Final Frontier of Fiction

This is my last semester at my current college, and I have to say the experience has been amazing. Although it has, many times, caused me great stress and frustration, I am leaving with a sense of satisfaction. School, and the piece of paper it comes with, was an abstract idea in my mind before…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Halloween Tree

“Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread.” ― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree Any time of the year is a good time to read some Bradbury! One of the many Godfathers of Scifi and Fantasy has done it again with his ghoulishly fantastic children’s novel. All Tom Skelton…

Description And Subscription

Everyone here knows how I feel about giving writing advice…however, I do like to share some tricks I use to make my writing more tangible, aromatic, sightly, and (hopefully) believable. The particular trick I am talking about today I think is an old one, but I also think it makes certain writers feel uncomfortable… I…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Grasshopper Jungle

“We killed this big hairy thing and that big hairy thing. And that was our day. You know what I mean.” ― Andrew Smith, Grasshopper Jungle I discovered this book by reading the author’s blurb on the cover the not-so-great book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I was a bit skeptical since I could not stand…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.” ― Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Albertalli, who comes from a psychology background as opposed to a literary one, penned a very basic teen novel about a gay kid named Simon living his life in Georgia. As per typical story line,…

Motivation: Food and Books

The truth is this: wonderful books inspire me to write. However, food plays a big role in my writing process. No jokes, my loves. Food is the foundation of my writing process. It is the unsung hero of word upon word of storytelling. Different foods are useful for different things in my writing process. For…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Of Love & Other Demons

“For you was I born, for you do I have life, for you will I die, for you am I now dying.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons This man needs no introduction. Garcia Marquez has written some of the greatest books in translation. Love in the time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of…

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I’ve been in a serious cleaning kick since last semester ended. I’m sure everyone gets to that moment when they feel like they have too much shit cluttering every piece of space in their room/apartment. I’ve thrown out clothes, old electronics, and–here’s the kicker, my peeps–I’ve decided to throw out my old writing journals from…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Swordspoint

“Every man lives at swordspoint.” – Ellen Kushner I discovered Kushner’s book at the discussion concerning transgression in novels at Book Culture. (The same one C.S. Pacat was at!) She was the moderator, and one hell of a smart woman. It was a pleasure to listen to her writing process, and an even bigger pleasure…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Short Stories Pt 2

I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen This story is basically autobiographical. Olsen added a few things here and there that don’t line up with her life, but the overall tale mimics the issues she endured with her eldest daughter. Told in first-person narrative, the story begins with the mother explaining that she can no longer…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Short Stories Pt 1

Been a while, friends. You’ll be happy to know I’ve closed this semester with straight As. Woot! Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin Most of you may know Chopin from her most popular short story, The story of an Hour, which exposed the inner workings of a woman’s mind after the death of her husband. Her crusade to reveal…

Post On the Run

I was asked by Aya from BookLoveBabbles to give some advice about how to write a quick post with quality. I like to keep my readers involved even if I don’t have a whole lot of time (like when I’m in school), so I usually will post small updates on what I’m doing, and what…