Hello, everyone and welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal 😀 Today, Janell Rhiannon, author of Uncross the Stars, is here, and she’s talking to us! And she’s so funny and look at her author picture, people. No seriously, look at it. So cute ❤ Also, giveaway (because, why not) 🙂 Go here to follow the rest of the tour, and have fun!
Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their connection is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her. Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?
A Step By Step Guide To (Not) Losing Your Mind While Writing A Book
Writing a book is a romantic notion isn’t it? You sit around in your pajamas sipping coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon while typing away at the computer composing the next great story.
If only writing was as beautiful as that idyllic scenario. The reality is you sit around in the same pajamas all weekend, don’t shower and start drinking before noon, because it’s noon somewhere on the planet and, well, quite frankly you need it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve hunkered down at the computer to write first thing in the morning and looked up only to find was mid-afternoon and my ass was killing me. No one tells you writing is a time vortex, that it’s undeniably unsexy, and it’s literally a pain your neck and glutes. This all begs the question: How do you get through it without losing your mind?
Here’s a list of How NOT to lose your mind while writing the next big thing.
1. Have a circle of people you can text at all hours of the day and night who will respond and not make you feel bad for disturbing their workout, dinner, or sleep.
Them: Why sad face? Are you writing again?
Them: Yes you are.
Me: I want to poke my eye out
Them: I knew you were writing
Them: Need a hug?
Them: XOXO…no one can write this book but you so hang in there
Them: you got this
Me: I love you =)
Them: I know
2. One of your friends needs to be willing to be the tough critic. You need this person to keep you grounded. If it sucks, it sucks. It’s better to hear it from someone who cares about you, rather than someone who doesn’t give a rat’s nut about your or your work.
3. Drink alcohol. Any kind of alcohol. Hemmingway said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” It’s good advice. I see Kendall Gray posting pics of her work environment: computer and her vodka bottle side by side. She’s my girl when it comes to this advice. Drinking will keep you from throwing your computer out the window in frustration.
4. Distract yourself with social media. I know, it flies against conventional writing wisdom. But, when you’ve been staring at words on a page for hours you just need a little cyber connection.
5. Play music. Find a Pandora station or CD you love and let it rip. If you are feeling connected to certain songs while you write, make a YouTube playlist you can share.
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Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master’s degree in history, she settled into teaching.
Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren’t alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.
Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.
She currently lives in CA.
Visit her at Facebook @Janell Rhiannon Author. If you want to see what projects are in the works or find out more about the her, visit