September 13 2016

What I Like to Read

My desire to write came from a love of reading, which seems to be true for a lot of writers.

I tend to be drawn to books in the sci-fi/fantasy realm, but I have read books from pretty much every genre. If I had to list my favorites (notice I didn’t say my favorite singular, because that would be almost impossible to pick one), I’d have to go with the following:

Stack of Books
Some of my favorite authors are:

As I write this post, I keep thinking of more books that are among my favorites (the Harry Potter series, The Girl on the Train, Enigma…). If I keep adding them to the list, I’ll never get this post published! So I will share those in later along with any new books I run across that I love.

Have you read any of the books listed above? What are your favorites? I love talking to people about books! 🙂

September 6 2016

A Brief History of (My Writing) Time

Hi! My name is Rhonda Havig and I am a wife, mother, and writer. I have a BA in Communication from Stephen F. Austin State University (Go Jacks!) and I took so many English classes as electives that ended up with a second minor. Why so many English classes? Because I love to read and I found myself drawn to the literature classes.Pen and Paper

After college, I worked in bookstores for a few years. I would basically hand back my pay checks to buy books, especially when I was at a used bookstore that sold Vladimir Nabokov first editions. I eventually moved on to a couple of sales and marketing positions before ending up in the information technology realm where I remain today. I have worked in pretty much all aspects of web development including content development, design, coding, and server and database management.

Over the years, I have moved further away from the creative aspects and found that I really missed it. So I started trying different arts and crafts and in 2015 started a blog about it called Havig It All. I enjoyed writing about the creative adventures as much as trying new things. Around that same time, I heard about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Writing 50,000 words in 30 days sounded ridiculous. And so very tempting to try.

I decided in September to participate and thought about what story I would write. National Novel Writing Month WinnerI knew exactly what it would be by mid October. Then on October 31, I changed my mind and went in a different direction. This made November even more interesting writing the story with little to no planning. I wrote my butt off and managed to not only finish the story, but I wrote just over 50,000 words in 23 days. Woohoo!

And that was it. I was, and still am, hooked on writing. As a result, I have taken workshops, read books, and talked with other writers in an effort to learn more about the craft. I also started this blog to write about writing, as well as books and authors I like.
(NaNoWriMo Winner Image Courtesy of National Novel Writing Month)

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