80,000 Word Challenge, My Writings

“New” Summer Project (80,000 Words in 10 Weeks Challenge!)

Hey Everyone! Man, I have an exciting announcement today!

I really want to share with you my latest project! It’s both new and old at the same time. I began writing a fantasy fiction series back in Middle/High School (over a decade ago). I spent years on it, finishing it, revising it, changing it; in college, I even submitted several chapters for review during my Creative Writing classes. I officially finished the 394 page book four years ago.

I haven’t touched it since. Not until last week that is.

For four years, this finished novel has sat and waited for my attention to return. I am grateful for the distance, we both needed it, but I am ready to dive back in! Having read through the entire thing last week, I can see the potential in my writing, but I can also see the weak, “youthful” (let’s admit it, cheesy) areas of my writing as well. Therefore, I have decided that my latest summer project will be to return to this fantasy fiction series with a twist and a challenge!

My Plan for the Summer (80,000 Words In 10 Weeks Challenge):

  • Strip down the old version to the studs and create an outline of main events & characters (Currently in this stage)

  • Streamline the story; remove the unnecessary components (“cheese”)

  • REWRITE the entire thing. That’s right, not edit, REWRITE. Word Count Goal = 80,000 Words in 10 weeks!

  • Reach my word count goal by the end of summer (August 7th) and begin the editing process while querying publishing houses.

It is entirely possible that I am biting off more than I can chew, but I know that by being open about my intentions here on WordPress, I will be more motivated to actually reach my goals. Just as I did with Agency in the Hunger Games, I will be setting bi-weekly goals to project on my social media author sites to keep me accountable.

So here it is; my 80,000 Word Challenge Progress Chart!

80,000 Words

I begin today May 29th starting at a “0” Word Count!

That means that I am attempting to write approximately 16,000 every two weeks! The goal is to have written 80,000 Words by August 7th!

In the comments below, let me know what you think! Can I hit the 80,000 Word Count in just 10 weeks or have I, maybe, lost my mind from the COVID-Quarantine?

Project Updates

June 12th: Goal = 16,000 Words

June 26th: Goal = 32,000 Words

July 10th: Goal = 48,000 Words

July 24th: Goal = 64,000 Words

August 7th: Goal = 80,000 Words


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Hunger Games-Inspired Party Foods

We all know that it’s not a party without food! With the new Hunger Games prequel coming out soon, I can see a rise once again in Hunger Games-themed parties around the world. We all know, your party is only as good as your food. 


As I was planning my Book Launch, I searched all over the internet for Hunger Games inspired food and while I found some good ones (such as Johanna’s Lumber Sticks), I had a really hard time finding one cohesive list for every district. So, for all your food and Hunger Game enthusiasts out there, please enjoy a full menu for each of the 13 Districts of Panem!

District 1: Luxury
Glimmer’s Hand-Dipped Chocolate Strawberries

District 2: Masonry and Defense

Cato and Clove’s Kit Kat Bricks

District 3: Technology

Beetee’s Wires

District 4: Fishing

Finnick’s Fish

District 5: Power

Foxface’s Electric Lemonade

District 6: Transportation

Capitol Imported Tea

District 7: Lumber

Johanna’s Lumber Sticks

District 8: Textiles (Fabric)

Bonnie & Twill’s Assorted Fabrics

District 9: Grain

Capitol Bread Rolls

District 10: Livestock

Assorted Meats

District 11: Agriculture
Rue’s Summer Salad

District 12: Coal

Katniss’s Coal Cupcakes

District 13: Graphite Mining

Rebel’s Nightlock Berry Salad

Happy Hunger Games Everyone!

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor!

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Hunger Games-Inspired Party Trivia Games (Free Printables!)

Want to host your own Hunger Games themed party? With the new release of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, I anticipate a renewed interest in all things Hunger Games related!

Check out these two free printable Hunger Games inspired Party Games!


Name That Tribute

How many can you guess correctly?


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Book Launch Recap: “Agency in the Hunger Games”

The Launch Party for Agency in the Hunger Games took place on February 23rd and it was an absolute success! 


