Another Day, Another Draft

Another Day, Another Draft

I finished another draft of my fantasy novel, and this one felt like more of a victory than usual.

It marks the draft right before beta-readers. πŸ‘€

When I’m ready to share the official title (next month!). πŸ₯³

When I’ve started making cover and release plans. 😱

When I’m more in love with the story than I have been in a while and I’m ready to work my head off to share it with you all. πŸ˜‰

But right now, it’s a funny time of rest. While my alpha-readers go through the story, while my creativity awakens with 600 more story ideas, and while I wait for the next stage of things.

I’m really excited. πŸ˜‰

What I’m Accidentally Working On

What I’m Accidentally Working On

I recently got up the courage to start writing a new book.

Then about a week in, an old project stole my heart, and I haven’t looked back.

You’ve probably already guessed (or hoped) what I’m working on, especially if you follow me on Goodreads…

I’m pleased to say, I’m over 40% of the way through draft three of my fantasy novel, “Awake”. 😍 That’s all of part 1, and some very tough but very important scenes from part 2. πŸ˜‰ Also, character development!!

It feels like I’ve been working on this novel forever, but in reality, it’s just the one that gets pushed to the back when other deadlines call my name. I’m excited to be making progress again, and it feels like maybe this book will *finally* be a thing. πŸ˜‰

I’ll share with you my *real* project soon, but for now, here are some movie-esque posters I mocked up for inspiration. 😁 (All images from Canva.)

Okay, back to editing and devastating your hearts. πŸ’–

Butterflies or Ghosts

Butterflies or Ghosts

I should probably keep resting–it’s only been two weeks since I finished my novella. My writer’s brain needs time to recharge.

Besides, I have library books to consume, a closet to organize, and that batch of muffins.

But stories flow through my mind, flitting like butterflies or lingering like ghosts.

The mermaids wait in the ocean, thumping their tails on the floor to communicate–congregation, location, danger.

Five siblings need their personalities to be explored and tied into ordinary wartime adventures.

A young nun must set out on her own to find the family she was sure she lost.

There’s a prophesied apocalypse to outrun. A WW2 hospital ward to visit. Ashkenazi Jews surviving in space. The girl in the compression suit. The girl who loses every friend. Something very wrong with clones.

I wouldn’t blame me for resting for a while longer. And I also wouldn’t blame me if I dove into a project head first. πŸ˜‰

2023, Bookish Goals for Me

2023, Bookish Goals for Me

Welcome, 2023! Make yourself comfortable and stay awhile. πŸ˜‰

As in past years, I’ve decided to share a few of my hopeful bookish goals for this year. πŸ˜‰

1. Publish my A Very Bookish Easter novella

My entry to this anthology is coming along well, and I can’t wait for you all to read the finished product. 🀩 I think it’s gonna give you allll the cozy feels. 😁

2. Commission character art

This was actually something I attempted last year, but it didn’t end up working out, and I’m really excited to give it another shot. I have some gorgeous art of Kiera and of characters from the Arrows and Archers series planned. 😍

3. Dive back into dormant projects

This includes but is not limited to… promised sequels, “Awake” draft bazillion and seven or something, and a middle-grade WWII homefront novel. I am hoping to ease back into regular writing routines, and the big dream is to publish at least one new project this year. πŸ™

4. Sell books in person?

It’s been a few years now since I’ve had the opportunity to sell my books at an in-person event, but I’m really hoping/praying/scheming to get something together this year. πŸ™ˆ

5. Read 35 books

I barely made my goal last year, but I am planning to read a lot, so I’ve started my challenge at a nice, moderate 35 books. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ I’m hoping a high percentage of them are new indie releases. 🀞

There you go! Those are my bookish goals for this shiny new year. πŸ˜πŸ’™ In the personal sphere, I’m also planning to continue working on my mental health and to move on from my current day job to something that fits my needs better. Also, more baking, but that’s a given… πŸ˜‰

What are your hopeful goals for 2023?

A Little Bit of Progress // NaNoRebel Week One

A Little Bit of Progress // NaNoRebel Week One

Last week I shared my (hopeful, rough, overly optimistic, creative, CRAZY) plans for NaNoWriMo, and with the first week in the bag, I thought I’d give a small update. πŸ˜‰

Goal One: Novella Wrap-Up

I’ve actually written quite a lot this month and nearly doubled my wordcount, but the novella is still coming more slowly than I want it to. I’m having the ups and downs of “this is horrible” “this is amazing” “what even are words” on a small scale, and I even had an internet scare (everything was saved, phew!) and did some late-night writing in my email drafts. πŸ˜‰ Basically the whole NaNoWriMo experience just for these 5,000 new words. πŸ˜‚πŸ«£

I planned to wrap it up by the 7th, but I’m going to need more time, and since I’m a Rebel, that’s really okay. πŸ˜‰ *insert Rebel Alliance flag* *gives self a nerdy space nickname*

Goal Two: Organize My Novel Notes

Transferring the scribblies on my manuscript to more clear, useful notes in my notebook was something I thought would take forever (since the manuscript is a literal minefield of red ink), but I got it done in a day or two. ❀ Y’all, it’s sooo satisfying, and I feel ready to take on this next draft.

