Category Archives: JT Ellison

11.3.16 - Welcome to November

By JT Ellison

November.

Not sure how this happened, though for once, I’m not wishing I could turn back the clock on the year. On the contrary, I’m ready for 2016 to be behind me because the Year of No turned into the Year of Go, and I feel like I’ve swum the English Channel in chains.

Don’t get me wrong: having work as an author is a wonderful, glorious thing. I’ve just been a wee bit overwhelmed.

As such, the blog has been neglected, but as we’re nearing the end of the insanity, and things feel like they’re calming down, I’m going to come back with snippets and word counts and affirmations. Sunday Smatterings will stay in it’s slot, and I’m going to blog as the spirit moves me.

So there. To hell with schedules, right?

Now. November is a special month in the writing world—It’s NANOWRIMO, National Novel Writing Month.

I’ve written about it many times. The general gist: writers try to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s 1666 words a day for those of you keeping score. Yes, that’s the usual output for a professional writer, which is why you see some disdain for this exercise from some, but the idea behind NaNo is much more basic. It’s a chance to throw caution to the wind and try something new. Which I love. My 2nd Taylor novel, 14, was a NaNoWriMo winner. I fully believe in the power of the creative spirit, and with so many creatives engaged, the universe becomes full.

So NaNo on, peeps. I’ll let you know how I’m doing as well. I have a new standalone I’m a few chapters into and I want a nice big jump on it. It’s called THE LOST ONE, the story is whack, and I’m looking forward to having some fun. Onward!

Write hard!

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10.30.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, friends, and welcome to All Hallows’ Eve Eve! Do you have your candy ready for the trick-or-treaters? Have a big party planned? What’s your costume going to be?? I think it’ll be a quiet night for the Ellison house, though I should probably get last-minute costumes for the Thrillerkittens… after all, All Souls is our 3 year cataversary. How cute would that be?

I went to Canada this week, and met with my publisher. It was awesome. More on that later in the week, when I can do it justice. I am beavering away on the last pass on THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE, so no more fun for me until that’s complete.

Anywho…

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

I adore my A Word on Words co-host, Mary Laura Philpott. A brilliant mind with a wit to match, she wrote this piece in The Washington Post this week. Y’all. Read it to your kids today—it’s so important to teach our girls they can save themselves, no matter who and where they are.

Need a last-minute Halloween costume idea? I’ve got 10 creepy costumes from books, ready and waiting for you to recreate them! 👻

Speaking of books, here are 11 of the greatest parties in literature! Which one would you like to go to the most? Hmm…

Y’all know I’m a sucker for office supplies. Which is why I love these desk accessories for book lovers! Be still, my heart.

Heads up: 50+ paranormal romance novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire (!) are up for grabs! Click here to enter.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of getting away. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but changing your location, taking some time off, and unplugging does wonders in the long run.” YES!!! I couldn’t agree more. A change of scenery is a good thing when you’re stuck in a rut, and this is why it’s good to get away every once in a while.

And closer to home:

The Wine Vixen found 12 spooky wines for Halloween!

If you’ve been waiting for the NO ONE KNOWS paperback, now’s your chance—it comes out on Tuesday! Paperbacks make a great stocking stuffer, I’m just sayin’.

That’s it from me! Have SO MUCH FUN tomorrow, be nice to your trick-or-treaters, and we’ll talk again soon!

xoxo,
J.T.

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10.30.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, friends, and welcome to All Hallows’ Eve Eve! Do you have your candy ready for the trick-or-treaters? Have a big party planned? What’s your costume going to be?? I think it’ll be a quiet night for the Ellison house, though I should probably get last-minute costumes for the Thrillerkittens… after all, All Souls is our 3 year cataversary. How cute would that be?

I went to Canada this week, and met with my publisher. It was awesome. More on that later in the week, when I can do it justice. I am beavering away on the last pass on THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE, so no more fun for me until that’s complete.

Anywho…

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

I adore my A Word on Words co-host, Mary Laura Philpott. A brilliant mind with a wit to match, she wrote this piece in The Washington Post this week. Y’all. Read it to your kids today—it’s so important to teach our girls they can save themselves, no matter who and where they are.

Need a last-minute Halloween costume idea? I’ve got 10 creepy costumes from books, ready and waiting for you to recreate them! 👻

Speaking of books, here are 11 of the greatest parties in literature! Which one would you like to go to the most? Hmm…

Y’all know I’m a sucker for office supplies. Which is why I love these desk accessories for book lovers! Be still, my heart.

Heads up: 50+ paranormal romance novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire (!) are up for grabs! Click here to enter.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of getting away. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but changing your location, taking some time off, and unplugging does wonders in the long run.” YES!!! I couldn’t agree more. A change of scenery is a good thing when you’re stuck in a rut, and this is why it’s good to get away every once in a while.

