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Happy Wednesday friends,

Where have I been?

Not even sure how long it’s been since my last post… I’m a little afraid to look…

*peers over folded hands*

CRIKEY!! Surely not!?

And yet the truth is the truth friends. It’s been 18 days since my last post. In my defense, this has been a really difficult month for me in my own personal life and I’ve just been overwhelmed with work and family issues and trying to balance writing on the side.

The struggles of a writer, am I right?

I don’t want to make any promises and say I’ll be back at more regular intervals moving forward because I know what’s coming up and I know it’s going to be difficult to balance. Some people are really amazing at being able to pull it all off, but my head hasn’t been in the game lately and this blog is what’s taking the beating as they say.

But I’m not going to hold that against myself. I’ve been making some progress in writing and reading despite the turmoil and that’s what I’m coming to share with you today….


I finished my edits of Heritage earlier this month and the manuscript is now in my sister’s hands. She’s always my first reader when it comes to my novels. In Stephen King’s On Writing, he mentions how his wife, Tabitha, is his IDEAL READER. Well, that’s my sister to me and what she says is what I always depend on. Can’t wait to get her thoughts before moving forward with it.

My main focus this month, though, is Pirate Eyes and I’m about a third of the way through edits and she is sparkling like a diamond in my eyes. I haven’t touched her since last year and coming back to her is a joy. I’ve cut words like there’s no tomorrow; I’m actually really excited to see how many words the MS will have dropped by the end of this edit. An edit which is bound to be my last before betas. I’ll talk more about that at the end of the month….

In other news, I was struck by the idea bug last month and started to outline a new novel except the bug is really bad and I’ve started to pants it, which is a rare thing for me to do, but inspiration has struck hard and fast and I’m rather in love with where this story is going. All I’ll say for the moment is that it’s a fairy tale adaptation because there obviously aren’t enough of those, but I’m blending in some mythology with it and I actually think it’s kind of beautiful…

My lack of humility today astounds me ;P


I’m doing fairly well with my reading this month. I haven’t participated in a WWW Wednesday in a long time – maybe next week – so I thought I’d share a quick glimpse at what I’ve been reading…

  • Stolen Ink by Holly Evans – 4 stars – the first in a new series, I love how the magical system is based in tattoos and ink.
  • Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon – 4 stars – I very rarely read anything contemporary and even more rare is my choice to read a YA one, but with the movie coming out and it being directed by a Canadian woman (NATIONAL PRIDE) I figured I should read the book. Really glad I did!
  • The Drowned Tomb by James Fahy – 5 stars – the second in the Changeling Series, these books remind me of The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings with a beautifully realized mythology, resonating characters, and stellar worldbuilding!
  • On Writing by Stephen King – 5 stars – people have always said and now I understand it: All writers must read this book! It is gloriously inspirational and relatable and focuses less on structure and more on craft! Plus it’s a brilliant memoir.
  • A Shining in the Shadows by Beverley Lee – 5 stars – the second in the Gabriel Davenport series, Beverley is a master storyteller and this is a gem of dark fantasy with memorable characters and a gripping plot
  • The Shadowy Horses – 4 stars – by Susanna Kearsley – the third of Kearsley’s books that I’ve read this year in my goal to read through her entire works and I loved the setting and the romance in this one. A bit of a slower plot, but the historical time that our protagonist is exploring is one that highly intrigues me. The Ninth Roman Legion is one of those mysteries…

At the moment I’m currently reading a chapter of Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, which is going to be a book I will return to time and time again, I can tell because it resonates with me on so many levels and it delves into myths and fairy tales in a new light.

I’m also reading The Dark Tower by Stephen King, the last book in the series, and I don’t really think I’m ready for it to end. My nails are not handling it well at all…

That’s about all I wanted to share with you today, friends. I hope that you’re all doing well. My plan this weekend (on top of reading and writing) is to catch up on your posts. I hate falling behind on your blogs. I apologize for any spamming that might occur because of it.

