Friday, October 25, 2013

Olive is still alive!

Hey guys! Olive here!!

First of all, let me apologize for both myself and Cossy, we've been super busy this school year. Let me elaborate. Cossy is enjoying herself by being part of her school newspaper! And I am not-so-much enjoying myself by working at a local movie theater, and I use the term local lightly.  The difference between these two amazing experiences? I get paid for mine, and Cossy gets her name (REAL MIND YOU) published in a *school* newspaper!

Personal, I'd rather have my name put in a newspaper!

Besides working and school, I've also been preparing myself for college next fall. And if that one sentence wasn't clear enough, I'm old guys. I've also been taking a photography class. (My first EVER!) I have some pictures that are worthy of your sight:

Not only have I been working *very little actually* on my photography but I'm preparing for NANOWRIMO. yay! Yep, it's November again (in a week!), and I'll be working towards that 50,000 words while working on my ACT and working at like my job. Both are majorly required of me. I mean I could quit working at the theater, but I kind of like it. Plus I get free movies. ;) Nevertheless, I will get 50k this year!

I'm also am going to be doing some self promotion here for a sec. Sorry not sorry. I mean I updated you guys, right? RIGHT??

I recently opened a photography shop, on the lovely etsy, and did some test prints! My first 3 buyers/testers are actually happy with my pictures, imagine that! But no one is actually buying anything. People have said, 'Oh I love that picture, I'd love to buy it' and then they don't. Which I don't really mind, but could you at least pretend to order!

Anyways. I'll leave the links after I show off a couple more pictures and then you guys can continue ignoring me. :)

Please keep in mind, that Cossy and I love you readers dearly. We miss blogging (well I do,) and we hope to be back up and running soon!


Thursday, July 25, 2013

TWO ROADS Cover Reveal!

Hey guys! I know it's been awhile since we posted last, but I think I was just doing that to build up suspense! ;)

This is the first time we've ever done anything like this, so I'm nervous and excited! About a month ago, I did a Q&A with my friend L.M. Augustine, who wrote Click to Subscribe, and now he has a new book coming out in August called Two Roads! Here is the blurb for it:

"The only person poetry-loving Cali Monroe hates more than herself is Logan Waters, the geeky kid who lives in the dorm building next to hers.

Ever since Cali's parents told her she would amount to nothing, she has felt entirely inadequate. Friendless and alone, she takes on the mean girl role in hopes it will make her feel better--and Logan serves as the perfect target. He infuriates her with his obnoxiously long lashes, his all too perfect dimpled smile, and his complete lack of personality outside of his intelligence. It doesn't hurt that he's part of the reason her brother is dead, either. So Cali hates him, and he returns the favor. Thus, their prank-filled, insult-driven rivalry is born, and torturing Logan quickly becomes the highlight of her life.

But when Cali's parents set them up on a blind date, she begins to realize Logan might not be as boring as she always thought. He shares her love of poetry, takes a sadistic pleasure in making fun of crepes, and he makes her blush when he calls her smile pretty.

And hey, maybe those long lashes of his aren't that obnoxious after all…

Two Roads is New Adult Romance about finding love, standing out, and learning to embrace who you are. It contains some language and mild sexual content."


Okay. Calm now. Are you all ready for the cover? 

I flailed to death when I saw it.

I mean, it's pretty freaking great.

The person who made it did a really good job.


Okay I'm just stalling. READY. THREE. TWO. ONEEEEEE

BAM! Isn't it beautiful?! Wowie. What a cover. What a story. What a guy. L.M. is who I want to be in my next life. You can add this book on Goodreads here, and you can add L.M.'s first book, Click to Subscribe, there! Reminder! Here are the places you can find him:
Hope you guys enjoyed this, and I'll see you next time! :)


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Update Nano

Hello everyone! Olive here.

I know you're all probably getting tired of hearing from me, you all are used to Cossy, but you'll get over it. :)
Today is a small post, considering the fact that I should be writing, but I'm not. This is pretty much going to be a small update for both Cossy and I, and how our Camp NaNo's are going so far.

