Sunday, December 16, 2012

"There once was a Hobbit who lived in a hole."

 I am here just long enough to say I shan't be about much this week. I've managed to completely exhaust myself and think it would be wise if I rested before attempting anything else. (Besides, I'm sick as well and would like nothing better then to sleep. *Smirk*) And since this week is the start of my Blog Book Party it seems like a good week to rest. I shall do my best to keep up on comments, then get everything back to normal later on. For now, I hope you enjoy the wonderful guest posts which are all scheduled and thank you everyone for the comments you left in my last post. They were very enjoyable. Now I shall say Adieu and go to bed. And present to you my friend Jessica!
 All those who asked about me doing guest posts, I would be most honoured. I shall get a hold of you tomorrow hopefully. Thank you very much for asking!


First off, hello and guten Tag! I’m Jessica Hammond, and I have no idea how to start this. (Consider my post started) Ahem. I really struggle with staying on topic, so bear with me while I cover the basics and DON’T chase any chickens that look particularly distracting.
I’m a young adult author in every sense, and honestly I’m not too sure how I got to be here, but I’m more than willing to share my advice for my peer writers.
First off, write as much as possible. Procrastination is your enemy, and no one likes to lose! If you think you have no time for writing, you’re wrong. Start a journal to write in five minutes before you go to bed. Carry a notebook during school and jot down a sentence or two while you wait for class to start or after you’ve turned in your test. Long car ride? Write! At your sister’s volleyball game? Write! The only way you can justify being a writer is to write.
Secondly, offer to edit for friends. You learn a lot by correcting other people’s mistakes. Believe me, grammar and spelling is a major part of writing, and my preferred practice for it is to take someone else’s rough draft and go through sentence by sentence. Your friends will appreciate this too.
Get involved. If you’re in a public school, chances are there are both writing and a book clubs. Join one or both. They can encourage and offer their help in your writing. (By no means is any book written by just one person!) If you can’t get involved in your school’s groups, find one at your public library, start one at your church, or scour the internet for like-minded folk willing to gossip about Rick Riordan’s next big novel and about which of the Redwall novels was the best.
Finally, humble yourself. Accepting criticism will make your writing better. No one can edit their novel to perfection by themselves, and honestly, not everything you write will be a gift to mankind. Find a friend whose willing to judge what you write as it is, and not as something their friend did. Of all the things I’ve mentioned, I think this one is probably the most important. As I stated earlier, no novel is written by one person alone.
If you try to incorporate these things, you’ll be able to find yourself on the way to becoming a better author. (It’s a process that will never end, so you might want to get used to it.) There are millions of other important key parts to writing as well, so try to keep an open mind.
I’m actually staying on track! (Insert victory dance here.)
Onto the Jess-related news of the night/day/mealtime of your choice. I know none of you (sans Miss Jack) know this, so I have exciting news for you! (Well, I don’t know if you’ll find it exciting, but I do, so I’m going to pretend it is.)
I’d like to announce to all of you the official announcement (redundancy is redundant) of my newest writing extravaganza! It’s something totally new for me, and chances are it’s not new for you, especially if you’ve had those teachers who like to read short stories and then decide that somehow Edgar Allen Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart is related to John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.
Coming out on a date in the near future (official date to be announced on my blog) is the epic saga (not really) ‘Fourteen: A Collection’. (I’m a very original title-maker.) It is a chronological compilation of poetry and short stories written by yours truly.
Why did I write this nonsense? Well, I have a LOT of poetry and stories I wrote last year that I never got around to sharing with people for some reason or another. And frankly, the point of writing is to share it with others, right?
I know I’m a very humorous and light-hearted person by nature, and many pieces included in my book will reflect this. That does not mean I won’t be sharing my vain attempts to be tragic, slice-of-life-ish, or (blech) romantic. My aim is to include a bit of every genre I even tried to poke last year, providing a full palette of what goes on inside my cranium when I actually use my brain.
Anyway, keep your eyes peeled for more information on ‘Fourteen: A Collection!’

Auf Wiedersehen!

Jessica Hammond is a young writer from the Magical Land of Grass and Cows (also known as the Midwest USA) and she has no idea how to write a biography blurb. Her debut novel, Finding Lily, was published on Smashwords March of 2012. Since then, she’s littered her blog with random (and sometimes coherent) short stories and poems. She lives with her parents, sister, cousin, cat, and imaginary friend, all of whom have influenced her characters and writing voice. You can find her at



  1. Awww, I hope you start feeling better Jack!
    And hello Jessica! It was fun getting to know you!

  2. Very nice Highlight! And I am looking forwards (I have never figured out how to spell that) to 'Fourteen!' How exciting!

  3. Feel better, Jack! At least now you have an opportunity for a rest.(:

    And nice meeting you, Jessica! Those are some great tips--especially the offering to edit for friends one. I used to be pretty bad (by my standards) at grammar, but reading other people's work really helps with spotting errors.(:

    Decked Out in Ruffles

  4. Wow. How can you make writing advice fun. I've never seen anyone do it as well as you. Most people come off as bossy or cheesy. (Plus you stayed on track...)

    *bows at the waist*

    I am writing all this down so I don't forget.

  5. Here's hoping you feel better soon Jack!
    Thanks foe the tips Jessica, it's always nice hearing from other writers how they keep themselves on track! =)

  6. Get some rest! Shouted out about your release in my post today.

  7. I should have known better than to read my own post...I can see every grammar mistake dancing around and singing 'HAHAHA YOU FAIL JESS!' Needless to say, I'm glad you've all liked my words!

    Get your well-deserved chill time, Jack! :)

  8. Very nice, Jessica. I like it!

    Feel better, Jack! I miss you already!

    ~Robyn Hoode

    1. Aw, thanks! That makes me feel loved. *Grin*

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