Category Archives: Things Olivia Loves

Because everyone deserves the opportunity to dance…

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“The weirdest thing happened. I woke up last night, and I swore the clock said 9:36, but it was later than that when I went to bed.” (Confused? Click Here)

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I’m boosting the signal for my friend, Symphoni, who is a dancer doing wonderful things in her community.

As anyone who has read my book knows, I love dancers. I admire them for their bravery, their strength, and their ability to translate emotions into movements. Symphoni is reaching out to the younger generation by giving them the opportunity to dance, and she is looking for sponsors to help them pursue their dream. Read the rest of this entry

5 Things I Love About Comic-Con

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“Excuse me, do you have the time? My phone is telling me it’s 8:01, but my favorite TV show hasn’t started yet.” (Confused? Click Here)

 I had an UNBELIEVABLE time at Central PA Comic-con last weekend! What an event! The rush of nerd energy is exactly what my life needed. So, in honor of that, here are five things that I absolutely love about Comic Cons… Read the rest of this entry

Using Pinterest for Writing (And for fun. But mostly for writing)

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I was a late arrival to the Pinterest party. I might have held out forever if I hadn’t attended a very interesting class in the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference which presented Pinterest as a writing tool. With that idea in my mind, my unshakable will power gave way to “Well, if you insist…”

I won’t lie and pretend like I don’t sacrifice large sums of time to ogling adorable crafty things or nail polish designs (Oh man, there are some talented DIY-ers out there…) but I have found Pinterest to be a useful writing tool. Or, I guess more accurately: an inspiration tool.
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My Favorite Fiction Fixes

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Something I love (a lot!) about the modern world is how easy it is to find short stories. In general, I’m more of a novels kind of girl, but when the mood hits me there is just nothing better than a tight, beautifully written short piece of fiction.

Here are a few of my favorite watering holes for such things. Some you’ve probably heard of, others maybe not. Regardless, I’d highly recommend checking any of these out the next time you’re in the need of a quick fiction fix. Read the rest of this entry

Authors Supporting Our Troops

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Happy Saturday, All!

Just wanted to take a minute to boost the signal about a really neat organization called “Authors Supporting Our Troops.” Check them out here for a more detailed explanation, but here’s the idea in a nutshell…

They collect books that are signed by the author and send them to soldiers deployed in locations where forms of entertainment are difficult to find. They collect them, box them up, and ship them out. 2014 was their first year, and they had an awesome response from authors, collecting 2,500 books. Their 2015 goal is 3,000 books. Read the rest of this entry

Blogs I love

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I’m following some pretty awesome blogs these days. Just wanted to take a minute to gush on them. Do check them out if you haven’t found them yet!

 

Valourborn: “A hero is nothing if not first born from valor.” This is the blog I go to when I really want to believe in magic, legends, honor, strength, peace… yeah, all of those things. Alex’s writing style is honest and beautiful, and I feel a little better about the world when I see it through her eyes. Read the rest of this entry

Book Review: “From a Foreign Shore” by Andrew Knighton

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This post discusses “From a Foreign Shore” by Andrew Knighton. 
I did my best to keep it spoiler-free 🙂

 

“What if someone had conquered the Vikings, someone claiming to be their gods?

What if King Arthur’s knights met a very different metal-clad warrior?

What if you were ordered to execute a statue, and hanging just didn’t seem to work?”

– taken from Andrew Knighton’s blog


Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I certainly thought so! I’m not really an impulse buyer, but after a couple weeks went by and I still felt curious by those story pitches, I figured it was time to buy the collection and ended up enjoying them immensely. So, here’s just a bit of me gushing / boosting the signal about “From a Foreign Shore” by Andrew Knighton.

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My New Notebook

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I got myself a new toy, and this has turned out to be a very good decision.

I kind of get the feeling the Staples Arc book was made for business types, but I’ve found it is the BEST thing ever for organizing my story notes. Like, really. The best.

There is something so satisfying about having a well-organized, handwritten notebook with all of one’s notes on world building, character profiles, research, etc. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the story-producing part of my brain is a bit flighty. I change my mind about things constantly, so it didn’t seem worth it to buy those big, beautiful notebooks.

Until now!! (Sorry, I’m really into this.) Read the rest of this entry

Stories Olivia Loves: Author Kate Heartfield

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Hello lovely people! If you have a spare ten minutes in your day, I found a particularly cool flash fiction story I wanted to rave about.

“I’m lonely”: Toronto Doctor immune to Apraxia refuses to give up on a cure. 

I found this on Daily Science Fiction—which is a fantastic website, by the way! I’ve always been a real sucker for non-traditional storytelling styles, and this one was pulled off brilliantly. I know I’ve seen the ‘story as a news article’ before, but never in the ‘online news article’ format, which I thought was just so clever. Read the rest of this entry