5 Reasons to Join a Creative Writing Group

If you’re a writer of fiction and poetry like me, you may be looking for ways to expand your writing community or help others showcase their own writing. Here I’ve listed some advantages I am inexplicably grateful for in my own creative writing group. 1. Give and receive feedback. Some writers (including myself) cringe whenContinue reading “5 Reasons to Join a Creative Writing Group”

August 2020 Reading Vlog

It’s about that time again! Below is my video blog about the books I’ve read/recommend for this month! Feel free to comment below for other book suggestions or to give your thoughts on any of the books I’ve reviewed. Books Included in Review: Blood Countess, by Lana Popović Bone Houses, by Emily Lloyd-Jones As YouContinue reading “August 2020 Reading Vlog”

Book Review: The Whispered Dance of Bees, by Carol Warburton

This book was an interesting one. Sometimes it seemed like the story took on different stories at different periods of the protagonist’s life and it is unclear what the main plot of the story was. However, it is not until towards the end of the book that the reader sees how these subplots drive theContinue reading “Book Review: The Whispered Dance of Bees, by Carol Warburton”

A Review of Starlight Mountain Theatre’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel”: 5 Reasons to Read the Book, Watch the Movie, and See the Play

Just yesterday, I had the pleasure of seeing Starlight Mountain’s stage production of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and boy, was it a spectacle! I had seen the play before (on a much larger scale), but this one was done with such a simple, yet impassioned panache, that it is worth mentioning. First, being an outside theaterContinue reading “A Review of Starlight Mountain Theatre’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel”: 5 Reasons to Read the Book, Watch the Movie, and See the Play”

Book Review: Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

I came across this book during some independent research I was doing for an article I was writing about “Half-Hangit Maggie”, who had an ordeal similar to that of Hooper’s protagonist, Anne Green. As a piece of historical fiction, I was impressed, overall. The story flipped between Anne’s first-person narration as well as a limitedContinue reading “Book Review: Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper”

Calling All Writers: 13 Calls for Spooky Stories/Haunted Tales for Halloween 2020

Hello fellow writers! For those of you who love writing creepy stories like me, I’ve listed some paying and non-paying journals and anthologies who are looking for stories, poems, or manuscripts in the realm of the supernatural, the gothic, the horror, and/or the mysterious. Many have rolling deadlines while others have dates coming up soon,Continue reading “Calling All Writers: 13 Calls for Spooky Stories/Haunted Tales for Halloween 2020”

Book Review: Slave Stealers, by Timothy Ballard

For those of you who have not yet been exposed to the history writing of Tim Ballard—yes, the same Tim Ballard who runs the Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) to abolish child trafficking—this book is an in-depth account of his past experiences performing rescue operations against the child-slavery. What a lot of people do not realizeContinue reading “Book Review: Slave Stealers, by Timothy Ballard”

Book Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

Upon first finding this book at Target under Best Sellers 5+ years ago, I was caught by the unique subtitle: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. For real? I thought. I began to read and just couldn’t stop until my mom told me it was time to go. I kept thinking aboutContinue reading “Book Review: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride”

Advice for Fiction Writers: 3 Do’s vs. 3 Don’ts for Making a Good Story

+ Respect the reader’s imagination A good writer trusts the reader well enough to fill in the blanks when necessary. I’m not implying that the writer purposefully create holes that end up making the whole book a speculation, but use them where credit is due, like when describing scenery, journeys, or other necessary elements thatContinue reading “Advice for Fiction Writers: 3 Do’s vs. 3 Don’ts for Making a Good Story”

July 2020 Reading Vlog

Welcome to my first book-reading vlog! I plan to upload these monthly and talk about what books I have read for the month, are currently reading, and plan to read the following month. I look forward to reading your comments, questions, other book recs, etc. The books I have included in this vlog (along withContinue reading “July 2020 Reading Vlog”