Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

"In my younger and more vulnerable years, my publishing mentor gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. An editor, he said, must be the associate publisher of his own books." - Calvert D. Morgan Jr. Title: What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing Editor: Peter … Continue reading Book review – What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing (Spoiler Free)

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)

What writing classes always are…

I'm not sure anyone talks about college writing classes. Movies say we have our classes in auditoriums. Those are only intro classes. Writing classes, also known as writing workshops, never have over eighteen people usually. I have one with twelve people right now. One time only six people showed up. On the first day, we … Continue reading What writing classes always are…

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

it only takes a second or two to look into their eyes and decide whether you're home or at just another perfectly decorated house ― Noor Unnahar, Yesterday I Was the Moon Title: Yesterday I Was the Moon Author: Noor Unnahar Genre: nonfiction, poetry Pages: 160 Publication date: March 27th 2018 Publisher:Clarkson Potter Publishers I was given Yesterday I Was the … Continue reading Book review – Yesterday I Was the Moon (Spoiler Free)

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)

Creativity is a fire

My sophomore year, my college writing professor sat at a simple cheap table in our new classroom. Being the first day of class and not knowing anyone there, I sat at the opposite side of the room. But that didn't say much since we all sat in a circle, facing each other. I took out … Continue reading Creativity is a fire

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)

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)

Best of the best so far (books edition)

As writers, we all need great books in our lives. Here’s some of the best books I know with synopses from Goodreads: Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare – 4.33 rating When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something … Continue reading Best of the best so far (books edition)

A writer’s journey (part one) – research

I couldn't remember the pivotal moment in my writing career anymore, but something had changed in me between high school and college. In high school, I was writing because I had so many stories inside of me. Words flew out of me all the time and I cared less about who read them. Not many … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part one) – research