My Fave YouTube Channels

Motts and I have something in common. We watch loads of YouTube. I thought I’d share some of my favourite channels.

In no particular order…

The Try Channel:

Emma Thorne

Amal Jama-Williams

JulieJo

Rachel Maksy

Alexandria Ryan

Savannah Mari

Micky Atkins

All of the Welsh brothers channels

Briannah Jewel

What’s above my desk?

So, I have a cork-board or bulletin board, or whatever you want to call it, above my desk. I use it for inspiration and a visual board for whatever book I’m working on. I thought I’d share what’s on the current one.

  1. The top half is almost entirely book inspiration. Character and place references, etc.
  2. My fave Hamilton sticker on the bottom left.
  3. A couple postcards and a card with encouraging notes from friends. Sometimes I need a little lift of my spirits.
  4. Favourite writing quotes that are always on the board.
  5. You can’t see him, but I have a little plague doctor keychain that dangles at the bottom of the board.

Five Things I Can’t Live Without.

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So, I wrote this blog post in 2016. And I thought it would be fascinating to revisit and see if anything has changed.

I thought I’d share a few things I can’t live without in while writing.

2016 List:

  1. Random Name Generator + a baby name book.
  2. Pinterest and my corkboard that rests over my desk.
  3. My Book Bible (see photo).  It contains all my notes about characters, places, etc.  I occasionally keep them in Scrivener as well, but as that’s only useful when I’m at my desk.  I find having a notebook version of it to carry with me is most useful.
  4. Spotify.  I have playlists for each of my stories.
  5. A thumbdrive, for back ups.  It’s ALWAYS a good idea to have a manuscript saved in at least two places for security purposes.

2022 List:

1. A really good pen. (Definitely top of my list, I’ve been writing by hand more lately. I use a Pilot Kakuno fountain pen that I got from Jet Pens. A nice beginner fountain pen that I’ve found is easy to use.)

2. Book Bibles, still on the top of my list. I no longer use Scrivener but exclusively use individual notebooks for each series.

3.Pinterest is definitely something I use for every single book I write.

4. The NaNoWriMo site. They’ve changed it so you can add WIPs and goals outside of November. So it’s a perfect tool to keep track of my progress.

5. My beta readers. They make my writing better and encourage me when self-doubt rears it’s ugly head.

What can’t you live without?

Book Review: Ghost Light Killer

GLK_KINDLE&BK MOCK UP_SMART_smallDahlia Donovan writes really cozy and fun mystery/whodunnit romance stories. I’ve been waiting for the second book in her London Podcast Mystery series for the entire summer and it was wonderful. Once again I found myself chortling at Dannel and Osian’s antics as they find themselves involved in another mystery. Another great hit with a very happy ending that I enjoyed!

~ 5 Stars, Lovewins on Amazon

Book Review: Ghost Light Killer

GLK_KINDLE&BK MOCK UP_SMART_small“I just find this series to be absolutely adorable. I mean, sure there’s some grisly murders and an interesting mystery, but for me the star of the show is Daniel and Osian’s relationship. It’s just so loving and sweet and completely perfect. If you ever want to read a story with two men who know exactly what the other needs, are constantly providing, and just without a doubt belong together, then this is the series for you.

~ 4 Stars, Bookoutbelow on Amazon

My Favourite Pomodoro Technique Videos

My word for the year in my writing life for 2022 is focus. 2020 and 2021 were definitely years that I struggled to focus.

Struggled so much.

And I don’t think I was the only person struggling.

Focus has always been difficult for me as an autistic but the last few years haven’t done much to help.

In an effort to manage better, i’ve begun using the Pomodoro technique once again. It’s helped me in the past. This time though, I’m using YouTube videos instead of just using a timer.

The Pomodoro Technique is essentially where you work for a certain period of time then take a break for a bit. And repeat. I usually go for 15-30 minutes then take a 5 minute break.

More about the PT here: https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique

The ones I’ve been using are technically ‘study with me’ videos. But they work great for writing as well. I’ve also been trying to make sure I get up and stretch during the break time. I’m terrible at sitting for long periods without moving around.

My favourite channel for videos is: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheSherryFormula

This is the video in particular I’ve been using this past week for writing:

Book Review: Ghost Light Killer

GLK_KINDLE&BK MOCK UP_SMART_smallThis is a modern take on a cozy mystery. It is so good it makes me want to curl up with some tea and cake and lose myself in the pages. Osian and Dannel are both very engaging and funny. This is a low heat story but the love between the two men is evident. And I did find myself giggling at the story and I loved that I was not able to solve the whodunit on my own.

~ 4 Stars, Malia on Amazon