ARC Review — Snake Eyes 

Title: Snake Eyes (Planet Scumm #11)Author: Planet Scumm, including Hailey Piper (Guest Editor), Maura McGonagle (Illustrator), Sim Kern, Ana Gardner, Avery Kit Malone, LC von Hessen, Stephanie Gray, Diana Fenves, Laura Barker, Lindsay King-MillerGenre: Sci-fi short storiesPages: 112 pagesPublication date: August 13, 2021 Thank you, Planet Scumm, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! It has been a while … Continue reading ARC Review — Snake Eyes 

Free chains

The world met me with a smileTold me to dream for the skiesWhile putting chains around my feet I grew up with chains digging into my skinFor years, I didn’t realize they were thereBut when I did, I couldn’t take them off Sometimes, the world comes back aroundAnd lets a random person out of the … Continue reading Free chains

Common writer mistakes #1

#1 — Using multiple adjectives "The house on the hill was old, broken, and abandoned. I always passed it on my way home. It stared back at me with its empty, death-glaring, sick eyes." Adjectives help, but too many of them back-to-back can weigh down a story. It sounds more like a bumpy ride on … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #1

Every character has what?

Characters are unique, because they all have a little human in them. Even if they're witches who want to burn the world, they need something the readers can connect to. The other day, I rolled my eyes at my friend. We have been close for years, but some parts of him are annoying. Spending more … Continue reading Every character has what?

11 editing tips from a professional

At the ACES conference, one session had many editing tips for editors and writers. Here are some: Check all quotations (to see if it is a verified source) Don't ignore your inner voice (when it says something's wrong) Omit needless words Favor active voice (because we need passive voice sometimes) Edit out loud Advice is … Continue reading 11 editing tips from a professional

Run dragon

The dragon flapped its heavy wings on top of the tower. Everything—leaves, bushes, flowers—bent down to its power. It let out a hurtling cry, alerting everyone in the country of its presence. I crouched behind a tree, making sure my earmuffs stayed on tight. I didn’t want to lose my hearing just because I had … Continue reading Run dragon

Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that’s the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying “I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” – Brian H. Peterson Title: I Give My Eyes… Author: Brian H. Peterson Genre: Nonfiction … Continue reading Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

it only takesa second or twoto look into their eyesand decidewhether you're homeor at just anotherperfectly decorated house Title: Yesterday I Was the MoonAuthor: Noor UnnaharGenre: nonfiction, poetryPages: 160Publication date: March 27, 2018Publisher: Clarkson Potter Publishers I got Yesterday I Was the Moon as a birthday gift last month. By the end of the day, I had some … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs

Being able to write well isn’t the only thing it takes to be a writer. I’ve found that being a valuable editor has helped me with my writing as well. Editors have a keen eye for a troubled story. They know the difference between when to use a comma and when to leave the words … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part six) – editing jobs