Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review: Engulfed by Barbara C. Doyle

I know, I know, reviews two weeks in a row? Bear with me, I wanted to get this over with.


Grade: F

I was given a free copy of Engulfed for the purpose of an honest review, so here I am. By reading the other reviews available for this book, you'd think it would be one big awesome filled with greatness dipped in perfection. It was not.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review in Short: Snowbound by JA Ellis

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Grade: C

I was recommended this short story by Amazon, seeing as my own book shares the title. I love a good trapped-in-a-blizzard story (obvi), so I grabbed it for free during a sale and dug into it right away. It's regular price is only 99¢ so it's not like it would be breaking the bank to pick it up anyway.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Write What You Know?

The first rule we're taught in any creative writing class is "write what you know." I want to amend that rule right here, right now to "write what matters." And to that I'll add, "And let your voice be true."



You don't always have to write what you know to write something awesome. It helps, but it's not life-or-death. If your subject matter matters to you, that will show as well in your writing as experience.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Writing Tips - Writer's Block

Writer's block is maddening. I had a bigger blog post awhile back too because you can never have too many tips for getting rid of it. I know the writing on this thing is super-tiny, I tried to make it as big as I could for you.
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This really helps sometimes! And it's actually fun to read through.

See you Friday!

-S

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Profanity

Hello, kids! Gather 'round! We're going to talk today about profanity. Everyone who knows me in real life just chuckled, shaking their heads. They knew I was gonna get around to this eventually.

Are you all gathered in a nice, adorable little circle on the rug?? Awesome!

I have a terrible mouth. Especially when I'm at home, when things piss me off, when something doesn't work properly. When I lose something, I turn into Bulldog Briscoe and lose my mind trying to find it before realizing it's right in front of me. There's just more swearing in my version.

Profanity is still a hot-button topic for a lot of people. Everyone who uses it feels the wrath of the holier-than-thou more than once in their lifetime. I look at it this way: they're words. If you let them bother you, they've beaten you and no one wants to be beaten by words. There are worse things in the world, bigger monsters and greater demons to be fought. I do try to watch my mouth around people who I know don't like foul language, but if someone minds my business enough to hear what I'm saying and gets offended, I'm not sorry I said it. I'm just sorry you're so thin-skinned.

For the tenderfeet out there, I will offer a page break so you can leave now. There will be lots of uncensored f-bombs up in here. Obvi.