ARC Review — Chambers of the Heart

Title: Chambers of the Heart: speculative storiesAuthor: B. Morris AllenGenre: SFF short story collectionPages: 246 pagesPublication date: April 16, 2022 Thank you, B. Morris Allen, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Chambers of the Heart is a short story collection full of unique speculative stories that will … Continue reading ARC Review — Chambers of the Heart

ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes

Title: Amulet of WishesAuthor: Rita A. RubinGenre: YA FantasyPages: 344 pagesPublication date: April 28, 2021 Thank you, Rita A. Rubin, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Amulet of Wishes follows Derek, a boy with a haunting past and a promising future as he trains to become a … Continue reading ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes

A writer’s journey (part ten) – getting an editor’s feedback

It has been a while since I've done a writer's journey. Last time, I spoke about getting accepted in a journal and building my credentials. I’ve continued to do so over the past year. I made a goal last January to submit pieces on Submittable two times a month. Now, I've gotten two more accepted … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part ten) – getting an editor’s feedback

How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

On a recent writer's journey post, I mentioned that I keep track of my poems, but I didn't explain how. So, today, I'm going to show how I do that. Here's a basic rundown of what an empty template looks like: You can do this in Microsoft Word or Excel. I prefer Word. I make … Continue reading How do I keep track of my poems to submit?

Book review – Probably Someday Cancer (Spoiler Free)

"What are you afraid of?" she asked. I paused before answering. How much time did she have? "Everything," I said. Title: Probably Someday Cancer: Genetic Risk and Preventative MastectomyAuthor: Kim Horner Genre: NonfictionPages: 208 pagesPublication date: April 1, 2019 I wanted to read Probably Someday Cancer for a while now. I thought it would be an … Continue reading Book review – Probably Someday Cancer (Spoiler Free)

A writer’s journey (part eight) – blogging, more research, and twitter

It has been a while since I’ve written one of these. I’ve been meaning to, but my busy schedule took control for a little bit. I have three topics in the title, because I’ve seen the most growth in these areas. Let’s go one by one. Blogging As I mentioned here before, my blog has … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part eight) – blogging, more research, and twitter

Book review – To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (Spoiler Free)

“This was a really amazing part of your adventure, Hamlet. You’re sure that, should you ever one day write a book about this story or perhaps a stage production, you’d DEFINITELY include this scene. Why, you’d have to be literally crazy to write a story where you journey to England, get attacked by pirates — … Continue reading Book review – To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (Spoiler Free)

A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

It's been a while since I wrote one of these because I've been at a dead stop. I have multiple projects going at once, so it's hard to make a lot of progress in such a short time. I've been editing a query, which has gotten better. I've been going through my novel once more, … Continue reading A writer’s journey (part seven) – dead stop

Book review – Reflection (Spoiler Free)

“I am Fa Mulan, a girl who would sacrifice her life for her family and for China. I am a girl who journeyed into the Underworld to save her friend from dying. I am a girl who has fought battle after battle to finally recognize herself in the mirror. And now I do.” Title: ReflectionAuthor: … Continue reading Book review – Reflection (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