ARC Review — It Is What It Is, Because It Never Was

Title: It Is What It Is, Because It Never Was, And What Never Was, Can Never BeAuthor: Ronnell Beaty  Genre: PoetryPages: 177 pagesPublication date: April 25, 2021 Thank you, Ronnell, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! It Is What It Is, Because It Never Was is a poetry … Continue reading ARC Review — It Is What It Is, Because It Never Was

Book review – Skin of the Sea (Spoiler Free)

"Releasing the woman’s fingers, I turn away, not watching as her body sinks into the depths. A daughter, a wife, a mother. My tears join." Title: Skin of the SeaAuthor: Natasha Bowen Genre: YA Mythological FantasyPages: 336 pagesPublication date: November 9, 2021 Skin of the Sea takes place in a mythical world with gods, mermaids, and … Continue reading Book review – Skin of the Sea (Spoiler Free)

ARC Review — The Rose Vol. 1

Title: The Rose (Vol. 1)Author: P.D. AllevaGenre: Sci-fi thrillerPages: 316 pagesPublication date: October 7, 2020 Thank you, P.D. Alleva, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! I don't pick up thrillers often, but I'm glad I picked up The Rose. This story follows multiple POVs as the world … Continue reading ARC Review — The Rose Vol. 1

Introducing Dragon Editing Services

I'm launching a freelance editorial service called Dragon Editing Services. This has been a work in progress. I'm glad it's finally coming together. I provide three editing services: Manuscript CritiqueCopyeditingProofreading A manuscript critique evaluates your story’s strengths and weaknesses. You will receive an editorial letter with a plan of action to bring your story to … Continue reading Introducing Dragon Editing Services

Book review – Light and Shade (Spoiler Free)

“It's easy to write / of eternal night / and to compose / flowery verses / about one's mortality / but many a poet curses / the reality / behind his poetry." Title: Light and Shade: Serious (and Not So Serious) PoemsAuthor: K. MorrisGenre: PoetryPages: 127 pagesPublication date: June 2020 K. Morris runs a blog … Continue reading Book review – Light and Shade (Spoiler Free)

Writing is hard…

Writing is hard and complex, because it's as subjective as it gets. Sometimes, someone will see the magic in what you wrote. Other times, no one will quite understand what's on the page. It's okay either way. But it's difficult for writers to see it like that. Sour reviews or rejections can make one almost … Continue reading Writing is hard…

One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor

Editing is essential. As writers, we all need some type of editing. Even me, who is trained in editing, is not the best editor for my own work. There are mistakes that our brains cannot find in our stories, our children. So, editors become our biggest helpers. What's great is that some editors will give … Continue reading One big tip for knowing how you’ve gotten a good editor

I asked for poetry advice once and…

I asked for poetry advice once. Gave out a few poems. Out of the two that answered, only one responded. What I got was: "Read more poetry books." I've read poetry, but I asked for a critique. So, I only assumed that my work was terrible. A disaster. I'm not sure what else to think … Continue reading I asked for poetry advice once and…

Book review – Log Horizon (Spoiler Free)

"In other words, there are at least thirty thousand people here-"Shiroe intentionally avoided saying gamers."-but no government and no laws." Title: Log Horizon, The Beginning of Another WorldAuthor: Mamare TounoGenre: YA FictionPages: 768 pagesPublication date: April 21, 2015Publisher: Yen On Years ago, I watched Log Horizon and fell in love with it. When I noticed that an … Continue reading Book review – Log Horizon (Spoiler Free)

Toughest of the tough

You'd think writing the novel was the hardest part. Or perhaps editing the novel was worse. But no. Queries always seem to be the hardest. They are the one thing I have never gotten a "this is amazing" from. I always get critiqued hard and have to start over again. I took a break from … Continue reading Toughest of the tough