Common writer mistakes #17

#17 — Characters with similar names Lately, a lot of writers—myself included—have characters with similar names. For one novel, I found about seven names that all started with the letter j. While we get these names right because we know them well, readers, who are learning them, might mix them up. Changing character names is … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #17

Best books of 2021

As the year comes to a wrap, it's time for the annual best books. So, here is a list of my favorite books that I've read this year. Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron — It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to … Continue reading Best books of 2021

A writer’s journey (part ten) – getting an editor’s feedback

It has been a while since I've done a writer's journey. Last time, I spoke about getting accepted in a journal and building my credentials. I’ve continued to do so over the past year. I made a goal last January to submit pieces on Submittable two times a month. Now, I've gotten two more accepted … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part ten) – getting an editor’s feedback

A poem of mine got published!

One of my poems got published with Sheila-Na-Gig, and it's up! I am one of eight poets chosen for the Under Age 30 section. You can check it out here. I had the first stanza stuck in my head while wandering around a Target back in 2020. I'm not sure where the words came from. … Continue reading A poem of mine got published!

Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)

"We have failed, but I hope they will see how hard we tried." Title: Aurora BurningAuthor: Amie Kaufman, Jay KristoffGenre: YA Sci-fiPages: 495 pagesPublication date: May 5, 2020 I enjoyed reading Aurora Rising, so of course I had to get book two. I read them two years apart though, so I appreciated the written recap … Continue reading Book review – Aurora Burning (Spoiler Free)

Last push!

Today's the last push for NaNoWriMo! If you've already made it, congrats! Hitting 50,000 words is a huge deal. I hope you celebrate that accomplishment. If you're close, I believe in you! You can push those words out and reach the mark today. Even if something comes up, you'll find the time to push all … Continue reading Last push!

NaNoWriMo update —— #3

Time for another NaNoWriMo update! My story—Free—is going a lot better than it did a week ago. The first few days were rough since I didn’t know what to write. But a couple of days ago, I had a breakthrough with the plot. It seemed a little out of nowhere, but it helped build a … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update —— #3

ARC Review — The Art of Sidewalking

Title: The Art of SidewalkingAuthor: Cole FeldmanGenre: PoetryPages: 133 pagesPublication date: September 11, 2021 Thank you, Cole Feldman, for giving me an ARC copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! The Art of Sidewalking's blurb lured me in after talking about seeing the mundane as art. Magic in everyday tasks is an … Continue reading ARC Review — The Art of Sidewalking

NaNoWriMo update —— #2

Time for another NaNoWriMo update! I'm still on track so far! I usually end the night about 300 or 600 words above where I need to be. But a headache made it hard to concentrate yesterday, so I'm only a handful of words ahead now. I found more of the plot this past week. Instead … Continue reading NaNoWriMo update —— #2

Common writer mistakes #16

#16 — Misplaced modifiers Misplaced modifiers modify the wrong part of the sentence instead of what they intend to. They are fun to read though because they can sound silly. It makes more sense in practice, so here are some examples: Running away from me, I stumbled after my dog. Running away from me is … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #16