Ah, December

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Hello Hello!!

Its December already!! Man did November ever fly by!! And, with November ending, so did Nanowrimo! I didn’t get 50,000 words, but I did manage to write every day, taking the time to carve out an hour or so for myself at my house or coffee shop.  I even joined up with other Nanowrimo’s in a local writing group and at the Kamloops Library, which was fantastic! I didn’t win, but I couldn’t be more happy with myself for actually sticking to it, forming a habit and putting myself out there.

So, now that its over, I am going to try to keep track of my daily writing count, AND learn Scrivener.  I don’t know much about Scrivener except that everyone LOVES it and raves about it.  I also have a massive to-read pile that I was putting off while writing through November.  I’ll be adding some of the best to my to-read post here.

I also added another item to my store: Notebooks!! I am so excited about these, and love that you can get a large carry all pouch, notebook and give them as a gift for writers/artists etc.

My 30th Birthday just passed (where the hell did the time go???????) and my Husband bought me James Patterson’s Masterclass! 😀 It is quite good, and I zoomed through all the videos and will now start at the beginning and follow along in the Workbook.  The best take away for me was outlining. It doesn’t really help you outline, but more encourages you to actually make one.  So, now I am also trying to finds some good resources on how to outline a novel…… Anyway, if you need a little inspiration I recommend this course.



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2017 Calendars Are Here!!

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I announced my 2017 Calendars with a quick sneak peak a couple days ago because I was so excited about the quality of them.  I swapped a few pictures out and edited a bit, and now I am REALLY happy with them.  So, without further ado, here it is, my new 2017 Calendar 😀
They are large, 17 Inches Long x 11 Inches Wide, hung via a coil, have thick satin paper, a very modern style and sharp, colourful photos.

Here is what is inside the calendars!


If you like what you see, you can head over to my store at RedBubble and purchase one!


I also have Hardcover Journals & Spiral Notebooks at my little shop there. You can get lined or graph paper inside, they have a handy document pocket inside the back cover, 120 pages and are nice and small w: 15.25 cm h: 20.25 cm.


Perfect Writing Gear- Logitech keyboard, tablet, journal & carry-all bag

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers! ~ Trish

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Writing Tips (woopwoopNaNoWriMo)

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Typically I am a “panster”, writing and creating whenever I feel like it, not really planning much, but, now that I am doing NaNoWriMo I have gone into a planning frenzy.  So, I want to share some of the things I have found for all my fellow newbie comrades.

First of all, I love the idea of asking your characters questions, see who they are, what their motivators are. So here is a short list I made, feel free to download! (my books are typically fantasy, or have supernatural twists so questions MAY lean towards those genres). I got most of these ideas from Chuck Wendig, whose blog is amazing (humorous, swift kick in the ass advice), but googling character questions brings up a plethora of information.


Next will be use of magic.  Man, this list really made me go, ‘oh, shit, I never thought of that’.  I think knowing a lot of these will make my writing better, and help build a more solid story.

Lastly, general advice. These are my favorites that I have collected, and if you like them, you can follow my Writing Tips board over on Pinterest as I usually try to post them all there:

Susan Dennard: I Love getting her email, because her advice and honesty about her writing process is fantastic.

Wil Wheaton: He posts a lot of his writing on his blog, but I Love his honesty about depression and uncertainty/fear about the creating process. It’s just so relatable and sincere.  I just love the guy.

Patricia C Wrede:  Oh man is her blog ever full of advice. She’s also the one who wrote the above Magic Rules post.  Dive in there and start learning!

 Chuck Wendig: LOL, I just love this guy. His posts are funny and he never takes anything to seriously.

She’s Novel:  Sign up to get free stuff/newsletter and utilize all her resources.  Lots of PDF guides (character questions, novel planning, setting guides, etc) that you can pick and choose what works for you.

I hope you enjoy! If you have some great resources/blogs/books let me know in the comments or email me!
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Things I Like From the Internet

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Sometimes, you just need random inspiration or advise or distraction from the world.  Reading is good, drinking is fun, yoga, running, meditation, colouring, drawing.  Whatever you use to recharge or de-stress, sometimes its just nice to lose yourself on the internet. Pinterest, reddit, social media, Netflix, there is so much to chose from, and, so I thought I would collect some of my favorites (articles, websites, people, books, etc) and share them with you, for those moments when you need to zone out.  Some of them have nothing to do with art and are just cool or funny.   So sit back and grab some coffee, whiskey, wine or tea and enjoy! 

Artsy Fartsy




Put Your Glasses On, It’s Time to Look Smart. Or get serious. One of those two.


Thanks for reading!

Trish ~ Wild Roots Art

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