Tuesday, February 20, 2018

So Your Character is From New England ... Featuring Anna Haber @ The Story Scientist





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

I had the privilege to meet Anna last year when she came down from New Hampshire to visit our mutual friend Olivia. It happened to have snowed recently and she was fascinated with Georgia red clay. I've loved reading her blog and learning about all things scientist. It's good research. ;) Thus, I'm so happy to have her on the blog to talk about her neck of the woods.

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

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, February 17, 2018

So Your Character is From Another Country 50th Interview Celebration!!!







Welcome to the big 50th Interview Celebration! I started this idea two years ago and it's grown so much.  All of this is thanks for to the dozens of volunteers I've had for this project from every continent on the planet. I couldn't do this massive collaboration effort without you guys. Thanks to you this project covers a quarter of the world's countries! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Review: The House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo




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When fifteen-year-old Xander and his family move into an old, abandoned house in the middle of a dense forest outside of a small California town, they discover that not only are some of the rooms portals into other places, but that malevolent forces are at work.


Series: Dreamhouse Kings (Book 1)

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 6, 2008)
Page Count: 306 pages

When I was a young teen, my sister had this book on her shelf. After sneaking the reading the back cover copy, I begged her to let me read it, but my sister was stingy so she said no. Nine years later I bought the book at Realm Makers because I'm an adult now and I can buy what I want XD

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

So Your Character is From Alaska ... Featuring K.T. Munson @ Creating Worlds with Words





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 West Coast United States ... 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 is as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, February 10, 2018

3 Things to Note While Writing First Drafts to Make Editing Easier




It's that time of year: NaNo novel editing time. This can be a dreaded time of year because it's when you're finally looking at how messy that novel came out. XD Maybe this post is a little late, but I'm going to share with you one of my editing tricks that makes sorting out that messy first draft a little easier.


Friday, February 9, 2018

The Comp Title Challenge





A couple weeks ago I saw Tracey @ Adventure Awaits do this tag on her blog and I knew I had to steal do it! I've done a lot of comparative titles for book proposals, but now I'm doing it for fun and it could be helpful later. XD


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

So Your Character is From the West Coast United States ... Featuring Tatiana @ Write Owl





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 United Arab Emirates ... be sure to hop on over there and give it a read!

I've only been to the west coast during a layover in San Francisco, so I'm so happy to here what Tatiana has to say about this part of the country!

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

(None of the Images are Mine)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Monthly Summary: January 2018






January was an interesting month. It had a lot of ups and a lot of downs, so an interesting start to the years. XD I think it was mostly good though.

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Handwriting Challenge




Ready to see what my handwriting looks like? Sara Letourneau tagged me to do this challenge a while back. Honestly, I was a bit daunted because I've always thought my handwriting is ugly chicken scratch, but I'll let you guys decide. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

So Your Character is From The United Arab Emirates ... Featuring Nada @ Africanaah's Book Blog





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 Malaysia ... 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 is as uncensored as possible to preserve the authenticity of the cultures of each of the interviewees.


(None of the Images are Mine)


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Writing Lessons from Movies: The Hunchback of Notre Dame




In recent years, The Hunchback of Notre Dame has made it into my top favorite Disney films. I didn't watch the film all the way through until my teens because my parents weren't too crazy about the song "Hellfire," but ironically that's become my favorite Disney villain song. After visiting the actual Notre Dame in Paris, a few years back I was so enraptured by how the animators captured the reverence and beauty you feel when walking into that spectacular cathedral. I actually heard the song "The Bells of Notre Dame" the entire time while touring the building. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a Disney masterpiece and here's why!

Warning: Spoilers

Friday, January 26, 2018

A Book Review of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard



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Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


Series: Red Queen (Book 2)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: 
HarperTeen (February 9, 2016)
Page Count: 464 Pages

After reading and enjoying the first book, I knew I just had to get a hold of the sequel!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

So Your Character is From Malaysia ... Featuring Anna @ A Tsp & Naadhira @ Legenbooksdary






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

It's the first So Your Character Is ... post of the year! Whoo hoo! I'm so happy to have these ladies on the blog! I had the pleasure of meeting Anna in person at Realm Makers 2017. She flew all the way from Malaysia to Reno to attend the conference!

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, January 20, 2018

The Significance of Food in Stories




Food can be an easily overlooked detail in stories, especially in books when we don't have to physically show what the characters are eating. We can get away with generic words like pastry, meat, vegetable, and fruit, but food can add so much more detail to a story. Now you don't need to go all Bryan Jaques on your story and describe every dish in elaborate detail to the point if you were a little woodland creature you could copycat his recipes just from reading a paragraph of prose, but taking the time to think about your storyworld's food and how it affects the characters can add another layer to your story.



Friday, January 19, 2018

Goals for 2018






I'm back, peeps! I didn't plan on doing this post, but I've seen a bunch of people doing goals posts and so I kinda want to do one, so I am. I covered some of these things in my Monthly Summary/Year End post, but I tried to keep my points brief or else that post will be more monstrous than it already is, so I'm dedicating my first post of the year to the goals I have for the year.