Goal Three: Fantasy Novel Edits

*stares longingly* Gotta knock out Goal One first… πŸ˜‰

Miscellaneous Happenings

I am (as usual) absolutely loving a good cup of tea. It pushes me into the cozy, focused space writing needs, and I also feel infinitely British (which is also important).

I invented myself a lapdesk! I prefer writing on the couch but also don’t want to overheat my computer, so I took a wooden food tray and flipped it upside down over my lap, and voila! #socool

I got distracted by making mock-up covers for NaNo projects (and they’re actually available for sale if you want one πŸ˜‰). Not to mention mental health, family events, a very cool computer game, and the cat who adopted us. πŸ˜‰

This month may not look exactly as I planned, but I’ve accomplished some good things, and I’m excited to continue my projects. πŸ˜‰ And I seriously can’t wait for you all to meet my adorable characters. 🀩

A Little Bit of a Plan

A Little Bit of a Plan

Happy November!! You know what this means… πŸ˜‰

It’s go crazy writing month!!! This turtle of a writer is joining NaNoWriMo as a Rebel. 😎😎

I planned to commit November to editing my fantasy novel, but my October project is running late so there’ll be a little bit of overlap.

Which is okay with me, since having writing to do helps keep editor-me sane. πŸ˜‚

So here’s the current optimistic plan…

1. Wrap-up my current project, a.k.a. the first draft of my Easter novella, within the first week of this month. πŸ˜¬πŸ™

2. Organize my notes for the next draft of my fantasy novel in the first week as well. πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

3. Get my fantasy novel safely through an entire draft and all shiny for beta-readers. 😍😍

Now, my life is very dynamic right now, so I hold these plans loosely, but I’m having fun making them and feeling hopeful and ready to go! 🧑

Do you have writerly plans this month?

The Get to Know Me Tag β€” Writer’s Edition

The Get to Know Me Tag β€” Writer’s Edition

Happy weekend, everyone! I thought this tag might be a fun way to end the week. πŸ˜‰

This tag was originally created by Savannah at Savannah Grace Writes, and I was tagged by the wonderful E.G. Bella. You can find her post here. Thanks so much for tagging me!

Vital Stats and Appearance

Name: Kate (Willis) Hoppman (there’s also a really pretty middle name in there which I won’t share because privacy πŸ˜‰ )

Nicknames: I don’t have an official nickname, but my nephews are convinced my name is actually “Cake” which cracks them up because I often make family birthday cakes.

Birthday: Springtime. πŸ˜‰

Hair color and length: Brown, elbow-length because of how curly it gets, but it’s really a lot longer than that. πŸ˜‰

Eye color: Also brown

Braces/piercings/tattoos: None of the above

Righty or lefty: I’m right-handed, though I’m somewhat ambidextrous.

Ethnicity: I’m a mix of all things European + Ashkenazi Jew. 😎


First novel written: Kiera. It was a huge milestone for me, and I’m still so grateful I got to write and publish it. πŸ’™

First novel completed: Also Kiera. I have yet to complete a second novel beyond draft one, and the self-doubt feeds off that fact rather well. πŸ˜‰ 😬

Award for writing: I believe I won a short story contest in the past. πŸ€”

First publication: My middle-grade, summery mystery The Treasure Hunt. My sister Perry helped me get it ready in time for a convention table she was running for Homeschooled Authors, and I got to see my book in person there and sell copies. 😍 One of my favorite author moments.

Conference: I’ve never been to one, but I’d love to attend the Rabbit Room conference, Hutchmoot. Finances and the bundle of anxiety that I am make going to a conference a little bit unrealistic for me right now. πŸ˜‰

Query/Pitch: Nope.


Novel (that you wrote): The one I’m writing now. πŸ˜‰ Which currently truly means my fantasy WIP “Awake”, but also I’m generally in love with whatever I’m working on (unless it’s editing time). 😁🀩

Genre: I write mainly contemporary and fantasy (or variation thereupon), but I’m itching to write something sci-fi.

Author: Perry Kirkpatrick, Sarah Holman, and Kim Vogel Sawyer

Writing Music: I don’t listen to music a lot while writing because #distractiblebrain

Time to Write: Midday or middle of the night when I should be sleeping and simply cannot. πŸ™ˆ

Writing Snack/Drink: Chai tea, something chocolate πŸ˜‰

Movie: *draws a blank* *literally has 600* I think more people seriously need to see the wonderfulness that is Fast Color.

