Tuesday, May 23, 2017

So Your Character is From Sri Lanka ... Featuring Dashie @ The Swashbuckler





It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. 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 Indonesia ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I actually didn't know anything about this country except the fact that it exists. XD I'm so happy Dashie could come to the blog to tell us more about this cool country!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Writing Lessons from Movies: How to Train Your Dragon




How to Train Your Dragon is one of the best animated films that's come out in the past ten years. Before I saw this film, it felt like the other children's animated features of the early 2010's were riddled with nothing but shallow plots and potty jokes. This film's animation is beautiful, the soundtrack breathtaking, and who couldn't love the characters? It also has some absolutely fantastic writing, which is why I'm highlighting it as this month's Writing Lessons. 

Let's go, bud!

Warning: Spoilers. 


Friday, May 19, 2017

My Dream Reading Space





Arhaus encouraged me to do a post about what my dream reading space would be (Check out their living room page to get a look at what they do!). Thus I've decided to go completely all out. I doubt this place actually exists and I doubt I'll ever have the money to actually do this, but it is dream right?

None of these images are mine.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

So Your Character is From Indonesia ... Featuring Cilla @ Paved with Books & Tasya @ The Literary Huntress






It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. 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 India ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I honestly didn't know very much about Indonesia before reading these interviews. I know some missionaries who live in India and I've heard them pray in the latest language. I also knew that Indonesia is primarily a Muslim country, but that was the extent of my knowledge until now.

Let's welcome Cilla and Tasya!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Villain Necrologies & Debacles: Pixar Edition




Villains meet their demises in so many different ways. For some this means death, for other this means an unfortunate incapacitating situation. Writers put a lot of thought into how their antagonist finally fails, but which way is best for your villain? That all depends on so many different circumstances, including audience and genre. This is what inspired my series "Villain Necrologies & Debacles." Over time, I'll be analyzing different animation studios, franchises, and more. These posts are meant to show you what sort of defeats have been done whether common or uncommon, perhaps inspire some villain defeats of your own, or you can just enjoy the morbid humor. Check out last month's Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition!

A lot of Pixar films actually don't have villains, but those that do have had memorable ones. Since Pixar has released less films, this is going to be a shorter list, but it's Pixar so I had to make an edition. Let's go!


Warning: Spoilers for all of the villains in those movies. 



Friday, May 12, 2017

Beautiful People: Parental Edition: Rouyn (Starbloods)





It's time for this month's Beautiful People! Yay! This is a link-up hosted by Paperfury and Further Up and Further In where you answer questions about your characters. I participated in Beautiful People for the last three years every month. Pretty crazy. XD This link-up has been just so helpful with character development. 

Immediately, when I saw the theme for this month's questions, I knew I had to do Rouyn. He's my main character from my high fantasy series Starbloods and he has an interesting relationship with his parents. If you'd like to participate in this link-up yourself, check out either Paperfury or Further Up and Further In to see how. Here we go!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

So Your Character Has Asperger's Syndrome ... Featuring Elizabeth Hemingway




I've known a few people with Asperger's, but I've never actually sat and talked with them about the condition, which is why I was really happy to find Elizabeth so she could share with us. According to Wikipedia, Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.[1] As a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD), it differs from other ASDs by relatively normal language and intelligence.[4] Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language are common.[5][6] Signs usually begin before two years old and typically last for a person's entire life.

That's the encyclopedia definition, but what is it like to live with Asperger's? Let's welcome Elizabeth!

(Images aren't mine) 


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Elderly Characters 101




Many of my favorite characters in fiction are sixty and up. What makes us love them so much? When many young people think of older people they think of that lady down the street that yelled at them for running on their grass or the older man that used to give them candy. So what makes some of the the best older characters indeed the best and how can we in turn write great elderly characters? Let's take a look!

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Book Review of King's Blood by Jill Williamson




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In the second volume of Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home. 

As the king's illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life.

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

So Your Character is From India ... Featuring Shanti @ Virtually Read & Rachna @ Rachna's Scriptorium



It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. 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 Has Autism ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Monthly Summary: April 2017







April was a busy, but overall pretty good month. I had a great time with friends for my birthday and made a lot of goals!


Friday, April 28, 2017

A Book Review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer



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Cinder is back and trying to break out of prison―even though she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive if she does―in this second installment from Marissa Meyer.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother, or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

So Your Character Has Autism ... Featuring Rebekah Hancock




I've heard much about Autism and I've even known some people with Autism. According to Wikipedia: Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. I had never looked into it with very much detail until now. This is why I'm so happy that Rebekah has volunteered to be interviewed about what it's like to have it. 

Let's welcome her!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Read Rewrite Burn Tag & Bookish Lover Tag





Since Beautiful People has not gone up this month, I'm using this extra slot to catch up on all of the tags I've gotten! I've only got three more to go besides this!

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Book Review of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare




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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

So Your Character is From France ... Featuring Victoire @ Mon Coin Arty & Fraise Fruitrouge






It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. 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 Has OCD ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I had the opportunity to actually go to France on a mission trip for eight days. It was an amazing experience and my first trip to Europe (I plan to have many more!). I really enjoyed the French culture I experienced both in the countryside and in Paris. I also have French blood, so some of my family come from France. I've always felt a special connection to the country since I was a little girl and I'm so happy to learn even more about it from Fraise and Victoire!


