YA Disney Princesses

Posted by Rachel on April 15, 2015 in characters, musings |

Credit for this blog idea goes to Ashley, the best critique partner and friend a writer could ask for! I begged for ideas and she delivered!

She suggested it might be cool to compare YA heroines to Disney heroines and I thought this was utterly brilliant. So, here are my assessments:

Cinderella – America (The Selection) This one was an easy comparison, but I think it fits with their personalities as well. America fights for a better life for herself even if she’s a bit reluctant at first and eventually finds her happily ever after.

Belle – Hermione (Harry Potter) Duh! Hermione is a smart, clever girl who finds herself in a variety of precarious situations but always stays cool. More importantly she sees the best in people even when they can’t see it themselves.

Tiana – Cath (Fangirl) Being so focused on her dreams often distracts Cath from what’s standing right in front of her. She’s a kind girl with tunnel vision, but by opening her eyes a bit, she’s able to make all her dreams come true.

Jasmine – Tris (Divergent) She’s a feisty, go-against-the-grain girl who won’t settle for what’s expected of her. Tris is a go getter with strong morals, but her desire to show what she’s made of is even stronger.

Rapunzel – Astrid (Ask the Passengers) The outside world is scary and Astrid feels the pressure of that all the time. Despite this fear, she takes the leap of faith to venture into life head first and finds that there’s no reward without risk.

Merida – Katniss (Hunger Games) Even though she’s aware of what people want her to be, Katniss is constantly true to herself whether makes others happy or not. She also has a great sense of duty and finds the best way to accomplish her goals without compromising her identity.

Elsa – Clarke (The 100) Clarke has a troubled past but finds a way to break free of those old demons by taking charge of her situation. No one is going to mess with her and at the end of the day, no matter the adversity, friends and family come first.

Mulan – Deryn (Leviathan) Guys, I had to include an alternate history in here! Deryn conceals herself as a boy in order to join the war front and in doing so, shows the guys how its done. She’s tough, courageous, cunning and all around awesome in her efforts to serve King and country.

Pocahontas – Lisel (The Book Thief) Given her compassion for people unlike herself and a great thirst of knowledge of the unknown, Lisel makes a perfect match for this Disney princess. They also share a deep understanding of the world that most others ignore or simply don’t see.

Of course these are just my thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think! Do you think I got some right? Who else could you compare to a Disney princess?


Dead Ringer Cover Reveal

Posted by Rachel on March 26, 2015 in current event |

Guys! Guys, okay. I have this super, mega fantastic beta reader named Sarah Fox– maybe you’ve heard of her? I hope you have because she’s really an incredible writer, reader, and friend.

Sarah has a pretty epic cozy mystery coming out later this year (June 2nd, to be exact!) by HarperCollins (Witness Impulse) called Dead Ringer. I am one of the lucky few who gets to help Sarah reveal the cover for her novel. But before I give away all the awesome, let’s talk about the book a bit. I know Sarah worked really hard on this story–she put her blood, sweat, and tears into it and without a doubt, that shows.

Here’s a little description of Dead Ringer:

Midori Bishop’s life is hitting all the right notes. She has her dream job playing violin in a professional orchestra and is embarking on a secret relationship with the symphony’s hot maestro. But when Midori finds a cellist strangled to death, the maestro soon becomes the number one suspect.

Midori sets out to prove the maestro’s innocence but discovers that he and many others have secrets they would rather keep hidden. As the investigation takes Midori closer to the truth, the killer gears up for a grand finale — with Midori as the intended victim.

Eeep! Ok, how cool is that???? Pretty cool, I know. So you’re waiting to see the cover for this novel and it will not disappoint. The cover is…



wait for it……………..




hold on just a bit more……………




almost there……………..








Dead Ringer

So beautiful and creepy and I love it!! Mark your calendars, folks! This one’s not to be missed. Thanks for stopping by!


Accountability for Writers

Posted by Rachel on March 23, 2015 in editing, inspiration, outline, planning, writing tips |

When working on a project, whether its research, a new shiny idea, a revision overhaul, or beta’ing for a friend, it can hard to juggle these demands along with all of life’s other priorities.

I’m a very self-motivated and organized individual so keeping to a schedule comes fairly easily to me. However, that’s not the case for everyone else. And even when I have the best of intentions to complete my writerly plans, sometimes other things come up or get in the way.

I thought it might be helpful to talk about some of the ways you can keep yourself accountable throughout the writing process.


A Good Calendar:

Get a hard copy calendar and write in everything you want to accomplish. Daily goals, weekly goals a goal for the month. Review this regularly to keep yourself on track.

Rewarding Small Victories:

When you complete a chapter edit, or finish a round of research, reward yourself with chocolate, a walk outside, or an episode of your favorite TV show so each small step feels significant.

Write or Die:

This website has proven useful in keeping writers motivated. If you struggle with finding motivation or often procrastinate on your work, this pressure-inducing tool could be great for you.

Sprinting with Friends:

Another great motivator is finding a friend or group to work alongside while you write or edit. By challenging yourself against others, it creates a competition-like atmosphere that can propel you to be more productive.

CP Check-Ins:

When you embark on a new step in the writing process, you might want to contact your CPs to see if they can help keep you accountable. They can check-in once a day or ask how your work is coming along– the last thing you want is to let them down.

Phone Reminders:

If a hard copy calendar isn’t useful to you, set reminders on your phone about when you should be writing. You can even set secondary reminders to check in with how you’re progressing.


What are some ways you stay on track?


Pesky Writer Brain

Posted by Rachel on February 23, 2015 in emotion, writing |

I’ve reach that point again where I can’t shut off my pesky writer brain. Every time I conclude a draft, or revision, or beta round, etc., I know I should relax. Take a vacation. Ignore the buzzing ideas in my head. Sleep more. And in theory it’s a good idea. But in practice, nuh uh, ain’t happening. You can try and fight it, but the nagging just won’t stahp!

When you finish whatever you’re working on:

Then, you think you’re mentally exhausted:

But your brain is ssooooo not. It wants that new idea:

You try to find things to keep you occupied:



But your brain keeps racing through ideas for the plot bunny:

No matter how hard you try to ignore it, the idea keeps bothering you:

So you give up:

And you start working:


The struggle is real.


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