Stay well ❤

And let me know in the comments how your month has been going and what your plans for the weekend are! Let’s catch up because I’m tired of falling behind ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Ninth

Happy Monday Friends!

The last week has been a busy one. Here are some highlights for you 🙂


Last week was fairly quiet, but this past weekend was busy with our annual barbeque at my parish. My mom is basically in charge of planning and preparing the whole thing so my sister and I were helping her on Saturday to get things ready and then Sunday we worked behind the scenes to make it a success. I think success would be a good word for it! There really is nothing like getting together with a community of friends. They feel more like family.

In other news, my sister and I have started pre-production on a short film that we’re hoping to shoot in late October, early November! It’s pretty exciting 🙂


In anticipation of my first year on aliasfaithrivens and Twitter, I’m hosting a giveaway. Want to win one of two prizes of my favourite reads this year? Enter here: GIVEAWAY!


I’m participating in the Twitter hashtag for two WIPs this month! Here are some of my favourite tweets for each:



In Writing

Of course, my most exciting news is linked to my Urban Fantasy novella: Eléonore! As of this moment my word count stands at 15,021. My best day of writing was on Friday when I hit 2,324 words. I hope to hit 25k by Wednesday, but that’s a pretty BIG order, so who knows whether that will happen.

What I can say is that with the progress I’ve been making and with my overall satisfaction with the plot ‘s unfolding and character development, I think this little story might just be my debut novel(la). 😉 But we’ll see where things go from here before any promises are made!

And how was your past week, my friends? Where are you at with your projects? Anything special to share! Leave a comment and let’s talk! 

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Eighth

Another Tuesday edition because I sort of got carried away yesterday writing Eléonore (a very good thing)!

It’s been a good week for writing, but I’m still grappling with some life choices as I try to find a way to break out of my rut of routine and make writing my career. That’s the dream, right? 😉


As I’ve already mentioned, I’ve been focusing most of my energy on Eléonore lately, trying to hit my goal of 45k for the first draft. I’ve set myself weekly goals and right now I’m trying to hit 10k by tomorrow (Sept. 7th). As it stands, I’m sitting in middle of 7k after yesterday’s 2,374 word count 🙂 Couldn’t be happier with the progress I’m making and the way the story is going. If it continues this way, well… let’s not catch chickens when eggs are still whole.

Here’s a little snippet, just to give you a taste.

The small condo that I called home was on the third floor of a complex. It wasn’t the cheapest thing in Montreal, but it wasn’t exactly the cream of the crop either. It made do for the purposes it had to serve—not that there were many.

Provide shelter: Check.

Close to work: Check for day. Check for night.

Remain outside the radar of possible demonic enemies…


I’m also partaking in the monthly hashtag created by Bethany that offers authors a chance to share their works in progress. It’s such an amazing community and I love to discover all the talent and stories that my fellow writers possess. I’m sharing both Pirate Eyes and Eléonore this month. Here are just some of them…

What I’ve Been Watching

This… Unapologetically…

March 2017 cannot come soon enough!

One of my childhood favourites–if not the top–I’ve been worried about the live-action not doing the animated feature justice. But Dan and Emma seem to have good chemistry already and my hopes are lifting 🙂

Also, for people like me who still delight in animated movies and watch them for the joy of it, there’s this little tidbit of news that might excite you…

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Yep! Anastasia‘s coming to broadway! It showed on a smaller level already in Connecticut, but previews in New York begin March 23rd 2017 with an opening marked for April 24th! Tickets please 🙂

How has your week been? Anything exciting to share? Let me know 🙂

Take care friends!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

September Foresight | The Month Ahead

Happy Thursday friends!

And happy September 1st! Anyone else catch the Hogwarts Express this morning?

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No, wait, that was just a dream! 😜

In all seriousness, this September is one that I intend to take charge of! I have lots of milestones & aspirations for it! Let me share a few with you….


I have two coming up this month.

The first is September 10th. It marks the day I joined Twitter in 2015.

The second is September 16th which marks the first anniversary of my first blog post here!

