Book review – The Further Selected Poems of K Morris (Spoiler Free)

“Footprints will go, / Covered by snow. / And this dear England of mine— / Is it all in my mind?” Title: The Further Selected Poems of K MorrisAuthor: K MorrisGenre: PoetryPages: 86 pagesPublication date: February 28, 2021 I enjoyed reading K Morris' book, Light and Shade, so I also picked up The Further Selected … Continue reading Book review – The Further Selected Poems of K Morris (Spoiler Free)

Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

I attended a Reedsy Live where Jonathan Oliver gave some wonderful tips for fantasy and sci-fi writers that I'd like to share. Some of these tips are for all genres though. What's a word count for fantasy and sci-fi? For adult fantasy, he mentioned the range to be about 130,000 to 250,000 words. Sci-fi landed … Continue reading Fantasy and sci-fi tips from an award-winning editor

3 tips to spice up your dialogue

Dialogue is critical. It's not necessary—many stories don't have it—but in stories where it's present, it needs to flow and keep the story going. That can be hard though. Small talk keeps the story still. Sometimes dialogue can feel like an info dump. So, how do we keep it interesting? Goals Give every character a goal—usually … Continue reading 3 tips to spice up your dialogue

When to tell instead of show

We've all heard the saying show, don't tell. Even as I edit, I find instances where I need to point that out. However, telling does have a purpose. It's about how you use it. And perhaps understanding it more will help writers understand when and when not to use it. There are two main concepts … Continue reading When to tell instead of show

Book review – Chin Music Rhubarb (Spoiler Free)

“All the memories of his mother and the emotions flooded Layton’s thoughts. He took a deep breath so he didn’t drown in them. Alright, I think it’s time I break the news to her.” Title: Chin Music RhubarbAuthor: Eamon LoingsighGenre: FictionPages: 283 pagesPublication date: March 18, 2021 Chin Music Rhubarb isn't the type of story … Continue reading Book review – Chin Music Rhubarb (Spoiler Free)

What fantasy writers need in their stories

I attended Fantasy Writer’s Week from ProWritingAid, and one of my favorite talks was over an emotion writers should focus on: wonder. Wonder is a sweet mix between surprise and admiration. Bringing wonder into a story allows the reader to get more immersed in an unfamiliar world. It makes them want to know more. Dave … Continue reading What fantasy writers need in their stories

Virtual AWP Thoughts

Right as covid hit, I went to AWP (a national writing conference) for the first time. Half the panels were gone. Half of the bookfair was gone. I talk about it more in this post. Since covid is still going strong, AWP went virtual this year. I was nervous about it since ACES—which turned virtual … Continue reading Virtual AWP Thoughts

Book review – The Cruel Prince (Spoiler Free)

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.” Title: The Cruel PrinceAuthor: Holly BlackGenre: FantasyPages: 370 pagesPublication date: January 2, 2018 I found out about The Cruel Prince a while back. It was one of those books I put on my Goodreads to-read list, but I never had the opportunity … Continue reading Book review – The Cruel Prince (Spoiler Free)

Top 9 fantasy books I’ve read so far

I thought this would be a fun post to do. According to Goodreads, I've read over 430 books. I've been keeping track of them since 7th or 8th grade. So, this could be a cool post to see which ones have stood out the most in the past ten years. Now, the books won't be … Continue reading Top 9 fantasy books I’ve read so far

Book review – A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

“The most impactful thing you can do with power is almost always to give it away.” Title: A Beautifully Foolish EndeavorAuthor: Hank GreenGenre: Sci-fiPages: 452 pagesPublication date: July 7, 2020 I enjoyed the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, so I was excited to get the next one. The story continues not long after Andy … Continue reading Book review – A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor