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
Good vs. bad adverbs
Back in 2018, I did a post on adverbs that I need to expand on. I talked before about how writers should use adverbs sparingly. But I didn't talk about good vs. bad adverbs. Bad adverbs are like smiled happily. Or fiercely killed them. Or softly whispered. Readers can already tell they’re happy because they’re … Continue reading Good vs. bad adverbs
Best books of 2020
I'm going to be more consistent with these. Like last year, I'll give you the Goodreads blurbs of my favorite books that I read this year. (I did it differently in 2017 and 2018.) Boy Oh Boy by Zachary Doss — Boy Oh Boy is a collection of queer fabulist stories and flash fictions told … Continue reading Best books of 2020
Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)
“I picture the shark's grotesque face. I see her trying to wring the life out of Ailesse. She isn't majestic like the alpine ibex or beautiful like the peregrine falcon. She isn't even charming like the fire salamander. I won't mourn to see her dead. But does that mean she deserves to die?” Title: Bone … Continue reading Book review – Bone Crier’s Moon (Spoiler Free)
Book review – Helium (Spoiler Free)
“I know that our hands break things just as frequent as we can fix them. And we often forget that sexism is a family heirloom that we've been passing down for generations. As men, it is important that we start asking ourselves. What will the boys learn from us?” Title: HeliumAuthor: Rudy FranciscoGenre: PoetryPages: 96 … Continue reading Book review – Helium (Spoiler Free)
Best books of 2019
I'm not the best with consistency. The first time I did the best books of, I wrote about my favorite books that I read that year, despite when they came out. In 2018, I wrote about the best of the best that came out that year with Goodreads blurbs. So... This year, I decided to … Continue reading Best books of 2019
Should we keep writing ideas written down?
I have my own stash of writing ideas hidden away, but it's like I'm storing them for nothing. I don't even think I've looked at my journal ideas for over a year now. I check the ones on Pinterest every once in a while, but sometimes that's even is rare. It's like I find all … Continue reading Should we keep writing ideas written down?
Should we write what we read?
They say to write what you read, but I think that confines us in a way. If we only write what we read, must we always read something we love? I'd only read fantasy/sci-fi then, never knowing any nonfiction or poetry much. I'd limit myself the number of stories I dive into. My world would … Continue reading Should we write what we read?
Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss
Lately with my busy schedule, I've perfected a new art form: skimming. I didn't mean to. I open a book with the intent to read every single word and get the most out of it. But sometimes I'm there for the story plot rather than the writing. The words on the page aren't as smooth … Continue reading Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss
What to do with your not-so-great blogs
As a blogger, it’s critical to write the best posts to attract more people and keep your audience. But no one—not even the perfect blogger—can write amazing blogs every time. So, what do we do with the not-so-great ones? Do we delete them? That’d clean up the clutter, but wouldn’t that also show that we’re … Continue reading What to do with your not-so-great blogs