I’m giving myself a pass on yesterday since it was our second day without power. Thankfully, some hardworking people got it back on for us yesterday evening so I didn’t have to stash pitbulls under the blankets to warm up [again]. Still no internet, but I’m just grateful to have heating, refrigeration and cell phone charging. Not going to penalize myself for windstorm aftermaths, so today is now Day 4 of the writing challenge. *waves hands and it becomes real*
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 4 ~ Do you prefer silence, music or other sounds when you write? Does your preference change depending upon what you’re writing?[/perfectpullquote] Continue Reading
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 3 ~ Choose a favorite book. What tropes exist in the story? When taken out of context of your favorite book, do you enjoy these tropes or are you frustrated by them? BONUS: Examine a least-favorite book in the same way.[/perfectpullquote]
One of my favorite books is Ender’s Game. I first read it in 8th grade and instantly fell in love. As an adult, I’m less than thrilled that one of my favorite books was written by someone with extreme, hateful social and political views. But learning horrible things about the author doesn’t change how important the book has been to me. Hell, I named my cat Ender. I used to reread Ender’s Game every few years. I haven’t read it since I learned about Orson Scott Card’s extreme homophobia. I still have these beautiful memories and feelings for the book, but I just can’t bring myself to pick it up again. I’m a bit conflicted on the topic, obviously. I think that makes Ender’s Game a great subject for today’s challenge. Strip away all of the details of this story I love. Reveal its bones.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Blogging Challenge Day 2 ~ What is one adjective that describes your writing? Regardless of genre, length, etc., what is the one thread or perspective that runs through all of your work? Do you think others would pick up on it?[/perfectpullquote]
Not to go too Alice in Wonderland, but I enjoy using the phrase “curiouser and curiouser.” When I consider my writing, both prose and poetry, there’s a thread of discovery running through it. Continue Reading
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Day 1 ~ What is your favorite genre to read? What about to write? Be as granular as you like. Why are they the same or different?[/perfectpullquote]
My favorite genre to read, without dispute, is Science Fiction. Within SciFi, my favoite sub-genre is space opera. Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, I responded to a book tour request and volunteered to read and review the book The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel. I’m having difficulty finishing it, so instead of forcing myself to finish a book I don’t enjoy, I’m going to blog about why I find it a slow read. The book follows several different characters, and their stories initially seem interesting but then fail to go anywhere quickly. I decided that while this could be an enjoyable read for some people, it just wasn’t for me. I’ve de-harsh-ified my review, but I still want to express my frustration with both the pace and the writing style.
I want to challenge myself to write a blog post every day in April, but I couldn’t find a challenge that was the right fit. So I made one! I’ve broken the days into packs of 10 for ease of making a readable graphic. If it looks interesting to you, please give it a try and let me know if you enjoyed it! I’ve picked the hashtag #readerswhowrite since it hasn’t been used a lot recently. Continue Reading
My mother was in town this past week, and I seized the opportunity to refresh my knowledge of her side of the family. My great-grandfather died in 2001 and my grandfather died a few years ago, so I feel like my connections with Jamaica and Puerto Rico are slowly fading away. Those influences were so important as I was growing up, mostly in the form of food, clothing and my desire to learn Spanish, but they’ve moved into the background since I finished college and moved out on my own. Even more so once I got married and settled into a day job. While I vaguely knew I wasn’t okay with this, I realized that I was trying to reconnect with my childhood experiences through my characters in my writing. It was the prompt I needed to ask more questions. Continue Reading
I decided to document my steps as I set up a completely new WordPress site hosted in my Stablehost account. More information on hosting your own WordPress site (instead of running your blog from within WordPress.com) can be found at WordPress.org. Continue Reading