Books have been around almost since man first learned the art of writing. But while writing has evolved over the centuries, books have only taken a similar leap in the last decade. The E-books have revolutionized reading, allowing an individual to carry around a library in something not much bigger than a paperback. This revolution … Continue reading Books vs Ebooks
Star Wars: The Force Awakens released in the U.S. on December 18, 2015 to a great deal of fanfare and acclaim. It quickly beat box office records by becoming the "highest grossing film in North America", and the "third highest grossing film of all time" (en.wikipedia.org). And yet--in the glow of all this acclaim--the movie … Continue reading Star Wars: The Force Awakens-And Its Many Pitfalls
As a kid I found summer vacation boring. My family went nowhere, I had nothing to do, and the few friends I had were vacationing in the far flung corners of the world. If not for the relentless bullying at school, I might've preferred that to Dull Central. Now--nearly seven years into my adult life--the … Continue reading Summer Vacation-Or Lack There Of
What makes a good character? That's something I've been asking myself lately as I work on my current manuscript. Interesting stories and engaging plots are all necessary components, but it's the main character that ties it all together. After looking at some of my favorite protagonists, I think I know some of the things that … Continue reading What Makes A Good Character?
I only have a driver's permit. Anyone who's been behind a wheel long enough knows that this means that I haven't been driving for long. Common sense would dictate accepting that such an individual won't have the skills of a more experienced driver and should be treated accordingly. I've found that--when it comes to my … Continue reading Things You Shouldn’t Tell An Inexperienced Driver
I know I've mentioned the frustrations of dealing with an automated voice teller. After my most recent occurrence in that area, I thought that they couldn't get any more aggravating. Naturally, life decided to prove me wrong. I graduated from college three years ago and--like many people--am working to pay back more money than I … Continue reading What’s The Point?
I've always been a self sufficient person, capable of teaching myself skills--both useful and amusing--with little impute from others. One of my proudest achievements was teaching myself how to swim when I eight. If you've never learned how to swim, and want to without getting lessons from someone, here's a few pointers. Access To Water … Continue reading Teaching Yourself To Swim
I've recently posted about how important it is for a writer to cut things from their work ( see; Cut, Cut, Cut. A Necessary Step For Writing) especially when working under a word count. Sometimes specific text and minimal description isn't enough. Occasionally, you've got to 'kill your darlings.' I've been working on a short … Continue reading Writing: To ‘Kill Your Darlings’
Every writer has a story about how they came to be such. Regardless for how, they usually boil down to a love of stories in some fashion. Me? That's easy. I love to read. I was quite the misfit in school, never fitting in. In addition to being bullied, no one wanted to talk to … Continue reading Why I Write
In a culture obsessed with appearances, being as skinny as a piece of string is--for many women and girls--a must and they'll go to great lengths to achieve it. Having been born skinny, the concept isn't something that I've had to strive for. That doesn't mean that I applaud the stereo type, but there are … Continue reading Benefits to Being Skinny