Writing Memory: When my rewrite of a vital scene in Kiera made my mom cry. πŸ₯°

Childhood Book: The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliffe was exceedingly formative. πŸ‘€


Reading: The second Enola Holmes book. 😎 Also, a beta-read for a friend of mine.

Writing: Erm, mostly blog posts.

Listening to: Improbable Things podcast by J. Grace Pennington. She’s a very cool human, and I love her thoughts on life, books, and writing.

Watching: Parks and Rec with my husband. πŸ˜‰

Learning: Mental health management and how to live life.


Want To Be Published: Yes! That’s the goal with every new project, and I hope to have more books out there to share with you.

Indie or Traditional: I’ll be staying indie for the foreseeable future, but if I got a deal with a small press, I wouldn’t be opposed. πŸ˜‰

Wildest Goal: To see one of my books made into a movie. 🀩

Thanks for reading, and if you’d like to answer these questions, consider yourself tagged! πŸ˜‰

“What’s Your WIP” Tag — Meet My Fantasy Novel

“What’s Your WIP” Tag — Meet My Fantasy Novel

It’s about that time to switch gears on projects again (now that my book-baby Kiera is successfully out in the world!), and I thought this tag would be a great way to share what’s been brewing… *evil laugh of authoriness*


  • Thank the person who tagged you & link to their blog.
  • Link back to the creator,Β Katja @ Little Blossoms for Jesus, & add the tag graphic.Β 
  • List the rules.Β 
  • Answer the questions.Β 
  • Feel free to add snippets!
  • Tag as many or as few people asΒ you wish & let them knowΒ they’re tagged.Β 
  • Add a clean copy of the questions at the end of your post for the β€œtagged.”

Thanks for creating this tag, Katja!

Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?

Yes! I’ve chosen the final title of “Awake”. It’s a reference to an important line in the story, a subtle nod to the themes, and is honestly just a beautiful word. πŸ˜‰

Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?

We do not speak of blurbs at this time. (That horrific institution is something we leave for the very last minute. *glares in author*) Nevertheless, I will be brave and give you a taste of the concept…

In a world where stars tell the Maker’s plans and men study years to read them, King Harbor and Queen Marinne receive a terrible prophecy at their son’s christening. Elite palace guard Arrow is chosen to accompany the Queen and prince to a place of safety no one is even sure is real.

Chaos descends on the kingdom. Wolves and traitors roam the night, and soon even the earth itself begins to crumble.

Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?

I have a slight idea in mind, but I’m doing a little more market research and head-banging brainstorming before I come up with one. πŸ˜‰ I often don’t have very clear ideas for my covers until my designer sends mock-ups. 😬😭

How did you get the idea for this story?

This story idea came from me dealing with the problem of religious leaders misrepresenting God and downplaying His love and mercy for us. A bit of a sequel to some of the issues in Kiera, really. I also wanted to write a full-length novel in the fantasy genre and had a couple beautiful world-building ideas I wanted to use. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž

How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?

I originally plotted it for 50k words (hey failed attempt at NaNoWriMo!), but in rewrites, I’m hopeful and fairly certain it’s at least going to hit 60k. We’ll see. πŸ˜‰

Who’s your favourite character so far?

My favorite character currently is Arrow. He comes the most alive to me, and his dog (or the dog that chose him, rather) is pretty amazing too.

What’s your favourite memory related to this WIP?

I have a really beautiful brown and copper notebook I first outlined and brainstormed this story in. Every time I see it, it reminds me of the excitement and anticipation of planning my sophmore novel. 🀎

Any special person(s) who helped create it?

Since I’m really only draft two, I haven’t opened it up to a lot of feedback yet, but my sister Emma and my bookish friend Mary have been so encouraging and enthusiastic. ❀️ Their excitement fuels me on to get this story done. πŸ˜‰ (And I text Emma when the characters are not behaving. #theyhaveissues)

What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?

Almost all of my favorite scenes are spoilers, oops. 😎 But there’s one where Marinne and Harbor are doing some relief work (because crazy world goes to kaput), and the sweet unspoken support between them is just heart happy. πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯°

Can you give us a snippet? 

Absolutely! It is draft one material, so be kind πŸ˜‰

Arrow walked down the corridor to the Great Hall, the black dog following at his heels. The day had been long, and he still had dinner to eat and paint to remove from his face. Mace had a look in his eye that said there would be a long, worrisome meeting in the guard shack later.

He threw a glance at the dog. The animal had stuck with him all day, whether Arrow wanted him to or not, and he knew that somewhere in the days following their meeting the dog had decided to be his.

When he entered the Great Hall, the cook handed him water and ash to clean his face, then traded these for a bowl of stew. He swung his legs over a bench and leaned over his bowl, losing himself in the comforting food.

