Is it to lie or to lay?

Lay, lie, laying, lain, etc. always get mixed up. It's hard to keep them straight since they're so similar. So, I'm going to break them down with some examples that'll hopefully clear everything up. Lay To lay means to put or set something down. The character has a thing in their hand and places it … Continue reading Is it to lie or to lay?

What I hope for out of NaNoWriMo

In eighth grade, my creative writing teacher introduced me to NaNoWriMo. I was thirteen at the time. NaNo was a way to express myself and to let some of the stories out of my head.  Did I do well? Nope! If I remember right, I didn’t even make it halfway. I didn’t do NaNo the … Continue reading What I hope for out of NaNoWriMo

Book review – You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation

“My hope is that you'll come to see art as something made by human beings and that you, being human, can make, too. Thankfully, art isn't like the other disciplines. There is no set of knowledge of list of techniques that one can master to become an artist. It's a state of mind, and it's … Continue reading Book review – You Are an Artist: Assignments to Spark Creation

Using pop culture as a writing release

At AWP, I went to a panel that spoke about how writers used pop culture in their published work. They'd write as if they were the characters themselves or at least in that fictional universe. Some were fun and silly, but it was also a way for them to develop and understand their feelings towards … Continue reading Using pop culture as a writing release

First lines given – #5

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Dea Jones! She said: This one could go in many different directions. I decided to take an older approach to it though. Here's the result: A cold Spam sandwich and … Continue reading First lines given – #5

First lines given – #2

Welcome to First Lines Given! If that sentence confuses you, here's a link to where I explain what this is. Today's first line is by Yogesh Mali! He said: Such a simple but good one. Here's the result: Trains have poor memories. Much poorer than you'd think they would have honestly. I met a train … Continue reading First lines given – #2

The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?

When you think of your favorite books, where are they from? Penguin? Hachette? HarperCollins? Or are you one of the few who loves indie books? I read from a bit of all four. But something I've noticed is that when I get excited about an indie book, no one knows what I'm talking about. They … Continue reading The book industry is top heavy, & what does that mean for us?

Book review – Mirror, Mirror (Spoiler Free)

"The princess had accepted her fate in an effort to make the best of things, but she refused to do so any longer.It wasn't till she was outside those walls that she'd realized the truth: the only one who could truly break her free was herself. That's why she was back. To claim what was … Continue reading Book review – Mirror, Mirror (Spoiler Free)

Book review – This Splintered Silence

"I think most things begin to fracture without anyone realizing it’s even happening, a sort of splintered silence that gives way all at once under too much weight, and without warning." Title: This Splintered SilenceAuthor: Kayla OlsonGenre: Sci-fi, MysteryPages: 368 pagesPublication date: November 13, 2018Publisher: HarperTeen I knew I had to read The Splintered Silence since … Continue reading Book review – This Splintered Silence

Reevaluate it all

As a blogger, or even as a writer, do you take a step back and reevaluate past blog series? Recently, I went through every book review that I've made on this site. One, I didn't think there'd be so many. (Sooo many tabs.) Two, I fixed some formatting mistakes. Three, I also rearranged my review … Continue reading Reevaluate it all