May 25, 2018

We're back with another Fun Friday Follow! Today, I'm shouting out a non-profit close to my heart (and my apartment-ish). Started by a good friend in my writer's group, Ashley Soden, Write/Create strives to help writers both young and old to reach their creative writing and reading goals. As we all know, writing is tough and it can be worse if you have to go it alone. Write/Create seeks to build community with writing groups, writing retreats, outings, and write-ins.

This group has been a huge encouragement to me on my own writing journey. They have challenge my words and supported me when I've been discouraged. Their various views have enriched my writing and sometimes even help me kill my darlings.

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May 24, 2018

Writing is important. Oddly enough, it's sometimes difficult to put to words exactly why. I do it because whole worlds live inside of me, because characters scream until I let them out, because through it, I come to understand the world far better than I did before I put my pen to the page (or fingers to the keyboard.

From the time I was a really little kid, I remember describing the world around me in my head, narrating my days. I often imagined myself as a character in a book, dreamed of how an author might describe my surroundings, what I looked like, what my family, friends, and foes looked like. In this I found refuge from bullies, victory over failures, and accomplishment in pictures made of words.

Writing is my def...

May 18, 2018

Have you noticed I like alliteration?

Happy Friday! You made it through the week! Congratulations!

I'm starting a new segment on my blog where I shout out another awesome writer. Want to be included? Shoot me a message in the comments and I'll shout you out!

Friday Follow

This week, I'm shouting out Sharon Peterson, writer of

women's fiction, hater of all things pumpkin flavored, and one of the most encouraging people I know. My typical reads do not usually include romance. I prefer science fiction with maybe a subtle whiff of lovey-dovey brewing in the background. Sharon, however, has made a fangirl out of me. Her novels weave together wit and wisdom and often have me weeping by the end. One day I'll say I knew her!


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Here at The Pensive Pen, I blog about writing, querying, and self-publishing my first paranormal academy series. Sometimes I might share about struggling with anxiety and insomnia, and I'll always ask questions to discover something very important to me: getting to know YOU! If you're a writer, reader, or someone trying to figure out what community looks like online, this place is for you!


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