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”
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
It's my birthday and I'm stuck at work because reasons, so instead of doing library stuff, I'm typing up this blog entry. Enjoy! Spring 1996. It was my last year in the ballet company, and I knew it. I was worn down - like, I can't overemphasize how BUSY I was in high school, between … Continue reading Sleeping Beauty Casting – A Tale
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?
So if you follow me on Twitter (@FrontCenterECR) you may have seen previous pictures I've posted from my years backstage at both the Providence Performing Arts Center and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium from back when I was part of a ballet company in the mid-90s. Today's pic is one of the last in the series. … Continue reading The Warm-Up Chair
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?
Yes, that's for real! If I wanted to get SUPER technical, it's been going on in my mind longer than that even. In 3rd grade, we were given creative writing prompts every Tuesday, right after the fluoride lady came around. I still have my collection of stories from that year (picture pending), and somewhere towards … Continue reading 24 Years of Front and Center