Olive ~ word count: 3405 pages: 27 chapters: 5
            so far it's going. I think my characters bonded a little bit too soon, but it's workable. Finally figured out how fast I want it to move along, so it's actually going a tiny bit to slow for me, but it's at a pace where I don't feel like it's problem after problem, it's problem, time, problem, time, problem. At least, I think it is. 

Costello ~word count: i don't even know i'm not keeping track
            I've decided to not write anything this Camp. I tried, but it just wasn't working out. I'm working on rewriting and revising the novel I wrote back in November, which is slowly going. It needs a lot of TLC, but I think it'll turn out okay in the long run. I'm also using Scrivener, which is an incredible software and I like it a lot. You can download the free trial here, and if you participate in Camp this year and win, you get 50% off the software when you buy it, making it only $20! 

Write on, my friends, and happy Camp Nano!

-Olive and Cossy

P.S., we're almost at 4,000 page views! That's insane! Thank you to everyone, and make sure you spread the word! :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Q&A With L.M. Augustine!

Hi guys! Costello here. I recently talked with a friend of mine, a newly published author. Allow me to introduce to you L.M. Augustine! His debut novel Click to Subscribe hit the e-book shelves in May. I asked him a few questions about his book and writing.


What encouraged you to start writing?

L.M. - I always loved reading and so one day, I just decided to go for it and start writing my own stories. It took me a while before I began writing seriously, but there was no trigger for me other than waking up one morning and deciding it was time to finally write a full novel. So it was reading other people's books that encouraged me to write my own.

How old were you when you started writing?

L.M. - I think I was about six! I wrote a story about an epic battle between fruit and vegetables at the time (don't ask) and it was awful, but it was tons of fun to write.

Do you have any writing role models?

L.M. - I have always been a fan of authors like John Green and Cornelia Funke, and just recently I've been inspired by Colleen Hoover as well!

How does it feel to be a published author?

L.M. - Well, I was hoping it would give me superpowers, but that didn't happen. It feels great, though. It's nerve-wracking, but it's a totally amazing feeling to know you have a book out in the world and some people are reading and enjoying it.

What do you do to deal with Writer's Block?

L.M. - I just take a break. I used to try to fight through it, but it only made both my writing and sanity suffer, so nowadays I either take a break from writing the book for a few days or I skip to the next scene and come back later. It has worked well!

Tell us about Click to Subscribe, your first published novel.

L.M. - The blurb is:

135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them. 

As one of the internet’s most prestigious video bloggers, West talks about high school relationships under the name “Sam Green.” As far as he knows, no one from school, not even his best friend, Cat, has seen his videos. But the highlight of the whole thing is Harper Knight, who comments every day at exactly 2:02 in the afternoon. He doesn’t know anything about her aside from the occasional deep philosophical messaging on why pizza tastes so delicious, but as stupid as it sounds, he might be falling for her. So when they finally agree to meet in real life, West’s hope for romance seems more and more in reach. But that all changes as soon as he arrives at their meeting spot and sees Cat walking toward him, wearing the same “I *heart* Sam Green" T-shirt Harper promised she'd have on.

To his alarm, West realizes he is falling in love with the best friend who has always been a sister to him.

How long did it take you to write Click?

L.M. - Only a few weeks, actually! I'm a naturally fast writer and Click just flowed. It took me a month afterward to do revisions and everything, of course.

Do you find you write better during the day, or are you a night owl?

L.M. - I'm a total night owl! People say you're more creative when you're tired, and it totally rings true for me.

Do you have any tips for young writers?

L.M. - Start off writing a book or so purely for yourself. You don't want to rush to try and get your work published right away, and I've found that writing some books just for yourself helps you hone your craft and learn about both your stories and writing your abilities. Then, once you write a book you feel especially confident in, get critiques on it, maybe query agents if you want to go that route, and slowly work toward whatever your ultimate writing goal is, publication or something else. Basically: don't rush it. Do what works for you.

Do you have any tips for writing romance?

L.M. - I'd say don't try to force it. Romance in real life shouldn't be forced and neither should it in books; make sure you have a natural progression and the characters' romance feels true to themselves and to the story.

What do you hope to get out of your writing?

L.M. - Ideally, I'd like to make a living out of it--doing what you love as a job sounds pretty incredible--but for now, I'm just so happy to be able to write the stories I love and have a few people who want to read them, too.

