Plate Update: “Camping”, Em Dashes, and Castles

April was a whirlwind! Is it really over already?

Here’s a quick update on what I did last month. This full plate was a delightful mixture of Easter ham and Camp NaNoWriMo snacks. 😉

Beta-read and read for review:

Shadows of the Hersweald (five stars)

Lydia Howe’s current WIP “Echoes” 😉

Martin Hospitality (five stars and one heart)

Part of Malachi Cyr’s riveting WIP “Agent C” 

Pleasure read:

Left to Die (four stars)

The Forgotten Sisters (three stars)

The Mystery of the Mansion (four stars)

The Magnolia Story (three stars)

The 100-Year-Old Secret (three stars)

I am nearly finished reading my Sherlock Holmes collection, which is really exciting and kinda sad. I’m gonna have to find myself another big book to read next. 😉


Regular correspondence stuff

An “Ask the Author” question on Goodreads


Best JJ Heller songs

Most popular hard candy (Jolly Ranchers!) 

“Then” vs. “and then” 

Bible names for girls 

How to ride a horse and lead another 

Cream cheese oz. to cup equivalent 

Mini cheesecake recipe 

Flint Lockwood’s ringtone 😛

“Lead” vs. “led” 

Flogging (story research, FYI)

“In-between” vs. “in between” 

Hyphens, em dashes, and en dashes 

Simple overview of story structure 

Military care packages

How long it takes for a building to burn (story research!)

Steve Jobs’ adoption

And of course I always look up word definitions and actors if I have this niggling feeling I’ve seen them in something… 😉


Emessages (Sorry, I got bored of saying emails every time. 😛 )

My part of a collaborative story with Rebekah Morris

2,800 words on “One Last Fire”, my entry for the Stroke of the Pen writing contest

1,700 words as a replacement chapter for “The Twin Arrows”

Committee stories with a friend and siblings 😀

Blog posts (the top five being Plate Update: Princess Lesson, the FBI, and Celebrations; three Camp NaNoWriMo updates; and The Beta-Reading Tips at the End of the Universe)


My short story “One Last Fire”

10k words of “The Twin Arrows” as my Camp NaNoWriMo goal!!!

We had a great Resurrection Day celebration and some times of fellowship with dear friends. I got to put in some volunteer hours at our local pro-life pregnancy resource center with my sister. I also finally splurged and spent some birthday money on sewing materials. It’s been so much fun to have a project to work on! 😀 This month I’m looking forward to trying some library books I picked up, helping with another book release, and beta-reading two exciting projects. “The Twin Arrows” is currently in the hands of beta-readers which is exciting and a big first for me. 😉 I’m also in contact with my cover designer over some early mock-ups. Eeek!

How was your April? What are you looking forward to this month?

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Kate Willis

Kate Willis likes nothing more than a good story and a thoughtful conversation, preferably with a side of chai tea. Her love for Jesus Christ and her big, closeknit family inspire every story. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing for all ages.

12 thoughts on “Plate Update: “Camping”, Em Dashes, and Castles”

    1. Yes, it was really busy! I didn’t realize how full it was until I put together this post. Thanks. 😉

      Aw, I’m so glad you like it so much!!! *happily scoops up some confetti and throws it at you* 😀

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  1. Hello! Are you offering free copies of’Enjoy the Poodle Skirt’ for reviewers by any chance?


    1. Hello, Eliza! I’m sorry I did not see this before. I’ve been having some technical issues. 😉 “Enjoy the Poodle Skirt” is free on Kindle right now until Thursday if you’d like to pick up a copy. 😉


  2. Well, I did it again. I never seem to be able to stay caught up on your blog posts. 😛 (Nor on anyone else’s for that matter!) But I did make it.

    I always enjoy seeing the things you were able to accomplish in a month, from the stories you read, to what you looked up, to the things you read. And everything else.

    My April? It was busy. I know that much. I got another year older, I wrote 30k words during Camp NaNo, I attended two weddings and helped decorate and serve for one of them, and I don’t know what else.

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