And closer to home:

The Wine Vixen found 12 spooky wines for Halloween!

If you’ve been waiting for the NO ONE KNOWS paperback, now’s your chance—it comes out on Tuesday! Paperbacks make a great stocking stuffer, I’m just sayin’.

Deal Alert: What Lies Behind is .99 on Kindle today only! What a bargain!

That’s it from me! Have SO MUCH FUN tomorrow, be nice to your trick-or-treaters, and we’ll talk again soon!

xoxo,
J.T.

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10.30.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, friends, and welcome to All Hallows’ Eve Eve! Do you have your candy ready for the trick-or-treaters? Have a big party planned? What’s your costume going to be?? I think it’ll be a quiet night for the Ellison house, though I should probably get last-minute costumes for the Thrillerkittens… after all, All Souls is our 3 year cataversary. How cute would that be?

I went to Canada this week, and met with my publisher. It was awesome. More on that later in the week, when I can do it justice. I am beavering away on the last pass on THE DEVIL’S TRIANGLE, so no more fun for me until that’s complete.

Anywho…

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

I adore my A Word on Words co-host, Mary Laura Philpott. A brilliant mind with a wit to match, she wrote this piece in The Washington Post this week. Y’all. Read it to your kids today—it’s so important to teach our girls they can save themselves, no matter who and where they are.

Need a last-minute Halloween costume idea? I’ve got 10 creepy costumes from books, ready and waiting for you to recreate them! 👻

Speaking of books, here are 11 of the greatest parties in literature! Which one would you like to go to the most? Hmm…

Y’all know I’m a sucker for office supplies. Which is why I love these desk accessories for book lovers! Be still, my heart.

Heads up: 50+ paranormal romance novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire (!) are up for grabs! Click here to enter.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of getting away. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, but changing your location, taking some time off, and unplugging does wonders in the long run.” YES!!! I couldn’t agree more. A change of scenery is a good thing when you’re stuck in a rut, and this is why it’s good to get away every once in a while.

And closer to home:

The Wine Vixen found 12 spooky wines for Halloween!

If you’ve been waiting for the NO ONE KNOWS paperback, now’s your chance—it comes out on Tuesday! Paperbacks make a great stocking stuffer, I’m just sayin’.

Deal Alert: What Lies Behind is .99 on Kindle today only! What a bargain!

That’s it from me! Have SO MUCH FUN tomorrow, be nice to your trick-or-treaters, and we’ll talk again soon!

xoxo,
J.T.

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10.23.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, my lovelies. How are you today? I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday, sitting out on the porch with something nice to sip and something nice to read. I’ve been enjoying some cooler porch weather here in Tennessee. I relish the days when I step into a crisp morning instead of a muggy cloud (blech!). The ThrillerKittens are loving it, too—I couldn’t keep them inside even I wanted to; it’d be like… well, herding cats!

I know, I know—you come for the links, but you stay for the jokes!

Anyway…

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Is there a better feeling than browsing a beautiful bookstore? Hardly. At lease one of these bookstores in Buzzfeed’s 19 most beautiful bookstores in America is sure to appear on your next road trip itinerary.

“Unlike books, tablets do not offer an opportunity to display taste or refinement. Books will never go out of fashion.” This article from Aeon is a lovely defense of print, and gives a history of books as a status symbol.

Is social media toxic to writing? In a word, YES.

Looking for a Halloween costume? Take a page out of Scout Finch’s book.

Y’all know I’m a sucker for notebooks and journals. Here are 11 journals that readers will love using to record their TBR lists.

Last call for this Romantic Suspense 50-book/Kindle Fire sweepstakes! There are some good ones in here, y’all—don’t miss out!

OK, stop what you’re doing right now and read “I used to be a human being” an article from writer Andrew Sullivan. I’m serious—go do it. And I challenge you to read the entire thing without picking up your phone. A nugget of goodness here:

This new epidemic of distraction is our civilization’s specific weakness. And its threat is not so much to our minds, even as they shape-shift under the pressure. The threat is to our souls. At this rate, if the noise does not relent, we might even forget we have any.

It’s so good stuff, I promise you. You’ll thank yourself later.

And closer to home:

If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my newest book, THE FIRST DECADE, now’s the time! (psst: it’s only $4.99 on ebook!)

And if you’re been saving your pennies and waiting for the NO ONE KNOWS paperback, it’s up for pre-order!

That’s it for today, y’all. Don’t get into trouble, snack on candy corn, and we’ll talk again soon!

xoxo,
J.T.

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10.23.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, my lovelies. How are you today? I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday, sitting out on the porch with something nice to sip and something nice to read. I’ve been enjoying some cooler porch weather here in Tennessee. I relish the days when I step into a crisp morning instead of a muggy cloud (blech!). The ThrillerKittens are loving it, too—I couldn’t keep them inside even I wanted to; it’d be like… well, herding cats!

