“To compare spring to a temple to say a tree is a god both are illegitimate metaphors but metaphors is all I have” Title: Flash Cards: Selected Poems from Yu Jian's Anthology of NotesAuthor: Yu JianTranslators: Ron Padgett, Wang PingGenre: PoetryPages: 144 pagesPublication date: September 28, 2010Publisher: Zephyr Press Lately, I've been looking more … Continue reading Book review – Flash Cards (Spoiler Free)
What credentials should you put in your query letter?
At the end of a query letter, it's important to write something about yourself. But...what do you write? Some people write about where they got their college degrees from. Or perhaps how long they've been working on this manuscript. But is that necessary? Let's find out! Degrees (BA OR MFA) Degrees are usually only necessary … Continue reading What credentials should you put in your query letter?
To writers who believe they are slow learners or that they are behind
It doesn't matter how long it takes you to get there. Just the fact that you get there is worth it.
The Sunshine Blogger Award
I would like to thank Nen and Jen from Nen & Jen for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It was such a pleasant surprise to wake up to. If you haven't checked out Nen & Jen, you should. They write awesome book reviews from fantasy to YA to romance books. They also have … Continue reading The Sunshine Blogger Award
2019 writing goals
Happy New Year! 2019 is an interesting year for me already as I'm sure it is for you. I have an English degree now with new goals. Writing goals are always important to me. Even if I don't complete them, I get something in life to look forward to, to work toward. My goals this … Continue reading 2019 writing goals
Getting rid of Shakespeare
As an English major, I have joined the clubs of I-have-read-too-many-Shakespeare-plays-to-count and when-can-I-stop-reading-Hamlet-even-though-it's-my-favorite. It seems that I can't spend a semester without Shakespeare. But one of my professors, who is also an English advisor, discussed making Shakespeare not a requirement with my senior class. Both sides explained their opinions. Some students felt Shakespeared out and some … Continue reading Getting rid of Shakespeare
Difference in success
At an English Major panel, I got advice for success in life-after-graduation. It was a cozy room, stuffed with English nerds. Afterward, I talked with a professional author. One of the first sentences she said was, "I don't agree with what she said during the panel." She pointed toward a CEO in the publishing field. … Continue reading Difference in success
What could discredit me
Sometimes I wonder if my taste in literature discredits me for being an English major and/or writer. The more I dive into the writing world, the more I realize I don't fit in some areas. I love writing and editing. I can discuss creative work for days. But I don't like older literature too much. … Continue reading What could discredit me
Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)
“I'd been upstaged, demoted from protagonist in my own drama to comic relief in my parents' tragedy” Title: Fun Home: A Family TragicomicAuthor: Alison BechdelGenre: NonfictionPages: 232Publication date: June 5, 2007Publisher: Mariner Books Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic may be known as a great musical, but it all started as an interesting comic book. It's about … Continue reading Book review – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Spoiler Free)
Writers = fan girls?
After writing your first draft, you should expand the story. The deeper the story dives, the stronger it will become. Plot holes disappear. Characters develop more. Backstories appear. There’s a quick way to do all of this. Fan girl. You read that right. If you’re not in love with your story, no one will be. … Continue reading Writers = fan girls?