus I’ve read some of her blogposts and she seems like such a fun person.

Julia Ember

Confession: I haven’t finished Unicorn Tracks but I’m already really enjoying it. I can’t tell you that much yet since I’m only 40 pages in, but when Julia emailed me whether I wanted to review it or not she had me atΒ YA Fantasy novel with a lesbian romance. I haven’t finished it yet, but I know I want to know more about Julia and her writing process.

Tara Sim

Tara is probably the most famous one out of the three, as I’ve seen Timekeeper around quite a lot, but not as much as say Throne of Glass or other famous YA books, and boy does Timekeeper deserve all the attention and praise. I won’t go into any details since I’ve already reviewed it, but if you haven’t read it yet please do (I will never stop telling you guys to please read it okay I will shout my love for this book from the rooftops). I woud love to hear more about Timekeeper and Tara herself seems like a really nice and interesting person.

And that’s my panel! Thank you so much to Eventbrite for coming up with this fun idea. If you want to organise and register for conferences in your local area, check out their website.

Would you come to my panel? Who would you invite to a bookish panel? Let me know in the comments! (also please gush with me over these books)

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Why Writers Can’t Disconnect From The Internet

The Internet. A glorious place, yet also very dangerous as it will distract you from your writing and before you know it you’re taking a Buzzfeed quiz about what kind of dragon you are instead of writing about said dragons (do they have a quiz like that though? I must take it…).

So our non-writer friends ask us: why don’t you just disconnect from the Internet? Well, my dear non-writer friends, here’s why:

Sometimes when you’re writing you’re wondering how something works. Or if it’s even possible

Google can be (one of) your best friends while writing. Sometimes you need that pie recipe, or the rules of tennis, or how long it takes before someone dies when hit by a *insert weapon* in *insert body part*.

I say while I Google that third, more ominous option (though I’m actually more like ‘I’M A WRITER DON’T ARREST ME’)

We all like to pretend that we have a great memory and a mind-palace like Sherlock, but sometimes our memory fails us

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can’t remember that one word. So Google it is, then. Though of course it also happens that you don’t even know how to describe said word, and then even Google can’t help you.

We feel the need to tweet about our writing

Sometimes you type something weird and feel the need to share that on Twitter so your friends can laugh with you. Other times you can express your frustrations and hope that your writer friends understand. Point is, talking about your writing with others is FUN! Not to mention sometimes we need a break, and Twitter is less addicting than Tumblr (for me at least).

How do I describe this??? HOW DO I EVEN WRITE

Thankfully there are plenty of websites and blog posts to help you with this! Like this useful character description resource, a list of character traitsΒ or a mythical creatures list for the fantasy writers among us.

”He said that mysteriously.” he said mysteriously

Sometimes you find yourself using the same word(s) over and over again. This is when the holy website ThesaurusΒ comes in handy (I’m sure there are other good synonym sites too. This is the one I love to use).

Don’t worry. Thesaurus is your other best friend

When you want to make a joke about the Smurfs but you’re not sure if Smurfin is called ‘Smurfette’ in English

And then you end up reading all about the Smurfs and reliving your childhood.

Me realising that I’m reading about THE SMURFS instead of WRITING which I should be doing

Wait did this song exist yet. I CAN’T MENTION SONGS THAT WEREN’T EVEN WRITTEN YET

Same with books, films, games etc. It’s very awkward when you write that your character is dancing to Shake It Off in 1989 (ha! See what I did there?).

Your readers most likely

These are some of the reasons why we writers can’t just simply disconnect from the Internet. WE NEED IT. Not just to distract ourselves when we find ourselves staring at our screens not knowing what to do, but to look things up! To make our writing believable and better! Do you know any other reasons? Let me know in the comments!

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