The theme was “Hunger Games;” so naturally, we had black table cloths, red candles, gold silverware and napkins, red plates, and Mockingjays galore! Games included “Name that Tribute” and “Reveal the Rebel Message.” Want to play? Keep your eyes open for my upcoming post: Hunger Games Inspired Party Games!

One of the most exciting parts of the launch was the Costume Party! 


Congrats to Tifnie for the best-dressed Katniss (complete with bow and arrows)!

Books were sold and signed. Food was eaten and drinks were served. Someone asked me, “How does it feel?” I said, “Incredible and real.” 

REAL was definitely the word I would use to describe yesterday. It’s one thing to be told that your book is going to be published. It’s another thing to see that book online for sale. It’s even another thing to hold that physical copy in your hand. But there is nothing, nothing, quite like holding a party to celebrate that accomplishment, actually selling and signing books that you know someone is going to take home and read.

If someone had asked me, “So are you an author now? Real or not real?” I would have to say an affirmative, “Real!”

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Launch Party TODAY: Tune in on Instagram!

I cannot believe that today is finally here. For those of you who have walked alongside me for the past two-three years, I’m sure you can’t believe it either. After all this work, and waiting, and revising, and more waiting, and editing, tweaking, deleting, improving, and yes, more waiting, today is finally here.

Today is the Book Launch Party for Agency in the Hunger Games!

Not only will I be hosting an in-person Launch, but I’ll have an online launch as well and I hope to see you all there! In fact, it starts RIGHT NOW!

Trivia Question #1: Can you name the tribute who was killed by long-beaked birds in the second Quarter Quell? First blogger to answer correctly gets a shout-out on my blog in the form of reposting my favorite post from your blog!

At 3pm, PST, I will be announcing the winner of the free book GIVEAWAY! Don’t worry, you can still enter! Click this link and follow the directions. One lucky reader will be the happy owner of their own Agency in the Hunger Games by the end of today! Be sure to tune in to Instagram @KaylaAnnAuthor to follow for more trivia questions, launch party details, and announcement of winner!

See you all soon! I’ve got a few finishing touches to put on this party . . .

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Let’s Talk Hunger Games

Why do we love The Hunger Games? Why do we crave to read stories in which children, even as young as 12, are pitted against one another in an arena and forced to kill each other on live television? Do we truly fear this reality in our own lives?

Or rather, is it all about control? Do we read these stories and embrace how every individual character from the main protagonist Katniss Everdeen to little “Eddie” of the District 8 bombing desire control in their lives? In a society where our words are monitored, our actions judged, and even our thoughts persecuted, is it any wonder that what we desire is the ability to control our actions and what determines those actions? Indeed, what else are we searching for so eagerly than agency itself.

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Being the main character, Katniss finds agency in multi-faceted ways. She must first overcome the restrictions placed on her body by reclaiming her physicality. Her agency then flourishes when she focus on morality and care of others. However, when trauma strikes, her agency is shattered and only vocalization of the pain can restore her ability to know and control her actions.

Readers around the world find strength in Katniss’ brokenness. Similarly, readers find a multitude of other examples of how to attain, reclaim, loose, battle for, and strive after agency through other characters such as Peeta, Gale, Cinna, Haymitch, Prim, Beetee, Mags, Joanna, and many others.

In the comments below, let me know, what determines your agency? What character do you relate to the most?

Check them all out in Agency in the Hunger Games!

You can win your own free copy (but you only have three more days to participate in the Giveaway!)

Hope to see you all at the Launch Party for the costume contest, Hunger Games trivia, and Giveaway!

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Hunger Games Prequel: The Cover Art Controversy

Set to be released to the public on May 19, 2020, fans around the world can already pre-order The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Scholastic describes the book in this manner, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.”

The Songbird

Amazon’s description however is a bit more telling:

Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, let’s read that again. President Snow is the story’s PROTAGONIST?! Well, we’ve got to give it to Collins for coming out with the unexpected. While I had hoped to read a bit more on Mags, I can’t say that I am not eagerly awaiting my copy (which I obviously am).

Now the real controversy concerning this Collins’ prequel is not its protagonist or plot line, but rather its cover art and title!

The Songbird

Some have gone so far as to refer to the bird as the exorcist bird (referencing the twist in its neck I believe). What do I think?

I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. It feels a lot busier than Collins’ other books’ cover art.

