You know, compared to the classic tomes and presidential biographies I normally read in any given year, the novels on my current #TBRlist are a freaking BREEZE. That's probably why it's not even March and I've already crossed three off my list! So. Today's review is of "The Cranes Dance: A Novel" by Meg Howrey, … Continue reading Review: “The Cranes Dance”
I'll admit that after getting off to a rocky start with this year's TBR list (see previous review for "White Swan, Black Swan"), I was a little leery about diving into my second book, Christopher Bram's "Lives of the Circus Animals." Thankfully, that fear was unfounded and I would give this read a solid 4.5 … Continue reading Book Review – “Lives of the Circus Animals”
Time to cross off the first book from this year's TBR list: "White Swan, Black Swan" by Adrienne Sharp. I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. Here's why: Of all the books on my list, this was the only one I'd heard of previously, and also the one I was most looking forward … Continue reading Book Review – “White Swan, Black Swan”
Hi all! One thing I noted previously was the seemingly utter lack of adult fiction concerning the performing arts, whether musical theatre, acting, ballet, etc. I had only done a few casual searches on Amazon and Goodreads though, so I decided to take a closer look using Subject Headings in some of the library consortia … Continue reading 2018 TBR List
How did 2017 go? My only real goal this year was to finish Book 1, and I did. I finished the first draft, did my own round of revising/edits and have sent it out to a handful of readers for their feedback. So while it's not yet in shape to be queried, it IS technically … Continue reading Writing Goals for 2018
Not feeling up to writing a "real entry" today because I seem to be coming down with a cold after an awful week at work that had me stressed 24/7. So instead, here's something fun: screenshots from the time I created my characters in the Sims 3 and decided to see what they would do. … Continue reading Front & Center, Sims 3 Style
Today's entry was inspired by the #TweepWriter question for day 14 of October: Which is easier to write, the protagonist or antagonist? Over the course of my entire series, each of the four MCs has POV chapters, if not entire books (TJ and Whisky, in the beginning, when there IS no one else!). As in … Continue reading Who’s Easier to Write?
I've started reading through some magazines I've had sitting around for months and came across an interesting quote in the Editor's Note of the July/August 2017 issue of Poets & Writers. In it, Kevin Larimer talks about the notion, popular amongst aspiring authors, of publishing as an "impenetrable fortress." Even though I haven't started to … Continue reading Different Way of Thinking
A couple of weeks ago, I considered myself "done" with Book One. Almost. Faced with conflicting beta reader/CP opinions about the opening of my story, I was in no state to deal with potentially humongous changes. Instead, I finished all the small edits, marked a handful of things "to come back to," including the beginning. … Continue reading Book One – Next Steps!
Triggers and trigger warnings are a huge topic, about which I have mixed feelings. But I'm not here to address the overall topic today; instead, I wanted to talk about one side of the matter that I don't often see mentioned. What if you, the writer, are the one who's triggered by what you're writing? … Continue reading Writers Dealing with Triggering Scenes?