I know, I know—you come for the links, but you stay for the jokes!

Anyway…

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Is there a better feeling than browsing a beautiful bookstore? Hardly. At lease one of these bookstores in Buzzfeed’s 19 most beautiful bookstores in America is sure to appear on your next road trip itinerary.

“Unlike books, tablets do not offer an opportunity to display taste or refinement. Books will never go out of fashion.” This article from Aeon is a lovely defense of print, and gives a history of books as a status symbol.

Is social media toxic to writing? In a word, YES.

Looking for a Halloween costume? Take a page out of Scout Finch’s book.

Y’all know I’m a sucker for notebooks and journals. Here are 11 journals that readers will love using to record their TBR lists.

Last call for this Romantic Suspense 50-book/Kindle Fire sweepstakes! There are some good ones in here, y’all—don’t miss out!

OK, stop what you’re doing right now and read “I used to be a human being” an article from writer Andrew Sullivan. I’m serious—go do it. And I challenge you to read the entire thing without picking up your phone. A nugget of goodness here:

This new epidemic of distraction is our civilization’s specific weakness. And its threat is not so much to our minds, even as they shape-shift under the pressure. The threat is to our souls. At this rate, if the noise does not relent, we might even forget we have any.

It’s so good stuff, I promise you. You’ll thank yourself later.

And closer to home:

If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my newest book, THE FIRST DECADE, now’s the time! (psst: it’s only $4.99 on ebook!)

And if you’re been saving your pennies and waiting for the NO ONE KNOWS paperback, it’s up for pre-order!

That’s it for today, y’all. Don’t get into trouble, snack on candy corn, and we’ll talk again soon!

xoxo,
J.T.

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10.23.16 - Sunday Smatterings

By JT Ellison

Hello, my lovelies. How are you today? I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday, sitting out on the porch with something nice to sip and something nice to read. I’ve been enjoying some cooler porch weather here in Tennessee. I relish the days when I step into a crisp morning instead of a muggy cloud (blech!). The ThrillerKittens are loving it, too—I couldn’t keep them inside even I wanted to; it’d be like… well, herding cats!

I know, I know—you come for the links, but you stay for the jokes!

Anyway…

Here’s what happened on the Internets this week:

Is there a better feeling than browsing a beautiful bookstore? Hardly. At lease one of these bookstores in Buzzfeed’s 19 most beautiful bookstores in America is sure to appear on your next road trip itinerary.

“Unlike books, tablets do not offer an opportunity to display taste or refinement. Books will never go out of fashion.” This article from Aeon is a lovely defense of print, and gives a history of books as a status symbol.

Is social media toxic to writing? In a word, YES.

Looking for a Halloween costume? Take a page out of Scout Finch’s book.

Y’all know I’m a sucker for notebooks and journals. Here are 11 journals that readers will love using to record their TBR lists.

Last call for this Romantic Suspense 50-book/Kindle Fire sweepstakes! There are some good ones in here, y’all—don’t miss out!

OK, stop what you’re doing right now and read “I used to be a human being” an article from writer Andrew Sullivan. I’m serious—go do it. And I challenge you to read the entire thing without picking up your phone. A nugget of goodness here:

This new epidemic of distraction is our civilization’s specific weakness. And its threat is not so much to our minds, even as they shape-shift under the pressure. The threat is to our souls. At this rate, if the noise does not relent, we might even forget we have any.

It’s so good stuff, I promise you. You’ll thank yourself later.

And closer to home:

If you haven’t grabbed a copy of my newest book, THE FIRST DECADE, now’s the time! (psst: it’s only $4.99 on ebook!)

And if you’re been saving your pennies and waiting for the NO ONE KNOWS paperback, it’s up for pre-order!

That’s it for today, y’all. Don’t get into trouble, snack on candy corn, and we’ll talk again soon!

xoxo,
J.T.

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10.16.16 - Sunday Smatterings: Southern Festival of Books edition

By JT Ellison

Welcome to another Sunday! It’s been a special weekend in Nashville–Southern Festival of Books time! Three days packed with books, authors, panels, food, and friends… really, what more can you ask for? Here are a few shots of my weekend, starring, in order: my panel, with Jaden Terrell and I cutting up (photo courtesy of Genny Carter), the awesome Megan Abbott, my buddy Laura Hill from Reading Rock Books, Paul from NPT in my favorite shirt ever, the divine Victoria Schwab, snacks at the Oak Bar, my housewife crush, Helen Ellis, the adorable Meg Mitchell Moore, comrade-in-arms Ariel Lawhon, pointing and in hat, ghostly hands in the men’s room at the Hermitage and a pile of housewives (photos courtesy of Helen Ellis), and my book haul.

A good time was had by all.

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Now, on to the links!