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I think the simplistic look has worked really well for Collins’ in the past.

However, that being said, I love trying to analyze the symbols currently present on the new title. We clearly have the familiar bird image, but this bird looks different from the Mockingjay. Could it possibly be a Jabberjay (an ancestor of the Mockingjays)? There’s the golden circle that looks to be covered in thrones, could that be a reference to the Victors of the Games? And lastly, there is of course the snake, which must be a clear reference to President Snow, right? I guess we will all find out in May!

What about you? Have you’re-ordered your copy yet? Do you love or hate the cover art? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Days Until Book Launch & Giveaway!

Hello Bloggers, Hunger Games enthusiasts, and fellow tributes!

I have been hard at work these past couple of weeks, working alongside the publishers, planning the Book Launch, and working on Giveaways. So here’s what I got:

On February 23rd, I will be hosting my in-person Book Launch Party! There will be a costume contest, games, book signing, movie viewing and so much more. However, please do not think that I have forgotten about this wonderful blogging community!

On February 23rd, please join me for my online Book Launch Party on Instagram @KaylaAnnAuthor.

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Through my Instagram page, I will be hosting an additional costume contest (send in your best picture of you favorite character to be featured in my story), trivia questions, and going LIVE with the winner of the online Book Giveaway (click here for more info on how you can win a free copy of “Agency in the Hunger Games)!

A special thank you and shout out to @Fictionista for being the first person to read and review my book on Amazon!

The countdown begins today! So practice your Mockingjay whistle, assemble your best costume, and brush up on your Hunger Games trivia knowledge!

Only five more days until the Book Launch! I hope to see you all there!


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Agency in the Hunger Games BOOK GIVEAWAY! ($40 Value)

Have you read Suzanne Collins famous trilogy The Hunger Games? Have you perhaps only seen the movies? Have you rooted for Katniss, argued over Peeta vs. Gales, fallen in love with Finnick? Have you often drawn parallels between the society of Panem and our own in which you feel unable to exercise your own sense of agency?

If you answered, “yes!” to any of the above questions, then you will enjoy reading my newly released book, Agency in The Hunger Games: Desire, Intent, and Action in the Novels.

You can win your very own free copy by participating today in my Book Giveaway!

Read the rules below:

  1. First, like this blog post and leave a comment telling me your favorite Hunger Games character and why!

  2. Second, reblog and share this Giveaway opportunity with your own readers. Maybe they like The Hunger Games too!

  3. You can share this post on various social medias (WordPress, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.) to earn more entries!

  4. That’s it, so simple! May the odds be ever in your favor!

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WINNER will be announced on a LIVE Feed the day of my Book Release Party (February 23rd)

For 21st-century young adults struggling for personal autonomy in a society that often demands compliance, the bestselling trilogy, The Hunger Games remains palpably relevant despite its futuristic setting. For Suzanne Collins’ characters, personal agency involves not only the physical battle of controlling one’s body but also one’s response to such influences as morality, trauma, power and hope.
The author explores personal agency through in-depth examinations of the lives of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Haymitch, Cinna, Primrose, and others, and through an analysis of themes like the overabundance of bodily imagery, social expectations in the Capitol, and problem parental figures.
Readers will discover their own “dandelion of hope” through the examples set out by Collins’ characters, who prove over and over that human agency is always attainable.



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My Book is IN!

Surprise Delivery for me!!!

This just happened to be on the front porch today! Seeing my name in print… I cannot adequately describe how I feel after three years of hard work. I am so grateful for the people in my life. Ever since I was a child, I would say, “One day, I’m going to be an author.” I was blessed by family that would respond, “No doubt about it!”

I know that there are a ton of dreamers out there who are not as lucky as I am. I know that my success is a combination of God’s gifts, my work ethic, and the support of all those around me. Whether you read my book or not, if you’ve ever asked me about it or encouraged me regarding it, I just want to say thank you!

Hopefully this will just be the start of my writing journey!


According to the publishers, my book is officially released to the public! They have the books in stock and are currently filling any pre-orders that they might have received in the past couple of months! You can buy yours here!

I will also be hosting a Give-Away of my book! Keep an eye out for the rules, coming soon!

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