Book Chat with PenPaperPad- A Starr is Born



The once a month (or twice, depending on what YOU guys want) book chat series where I talk to some of my favorite authors about their love of books and the written word is back! This week’s guest is Starr Bryson from The Insomniac’s Dream. I feel like I should have a separate I *heart* Starr set list. She’s my bloggy bestie and she’s been involved in all kinds of shenanigans with me. So of course, she’d be one of the first people up to bat. We sipped a little cheap red wine and talked about Stephen King, vampires, being hipster readers and a bit on erotica. You never know what we’ll say when we’re together. So give it a go.

Is there anyone in particular you’d like me to chat with in the future? Do some name dropping in the comments and I’ll do my best to get that person on board. I’m having a lot of fun with this and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Oh, FYI, we talk a lot. I mean a WHOLE lot. So I edited this down from 30 minutes to 18. I think we had some interesting things to say. We recorded it as a Google+ Hangout. Until I get a hang of doing all of this, I don’t want it host a live stream- yet. Maybe one day we’ll do that, but not today. So what do you think of this format? It looks a bit more polished, are you for that or against it? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoy this book chat. It was a lot of fun to make. Feel free to share this on your social media sites. If you tag me, I’ll make sure to say thank you. I really appreciate when you guys enjoy my work and want other people see it. It warms my heart’s cockles.

Without further ado:

Aloha y’all! 


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Too blessed to stay stressed: Throwback Thursday

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This week’s throwback, I thought we could take a look at stress and how to tamp it down. It’s coming straight out of 2012, which feels like so long about (but really isn’t, lol). I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have some type of stress that’s weighing them down and making life a little bit more difficult. So how can we level out and have a sense of calm?

 Writers definitely get stressed out. Have you seen a writer in the throes of writer’s block? Staring down the barrel of the bottom end of a deadline, and pulling out that word count from planet, “Holy crap, I’ve got nothing let to say?” Or how about when the writer gets the form letter rejection–via email nowadays so that soul crushing is just a click away–thanks Internets! Oh yeah, and I won’t even get started on the, “How can I stay true to my muse, even if she is a misery chick, and feed me and my cat?”

Definitely stressful business.

So, how do you manage it? Read on and find out.


Aloha, ya’ll! 

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What was your first time like?

first timeHey guys! So I have some exciting prospects happening in the upcoming month or two. I’ll be revealing them to you as they come up. One interesting thing is OctPoWriMo where you write poem every day in October. I’m going to be co-hosting this event, which I’m incredibly excited about. I’m cordially inviting you to join in. We’ll be giving you a prompt each day, or you can freestyle and write what you want. It’ll give you a chance to meet some (maybe) new to you poets, write about some new things and just have some fun.

In order to gear up for the event, we’re writing a post every day this month. Just to get your interests peaked and the juices flowing. I wanted to share my post with you. I just asked one simple question: Do you remember your first time? Be sure to hop over and let them know that I sent you.

Thank you so much for sticking around through the changes and different content that I throw on here. I appreciate you reading and being here. I just wanted to let you know.

Aloha y’all! 


PS: If you’re looking for something to do on Tuesday nights at 9 pm Eastern, stop by the #writestuff TweetChat, where writers talk about writing. It’s a good time, and we’d love to have you. If you have any questions find me on Twitter @penpaperpad.

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