A most fascinating story that backs up something I’ve always believed: The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate

Solid productivity advice: To take control of your email inbox, think about it like your IRL mailbox.

From Bustle: 11 Desk Accessories Every Book-Lover Needs In Their Working Space

One of my favorite series is Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. I’ve been rereading A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES this week, and say this awesome short video: Yoga and The All Souls Trilogy (cc @DebHarkness)

In case you didn’t already know this, LitHub edifies Why Calvin and Hobbes is Great Literature.

This is a fantastic piece for my fellow writers. I don’t mean to provoke any sort of existential crisis, but deciding What Kind of Writer Are You? if a great exercise.

And closer to home: We Made A Book!

Here are all the details you need to purchase THE FIRST DECADE in PRINT!!!!

And a little piece I wrote about it on the Tao, Plus a short piece about friendship and books on the divine Laura Benedict’s blog

Thanks for being here. We’ll see you next time. Have a great week, and #keepreading!

XOXO,

JT

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10.16.16 - Sunday Smatterings: Southern Festival of Books edition

By JT Ellison

Welcome to another Sunday! It’s been a special weekend in Nashville–Southern Festival of Books time! Three days packed with books, authors, panels, food, and friends… really, what more can you ask for? Here are a few shots of my weekend, starring, in order: my panel, with Jaden Terrell and I cutting up (photo courtesy of Genny Carter), the awesome Megan Abbott, my buddy Laura Hill from Reading Rock Books, Paul from NPT in my favorite shirt ever, the divine Victoria Schwab, snacks at the Oak Bar, my housewife crush, Helen Ellis, the adorable Meg Mitchell Moore, comrade-in-arms Ariel Lawhon, pointing and in hat, ghostly hands in the men’s room at the Hermitage and a pile of housewives (photos courtesy of Helen Ellis), and my book haul.

A good time was had by all.

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Now, on to the links!

A most fascinating story that backs up something I’ve always believed: The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate

Solid productivity advice: To take control of your email inbox, think about it like your IRL mailbox.

From Bustle: 11 Desk Accessories Every Book-Lover Needs In Their Working Space

One of my favorite series is Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. I’ve been rereading A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES this week, and say this awesome short video: Yoga and The All Souls Trilogy (cc @DebHarkness)

In case you didn’t already know this, LitHub edifies Why Calvin and Hobbes is Great Literature.

This is a fantastic piece for my fellow writers. I don’t mean to provoke any sort of existential crisis, but deciding What Kind of Writer Are You? if a great exercise.

And closer to home: We Made A Book!

Here are all the details you need to purchase THE FIRST DECADE in PRINT!!!!

And a little piece I wrote about it on the Tao, Plus a short piece about friendship and books on the divine Laura Benedict’s blog

Thanks for being here. We’ll see you next time. Have a great week, and #keepreading!

XOXO,

JT

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10.16.16 - Sunday Smatterings: Southern Festival of Books edition

By JT Ellison

Welcome to another Sunday! It’s been a special weekend in Nashville–Southern Festival of Books time! Three days packed with books, authors, panels, food, and friends… really, what more can you ask for? Here are a few shots of my weekend, starring, in order: my panel, with Jaden Terrell and I cutting up (photo courtesy of Genny Carter), the awesome Megan Abbott, my buddy Laura Hill from Reading Rock Books, Paul from NPT in my favorite shirt ever, the divine Victoria Schwab, snacks at the Oak Bar, my housewife crush, Helen Ellis, the adorable Meg Mitchell Moore, comrade-in-arms Ariel Lawhon, pointing and in hat, ghostly hands in the men’s room at the Hermitage and a pile of housewives (photos courtesy of Helen Ellis), and my book haul.

A good time was had by all.

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FullSizeRender-1.jpg
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Now, on to the links!

A most fascinating story that backs up something I’ve always believed: The Secret Life of Trees: The Astonishing Science of What Trees Feel and How They Communicate

Solid productivity advice: To take control of your email inbox, think about it like your IRL mailbox.

From Bustle: 11 Desk Accessories Every Book-Lover Needs In Their Working Space

One of my favorite series is Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. I’ve been rereading A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES this week, and say this awesome short video: Yoga and The All Souls Trilogy (cc @DebHarkness)

In case you didn’t already know this, LitHub edifies Why Calvin and Hobbes is Great Literature.

This is a fantastic piece for my fellow writers. I don’t mean to provoke any sort of existential crisis, but deciding What Kind of Writer Are You? if a great exercise.

And closer to home: We Made A Book!

Here are all the details you need to purchase THE FIRST DECADE in PRINT!!!!

And a little piece I wrote about it on the Tao, Plus a short piece about friendship and books on the divine Laura Benedict’s blog

Thanks for being here. We’ll see you next time. Have a great week, and #keepreading!

XOXO,

JT

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