A Notice To Myself

I like who I am. I am proud of the woman I have become because I have fought to become her.

I work hard every single day to make work I am proud of and to live my life in a way I can be proud of. I don’t intentionally hurt people. I don’t try to take advantage of people. I have lived a life without regrets.

I refuse to let ANYONE make me feel badly about myself or question my value as a person. Especially those who have lived lives full of regret after regret after regret based off their own bad choices, but I suppose for some folks, it’s not so simple.

Things I Try to Remember When I’m Nervous About Writing



1. Write what you want to read. 

2. There is no problem with a story so great that it cannot be fixed in revision. Keep going.

3. If your story is as uncreative as you think it is, you wouldn’t want to write it so badly. You want to write it because there’s a unique spin on it you have never seen, and want to express. Many people may write similar stories, but it’s the details that make it personal. You may not know it now, but there is someone who is looking for exactly what you’re writing. If you don’t finish it, they’ll never see it. 

4. You can write something amazing and still be met with silence. There are myriad reasons for this that have nothing to do with the quality of what you produce. 

4.1 It’s okay to repeat post your work if no one has seen it. 

4.2 It’s okay to post your work in multiple places.

5. You don’t have to agree with every criticism (but take it gracefully anyway). 

6. Most writers are scared of the same things you are.

7. Don’t judge your works in progress against the archives of finished, polished stories other writers have put together. Archives are Internet portfolios and generally don’t show all the multitude of failures, incomplete, and draft-form works those writers are also struggling with. They aren’t perfect and you don’t have to be, either. Keep working and you will have a portfolio of your own. 

8. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas with other writers. It’s not annoying as long as you’re not self-important about it. Be humble and gracious, and others will reciprocate.

8.1 You can’t write as well in a vacuum; the more people know that you are working on something, and what, the more support you will get for that work. Starting a dialogue before you post something will make it more likely people will read it when you do post it. 

9. It’s okay to take breaks. If the ideas just aren’t coming, go do something else for a while. 

10. Be kind to yourself. Don’t call yourself names. You are not stupid, or uncreative, or boring. You wouldn’t call other people those things, so don’t do it to yourself. 

I don’t know if these are helpful to other people, but they are helpful to me, so just in case, here they are!

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Roxie Prince is creating survival stories for strong girls.

Howdy, friends!

I just wanted to remind y’all that I am over on Patreon, and it would be super cool if you joined me there.

For as little as $1 a month you can help support my writing and in exchange get exclusive short stories, flash fiction pieces, glimpses into my writing process, and more. With higher tiers, you can get Kindle editions of my novels, monthly handwritten letters and artwork from me, and signed paperback copies of my books.

I’ve been having a lot of fun already putting content on Patreon, and I hope to make it as much of a collaborative process as possible.

I hope you’ll consider supporting this friendly, disabled, female, indie author. It would be super rad!

Roxie Prince is creating survival stories for strong girls.

[Roxie Reviews] | ‘Whispers in the Alders’ by H.A. Callum

‘Whispers in the Alders’ by H.A. Callum
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5/5
Finished on May 7, 2017
$2.99 on Kindle | $14.99 in Paperback

(I typically like to try and write my own descriptions for the books I review, but this book’s synopsis is so beautifully written that I had to include it here. I think it perfectly sets you up for the way this book is written and the journey it is going to take you on.)

Alder Ferry would have been just another nondescript suburb living in the shadow of its urban parent if not for one detail: the mysterious stand of alder trees anchoring the town to its past and standing as a reminder to the wilderness that once stood in its place.

In the shadows of the alders a boy named Tommy found refuge. There, an eclectic book collection was his only companion through a tumultuous childhood, serving as his escape from the brutal realities of his life. That was, until Aubrey appeared.

Born of different worlds, the alders become their escape while their unlikely friendship blossoms into a love that few people ever come to understand or enjoy—proving that true friendship is a romantic pursuit in its purest form.
Together they come of age in a town hostile to their friendship—a friendship that challenges the intersecting boundaries of class, gender and sexuality. Prejudice and privilege masquerade to destroy their dreams while class, gender and faith collide. All are tested as Tommy and Aubrey carry each other through their teen years and into adulthood. Whispers in the Alders is an impassioned experience that will test the emotions and is a story that will linger with the reader long after the last page is turned.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If I could give this book ten stars, I would. This is a beautiful, poignant story about friendship and love in a painfully cruel world. Callum writes with an almost poetic style of prose that flows off the page and straight into your heart. 

Aubrey moves to the town of Alder Ferry. Her father is the president of the town’s central economic source, and when he starts killing off jobs, her family becomes the most hated in town. She’s a social pariah, but she’s used to it because this is what her dad does. But she makes an unlikely friend in Tommy, a boy who finds his solace in the copse of alders between their homes.

Both teens, although from vastly different backgrounds, suffer in quiet loneliness and deep pain. Together, they find a way to cope and survive life in Alder Ferry. Their love for one another love is in its purest sense, and it brought me to tears multiple times throughout this novel. 

The relationship between these two teens is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. They have no one but each other, and as I read this, I found myself rooting for them both, but also becoming infuriated that the adults in their life failed them over and over again. Both Aubrey and Tommy are lovable and darling characters who deserve so much better than life gave them, Tommy in particular, and everyone in their lives failed them.

This is was the sort of story that, as a writer myself, made me want to become a better storyteller. It’s so beautifully crafted and is such a human tale that it reaches inside you and clenches right at your soul. I have thought about this story every single day since finishing it, and I have no doubt it will stick with me long into the future.