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This Week in Review 2017 the 3rd

Happy Sunday friends,

I’m finally on time with this posting!

It’s been a busy week here and I accomplished much of what I set out to do. There’s a lot more to look forward to this week and I can’t wait to pursue each goal 🙂

Here’s a small glimpse of what I’ve been up to…

My Writing Projects

My first goal this week was to complete edits on Heritage! And I did 🙂 She sits now at 84,847  words, which is decent for a YA fantasy, but I’m hoping to cut at least 5k down during my edit of the second draft next month.

My second goal was to start edits on the final draft of The Glass Slippers. So far it’s going well, but I’m about to hit the part I’m most concerned with! Here’s a small excerpt from the first scene:


A luscious lawn surrounds a three-storey house, a decently sized estate, not extravagantly wealthy, nor terribly poor. Flowers coloured in a myriad of pastels blossom. Trees rich with foliage reach heavenwards.

SOFT PIANO MUSIC echoes from within.

LAUGHTER echoes — boisterous, innocent, free.

The Glass Slippers. ©Faith Rivens. 2017.

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I also have exciting news to share! I’ve created my first monthly challenge! Fictional Flashback February 2017!

I’ll post a few more explanations about it later this week on my blog. Keep an eye out for it!

Feel free to join starting February 1st on Twitter & Instagram. I hope you will 🙂

That’s it for me. How was this last week for you friends? Anything exciting happen? Let me know and we can share our experiences!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink


This Week in Review | 2017 the 2nd

Dear friends,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and a wonderful weekend!

Here’s just a quick look at what’s been keeping me busy! I`m keeping it really short, only because most of my week was consumed by work, my mom’s birthday, beta reading, critiquing and Sherlock! 😉

Eléonore Giveaway Winners

My giveaway for a signed copy of Eléonore ended on Friady, and I picked not one but TWO winners. Congratulations again to China and Sara! Two very talented writers in their own right!

My Writing Projects

This week, my focus has been squarely placed on Heritage, my 2015 NaNoWriMo novel about a young girl, Peggie, who embarks on a grand adventure with her grandmother! It’s a YA fantasy story and I’m kind of in love with it ❤ I’m nearly done editing this first draft! I should be done in an hour or two and then I’ll set her aside until next month or March to edit the second draft. My plan is to have her in a publisher’s hand before year end! We’ll see how that goes.

Here’s a small excerpt:

The moon beckoned me to the window and I heeded its call, my fiddle held close to my chest.

Pressing myself against the glass, I stared up at the luminous orb and waited for it to inspire within me a song. It was not long before it came.

I raised my fiddle to rest against my shoulder, my chin cradling it, to keep it secure in place. Then, I bade her to sing.

Back and forth, I drew my bow against the strings in a swaying motion. With ease, they obeyed me, uttering a subdued tone that echoed through my small room.

A hymn of solemn remembrance, it was not the song I had anticipated, but it was the one in my heart.

©Faith Rivens. 2017.


Anything exciting happening in your lives friends? Let me know and we can delight in each other’s experiences!

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink

This Week in Review | 2017 the First

Happy Tuesday friends,

This year sees the return of a weekly post, though I’m hoping to shift the schedule to Sundays instead of Mondays. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it up in time on either day this week so it’s coming today! 😅

And a friendly reminder that there are still three days to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Eléonore!: HERE’S THE ORIGINAL LINK!

My Writing Projects

As you’ll soon discover, I’m working on editing three of my writing projects this month: Pirate Eyes, Heritage and The Glass Slippers. Of the three, The Glass Slippers is the most pressing for me. It’s a screenplay that I’m hoping to circulate through some competitions in the hopes of getting her optioned (one of my 2017 goals)! My final draft has to be ready for January 31st. I just finished another readthrough of her and my biggest problem is deciding whether or not to skip a prologue-like beginning. I’m also worried that Mira’s (my protagonist) goal isn’t clear enough. Lucky I have some extra eyes that I’ll be relying on for some help 🙂


This month has seen the return of one of my favourite monthly challenges/share-a-thon/writing-community-chime-ins (really not sure what to call it…). But it’s such fun to share my WIP and discover others in turn! There are so many amazing stories out there.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favourites this past week (Jan. 1st-7th):


I’m finally catching up on reviews for books. Here are the ones I managed to get up since January 1st if you’re interested. My favourite of the list is The Making of Gabriel Davenport!

Victoria | Daisy Goodwin

The Making of Gabriel Davenport | Beverley Lee

The Tea Planter’s Wife | Dinah Jefferies

Keeping this week’s nice and short! Let me know what’s been going on in your life!

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…

Image result for anastasia broadway

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

This Week in Review | The Nineteenth

Happy Monday!

Another week has flown by! But this one feels far more productive than the last so that’s a good thing 🙂

Here are just a few highlights for your consideration…


REVIEWS: Name of the WindTreasure Island & Infernal Ties


Day 20: Share a line that mentions food:

Day 21: Does the weather or nature act as antagonist at any point?

Day 22: Share a line about a smell:

Day 23: Is this a kissing book? 🙂

Day 25: Do your characters feel like your…Friends? Kids? Both? Something else entirely?


I’ve made a lot of great strides with HERITAGE! Those of you who’ve been here for awhile, know that Pirate Eyes is my baby and that I’ve been working on it for 10 years! I’ve always wanted it to be my debut, but as I’ve been working through Heritage, I’ve come to realize that it might be a better showcase of who I am. So my plans have changed! I’m going to be focusing more thoroughly on Heritage for the next two months. I’ve just about finished going through the first draft and I’m making quite a few changes! I’ll post more on the story in the near future, but that’s where I am right now!


I’ve watched two movies this past week: The Fall and An Education!

The Fall is a rather interesting film, stronger on the visuals than the actual storytelling, but it is beautiful none the less, directed by Tarsem Singh and led by a brilliant performance from Lee Pace! I highly recommend you take a look at this movie because it is visually stunning and a feat in filmmaking!

An Education was not what I expected, but it was a great movie led by a fantastic cast! At once a coming-of-age story, it holds a lot of lessons for young women looking to find themselves. Carey Mulligan is superb!

I also finally watched two finales this week! Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin. These two shows have become my favourite in the last year, both proving themselves to be feminist in their perspectives. The latter especially broke my heart with this season finale and I’m really wishing it was fall so that I can see where they take the show next!


Making big plans that I know are going to shape my future in a big way! What does it include? Quitting my job? Just maybe 😛

What’s been going on in your life this week? Any big surprises? New developments? Share something exciting in the comments 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith quill-ink