August 3, 2017

I Have a YouTube Channel!

July 16, 2017

How Traveling Influences World-Building

  What would Lord of the Rings be without Mordor or the Shire? Harry Potter without Hogwarts? Wall Street without NYC? The Originals without New Orleans? Friday Night Lights without Texas? Ocean’s Eleven without Vegas?   I’ll stop.   Point is, these settings are iconic. In some cases, even more so than the characters that

June 8, 2017

Are Character Bios “Worth It”? (Camp NaNo Prep)

It’s that time of year! The month before Camp NaNoWriMo (Round 2!).   March, June, and October (and sometimes September because I’m always too excited) are for prep. And we’re here!   My usual prep consists of outlining. First identifying the three main acts, then Freytag’s Pyramid, and eventually a chapter-by-chapter outline. Ideally, I have

February 15, 2017

Ideal Writing Day vs. Reality

  7:00 Ideal Day: Wake up like the glorious writer/princess I am. Have doves dress me. Their feathers inspire an entire series, probably a future Bestseller. Reality: Snooze.   7:00 – 7:30 Have a breakfast full of protein, and carbs that are actually good for me, to power an entire day of writing. Snooze. Snooze.

February 8, 2017

Book Review – The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot

  Quick Summary You know what’s better than watching a romantic comedy on TV? Reading THE BOY IS BACK by Meg Cabot. Told entirely through texts, emails, newspaper clippings, and “blessings” journal entries, this book brings back the unapologetic fun of Cabot’s previous Boy books. Check out the back cover description below: I’ve said it

January 9, 2017

Questions to Ask Your First Reader

  It’s on to Draft #2.5 for me! Time for revisions, revisions, and more revisions. I’m certain I’m not the first, and I definitely won’t be the last, to tell you how important revising and editing your drafts are.   For the longest time though, moving past the first draft was the hardest part for

December 28, 2016

25×25

  Once Upon A Time, when I was a young Kate Cavanaugh (~20, to be more precise), I had just graduated college and started my first full-time, corporate job. At this ripe age, I decided it was time to look forward, to when I would be much wiser, much more experienced, and much closer to

December 26, 2016

16 Reasons Why I Have DNF’d a Book

  Inspired by a book on my December TBR, I decided to write a list of all the reasons I have ever not finished a book. (If you watch my videos on YouTube, you’ll find out which book soon enough. Confession: I only made it to Chapter 5.)   As a writer, it’s important to look

December 8, 2016

NaNoWriMo 2016: A Review

  NaNoWriMo 2016 officially ended 7 days, 12 hours, and 53 minutes ago (as of this writing).   So now seems like the perfect time for a recap post!   If you’ll remember, I decided to challenge myself to something I was affectionately calling #2books1month. And if you don’t remember, it was my silly little

November 10, 2016

Book Review – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Quick Summary Part Beauty and the Beast, part One Thousand and One Nights, and wholly amazing, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh blew me away. It’s the best fairytale retelling I’ve read since the Lunar Chronicles series and promises a sequel just as entertaining as the first book. Here’s the Goodreads, non-spoiler summary: