Lots of people have talked about the mental toll this pandemic quarantine is taking on them. It has been pretty brutal on most everybody. I'm not going to talk about that though because I can't add anything to the conversation that hasn't already been said.
I will however, talk about the physical toll this pandemic has taken on me and probably many others.
Finding a critique group that is a good fit for you is HARD! You might want to create your own group. But where do you start? I have it all laid our for you here in this post!
2019 was a fun year! I have a story published in Youth Imagination Magazine! I've been doing a ton of writing. This year I'm being more intentional with my posts and focusing more on writing craft.
First Page Friday
The One and Only Ivan
I love that from page one, third sentence in, you get a taste of the narrator’s voice. You know the rest of it is going to be just as solid. I bet I could sit down one day this weekend and devour this book. I might have to do that.
The Lone Star Reading List is out now!!
I read City of Ghosts a short while ago. The book only gets better from here!
I’ve not read the sequel, Tunnel of Bones, yet. I hope to get it for Christmas. My current read is Darker Shades of Magic, which is another book by V.E. Schwab. This one is a lot of fun too! So basically I’m a big fan of her!
15 Bookish Things I'm Thankful for This Year
This is the season for thanks, so first let me thank you for reading with me each week! I love hearing from you about the books I’ve recommended. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Spooky Book Tag! If you like spooky stories, I have some books for you!
You hear this all the time. To be a successful writer, write every day! Some even go so far to say that if you don't, you aren't even a REAL writer. LIES!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBZk6JZwJCU Is there anything wrong with writing every day? Absolutely not. It is a good habit which will surely make you a better … Continue reading Writing Advice: Write Every Day!
Writers throw around terms like alpha and beta readers. But really what is that? Why two different groups?
Part of the confusion is that there are subtly different definitions depending on who you ask. Some will say that an alpha reader is simply the first people to read it–no other qualifiers. That’s how I defined it for many years. Then I read another description of it which made sense.
This definition distinguishes between readers who are writers and readers who are readers. Both types of readers are critically important.
Here is a book trailer about Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.