I can hardly believe that a whole year has passed since both of these occasions. Time is rather speedy, isn’t it?

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They hold a lot of importance to me, not only because they introduced me to so many amazing wonderful, people, to you, dear friends, but it also marked the moment in time when I decided to put myself and my stories out there for others to see. The warm response I got in return was (and still is) a true blessing!

All that to say that, from September 10th – 16th, I’ll be hosting a giveaway to celebrate my first anniversary on social media! Keep an eye open.


Pirate Eyes is still up there on my list of goals. I didn’t quite finish editing my draft as I had hoped to in August, but I think I can wrap them up by Sunday. Meanwhile, my sister is working through the changes I’ve already made. Once hers are in, I’m sending my MS out to a critique partner and maybe one other beta reader (anyone still interested? I’d probably be looking in October, so there’s plenty of time to consider). And then querying begins in earnest!

I’ve been hinting at something else for the past few days, and I’m excited to finally share my new project with you! It’s one I’ve kept hush hush, only because I didn’t want to share something that I wasn’t going to follow through with, but I am ready for it! And follow-through will be my middle name this month. Yep! Just call me Faith Follow-Through Rivens!

First, an introduction on inspiration. In the past year I’ve met so many amazing people who’ve inspired me so many times over with their beautiful words & heartfelt stories. I’ve watched as they’ve published their novels, reaching others through the written word. That has been my greatest aspiration in life and seeing friends persevere in their goals has compelled me to strive harder to accomplish mine.

In particular, I have been inspired by Holly, the author of the gripping urban fantasy series Infernal Hunt. Her blog and her novels have really impacted me and inspired me to write my own urban fantasy. By the way, if you haven’t checked out her series yet, you really should. Right here!

And so this September I am writing Eléonore (working title), an urban fantasy set in my home province of Quebec. I plan on it being a novella length, just a little something to try. My plan is to do NaNoWriMo a little early this year (don’t worry, I’ll still be doing NaNo in November too)! I’m aiming for a length of 45k-50k. So this September is going to be MyWriMo! And I’m really excited about it 🙂

I don’t have a blurb to share yet, but I can tell you this much so far (I mispelled her name ;P: the right spelling is above)

If you want to know more about it, I’ll be tweeting all month about it & Pirate Eyes under the hashtag #WIPjoy.

What are your big plans/aspirations/expectations for September? Is anyone else participating in #WIPjoy? Share in the comments!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Another Month Closes

It’s August 31st friends!

Can you believe how quickly the month  flew by!

I can’t and I’m not really sure I want to see it go.

It’s been a trying month on my end, so I’m glad to see it go for that reason. But I also hate to think that we’re in the last third of the year now!

Looking back, I have made a lot of strides. I’ve been more forward in putting Pirate Eyes into the world and working diligently at perfecting her to the point of near perfection (because perfection is impossible, right??). I’m prouder of her than I’ve ever been and I feel confident saying that I’ll have her out to the public by 2017. I’m also confident that she won’t be my debut novel. More on that tomorrow 😉

I’ve also taken a lot of time to think about my life this past month. I’m not going to get deep and philosophical with you 😉 All I mean to say is that I’ve been considering who I want to be and what I want to do with my life. I know where my passion lies, I know what I want my purpose to be, but it’s become clear to me that I haven’t been focusing my life around those things. And I want that to change.

It says a lot when the only goal I’ve managed to keep this month is my reading one. I told myself that I had to read at least 5 books. I kind of read 10 ;P Which brings me up to 85 books read! 15 left and I’ll have reached my target!

