Saturday, March 25, 2017

6 Tips for Writing Movie Reviews





I love movies. I love going to the theaters and experiencing a new film. When I found a Christian ministry called Geeks Under Grace where I review movies for a Christian audience, I totally got on board with that. Now I'm the Head Movie Editor and though my primary position is editing other people, I also write my own reviews on a semi-regular basis. I usually link to them in my Monthly Summaries. One of my readers requested that I write a post on how to write movie reviews and I'm happy to oblige.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Interview with Ioto (Starbloods)!





Me:
It's the first character interview of the year! I'm going to start going these every month where there is a fifth Saturday. There's so much I want to post and so little time haha. Anyway ... Ioto is one of my villains for my work in progress Starbloods which I'm rewriting for Camp NaNo next month (even though I started it this month)! If you want to learn more about him before the interview, check out his bio. *turns interview chair to Ioto who is sitting next to me like on Jimmy Fallon* Hello, Ioto.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

So Your Character is from the Midwest United States ... Featuring Elliana Reickard






This So Your Character is ... is a little different than others. A while back way way during the beginning stages of this whole concept I wrote post called So Your Character is from the South ... because I'm from the Southeast United States and it gets a lot of stigma. I also may revise this since my new way of writing these posts is so much better. Moving on. When Elliana volunteered to do a post on the Midwest United States, I was delighted to have her. The United States is such a huge country, you almost need a post for every region. As with my other posts in this series I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet.

I've been to three states in the Midwest: Missouri, Illinois (It was for forty minutes, but it counts!), and Minnesota. Missouri I stayed in the longest because I was there and I learned about their rivalry with Ohio. Minnesota amused me because of their joke about mosquitoes being their state bird, and Illinois was cool cause Chicago and Divergent. I'm happy to know even more about these states from Elliana!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Book Review of the Lost Girl on Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill




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Lydia has vanished.

Lydia, who’s never broken any rules, except falling in love with the wrong boy. Lydia, who’s been Piper’s best friend since they were children. Lydia, who never even said good-bye.

Convinced the police are looking in all the wrong places, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail begins her own investigation in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. With the reluctant help of a handsome young detective, Piper goes searching for answers in the dark underbelly of 1924 Chicago, determined to find Lydia at any cost.

When Piper discovers those answers might stem from the corruption strangling the city—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

Genre: YA Historical Mystery
Publisher: Blink (February 7, 2017)
Page Count: 352 pages


This has to be my favorite of Stephanie Morrill's books. I've read Me, Just Different and The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet and I'm just not a huge fan of contemporary. YA Historical Mystery, however, is more my cup of tea. When I found out Stephanie was writing one, I knew I had to read it! I got to be on her launch team and get a copy!

Friday, March 17, 2017

So Your Character is From Ireland ... Featuring Alex (AI) @ Mouthful of Ink





Happy St. Patrick's Day! It's time for this month's So Your Character is From Another Country! This is a monthly or bimonthly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's So Your Character is From Papua New Guinea ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Ireland is one of the many countries I wish to travel to one day. I've known several people who have been and it sounds like a beautiful place. I've also seen Ireland fairly frequently on TV or movies whether it be the Secret of Roan Inish or on BBC. I know a fair amount this country already, but I've always wanted to talk to someone who's lived in the country their whole life. Let's welcome Alex!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

So Your Character is from Papua New Guinea ... Featuring Kara Swanson




It's time for this month's So Your Character is From Another Country! This is a monthly or bimonthly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country. I'm hoping to encourage international diversity, break stereotypes, and give writers a crash course on how to write a character from these different places on our planet. If you haven't checked out last week's So Your Character is From Finland ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I actually knew next to nothing about this country before this post, only its location. This post really shed light on this interesting country!