Book review – Ellen Outside the Lines (Spoiler Free)

"We're a family, Ellen, but we're not all the same. And that's a good thing." Title: Ellen Outside the Lines Author: A. J. Sass Genre: MG Fiction Pages: 336 pages Publication date: March 22, 2022 I can’t remember exactly where I first heard of Ellen Outside The Lines. I’ve seen that cover so many times … Continue reading Book review – Ellen Outside the Lines (Spoiler Free)

10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

Happy Pride Month! There are a lot of awesome LGBTQIA+ books out there that don't get the spotlight as much. So, here's a list of some great stories (with their Goodreads blurbs) to check out. Amulet of Wishes — Rita A. Rubin The Guardians are the protectors of Aloseria. They are the keepers of the … Continue reading 10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022

I haven't done one of these before, but I love reading them, so I decided to give it a try. Perhaps you'll find a book you like as well.  For this list, I picked seven books I already have on my to-read shelf. My shelf is almost full, so I'm hoping to get it down … Continue reading Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022

Inside and Out Book Tag

I saw this one over on Secret Library Book Blog and thought it'd be fun to do. Enjoy! Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info Or not enough? Most of them are enough. I like knowing a basic plot of what to expect before diving into a story unless it's from an author … Continue reading Inside and Out Book Tag

How does a book become a book? — part two

If you missed part one, here's a link. #3 — Editing your manuscript Don't panic, but this can take many rounds. Editing a book is difficult, and sometimes minds will disagree. You're about to dig deep into your work. How is your dialogue? Believable? Does your character's motivations seem valid, true to character? How is … Continue reading How does a book become a book? — part two

We can’t tell a “single story”

So, I watch Ted Talks from time to time. One of them caught my eye recently, and I decided to share it with y'all. It's called "The danger of a single story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Toward the beginning, she mentions how: "All my characters were White and blue-eyed. They played in the snow. They … Continue reading We can’t tell a “single story”

What writing classes are like

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