Reminder to keep going

Here is a reminder that your words will inspire someone one day. You don’t have to reach thousands or millions of people to make your mark on the world. Your words can change lives without being popular. A bestseller. No matter how many people your words reach, they are powerful. They are important and worthy … Continue reading Reminder to keep going

Book review – Fire Becomes Her (Spoiler Free)

"Nowhere is it written in stone that you must love in only one way, only one person, only one time. You haven't missed your shot at love, because love isn't just one thing." Title: Fire Becomes HerAuthor: Rosiee ThorGenre: YA FantasyPages: 368 pagesPublication date: February 1, 2022 Fire Becomes Her is where 1920's glamor meets … Continue reading Book review – Fire Becomes Her (Spoiler Free)

Book review – Red Queen (Spoiler Free)

"I'm an accident. I'm a lie. And my life depends on maintaining the illusion." Title: Red QueenAuthor: Victoria AveyardGenre: YA FantasyPages: 383 pagesPublication date: February 10, 2015 I kept seeing this book everywhere years ago, but I never got around to reading it. I've had it sitting on my to-read shelf for about a year … Continue reading Book review – Red Queen (Spoiler Free)

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

Should writers go to DV Con?

Earlier in 2020, I did a post on AWP vs ACES for conferences, but now, I've attended the inaugural DV Con conference. Since it was during a pandemic, they took a different approach that I hope AWP and ACES continues.  DV Con was open specifically for diverse voices, including POC, LGBTQIA+ community, Deaf, blind, etc. … Continue reading Should writers go to DV Con?

It’s time to listen

I found a powerful poem recently. In light of the world being its same brutal self, I decided to share it. It's called "Compassion Fatigue" by Ebony Stewart. It was performed in 2016, but it's even more relevant today in 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeRafMKWg-Q

Book review – Fate of Flames (Spoiler Free)

“Belle let her body sink into the settee, twisting so she could peer over the edge of the railing and into the field. What did she see when she cast her gaze over the thicket of trees silhouetted in the night? What was she looking for with those eyes that had suddenly lost what little … Continue reading Book review – Fate of Flames (Spoiler Free)

Updating my most inspirational books!

It has been a while, but I finally updated the list of books that have a lasting effect on me. I can't believe how many powerful books I have come across since I last updated it. By now, I did book reviews for some of those books including Turtles All the Way Down, The Hate … Continue reading Updating my most inspirational books!

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

Battles with the word “said”

Many writers love the word “said.” They use it for every dialogue tag they can. But writers can overuse “said.” Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand it, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include: Announced Boasted Commented … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”