Revising x 3 (Mini Q&A)

At this stage, I’m unable to think straight, but I’ve had some questions from friends and family and I want to answer them.

Question 1 – How’s it going, Yolandie? *nervous laughter* Added to the fact that I’m revising like a madwoman, it’s been an icky week on the sleep scale. AKA, I’m not getting any. Life as a mom, eh? This means I’m not as sharp as I want to be writing-wise, but hey, surviving. Someone should hashtag that.


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You Are What You Make

I’ve been watching Tessa Violet for around two years now and she’s become one of my favourite YouTubers. Why? Well, she’s what I’m not. πŸ™‚ She shares, openly, all of her thoughts and fears, and even rethinks some of her older video topics. If she’s evolved, she’ll explain how she’s learned to accept parts of herself that she previously denied or disliked.

I find that both brave and admirable. Sharing so much of yourself on the internet is (IMO) a scary choice, but it’s also a great way to document growth. And that’s what I’m attempting.

To continue Monday’s tone, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on handling creativity while dealing with angst, in a kind of late reply to a video of Tessa’s. Hers is specifically about creativity and depression, but I find many of the core ideas are totally relatable even when measured against mental issues other than depression.

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A note.

My Friday posts are really pulling the short end of the stick these days. I apologise.


The last few weeks have been above average difficult in terms of finding a balance between mothering, writing/revising, planning the story for the next novel (which has been seriously altered after getting my editorial notes), managing angst, blogging, doing housework and fitting everything else I wanted to do in February into my schedule – like the fanart. I have two half-finished doll repaints gathering dust too, but I recieved another batch of editor’s notes yesterday, so those dolls won’t be getting faces soon. Sometimes, life just happens, you know?

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A Quick Update

Nothing feels real in my life anymore until I share it here. β—„ That’s healthy. πŸ˜›

I had some awesome news this week and I want to share it with you. You know, so it becomes real.


I belong to a writer’s group and they’re releasing an anthology later this year. Submissions opened November 2016, with the theme ‘elements’. I figured I’d submit – a thing that came loaded with first-timer’s angst. I didn’t believe I’d be selected, but there’s nothing lost in trying, right? What can go wrong when your story is scrutinised and poked at by people with much more experience than you? Β *Yolandie laughs forever*

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Stuff for Writers

When you tell people you’re writing a novel, they’ll probably react in one of three ways. 1) You’re insane. 2) Ooh, that’s cool! 3) You know, I’ve always wanted to write a novel (this, by the way, is said with the greatest frequency). This post is for everyone in the third group.

I’ve been following some authors on YouTube (because what can’t YouTube teach you) and I thought I’d share some of their stuff with you today.


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Happy Holidays!

Hello there. Right, by now, I’ve missed 3 posts. I’ve finished the revision of

By now, I’ve missed 3 posts. I’ve finished the revision of the Physician’s Apprentice, a statement which demanded many late nights, a too stiff neck and constantly fidgeting fingers. Because I worked so hard on this thing, I missed more than a few other things, including blogging on schedule. Sorry.

I also think it’s a pretty big hint that this year has been too long so far. 2016 was a tough one. So, I’m going to call it quits for this year. πŸ™‚ I’ll spend the next two or so weeks with my family, and resume posting on the 2nd of January.

I hope you have a fabulous festive season and a fantastic New year. Here’s to hoping 2017 is a big one for all of us, filled with love, hope, joy and tolerance.

Thank you for sticking with me this year, through many changes and weirdness. I hope that 2017 will bring a little equilibrium to my life too, in addition to the above wishes. Oh, and also, a book that does well with readers. πŸ˜›

Have a good one, folks.


Why, hello!

Lookie here, we have a brand spanking new website, with a new host! No more struggling to get blog posts live! No more pulling out hair because of limited social media options! And you can finally follow the blog again! Yeehaa!

Migrating to this website was a big job, but I’m glad it’s done. All of this could have been avoided if I hadn’t been so lazy. Sorry. Drag and drop looked so much more fun than coding. πŸ˜›

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Behind the Scenes

Hi there, folks!

I’m not doing the Story Cube thing today, because I have some admin to share with you. Nothing serious! But some stuff has been going on behind the scenes, and I want to fill you in.

Somewhere in the last few months, I mentioned on Facebook, Twitter and Google + that I’ve been having some problems with my blog’s service provider. Yes, yes, I know – I suck with social media, so you probably missed it. I’ll try to be better. πŸ™‚

Anyway, my subscription to my web provider is ending soon, so I’m scrambling to get my new website done.

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To Be Proud

When I first started writing, I had no idea what I was doing. I still don’t, but I’m growing. If there’s one thing in life I hate, it’s stagnating. I’ve mentioned this before.

Where writing is concerned, I really think I have grown and I try to learn more with every word squeezed out through my fingertips. All I want to do, is to share the stories in my mind with you, in such a way that you and I pass something between us telepathically, like Stephen King says. I want the stories that keep me up at night, to keep you up too.

So, growing.

These are my first babies.

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The Things That Repeat in my Mind

It’s been ages since I updated you on any of my obsessions. Today, I’m going to fix that.

As many of you know, I’m currently revising the Physician’s Apprentice. My editor‘s advice was to flesh out some scenes, so I’m adding words. This means a particular kind of madness has come over me. You know how I get. πŸ˜› At this point in time, it looks pretty much like this.


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