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Letter To My Protagonist

I saw M.A. Ryan do a letter to my protag on her blog and thought it was a great idea. Dearest, Aela, You must feel lonely and different. You wonder why you’ve been abandoned by the people who were supposed to love you the most. You choose to hide your feelings from those who truly… Continue reading Letter To My Protagonist

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Horns- Book Review

Horns by Joe Hill My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is my first book to read by Joe Hill and I already have him back on my ‘to be read’ list. His words are fluid, and I was quickly immersed in Iggy Perish’s life. Which, in the case of Horns, is equal parts good… Continue reading Horns- Book Review

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Winchester Manor- Flash Fiction Friday

Hello, creatives! So excited to share today's flash fiction with you. I am trying to hone my suspense writing skills and hope I was able to capture it in this piece. Please, drop me a comment and let me know what you think. Keep in mind, my flash fiction is meant as personal inspiration and… Continue reading Winchester Manor- Flash Fiction Friday

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Be A Storyteller

Good Writing Vs. Storytelling Hello, Creatives! Hope everyone’s words/page counts have stayed high. Mine has not. Netflix is not my friend! Sam and Dean Winchester, they can be my friends. 🙂 For those of you who read this, thank you for the support you give me on my writing journey. It is so nice to… Continue reading Be A Storyteller

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The Demon Prince- Book Review

The Demon Prince by Ann Aguirre My rating: 3 of 5 stars Most of me enjoyed The Demon Prince, some of me was disappointed.We delve into the point of view of Alastor, a Golgarian Prince who is also privy to his reptilian counterpart and able to transform at will. Against all odds and desires, Alastor… Continue reading The Demon Prince- Book Review

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Life for a Life- Flash Fiction Friday

Hello, creatives! Happy Friday. Can not believe it's here already. I am loving the accountability of flash fiction Friday, keeps me going when I would dearly love to kick off my shoes, lounge on the couch and binge watch Supernatural (because seriously, I'm hooked on that show after waiting so long to watch it.) Anywho,… Continue reading Life for a Life- Flash Fiction Friday

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The Man in the Mirror- (not so) Flash Fiction Friday

Hello, Creatives! Hope everyone had a productive week with high page/ word counts. This one was inspired by a book I read where the story was told in other forms of narrative and included interviews and research papers. Thought I'd try my hand at it. It is a little longer than typical flash fiction but… Continue reading The Man in the Mirror- (not so) Flash Fiction Friday

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A Writer’s Choice

Genre of Choice Writing is a release; it is a way to express your highest opinions, deepest wishes, and inner demons. We all have our own voice, and we all have our own personal preference to how and what we write. This holds true to our genre of choice. My stories take a form of… Continue reading A Writer’s Choice

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The Leopard King- Book Review

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was nothing that I expected and everything that I wanted.I bought Leopard King to ease the anxiousness rising in anticipation of Vanguard, a new book in her Razorland series yet to be released. I knew nothing of the premise but expected… Continue reading The Leopard King- Book Review

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A Writer’s Balance

Plotter VS. Pantster   “Stories are found things, like fossils in the ground . . . Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered, pre-existing world.” -S. King Lately, I’ve been reminded of two conflicting ideas in the craft of writing. I thought I’d take a moment to address this because I’ve struggled with the decision… Continue reading A Writer’s Balance

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A Nightling’s Tale cont. – Flash Fiction Friday

Hello, creatives! I am so excited to continue with my Nightling's Tale. This is so much fun to write. Eerie and dark, my favorite kind of writing. *mwah ha, ha* I hope you enjoy this flash fiction piece that is slowly turning into something more tangible. This is not a perfectly edited piece and is… Continue reading A Nightling’s Tale cont. – Flash Fiction Friday

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Traitor to the Throne- Book Review

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Traitor to the Throne was one of this year's most anticipated reads for me, as I fell in love with Rebel of the Sands and all the sass and gunfire that came with the protagonist, Amani.I was overjoyed to once again dive… Continue reading Traitor to the Throne- Book Review

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Star-Fire – Flash Fiction Friday

Hello, creatives This is another flash fiction piece inspired by Uninspired Writer picture prompt. I wrote this one fairly fast but I think it could develop into a good story. In the spirit of traditional fairytales, Star-Fire is more of a telling than descriptive or flowery prose. As always, any critique is appreciated. Please remember this… Continue reading Star-Fire – Flash Fiction Friday

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in a dark, dark wood Book Review

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book dragged me along with it’s perfectly paced suspense. When Nora receives an invite to a hen weekend from Clare, a friend she’s not spoken to in ten years, she’s baffled and ready to delete the message and forget about… Continue reading in a dark, dark wood Book Review

