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”

Negative critiques destroy

Most of the time, I believe writing's the thing for me. I'm always a good story critic and love telling them no matter what. People's reactions to words are always interesting and compelling. But sometimes that changes. I'll get critiques that say I need to take a writing course cause I can't tell a story … Continue reading Negative critiques destroy

Powerful small words

My mind buzzed over and over in a spiral. Lately, nothing had gone right in the writing world. My blog was floating above the water. I hadn't been able to work on my novel or short stories in a while. My critics gave me the same reply: "good, but not good enough". Because writers could … Continue reading Powerful small words