First Impressions for Days

You got one chance and you can't throw away your shot. Everyone's watching the stage eagerly. It doesn't matter if it's a song, movie, play, or your novel, the first impression always needs to be top notch. If you can't catch your reader's attention in the first few seconds, there's a good chance you won't catch … Continue reading First Impressions for Days

Book review – Ready Player One (Spoiler Free)

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn't know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it's also … Continue reading Book review – Ready Player One (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Turtles All the Way Down (Spoiler Free)

“No, it's not, Holmesy. You pick your endings, and your beginnings. You get to pick the frame, you know? Maybe you don't choose what's in the picture, but you decide the frame.” ― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down Title: Turtles All the Way Down Author: John Green Genre: YA fiction Pages: 304 Publication date: October … Continue reading Book review – Turtles All the Way Down (Spoiler Free)

Books of the Year (2017)

Over the past year, I read almost fifty books. Thanks to college, I probably read more than that. With so many great stories, it was difficult to choose one to look back on for 2017. So, instead, I chose a whole list of them. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) - Ransom Riggs This … Continue reading Books of the Year (2017)

Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

“I make art for the sake of art . . . and for my own selfish gratification, because I’m an artistic monster.” ― Lindsey Stirling, The Only Pirate at the Party Title: The Only Pirate at the Party Author: Lindsey Stirling Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 254 Publication date: January 12th, 2016 Publisher: Gallery Books It has been a while since I read … Continue reading Book review – The Only Pirate at the Party (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Ice Like Fire (Spoiler Free)

“If stubbornness were all that was needed to be a good queen, I'd rule the world.” ― Sara Raasch, Ice Like Fire Title: Ice Like Fire Author: Sara Raasch Genre: YA fantasy Pages: 478 Publication date: October 13th, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers After a great book that had a good complete ending called Snow Like Ashes, Sara comes … Continue reading Book review – Ice Like Fire (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Carve the Mark (Spoiler Free)

  “I didn't choose the blood that runs in my veins, any more than you chose your fate. You and I, we've become what we were made to become.” ― Veronica Roth, Carve the Mark Title: Carve the Mark Author: Veronica Roth Genre: YA science fiction Pages: 468 Publication date: January 17th, 2017 Publisher: HarperCollins Veronica Roth, a … Continue reading Book review – Carve the Mark (Spoiler Free)

Writers = fan girls?

After writing the first draft of your book, you need to expand on it. The deeper the story goes, the stronger it will become. Plot holes need to disappear. Characters should develop more. Backstories must appear. There’s a quick way to do all of this too. Fan girl about your book. You read that right. … Continue reading Writers = fan girls?

Book review – How to Write Good (Spoiler Free)

“I’ve always set my expectations low and then been pleasantly surprised when a video did well. I’ve found that this is the best way to avoid being disappointed: Lowball yourself in life, and you’ll be fine.” ― Ryan Higa, How to Write Good Title: How to Write Good Author: Ryan Higa Genre: Non-fiction Pages: 224 Publication date: … Continue reading Book review – How to Write Good (Spoiler Free)

Mystery Blogger Award!

Before I write anything else, I want to thank JadeLM for being an incredible blogger and for nominating me for this award. (This award is one of my best birthday gifts yet.) Jade writes everything from book reviews to writing advice to short stories and more. Everything on her blog is great. You can check it … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award!