Here’s a look at them as per my instagram post:

Well here are my August reads ranked from most enjoyable to least diverting: 1. Jane Eyre: my annual read of the classic proved to be the highlight of the month. Jane & Rochestor are forever my OTP ❤ ️2. Speaker for the Dead was just as profound and gripping (if not more so) as it'd predecessor: Ender's Game. 3. Darker Shade of Magic was my first VE Schwab book that convinced me it also wouldn't be my last. The characters. The worldbuilding. Phenomenal. 4. A Swiftly Tilting Planet is the third in the Time Quintet, a childhood classic I only discovered a few months ago. A unique and whimsical read. 5. Harry Potter & the Cursed Child. Nostalgic. Harry Potter is one of my favorite series and while the play has its flaws I still delighted in returning to Hogwarts. 6. Justice Hall is part of the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series. I haven't enjoyed the last few installments, but this one was rather delightful. 7. Mad Ship was a big read that I had a hard time getting into. The second half was far superior to the first. 8. State of Wonder was my first foray in contemporary lit fic this year and while it was well written I found the Amazon setting a tad unsettling. 9. A Court of Thorns and Roses. Aah, this book. I had such high hopes (being the Beauty and the Beast fan that I am) but I was rather disappointed by certain elements. On the upside, SJM has a lovely writing style. 10. Lastly comes the Birth of Venus, a historical fiction I had hoped to enjoy much more than I did. I just never clicked with the MC. Well, those are the books I read. What about your August reads. Anything that completely wowed you? Anything that left you unsatisfied? #Augustreads #bookworm #bookstagram #amreading #loveofbooks #booksarelife #finishedreading #allthebooks #readingisknowledge #knowledgeispower

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The other thing I realized was that I spent a lot of money on books and funko this month. This was what my haul looks like…

And here's my #augustbookhaul! As well as my #funkopop purchases. At a glance: Chicago Manual of Style • All the Light We Cannot See • Clockwork Sparrow • Ship of Destiny • Reaper Man • The Sunne in Splendour • Scorpio Races • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child • Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction • Gods of Gotham • Slaughterhouse 5 • Xenocide • Alanna: The First Protectress • Magic Bites • Written in Red • Crocodile on the Sandbank • A Monster Calls • Frenchmen's Creek • Wizards of Earthsea • Stormdancer Phew! What about your book buys this month. Anything you're particularly excited about? Any thoughts on mine 😉? #bookstagram #bookworm #nosuchthingastoomanybooks #bookshelf #tbr #amreading #spendingspree #bookaholic #booksequallife #readingisknowledge #knowledgeispower

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I would feel ashamed, but I can’t hate myself for putting money towards the written word when I hope some day someone will be putting a down payment on mine 🙂

How was your August? Anything exciting happen? Anything surprising? Share your experiences! See you in September 😉

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

Beautiful People // Appearance Edition | Keira #2

Happy Tuesday Friends,

We’re nearing the end of August and once again I’m cutting it close for Beautiful People! But at least it’s going to be up!

The Beautiful People monthly blog meme is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In! Each month, these lovely ladies post ten questions designed to help writers tap into the quirks and qualities of their characters. Then writers link up their posts and jump around the blogosphere discovering the ‘Beautiful People’ that have been created

I was going to give a different character a chance to shine, but I decided to stick with Keira for another round. If you missed my first Beautiful People post, check it out HERE!

And now, here’s a closer look into Keira’s appearance!

Give a brief overview of their looks. (Include a photo if you want!)

Keira stands tall at about 5’5 with long chestnut locks that she likes to braid on one side. Her most distinguishing feature is her purple eyes — a descriptive feature that is also essential to the story’s premise.

Here’s a recent drawing that my amateur hand composed:


Share a snippet that involves description of their appearance.

In the reflection of the waters, she caught a glimpse of her purple pirate eyes.  A cool breeze blew through her tangled brown locks, the salty water dousing her, refreshing her.

What is the first thing people might notice about them?

Definitely going to say the purple eyes. Some of them know what it might symbolize, others are just amazed by the sight of them.

What are their unique features? (Ex: freckles, big ears, birthmark, scars, etc.)

As mentioned, Keira’s unique feature is her purple eyes.

How tall are they? What is their build (Ex: stocky, slender, petite, etc.)

Keira’s an average sized girl, about 5’5 in height and slender, but muscular. She’s been raised on a pirate ship, so she’s done a lot of strength building.

What is their posture like? How do they usually carry themselves?

