My Thoughts on Book Reviews

Book Reviews: How I Do It A couple of years back, I started reviewing books but didn't get very many posted, as I found it stressful. Most of the reading I do is from self-published, freshman, indie authors who rely on reviews to help get their book read by a wider audience. Was my opinion worthy as... Continue Reading →

We Should Be Ashamed

Chalene Johnson says, "If your friends don't work out, get new friends!" Basically, surround yourself with people who fit who you want to be; people who will help you along your path, not create roadblocks and detours. Brilliant advice I've never met anyone disagree with, but, as with so much great advice, easier said than... Continue Reading →

Practice, and Giving Up

Writing is a craft, a skill, as well as an artistic calling. Our muses get us to the page, but only persevering through the craft of it will some finished thing appear. The latter is where practice has been forgotten.

When Criticism becomes Cynicism

From Maria Popova's commencement speech for the 2016 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication ...But here’s the thing about self-comparison: In addition to making you vacate your own experience, your own soul, your own life, in its extreme it breeds resignation. If we constantly feel that there is something more to... Continue Reading →

Read or Write?

I've been staring at my computer for the better part of an hour- literally pulled by the thought that I have't worked on Dragon Soul all weekend, yet really wanting to finish this book series I started and have binge read over every spare moment of the last few days. I think there are two... Continue Reading →

MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!

From http://www.bryndonovan.com Hey there! Lots of writers liked my list of facial expressions, so I thought I would do a companion post about gestures and body language. Describing these can help readers visualize a scene and ge… Source: MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!

It’s All About the Love Story

Just wanted to read a love story. I found a series, The Apocolypse, by Melody Anne that fit that bill perfectly...  It's funny, because the books weren't good. They were written poorly. The story was developed for crap- so many things that could have been great, that were set up to be great, that just fell... Continue Reading →

Supposed To

I'm supposed to Blog. To write content that makes you want to follow along so when I finally finish some novel, you'll want to read it. But I never know what to say. I never figure that anyone will care if I do figure out something to say. But, they say it's the way. So,... Continue Reading →

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