Do you write while listening to music? If so, what are your favorite noveling tunes?

L.M. - Yes! I love Gone Gone Gone by Phillip Phillips.


And there you have it, folks! Thank you Liam for doing this, he's absolutely wonderful! Also, I've read Click, and it's a really great read. You can find his blog here, his Twitter, his Facebook page, and his Goodreads page for Click!  

He's selling signed print copies as well, for $9.99 + $3.99 shipping (USD), but he's only got twenty at the moment, so hurry! 

We're also helping out with the cover reveal for his next book, Two Roads, a NA fiction, so stay tuned for that! ;)

Hope you all enjoyed this! We may do more, if we find more authors. Until then!


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dark pictures for you.

Hi guys! Olive here again! Cossy has returned from a lovely vacation, but I'm giving her a couple more days to recover from sweet bliss.* I know you guys are missing her, mainly because I'm boring, but I think you can survive a couple more random posts. Today is short, but I have a couple images for you guys.

Now, before you guys start wondering, no that is not the sun set (or sun rise for that matter). In fact this was taken right before it stormed, and what you don't see is the top of a roof. I darkened this image, just for the purpose of showing off the tiny piece of sunlight that was left before the sky went dark.

This was taken in the full sun on an afternoon about 2pm. I darkened this as well, to showcase how BRIGHT the sky is, and how the trees indeed have a shadow. 

This was also darkened, and taken shortly after a summer rain. It was darkened VERY little, and only done so to bring out the color a little more, and make the rain drops a little more obvious.

I hope you guys enjoy these images! I sure enjoyed taking them, as always :)
Tune in this week for some special posts! 

P.S. ~ thank you for the comment, I love hearing from you :)

*Cossy was feeling a little sick on the trip home, so she'll join us tomorrow or Monday with a special post.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Hello everyone, Olive here :)

So Cossy is away for a week of sweet bliss, and it is wonderful, I think. She gets to get away from everything for a short while, and sometimes we just need that moment. Luckily for me, I'll get my week too, only this August. So till then, you guys get to enjoy a couple days (which turns into weeks, months and years if we're lucky) of me actually blogging! Who knew it was possible?

Anyways, Camp NaNo is coming up! Who's excited? Who's got an idea? Who's ready?

I'm excited! because:
I have an idea! finally, which means:
I'm ready! can't wait to start writing.

But during the month of July I will also be *gasp* social, and *gasp again* actually (hopefully) doing a bunch of stuff photography wise. Don't worry guys, I'll share some of my images with you as they turn up! I'll also share some pieces of my Camp NaNo if you guys are extra nice and leave some comments :) Or I'll just share some because I can, who knows!

I must depart now.
More later~

Friday, June 21, 2013

I'm going on an adventure!

Hey guys! Costello here. Sorry for our absence! I don't really have an excuse for it, except that we've just been procrastinating... I may have been playing Minecraft.

Anyway! I'm going on a trip! Yep! A friend of mine and her family invited me to go with them to the beach for a week! We're gonna stay in their RV, so that should be fun. ^_^

I'm really excited because I've never been where we're going before, and it'll be the longest time I've been away from home! I know, that's lame, but this is a super big deal for me. I'm also staying with people I haven't stayed with before, so I'm just going to experience all sorts of new things! Amongst other things, I'm bringing my camera, so there will be a lot of pictures (I promise!), and I'm bringing my journal and my ukulele for maximum levels of fun.

That means that I, unfortunately, won't be posting. Hopefully Olive will! I'm so sorry we've been slacking on posting, guys. We're really trying to get this blog on a constant roll. It's just taking us awhile.

In other news, July Camp NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! I'll be gone for a whole week, so that may take away from my writing and planning time, but I think I'll be able to handle it. I think I'm going to re-write the novel I wrote back in November. Y'know, shape it up, flatten it out, put in chapter breaks.

Are any of you guys doing Camp? If so, leave a comment telling us about it! Are you nervous, scared? Do you have that "I can do this, no problem!" attitude? Do you even know what you're going to be writing?

And if you're not doing Camp, I suggest you sign up!

That's all from me today, guys. Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you July 1st! :)