Keira’s stubborn and walks with her head high to convince others that she is brave and strong and unaffected by the hardships of the past. Head high. Eyes forward. Chin up.

Your character has been seen on a “lazy day” (free from usual routine/expectations): what are they wearing and how do they look?

Keira’s life is often full of lazy days. Travelling the oceans allows for many moments of relaxation. She often wears the same loose white blouse and navy trousers. When it’s really warm, she opts for a sleeveless top.

Do they wear glasses, accessories, or jewelry on a regular basis? Do they have any article of clothing or accessory that could be considered their trademark?

She doesn’t wear many accessories before the start of Pirate Eyes. I can’t say that stays true true throughout the entirety of the novel, but to say more would be to spoil. And River Song really doesn’t like that ;P

Have they ever been bullied or shamed because of their looks? Explain!

Both, but only during Pirate Eyes and I really can’t say more than that 😉 Darn these spoilers!

Are they happy with how they look? If they could change anything about their appearance, what would it be?

Keira is content with how she looks, there really isn’t much she would change if she could, though she does regret what her purple eyes seem to point towards…

Well, that’s it for this month’s Beautiful People! Any thoughts on Keira? Feel free to express them in the comments! And if you have your own Beautiful People link, feel free to share that too so that I can check out your beautiful characters 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Seventh

Monday Greetings Friends 🙂

It’s been a week of novelty this week for me…


WWW Wednesday | The Twentieth

Cover Reveal | FAITHFUL by Michelle Hauck

Faith’s Friday Fiction | Empowered


I’ve made decent progress editing Pirate Eyes. I have about ten chapters left to go through, and I’m hoping to be done my August 31st in time to focus on my new project in September. Worse comes to worse, I’ll balance the two until it’s done. I haven’t had a chance to type up the edits I’m making my hand, but I can tell that I’ve cut at least another 2k! So progress 🙂

On a different, less exciting note, I didn’t make it into #PitchWars. But I’m not disappointed. Quite the opposite; I feel impassioned and ready to find the next opportunity to get Pirate Eyes out into the world!


Well, I finally caved and got myself an account on Instagram. I’ve been posting a lot there lately about my bookish habits and writing endeavours. I’m just experimenting at the moment, but I’m hoping to hone my camera skills through it and sharing more exciting images with you all! If you are on Instagram, why not connect HERE with me!

Here are some of the photos I’ve posted so far:


I also recently got myself an account on Netflix so that I can finally binge watch Daredevil, Jessica Jones Stranger Things.

So far, I’ve only watched two movies on it: Jersey Girl & Mockingjay Part 2. I’m not sure why I watched the former. I had been hoping for a cute and light viewing, but the acting was subpar at best and the story line too shallow for my liking.

I watched the second Mockingay film only because I had already watched the first three and wanted to see how they brought the final half of the last book to life. It was just as disturbing as I expected it to be. Grim and dark. The complete opposite of a feel-good movie. It was a good film, not my favourite in the series, but it did justice to the books which I suppose is the main thing.

What have you been up to this past week? Anything new happen in your life? Anything exciting? Inspiring? Share in the comments. 

Have a beautiful week!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Sixth

Happy Tuesday friends!

I do not want this becoming a habit of posting these Tuesdays, but yesterday was… well, I won’t bother you with that. Let’s just get to the week’s review shall we 🙂


I’ve begun a new series of posts called Faith’s Fiddling Fridays. I’m learning to play the violin (self-teaching at the moment) and I look forward to sharing some little tidbits of insight with you as I go along 🙂 You can find the first post HERE!


Pirate Eyes has been my top priority this month as I entered it into #PitchWars. This Thursday is the mentee reveal day and, while I have no expectation of being chosen, I have still appreciated the experience. The #PitchWars thread on Twitter has been rather insightful and has led me to make new connections with fellow writers. So it’s a win-win whatever the case.

