Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Writing Prompt #13

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Writing Prompt #12

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Children of Blood and Bone

Oh. My. Gods.

Y'all!! The extremely kind, incredibly talented Tomi Adeyemi sent me an ARC of Children of Blood and Bone and I read it in two sittings! I won't be telling you any more than that until the book is in stores, but if you haven't pre-ordered it, do it now. Thank me later.

If you don't know yet, the first 6 chapters are available online to read! If you need convincing, find it and read them. Only problem: you'll have to wait a few months to finish.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Writing Prompt #11

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Writing Prompt #10

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Calling My Name

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Writing Prompt #9

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Long Way Down


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Writing Prompt #8

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Writing Prompt #7

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Beasts Made of Night

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Writing Prompt #6

Wednesday has arrived! Happy writing!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Dear Martin

As you can (somewhat) see from the surroundings, I own quite a few books written by or about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So the title of Nic Stone's debut was enough to pique my interest. Then I read the synopsis and needed to get my hands on a copy ASAP!

I'm so glad that I did! Although the book is fairly short, it manages to pack so many heavy topics between the pages without feeling dense or slow. Thoughts coming soon!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Writing Prompt #5

Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone!

NaNoWriMo 2017 is officially upon us! While I've been aware of the challenge for two years, I've never participated in it. That changes today! My primary focus is on cleaning up my first YA speculative sci-fi, CODE WALKER.

During my undergraduate at Emory University, I worked at Emory University Hospital in the pharmacy (inpatient, OR). As an employee, we were required to carry around code cards with our IDs so that we would always know what any all calls were about. I remember working in the STAT hood during one night shift (9:30PM - 7:30AM), reading over the codes (things got pretty slow around 2:00AM) and coming upon CODE WALKER. My mind instantly formed a picture - albeit a very different one than what I envision as I'm writing - of a patient walking out of a hospital. I wondered what their story would be...and now I'm writing it.

My second project doesn't really have a title, but I call it DETERMINED in my head. This story was inspired by an article I read in The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments.

Anyway, enough of that. Is anybody out there yet? If so, are you writing anything for NaNoWriMo?

Either way, if you need a warm-up to get the words flowing, here's a writing prompt! Happy Wednesday, happier writing!


Also, check out this post for tricks to help you get the draft done without your inner editor prolonging the process!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Writing Prompt #4

Have you written anything today? I'm embarrassed to admit this - I don't know if it's normal for anyone else or if I'm just too obsessive and in my head at the moment - but I spent 4 hours looking at about 800 words yesterday. Too much time spent copying, cutting, pasting in new positions. When the math geek in me really thinks about this, my numbers average out to me scrutinizing 200 words per hour, or roughly 3 words per minute...20 seconds per words..yikes. Seriously. I'm ashamed. Especially considering that I type around 77 WPM. Excuse me while I facepalm.

The thought of looking at those words today and moving past them seems a bit daunting, so even though it's after 12PM in Atlanta, I haven't done any writing (other than this post now) today. Sigh.

I have an amazing referral to an agent that shall go unmentioned, but I haven't sent in my submission because...well, I have no good reasons. Just excuses. BUT...typing this out has already gotten me in the mood to keep typing, so see? Writing prompts, writing rants, just writing anything at all helps when you feel stuck. I'm off!

Happy writing!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Writing Prompt #3

Happy Wednesday, happier writing!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Last Namsara

Let me preface this post with by saying that I'm an analytical person ... I overanalyze most things. One side effect: I’m the type of reader who can sense a plot twist from the first point of foreshadowing. That said, my plot twist spidey senses were no match for Kristen Ciccarelli’s The Last Namsara. This story is plot twist paradise!

Although she is the daughter of a king, Asha is no beloved princess amongst her people. She is the Iskari, a hunter of dragons and death-bringer, with burn mars to prove it. Even though Asha grapples with her role – who she is, what she does to lure dragons, how her actions affect her image – she also accepts her duties, which seem fated. That is, until a series of events begin her on a different path to self-discovery. One that requires her to question everything she thought she knew about herself, her stories and her role in her world. One that involves dragons!

The Last Namsara is full of action and a fairly fast-paced read. Each of the characters carry secrets that lured me into their actions, just as Asha's stories lured the dragons. And even the dragons have personalities, secrets and stories to tell!

