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Just a Thought on Novel Openings

Writing is, perhaps, one of the more difficult of the hobbies/jobs there is in the world today.  To me, it isn’t the character creation or plot invention or dialogue… it is the BEGINNING that always gives me pause.  Perhaps that says something terrible about me, but the beginning of a story should more than just…… Continue reading Just a Thought on Novel Openings

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The Heroes We Need

All image credit goes to the creators of the respective films or franchises that own them! Wonder Woman is owned by Detective Comics.  Doctor Who is owned by the BBC. Respective Game of Thrones characters are owned by HBO and George R. R. Martin. The Wonder Woman: Dawn of Justice movie was everything I could…… Continue reading The Heroes We Need

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The Sun is Also a Star

“There’s a Japanese phrase that I like: koi no yokan. It doesn’t mean love at first sight. It’s closer to love at second sight. It’s the feeling when you meet someone that you’re going to fall in love with them. Maybe you don’t love them right away, but it’s inevitable that you will.” ~~ Nicola…… Continue reading The Sun is Also a Star

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Strength and Inspiration (The Meditations)

We all have that one book.  That book that took us from one thing and changed us into something else.   That book that took the broken pieces and put them right.  Sometimes it is directly the story inside the book.  Sometimes it is just the first book you picked up after something terrible. I searched…… Continue reading Strength and Inspiration (The Meditations)

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Time Travel/Adventure at its Best

Nick of Time by Ted Bell is one of the best underrated adventure stories for young(ish) readers.  It follows a young man and his sister as they travel through time avoiding Nazis as well as 16th century pirates. “A hero is merely a man never afraid of being called to heaven because he is certain…… Continue reading Time Travel/Adventure at its Best

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Writing Rut

I walked a half mile to the library to write, completely motivated.  Sat down, pulled out my computer, started my Spotify Writing Playlist, and opened my writing program. Nothing.  It all came to a screeching halt.  Dammit. It does not help, though, that I am currently sitting next to a thinner, slightly older version of George R.…… Continue reading Writing Rut

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Tina Goldstein Wand: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

I have wanted a Harry Potter-esqe wand since I first read The Sorcerer’s Stone in 2003.  Actually, I made one of my own (modeled after Hermione’s as well as an 11-year-old craftsperson with zero art skill can) a few years later.  When I was 12, my father made me a Time Turner.  These, unfortunately, have been lost…… Continue reading Tina Goldstein Wand: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them