It’s also given me a chance to do another round of edits (I lost track of the number after the 15th draft three years ago ;P). The best part: in the first eight chapters I managed to cut a whole 2k words! This is a big deal for a person who ended up adding 3k during her last revision session! I still have more edits to type up, but I’m expecting to be down by at least another 5k.

My plan at the moment is to start querying again September 1st, letting her loose into the world, just in time for me to apply myself to one of the new projects I’ve only been toying with during these summer months. More on that to come.

Wow, this was a shorter post than anticipated.

Stay well, friends! May this week be filled with many blessings of happiness and health ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith     quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Sixth

Hi all.

Usually this post comes on Mondays, but yesterday I went on an excursion to Vieux-Quebec, which I’ll be posting about Thursday. It was a lovely day spent with my two favourite people 🙂

So, one day late, here’s how my week went in the briefest words.

Not well.

No, that’s a lie. It was a fine week, just a lot of it was spent doing work more than anything else so that my writing time was cut very, very short. But that’s okay. It’s just about some realigning, figuring out what to do with life. But I’m dealing.

Meanwhile, in #PitchWars territory, I’ve come to the understanding that I’m not going to get anywhere with Pirate Eyes for this competition. And that’s fine. Really, it is. I tried and I can’t fault myself for that. My sister is helping me do one final edit and then I’ll be submitting my MS to some literary agents looking for an epic fantasy novel. I’m not rushing with this story, because it deserves to be its best and if it’s not there yet, then I’m willing to wait for it ;P

In the meantime, I’m trying to make time to do edit through my screenplay and those two other projects I’ve alluded to in the past. But Pirate Eyes is my main focus at the moment. And until it’s ready, I don’t have much time to divide for any other writing endeavours.

In the meantime, here’s a little excerpt from Chapter One of Pirate Eyes.

Purple eyes stared out at the ocean and the endless horizons it promised and saw possibility. Seated astride the maidenhead of the Diamond Heart, Keira watched it appear in the form of a ship cresting the waves in the distance.

A thrill of excitement surged through her. No voice shouted out the sighting, though she knew that Roephus held watch overhead in the crow’s nest. It would be some time before he became aware of it; she alone could boast the far-sightedness that allowed her to note the shape in the distance. The beckoning horizons had always held her regard and her heart. She was always watching, always waiting for her chance. This ship passing through her vision was an opportunity, come to her as if she had summoned it from the salty sea air.

How was your weekend? How are your projects coming? Keep striving for those dreams. They are within your grasp as long as you believe in yourself ❤

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith    quill-ink

This Week in Review | The Twenty-Fifth

Hi everyone,

It’s Monday again, which means it’s time for another round-up of my weekly highlights. A lot’s happened since last week, but this is going to be brief report because I have to leave in five minutes and I don’t want the day to pass without posting this.

So here we go 🙂


If you’ve been following me, you might have heard that I was thinking of applying to #PitchWars, a contest hosted by Brenda Drake that gives authors the opportunity to submit a query and first chapter of their completed MS to potential mentors who will then help them prepare for the agent round in November.

So I submitted Pirate Eyes on Friday and now I’m waiting to hear back regarding requests–mentors can ask for partials and fulls to help them choose a mentee. It’s scary to think of my MS in the hands of someone else, but also exciting.


So, a week ago I applied for an internship at a literary agency and this morning I got an email saying they are interested in working with me. I’ve been given a manuscript to read and report on and this is probably going to be taking up a lot of time on top of the job I already have, plus the manuscript I’m reading for my critique partner and another MS I’m beta-reading, which isn’t even touching on my own writing which means that my time on social media might be cut really short. But I’m trying to work out a schedule to at least make sure that I can stay on top of commenting on your blog posts (which I’m already behind on)…

All that to say, let me apologize if I become especially sporadic on-line. Life changes are sometimes intrusive, but they can also be liberating on another level entirely! I’m hoping that these developments help me to become more fully immersed in the creative world and help making writing my true career.

When was the last time a life change shook up your schedule and routine? How did you deal with it? Let’s talk! And I hope you all have a beautiful week 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith  quill-ink