If you're looking to read a book with a strong female lead, with a touch of romance, or with dragons, this book has you covered.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Writing Prompt #2

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Akata warrior

Akata Warrior is the second book in Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch series, which also is the title of book one.

In Akata Witch, we are introduced to Sunny Nwazue – a 12-year-old albino, born in America to Nigerian parents – who very quickly learns that her identity issues do not just stem from her Naijamerican heritage and upbringing. Sunny is a free agent Leopard – a person of magical heritage whose magic wasn’t inherited directly from either of her parents.

Akata Witch was a quick read filled with fun, magic and worldbuilding as Sunny learns about her powers while attending a magical school with three peers – Chichi, Sasha and Orlu. The quartet is challenged to learn through experience and often find themselves in situations where they must save themselves in order to learn the lesson.

Despite the younger age of the characters, Akata Witch is packed with social commentary on issues ranging from the value of education/knowledge to disabilities, prejudices and race-based disparities that are very relevant to readers today. In Akata Witch, Sunny and her friends find themselves facing a terror that threatens their lives and world. Akata Warrior picks up after a year, when the threat rises and challenges them again.

That said, both books can be read and enjoyed separately from each other. The stories are very character driven and the quartet is a fun group to follow around.

As a Naijamerican myself, there was so much to relate to, appreciate, and laugh at in the story, but you don’t need to have Nigerian heritage to fall in love with the characters or understand any terminology! If you're looking for a diverse book, new perspectives, or just plain fun and magic, read this book!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Writing Prompt #1

Which weekday will work well with writing prompts? Wednesday, of course! Because the internet demands alliteration and I (sometimes) aim to please! Seriously, though, I appreciate writing prompts. Why? Well...

ibuprofen : headaches :: writing prompts : writer's block.

Kind of.

I bought a book of writing prompts from the sale section of Barnes & Noble long (long, long, long) ago. I wasn't looking for the book, but I'm an impulsive shopper in the sale section of book stores. Naturally, said book gathered dust for many months. How could I justify spending time fleshing out another person's ideas when my mind was brimming with too many of my own? I couldn't.

Until I started working on my first novel and experienced the paralysis over overanalysis on my writing. I tried many things to get myself out of the stupor: sitting in front of the computer for hours in the name of waiting for inspiration, reading books about writing, watching study the writing, of course...but nothing helped. I actually just felt guilty for not writing.

Then I remembered the writing prompts book, opened to a random page and told myself I was just going to write for 10 minutes. Maybe because it was somebody else's idea, I didn't feel like there was a specific way my writing had to be. I didn't feel like there were "right" words that were evading me. I just wrote. And when the timer went off, I kept writing for another 30 minutes until I wrapped up my thoughts. And in those 40 minutes, writing was fun again.

I'm not saying anything new or revolutionary with this, but if you want to be a writer, you just have to write. It sounds easier than it is sometimes, so for those days when it isn't easy, I'm going to be doing Writing Prompt Wednesdays here.

I hope this prompt and/or my future prompts will be as helpful to you as that book has been for me.

Happy Wednesday! Has anybody else found writing prompts to be helpful when you're feeling stuck?

Monday, October 2, 2017

Obligatory, Introductory.

Hello, world!

Think fast: how many parts does a story have? 3? 4? 5?

Meh…depends on who you ask and what purpose their answer serves. Most recently, I read a book on writing that says there are four parts to any story: a situation, an issue, an action and an outcome.

Some stories are as short as six words, others surpass six-hundred-thousand by series’ end, but these components can be found in all of them, over and over again. Here’s a 60-word story for you: the obligatory, introductory first post to my writing blog.

Situation: a 20-something lady loves to read and write; she believes in the power of words to build-up, break down and change worlds at more than a fictional worldbuilding level
Issue: said 20-something is somewhat of an antisocial extrovert and recently began working from home; the extrovert in her misses discourse with others
Action: she starts a writing blog
Outcome: TBD…

Is this a story you want to read? Maybe you need a bit more before you decide to stick around or DNF. Here’s a little, not-subtle-at-all foreshadowing: the posts on this blog will contain my thoughts, tips, tools and techniques that help me organize said thoughts into stories, along musings of my restless mind on my writing journey…

To be continued.

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