Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer Solstice: A Summary of June

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. It is the peak; after that you have to go down the other side. Sometimes we feel that we must have reached the peak a long time ago, and that we can only go downhill, forever and ever, and that there will never be any ups. But, I believe that we are still going up, that there is still more to come. It comes every year and it will come again, so keep your spirits up!

Summer for RW has been great so far (notice all the awesome guest posters we have this summer!). Look at all these great posts we had this month:

June 2018 posts:

How to Write a Swoon-Worthy Non-Romance: Guest Post by Taylor Bennet
Taylor gave us some great tips, and Keturah and Faith told us what they think about her book, Porch Swing Girl.

Review of Day Moon by the RW Team
Lila and Audrey told us what the YA dystopian novel by Brett Armstrong is like.

6 Ways to Find Clean Books: Guest post by Rachel Meyer
Our guest poster Rachel tells us ways to find good books when we are sick of the bad. I definitely agree with her on #5.

Social Media and Stats:

89 followers, 22,644 pageviews all time

56 likes, 62 followers

314 followers, 491 tweets, 666 likes

19 posts, 128 followers

24 boards, 103 followers, 3k monthly viewers

65 members, 20 topics

Google +:

46 subscribers, 2 videos.

Links to all of these can be found at the top of this page.

Summer Treats:

In summer with heat waves crashing down, sometimes it is too much to handle. We all need breaks so I am here to show you some things as exciting as jumping in cool water on a hot day.

The Great American Read
Recently, PBS started a nationwide online survey to find out what the greatest novel is in America out of a list of 100. While several good classics are on there, there are several books on there that are not clean in the least. Here at RW we are all voting for the books that are clean! Please join us in voting for your favorite clean reads!

Camp NaNo
RW has a cabin for July! Faith Thompson is in charge of it. It is open to any follower of RW so if you are in need of a cabin, get in touch with her!

Posts around the 'hood:

Gray Marie Cox had three inspirational, encouraging, and helpful posts: You're NOT a WriterCharacter Arcs // Why You Need Them and How to Start Writing Them, and The Problem with Darkness in YA.

Abigail Lennah launched her new blog, Story-Eyed!

One of our followers, Micaiah SaldaƱa, recently wrote a wonderful series on writing non-cliche strong female characters - see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!

Faith Thompson has taken a new pen name! Check out this post on her blog to find out what it is, and more about her!

Melissa Gravatis wrote a great post about Should We Rate Books Lower if They Have Objectionable Content?

Lila Kims and Ivie Brooks collaborated on two different posts: Lila's Why I Want to Trad Publish, and Ivie's Why I Want to Indie Publish.

And finally, Ivie Brooks has recently announced that she is accepting sign-ups for a blog tour of her upcoming book, Uprising!! Click HERE to visit the sign-up form on Ivie's shiny new author's website.

Final word:

What I mostly want to say is, keep your spirits up! Summer is an amazing time, and it will always come again. You have not reached your peak yet, so keep climbing.

Yours &c.
Clare A.


  1. OH MY GOODNESS, THANK YOU!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! For giving me a shout out, for the support y'all have shown me throughout this journey, it means so much to me. <3 I will never be able to thank you enough. Have an awesome July, Rebels and keep fighting the good fight. <3

  2. Great month, Rebels! Keep fighting! (And I might have to take Faith up on the cabin thing.)

  3. Thank you for the mention, Clare! Great wrap-up. :D