Romance novels are incredibly popular today, seemingly to propagate faster than the celebrity rumor mill. Book stores have entire shelves dedicated to them and when you walk into local stores, romance is usually all you see. And yet, despite their apparent success, I can't stand to read them. Before you ask; yes, I'm single, no, … Continue reading Opinion: Why I Gag On Romance Novels
Regardless of what you write, as a writer you'll inevitably write a lot. And while it will undoubtedly seem good at the time, there may come a point where you find leafy ghosts slipping from between your notebooks or serenading you online. What should you do? Burn pages and delete files? Burry your head in … Continue reading Opinion: Stand By What You Write
A massive city, a small town, the suburbs, or a metropolitan area--living in anyone of these means you probably aren't far from a library. For me, an unashamed and long time book worm, the library is a life saving source for all things literature. Give me a choice between a bookstore and the library and … Continue reading Haunting the Library
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