An Update on Books, Writing, and (Octopus) Research

An Update on Books, Writing, and (Octopus) Research

So far this year… I finished reading three books (and I’m working on a fourth right now). I convinced a family member to read Alcatraz and the Evil Librarians, and they liked it. It’s a great feeling when you introduce someone else to a book. 🙂 I landed a full-time job as a graphic designer. I sent off my first short story to a literary magazine and it […]

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How to Design a Book Part 1

How to Design a Book, Part 1

My senior capstone project for my graphic design degree, Your Painless Guide to Shakespeare, is finished! 😅 I wrote, designed, and illustrated the entire book, and it was exhibited at my university in December. This project was a wonderful chance to read more Shakespeare plays, which reminded me why I love Shakespeare. I was one of those nerdy high schoolers who got excited to read Hamlet and Macbeth and fell in […]

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So I'm making a book about Shakespeare...

So I’m Making a Book about Shakespeare…

I have an announcement! You may or may not know that this is my last semester before I graduate college with a BA in graphic design. (Finally! I’m excited.) This semester, I have to complete a capstone project, my senior book. Basically, I have to write, design, and print a 56-page book on a topic of my choice. Right up my alley. 🙂 As you […]

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Don't forget a comma splice! - A Parody of The Hobbit

Don’t Forget a Comma Splice! — A Parody of The Hobbit

One of my favorite books is The Lord of the Rings… but The Hobbit (the shorter volume about Bilbo Baggins that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote first) is pretty good too, of course. In an effort to raise greater awareness of Tolkien and another of my interests (pointing out grammar mistakes), may I present the following parody of a particular poem/song in Chapter 1 of The Hobbit. […]

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Book Review - Philomena: A Tale from the Col Novan Sky Almanac

Book Review – Philomena: A Tale from the Cor Novan Sky Almanac

Philomena: A Tale from the Cor Novan Sky Almanac, the debut novel of Mark Guiney, is a few hundred pages of flying through the sky under lighter-than-air envelopes of aether; meeting charming, quirky, and treacherous, characters; and journeying to mesmerizing and increasingly perilous places. The story’s world-building and fast-paced action rivals series like Redwall, books by Brandon Mull, or Wayne Thomas Batson’s wonderful Isle of […]

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Four Quick Takes: Bookshelves, History, Giants, and More

Last month was interesting. Read some good books. Tried to do research. Decided to focus on my novella instead of my novel-length projects (for now). Wrote a chunk of the aforementioned novella. Oh yeah, and I realized I needed to write a blog post.

Apparently some bloggers write posts in the format of several “quick takes.” I came up with four. Here goes!

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Cinders and Steel

What I’m Writing This Summer

Classes are almost over, and I’ve started to dream about what I’ll write once summer starts and I have a bit more free time. So… I wanted to do something a little different for this month’s post and share some updates on the projects I’ll be working on.

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4 things to remember when writer's block strikes

4 Things to Remember when Writer’s Block Strikes

Here are four pieces of advice I wish someone had told me when I was a younger writer. I have to keep telling myself this advice when writer’s block rears its ugly, multiple dragonish heads or starts drawing you into an evil whirlpool of doubt and dismay.
Sometimes you forget the reason you started this story. Why it excites you. What’s absolutely brilliant about the concept. Why you love the characters so much. Why your planet of cloud-eating monsters is going to be revolutionary in the fantasy genre. …

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