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Writing Lessons from Movies: Pocahontas





Pocahontas is one of my favorite Disney films. It's the first Disney film I remember watching and the lyrics give me chills every time. It's also based from a true story which makes the tale even more interesting. It is also hailed by the Native American actors as one of the most accurate films portraying Native Americans at the time. I've always felt a connection to the Native American culture which is why this film is even more close to my heart.

Besides all that, Pocahontas has some fantastic things to teach us about writing. So let's get through this steady as the beating drum. ;)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Now I'm 24 ...





My 23rd year had a tough turn, so I must say I had many wonderful moments, but I'm glad it's over. I always feel like every year my year doesn't actually completely begin until my birthday. Here's a little nostalgia blast recounting what's happened and how my blog has grown!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

So Your Character Has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ... Featuring Emily Walker





It's common in our culture to jest about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when someone likes to be really organized or clean. I admit I've done it. But for many people it's a real disorder that affects their lives. Emily can explain it much better than I can, so I'll let her take it from here.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Villain Necrologies & Debacles: Marvel Cinematic Universe Edition





Villains meet their demises in so many different ways. For some this means death, for other this means an unfortunate incapacitating situation. Writers put a lot of thought into how their antagonist finally fails, but which way is best for your villain? That all depends on so many different circumstances, including audience and genre. This is what inspired my series "Villain Necrologies & Debacles." Over time, I'll be analyzing different animation studios, franchises, and more. These posts are meant to show you what sort of defeats have been done whether common or uncommon, perhaps inspire some villain defeats of your own, or you can just enjoy the morbid humor. Check out last month's Disney Animation Edition!

In this edition, I'll be analyzing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now because there have been so many reboots, I'm not going to go into every Marvel movie made (*cough cough* The horrible Daredevil movies. *cough cough*) and I'm not analyzing the shows such as Agents of SHIELD or Netflix's Daredevil. I'm going to analyze the running Avengers (Phase 1-3), X-Men, and the Amazing Spider-Man movies (cause they were amazing despite Andrew Garfield cutting them off *shakes fist*), since those seem to be the running cannon. 


Warning: Spoilers for all of the villains in those movies. 


Friday, April 7, 2017

Small is Beautiful, Inspire Me, and Blogger Recognition Tags!






So Beautiful People hasn't gone up, so I'm moving the tag post today. I'm really behind on these anyway. XD Without further ado, let's get to it!


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

So Your Character is From Wales ... Featuring Ester @ To Write or Not to Write & Tasha @ 365 Days, 365 Photos




It's time for this week's So Your Character is ... Post! This is a weekly segment where I interview lovely volunteers from around the world to give you a firsthand account of being a citizen of their respective country or having a disability. 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 the Midwest United States ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I have Welsh blood and I've seen so many Doctor Who episodes set in Wales. That is the majority of my knowledge of the country, so I'm so happy that Ester and Tasha could be here to tell more!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Utopian versus Dystopian: A Look at Two Societies





Dystopian is a very common word in the YA literature community, while on the other hand Utopian is more akin to classrooms. Despite original intentions both of these societies can be very nefarious and controlling but it in polar opposite ways. I was discussing this with Cassia @ The Book Bowl and she put the differences this way:

Fear is a driving force in so many people's lives and it's so easy to control. A utopian government finds a way to eliminate fear of death, or loss, or hurt, or pain—anything and everything. A dystopian government finds ways to make the citizens fear anything but especially them. It's fear vs. trust. Trust the government to take away the hurt or fear the government or you will be hurt.

I don't know about you, but this concept blows my mind and it really summarizes a lot of societies. Let's break this down further.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Monthly Summary: March 2017





This month was an interesting one! I've half registered for Realm Makers, got published in two magazines, worked two jobs, and spring is underway!


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Book Review of Firebird by Kathy Tyers




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Lady Firebird was born to the royal family of Netaia. Because of her birthplace in the family, however, her life is expendable. Honorable suicide is the highest calling she could hope to attain. When she is chosen to lead an attack on the neighboring planet of Veroh her death is expected. Instead she is taken prisoner during the battle and is held by the enemy.

With her own people seeking her sacrifice, Firebird must choose between two worlds before she can carve out her new destiny. This is the story of Lady Firebird's personal battle and its eternal consequences, not only for herself but for everyone around her, and especially the man who loves her.

Series: The Firebird Trilogy Book 1
Genre: YA Science-Fiction
Publisher: Gilead Publishing (October 1, 2014)
Page Count: 264 pages


I actually got this book for free while at Realm Makers last year. It was in the goodies bag. Free book so why not read it? I actually found out this book is a reprint version and it was originally published back in the 80s. My cousins read it. So right off the bat, for a book written in the 80s it's quite good.

