Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face

For over a year I heard buzz about this book, but I didn’t think much of it. The title didn’t exactly describe what the book was about. And this girl on the cover was washing her face with a fire hydrant. I mean how smart could she be? Normal people wash their face in the sink. Then a friend of mine from Instagram recommended a podcast called Rise. I listened to the episode she suggested. The lady made a lot of sense. Then she mentioned something about her book… you guessed it: Girl, Wash Your Face! By Rachel Hollis The author is, shall we say, earthy. The first line of the book is, “I peed my pants.” So, no, not glamorous. The book is an easy read. She writes very conversationally.

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

This book is told in 3rd person omniscient, distant. The effect is that it sounds like someone telling a fairy tale. The prose is filled with delightful adjectives. Stephen King would absolutely hate this story for that reason I think. It made the story feel full of childish wonder. The Bear and the Nightingale By Katherine Arden Narrated by Kathleen Gati At the heart of this story is a battle of belief. Christianity versus the old gods like the domovoi who lives in the oven and protects the house. The vazila who is the spirit of the horses. The Winter King. Death. A creature in the water. An old Oak Tree in the forest. Vasalisa (Vasya) is the main character. She is born to a mother who has the sight and knows that Vasya will be special. She is a wild uncontrollable child who thrives in nature and will not be tamed.

Writing Advice: Write What You Know

“Write what you know.” I’ve heard this attributed to Mark Twain but I’m not sure if this is accurately attributed. If you know more about who first said this, I’d love to hear from you in the comments or email me! The librarian in my is very concerned with giving attribution to the correct people! Many people get frustrated by this piece of advice. I was one of them because I’m a fantasy/sci-fi writer. How can one know about a creature that doesn’t really exist…dragons, unicorns (although maybe they are real, but really good at hiding), and trolls (these do actually appear on the internet all the time, just not in the literal form that I write.) I have a friend that writes about an ICU nurse who turns into an amateur sleuth. As far as I know, she’s never investigated an ACTUAL murder, although she was an ICU nurse. You get the idea right?

Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone —Book Review

I heard about this book on a podcast, probably Writing Excuses. I like a good mystery, especially a classic Sherlock Holmes story but with a twist. I am enjoying this story immensely. However, I read a chapter of this to my middle school student and they thought chapter one was boring. This story has a … Continue reading Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone —Book Review

Desperate Trolls Call for Desperate Measures, my First Publication is Out in the World!

My First piece of writing is finally out in the world for all too see! I was wondering what art work they would put with it. The art is perfect for the story. I couldn't possibly be any happier! It's about a 15 to 20 min read. So without further ado... Issue 71 April 2019... … Continue reading Desperate Trolls Call for Desperate Measures, my First Publication is Out in the World!

1st Acceptance Letter!!! My Short Story is Getting Published!

I was sitting at the lunch table at work going through my personal email when I saw the words "Story Acceptance" in the subject line of an email!! My heart started pounding and my face flushed as I opened the email. Yes! It said my story had been accepted and they will be publishing it in the Youth Imaginations Magazine April edition!