Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Top 5 Favorite Blogs

I just asked Twitter whether or not I should continue blogging, and if I did, what would I say? Seems like people still DO in fact enjoy reading blog posts. I know I do. I read a lot of decorating and design and photography blogs these days. I check several religiously, so I decided to blog about the blogs I read. I figured this was a good way to ease back into blogging about things, instead of just news.

A Beautiful Mess
 + I'm not sure how to describe ABM, expect to say it's a blog of pretty things, and good food, and great women. They cover everything from fashion (there's a regular Sister Style post every week), photography, decor, smoothies, cocktails, DIY and DIY parties. If I had to pick my top favorite blog, ABM would be it. 

Young House Love
 + A young couple started blogging about their DIY adventures when they bought their first house. They now blog full time, and their debut DIY book hit the bestseller list last year!

Skunkboy Blog
 + Run by Katie, who also works at ABM, this blog has a more casual, family feel to it. I have to admit, I started following this blog because I adore Katie. She is gorgeous, ya'll. She covers family, friends, homeschooling, fashion, and photography.

Julie Ann Art
 + For fans of stationary, and greeting cards, and design, Julie's blog is amazing. And her cards are awesome. She sells greeting cards on Etsy that say things like, Shit just got real (with a plus-sign pregnancy test!) and I miss you a shit ton. If you haven't heard of Julie, run to her blog and Etsy shop immediately! 

Brooke Shaden
 + SHE IS MY FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER YO. I can't say enough good things about Brooke Shaden. Her images are gorgeous and haunting and did I say gorgeous? Her storytelling through photography is amazing. On her blog, she talks about her process, both on location, and with Photoshop. Check out her Flickr feed, too.

That's just a small list of the blogs I read regularly, but definitely the best of the best, IMO. I'm going to try to blog a bit more in the coming months, and see how it goes. I can't promise the posts will always be interesting! But I'll try to sneak in a picture or two of hot shirtless men to make it at least worth your while. :-) 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I have news! I tweeted about this last week, so for those of you who've already heard the news, forgive the repost.

Also, a warning, if you haven't read Altered, there *may* be spoilers in this post. I will try to highlight them as a pre-warning warning. :-)

From Publisher's Marketplace:
Jennifer Rush's ALTERED: The Beginning, a digital original prequel to the Altered series, shedding light on how the Branch came to be and how the boys, and a girl's older sister first became involved with the organization, to Pam Gruber at Little, Brown Children's, for ebook publication in Fall 2013, by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary & Media (World English).

I am BEYOND thrilled to continue writing in the Altered world, especially when it dives even deeper into the past of the characters and the Branch. [SPOILER] The "older sister" mentioned in the summary is Dani, Anna's older sister. I wrote Dani's origin story way back before Altered sold, and I couldn't wait to share them with the world. Originally we had considered putting them in the back of the Altered paperback, or the Erased hardcover, but at the time, the Dani pages were only about 2,000 words or so, and I knew her story was so much more than that. Furthermore, some of what is revealed in those original pages are revealed in Erased. And I didn't want to repeat what readers might already know. [END SPOILER]

I told my agent and editor that I wanted to do a novella in the Altered world earlier this year, and thankfully Little, Brown was on board! It all happened fairly quickly, and before I knew it, I was drafting the novella at lightning speed so it would be ready for release this year. I turned in the first draft last month, and my equally lightning fast editor already returned first round edits. Which are brilliant! No surprise there!

When I announced the news on Twitter, I received a few questions about the project, so I'm going to answer a few of them here.

What's the release date?
December 3, 2013, the same day as the Altered paperback!

How long will the story be?
I've drafted the story, but it hasn't gone through edits yet, so it will definitely change. As of right now, the story is 11,000 words, which I think roughly translates to 55 pages. 

When will the novella take place?
Far, far before the opening of Altered.

Will there be hot shirtless boys? 

Will you have to read Altered first in order to understand what's going on in the novella?
No. Definitely not. But I think it would only add to the fun of reading the novella if you did. :-) Furthermore, if you read the novella first, a few things will be spoiled for when you read Altered. And I hate spoilers. I'm sure you do too! 

Will we see Dani and Sam's relationship begin?
Kind of. Sort of. I don't think I can say more than that!

Will Anna be part of the story?
No. Anna will only appear in Dani's thoughts. 

I can't wait for everyone to read Altered: The Beginning. I had a ton of fun drafting it (especially the Altered style twists and turns!) and I'm looking forward to revising over the next month or so to whip it into shape! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How to change default font in Scrivener

I bought Scrivener last summer after I heard so many writers praise it for drafting and editing, but at the time, it seemed too daunting to learn, and I had a lot of deadlines to meet. Using Word was just easier, but I've decided to give it a shot again.

I've been playing around with it for months. And it IS a lot to learn. As a matter of fact, I've been trying to figure out how to change the default font and line spacing settings for eons. EONS. I honestly was ready to give up on using it, because I did not want to have to change the font every singe time I added a new scene.

So then I asked Twitter for help today, and Twitter, as usual, came to the rescue.

 had better luck than I did at Googling the info and she came up with this tutorial: http://kaitnolan.com/2012/05/07/how-to-change-the-editor-font-in-scrivener-for-windows/ 

Unfortunately, I think it's for an older version of Scrivener, because the steps didn't match what I had on the app. 

 helped too, by tweeting this: Tools -> Options -> Editor -> click blue "A" for fonts. 

So, I kinda sorta knew what I was looking for, thanks to these two lovely ladies, and the tutorial. And I finally found it! HALLELUJAH. So I took some quick screen grabs for anyone as frustrated as I was. I do think Scrivener is a valuable tool for writers, and I can't wait to finish drafting Altered 3 with it. 

Screen grabs below! 

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