"The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library." -Albert Einstein If you get a bunch of book lovers together in a room and talking about their love of literature, it's inevitable that the discussion of bookish professions will follow. Here are five jobs every book lover has dreamed of … Continue reading Five Dream Jobs Every Book Lover Has Imagined
"I thought that was a very interesting thing to say." - Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe This past weekend, I powered through Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and have been singing its praises nonstop. (Read it.) The book is told from Aristotle's point of view, and one thing … Continue reading Bringing Back “Interesting”
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." -Dalai Lama Book reviews have been a staple of my blogging since I started years ago. In fact, before I moved to WordPress, I had a Blogger that was entirely reviews (books, films, etc.). It's exciting to be able to share my opinion with other readers and writers, … Continue reading Reading and Reviewing: Focus on the Positive
When it comes to writing a narrative, perspective plays a big role. It may not be something readers particularly notice---in fact, if done well, readers won't notice at all!---but point of view changes the experience of a story. Reading a book that looks at all of the characters from afar is different from reading a … Continue reading Who’s on First: How to Write First, Second, and Third Person POV
Can you believe we are nearing the end of 2015? Honestly, I have no idea where the past twelve months went. I did go back to look at what I've read this year. Over forty books, almost half of which were adult literature, nonfiction, and classics! Though I didn't match my reading record from 2014, … Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2015
It's no exaggeration to say that Elf is one of the most successful films of the 2000s, and one of very few attempts at a modern Christmas classic that's actually taken hold. Quotations like "Smiling's my favorite" and "Son of a nutcracker!" are all but common vernacular. I would be lying if I said Elf wasn't one … Continue reading “Apparently, all we have is vegetables”: Elf and Children’s Book Publishing
Saturday night/Sunday morning at midnight, the race to 50,000 words begins, writers! Getting nervous? Excited? I've put together a Survival Kit, music recommendations, and some helpful blog posts for NaNoWriMo inspiration and motivation, so check it out! My NaNoWriMo Survival Kit Laptop Flash drive, because work has to be backed up in at least one place! … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Get Motivated, Get Hyped, Get Writing!
"There's an element of networking and luck, but there's also just an element of you being completely prepared." - Austin Tindle To follow up on last year's countdown, here are 15 tips to keep in mind if you're planning on tackling National Novel-Writing Month this year! 50,000 words in 30 days will be that much … Continue reading 15 Things for ’15 NaNoWriMo Competitors!
"When did I realize I love writing? Before I could write." - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes It's that time of year again, readers! The fourth annual Boston Teen Author Festival took place this past Saturday, with guest authors from around the country and more than 250 guests. If you weren't able to attend the event, hopefully you … Continue reading Boston Teen Author Festival 2015 Recap
You should always have a sense of clarity at the end and know why it began and why it ended. You need that in your life to move cleanly into your next phase. -Jennifer Aniston If you’ve dreamed of being published for a long time and you’ve been writing for a long time, you’re … Continue reading Letting Go of Old Writing