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Four Ways out of a Writer’s Slump

Hello, creatives! Today I thought I’d share the four ways I draw up inspiration when my muse refuses to cooperate. *** Ambient Mixer This amazing app transfers me from my laptop to thousands of different atmospheres. If I want to study in the Gryffindor Common Room, I’m there. If I need the pitter patter of… Continue reading Four Ways out of a Writer’s Slump

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Wastelands- Flash Fiction

Picture prompts are a sure fire way to squeeze out some creative juice. This one was inspired by a prompt on uninspiredwriters Instagram page. But you guys should check out her brand new blog page, just click on the name! Anywho, all critique is welcome. Keep in mind that my flash fiction pieces are only fun ways… Continue reading Wastelands- Flash Fiction

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Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Review

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault by Candace Robinson My rating: 3 of 5 stars I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and here it is.What a unique story! I love creepy, horrific stories that are cringe worthy, but too compelling to put down so you suck it up butter cup and… Continue reading Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault Review

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Protagonist’s Ghost

I’ve been an avid reader since grade school. I remember reading books like Bunnicula, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter. As I grew older I read books like Swamplandia, Jellicoe Road, Lumatere Chronicles, The Snow Child. The books I’ve read could fill a lake and, unfortunately, I can’t remember them all in detail. The ones that… Continue reading Protagonist’s Ghost

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The Holiday Spirit (or whatever)

Hello, my creatives. I wanted to share another piece of writing. This is the entry to a contest I entered at the end of last year. It was a 1500 word limit. It's not my most impressive writing and the story has been done before, but I was still pleased with the outcome. I've thought… Continue reading The Holiday Spirit (or whatever)

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Protag’s Characteristic Moment

I want to share some nuggets of wisdom. I mean, they could also be called a load of crap, so I’ll leave that for you to decide. Me, I found this information valuable. I’m currently reading ‘Creating Character Arcs’ by K.M. Weiland. It’s full of great insight but today I want to share just a… Continue reading Protag’s Characteristic Moment

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The Nightling’s Tale- Flash Fiction

I'm excited to share my writing on here. It's a place where I can collect and display the nonsense floating around my head. This is the first of many. This story was inspired by a picture prompt. I hope you enjoy and any and all critique you are willing to give is greatly appreciated! The… Continue reading The Nightling’s Tale- Flash Fiction

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Rebel of the Sands Review

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Allow me to gush for a moment. I adored Rebel of the Sands and felt like it was a breath of fresh air compared to other stagnant YA plot lines. Let me tell you what I loved about Alwyn Hamilton’s debut novel.We… Continue reading Rebel of the Sands Review

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The Hundredth Queen Review

The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King My rating: 4 of 5 stars Whew, I read this one fast. Like a day and a half, fast. The plot isn't anything I haven't seen before: young protag is destined to do great things and save her people and the world. But I appreciated how Emily King… Continue reading The Hundredth Queen Review

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Blood Cure Review

Blood Cure by K.R. Willis My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finished this book a week ago but put off reviewing it because I wanted my thoughts to be unbiased. K.R. Willis is a local author and I bought Blood Cure in support of her. However, I did not want the reasoning behind my… Continue reading Blood Cure Review

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Creative Writing Class

Hello, my creative souls! I want to give an update on my writing progress. It's taken me a while to juggle all the new things in my life, all positive, and all writer/reader related. I recently started a bookstagram account, linked here, I've created this blog that I have yet to understand all of its… Continue reading Creative Writing Class

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The Deep book review

The Deep by Nick Cutter What to say about Nick Cutter's, The Deep?Hmm . . . I'm caught between saying I enjoyed it and saying it was a waste.Nick Cutter is a writer that I'll revisit indefinitely. His ease with words is astounding and so alluring that the second I start to read, I'm lost… Continue reading The Deep book review

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Moments Like These Review

Moments Like These: A TATM Novella by Jenny Bravo My rating: 5 of 5 stars Can I just say, WOW! Jenny Bravo has perfectly structured writers claw into me and won't let go. Her TATM series is thoughtful, heart-warming, and so true to life that you forget you are reading fiction. I know these characters.… Continue reading Moments Like These Review

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Travelling Circus Review

The Travelling Circus by Mark Watson I came across Mark Watson's book on Instagram, and the cover struck a cord. I purchased and read it to my daughter that day. The Travelling Circus reminded me of the stories I read as a child in the Dark, Dark Room books. Astonishing, yet slightly creepy. This is… Continue reading Travelling Circus Review