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Why Is It Taking Me So Long To Write The Second Elixir Book?

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on March 24, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Family, Kylene, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

It’s been over four years since the ebook version of ELIXIR BOUND came out and over three years since the paperback version released (so forever in terms of publishing a companion novel). I’m sad to report that I’m only about 2/3 finished with the draft of the companion novel ELIXIR SAVED. And even once the draft is […]

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March #InkRipples: Tropes Are All In The Execution

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on March 8, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Ink Ripples, Writing |

Join Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll (that’s me!) for March #InkRipples, which is all about tropes. Love ’em or hate ’em, tropes are an integral part of storytelling. Even if you’ve never heard the word before, you’re sure to have come across them in books, movies, or television as they are a […]

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Timeless with a Twist from Sharon Chriscoe Author of RACE CAR DREAMS

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on February 13, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Guest, Picture Book, Writing |

I’m very excited for today’s guest on the Observation Desk is the author of the picture book RACE CAR DREAMS. The boys got this one for Christmas and love it! Sharon is doing a one-day Amazon giveaway on Wednesday, so make sure to check out my Twitter (@katielcarroll) or author Facebook page on Wednesday for details […]

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The Highly Charged Political Environment We Are In

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on January 30, 2017 in Anecdote, Art, Creativity, News, WIP, Writing |

I know I’ve been quiet on the blog lately. In part because I’ve been making it a priority to be noisy in real life and the blog has taken a backseat to that. But it’s not just that. This blog–my Observation Desk–has always served as a safe space for me to share my thoughts. I’ve […]

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January #InkRipples: The Allure of a Book Cover

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on January 2, 2017 in Art, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, Middle Grade, Writing, Young Adult |

Welcome to #InkRipples 2017! It looks like it’s going to be a big year for #InkRipples with lots of new bloggers joining Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and me (Katie L. Carroll) in our monthly meme. We’re starting off the year by talking about book covers. The rise of online shopping and ebooks have changed the way […]

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