The dog nudged his foot, and he threw him a scrap of meat. Sooner or later, the animal would need a name. 

Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?

In some ways it has stayed very close to my original plot, but in others it has really blown my mind. One of the characters has a secret identity, another demanded an entire POV of their own, two are falling in love maybe (??), and I realized I need a kingdom map, a castle map, and a sky map. #sendhelp #allthemaps

Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?

Honestly, none so far. I did take inspiration from a scene in one of my favorite movies, though. πŸ˜‰ Also, I stole how two of my male characters look from a Marvel show and a BBC show…

When and where have you done most of the writing so far?

I began writing this story in 2019 and finished draft one in 2020 (it’s been a little bit of a long road), so it’s likely that I wrote it mostly sitting on my bed, the floor, or the couch at my parent’s house.

Where do you get inspiration for this story?

I have a Pinterest board I collected a few things on very early on, but mainly it’s just letting my mind play and enjoying how much I love medieval fantasy. πŸ˜‰

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

For longer projects, I’m a plotter and then let the smaller details (see above) take me by surprise. πŸ˜‰

Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?

Not really. I just tend to get social media out of my system, grab a snack or drink, and get to work. Lately, I’ve been lighting a candle for the vibes. ❀️

Are you thinking of publishing this story?

Yep, that’s the plan! Indie publish sometime before next summer! πŸ™πŸ˜

What things have you learned while writing this story?

Just how key worldbuilding is and how bad I am at it. πŸ˜‚ Also, if I want to have a plot twist, I need to work hard to keep all you smartworms from guessing it. *disappears into brainstorm lair*

Tell me about your WIP!

  1. Has your WIP a working title? If so, tell us! If not, have you any idea of what it might be?
  2. Have you a synopsis for your WIP? If so, give it to us! If not, can you give us a blurb on what your WIP is about?
  3. Have you a working/mock cover for your WIP? If so, show us! If not, have you an idea in mind?
  4. How did you get the idea for this story?
  5. How long do you think it will be? Is it longer or shorter than you thought it would be?
  6. Who’s your favourite character so far?
  7. What’s your favourite memory related to this WIP?
  8. Any special person(s) who helped create it?
  9. What’s your favourite scene so far (if you can tell about it without spoilers!)?
  10. Can you give us a snippet? πŸ˜‰
  11. Is the story still what you thought it would be or has it thrown you a couple curveballs?
  12. Is there a Bible verse, poem, hymn, picture, or quote that helped shape this story?
  13. When and where have you done most of the writing so far?
  14. Where do you get inspiration for this story?
  15. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
  16. Do you have a little ritual before you start writing?
  17. Are you thinking of publishing this story?
  18. What things have you learned while writing this story?

Happy weekend and happy writing. ❀️

Right Where I Left Off

Right Where I Left Off

There it was.

93 pages, stapled into four parts, carefully packed into one of the totes I’d brought from home.

I’d both forgotten about it and knew exactly where it was–one of the magical powers of an unfinished manuscript.

Draft one, completed March 2020. Draft two, a false start in January 2021.

Draft now.

I tried to get to it for a couple days (even packing it up in a tote bag for a “field trip”) until Saturday when I made myself a little nest with snacks and tea and red and purple pens, and let myself disappear.


Into the world I’d been unconsciously still working on for two years.

Into the psyche of characters who need much more emotional depth.

Into themes that mean more and more to me with each passing day.

Have you ever seen something so delightfully messy?! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

I took it to my parents’ house the next day, and by extension to church and grocery shopping, though it stayed in the car.

I pulled some more long hours, and brought the story to over halfway edited with some notes for draft three.

I’ve also been a little researching fiend about hardbacks, and I talked to my cover designer yesterday about plans for this year.

With each page, I’m growing more and more excited, and I can’t wait to share this all with you. ❀️

That face when you have a breakthrough idea.
2022, Nice to Meet You

2022, Nice to Meet You

Happy 2022! (aka the most sci-fi looking date ever)

As promised, here are some of my nebulous hopes and goals. ❀️

I’ve been enjoying reading a lot more lately, so I’m excited to set my reading challenge goal to 30 books. I can’t wait to find some great new reads. 🀩

I’m looking forward to graduating my recovery group as well. It’s been so helpful to me, and I’m grateful for the work God’s done in my life through it.

My fantasy novel is next up for some much needed (and really quite fun) renovation. The plan is to publish it sometime this year. πŸ™πŸ˜

I’d also like to draft two brand new stories (and maybe a short story here and there) just for the delight of it.

Baking, blogging, and life with my Joshua are continuing joys I’m looking forward to, as well as whatever surprises come next. ❀️

Happy New Year!

What are your hopes and goals?