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!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Writing Lessons from Movies: Patema Inverted





I doubt most of you have heard of this film, but IF YOU GET THE CHANCE WATCH IT! I was browsing on my Amazon Prime one night and I saw this film suggested so I decided to click on it. Mind. Blown. How have I not heard of this?! It apparently came out in 2014. The film is about a world where there are two polarities of gravity and people and objects are affected by either gravity. Thus if someone comes from the other side of the planet if they're not holding onto something they'll "fall into the sky." DOESN'T THAT SOUND SO COOL?! 

This is one of the best anime movies I've seen (and I've seen quite a few at this point by Studio Ghibli and other studios.). It not only has an amazing concept, but it has great writing as well, including endearing characters, a mysterious plot, and a formidable villain. As soon as I finished the movie, I knew I needed to write a whole post about it. Let's go! 

Warning: Some spoilers.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Beautiful People ~ March 2017 Edition: Rouyn





Happy Valentine's Day! It's time for this month's Beautiful People! Yay! This is a link-up hosted by Paperfury and Further Up and Further In where you answer questions about your characters. I participated in Beautiful People  for the last three years every month. Pretty crazy. XD This link-up has been just so helpful with character development. 

I've done Rouyn before in the appearance edition, but I wanted to do a BP with a little bit more depth and I'm starting his books' rewrite this month so I thought it appropriate. He's one of the three protagonists of my high fantasy novel Starbloods. If you'd like to participate in this link-up yourself, check out either Paperfury or Further Up and Further In to see how. Here we go!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Book Review of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo




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Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life―a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Villain Necrologies & Debacles: Disney Animation Edition





Villains meet their demises in so many different ways. For some this means death, for other this means an unfortunate incapacitating situation. Writers put a lot of thought into how their antagonist finally fails, but which way is best for your villain? That all depends on so many different circumstances, including audience and genre. This is what inspired my new series "Villain Necrologies & Debacles." Over time, I'll be analyzing different animation studios, franchises, and more. These posts are meant to show you what sort of defeats have been done whether common or uncommon, perhaps inspire some villain defeats of your own, or you can just enjoy the morbid humor. 

Warning: Spoilers for basically every Disney movie with an antagonist.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Questions for Ioto (Starbloods)!





The first call for questions of the year is here! This one is with one of Starbloods' villains named Ioto. I'm currently in the editing process of Starbloods and any questions to help develop Ioto would be wonderful! Let me tell you a little bit about him.

Ioto is a 567 year old werewolf and one of the first werewolves ever created. He was at Mordraug's side when the first thirteen werewolves came into being from the power of the god Mwog. 

Before he became a werewolf, he was a Starblood with the power of invisibility who was fascinating with healing and other magical arts. He studied with some of the greatest healers in the world, before tainting his starlight and becoming disgraced. After that he gave up his pursuit of knowledge and tried to have a simple life with a wife and family. However, that sort of life was never meant for him and he joined a criminal underworld then eventually left his family to help this group of bandits with their medicinal needs. 

During his raids, he found Mordraug as a young boy in the rubble of a village. He took pity on him and raised him as a member of the bandit troupe. Years later, while in a severe snowstorm they encountered Mwog and he blessed them with abilities. Since then Ioto has found his true purpose, being able to discover as much knowledge as he wants without having the worry about death. He has concocted many spells and pushed the limits of werewolves. He has recorded all of his finding in his library worth of journals and he constantly keeps a journal with him. 

Ioto isn't a talkative man, but when he does say something his words are never wasted. He is Mordraug's closest friend despite their differences in personalities. Ioto is also ambitious and when he sets his mind nothing will stop him. He refuses to fail and will make anyone who tries to make him fail pay.




Leave your questions in the comments or in the form if you'd wish to remain anonymous or if you're having trouble with the comments. Ioto will answer them on March 24th! Thank you! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monthly Summary: February 2017






February provided a much needed break for me. I've been so stressed about finances of late that I feel like I've been going crazy. Having two weeks where I didn't have to worry about bills was a much-needed hiatus.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Writing Accents with Milo Thatch





Accents are essential for worldbuilding, can make a very defining trait for characters, and are just part of making your book more realistic. I have been fascinated with accents since I was a child and I've been imitating them for years to the amusement of even some of the native speakers. But accents are also tricky to write. You don't want to butcher an accent and disrespect the speaker or sound inauthentic, or sometimes you want to write an accent and you just have no idea how to start. Let's first define what exactly is an accent. It's such a broad term. I've brought in my friend Cassidy Clayton who is majoring in linguistics at University of Rochester to define that for us:


Friday, February 24, 2017

Canada 2017 Update





Monday I returned from my second trip to Alberta, Canada! I went last year, partially for book research so I can experience subzero temperatures, but it was hot. -_- Thus this year I've gone for round two and I got to experience subzero temperatures and more. So much great book research!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A Book Review of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo



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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price--and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.


Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction―if they don't kill each other first.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

So Your Character is From Finland ... Featuring Leona @ Leona's Blog of Shadows




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 the Netherlands ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!


I honestly didn't know too much about Finland before this post. I knew it was in Scandinavia, very cold, and there's reindeer. That's one of the many reasons why I was so happy that Leona agreed to be interviewed. Let's welcome Leona!


Disclaimer: The content below may be culturally shocking to some. Each of these posts are as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)