Why I Stopped Reviewing Books

Reviews. They’re as good as gold for authors, publishers, agents and potential readers. While some look for a good story or lovable characters, others thoroughly enjoy dissecting and catching every mistake. How do you find the right balance between glowing praise and hateful cynicism? That’s just one of the many reasons I decided to stopContinue reading “Why I Stopped Reviewing Books”

Ring Around the Rosies

The Gilded Conspiracy | Part One On the twenty-third day of January in eighteen hundred and sixty-five, Grandfather Harrison disappeared. Adelaide Harrison’s grandmother did not dress in her widow’s weeds, and every silver object in the Harrison home vanished with him. Every piece of it, including the timepiece from the grandfather clock in their drawingContinue reading “Ring Around the Rosies”

Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)

Cliches. There are so many cliches that come to mind when you’re trying to figure out how to start a blog post about writing (in general). It falls under that “nothing new under the sun” mantra. It’s like comparing every scifi show or book you read to the “Big Three” of the genre – StarContinue reading “Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)”

Facing It | Author Envy

Have you been able to pinpoint exactly why your favorite authors are, in fact, your favorite? Is it their writing style? Their genre? How active they are on their social media? What they do looks easy when you’re reading it, doesn’t it? They can pump out a new book every year or two so youContinue reading “Facing It | Author Envy”

Research It | Covered Bridges

Pennsylvania. The land of bridges. If you read my last post about the different kinds of maps, then you’ll know about topographical maps. If not, then the briefest definition of topography is the “detailed description or representation on a map of the natural and artificial features of an area” and is used mostly in theContinue reading “Research It | Covered Bridges”

Facing It | Publishing Temptations

Patience is a virtue. Have your parents or grandparent or older figure in your life ever said that to you when you were younger and you threw a tantrum when you didn’t see immediate results? That’s what this Facing It post is going to be all about. Let’s look at the very definition of patience.Continue reading “Facing It | Publishing Temptations”

Facing It | Publishing Scams

Scammers. They’re everywhere. They find something normal and work to exploit those who don’t pay attention to the fine print. Scammers especially exist in the publishing world and I’d like to share a few examples here without specifically calling anyone out. I get it. You want to get your story out there as quickly as possible.Continue reading “Facing It | Publishing Scams”

Research It | The Pen

September. Leaves are changing color, Fall fever is in the air, and students are returning to school. That means raking yards (yuck), pumpkin spiced everything a bit too early, and an influx of new school and office supplies to make every writer’s heart skip a beat. If you’re a frequent visitor of my blog youContinue reading “Research It | The Pen”

Facing It | Four Writing Personalities

I think that most of those who write, including myself, have dreamed of having their name included among the greatest authors of their time, from time to time anyway. So I’ve listed, down below, several things I tried and learned they’re things I just cannot do. Or. rather, need more time accomplishing. The next pointsContinue reading “Facing It | Four Writing Personalities”

Facing It | Receiving Advice

I’ve touched upon this topic a little bit already in an earlier post, how there’s a fine line between going back over a chapter you’ve already written ten times over without letting yourself just write the story. But now I feel like I’ve gotten far enough along to where I actually need to start paying furtherContinue reading “Facing It | Receiving Advice”