the thread that runs through my writing [blog] | sharisaurus.com

the thread that runs through my writing

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?

Curious

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

My Favorite Genres to Read and Write [blog] | sharisaurus.com

my favorite genres to read and write

Today kicks off my 30 day blog post challenge. I don’t usually blog on the weekends, so my personal challenge is to do this in 6 weeks, 5 days per week. Click here if you’d like to see the graphic for days 1-10 that I’m using.

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?

My favorite genre to read, without dispute, is Science Fiction. Within SciFi, my favoite sub-genre is space opera. Continue Reading

Book Review: The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel | sharisaurus.com

[book review] The Unity Game by Leonora Meriel

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.

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30 Day Blog Post Challenge for Readers Who Write | sharisaurus.com

30 Day Post Challenge for Readers Who Write (Days 1-10)

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

reconnecting with my ancestry - blog post | sharisaurus.com

reconnecting with my ancestry

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

hidradenitis suppurativa surgery | sharisaurus.com

minor surgery for hidradenitis suppurativa

Do you have a mild case of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)? Any stubborn spots that refuse to go away? I do, and I did. It’s an inflammatory skin disease that can make you feel embarrassed and alone, so I think it’s important to speak out about it. I’d like to share my experience with minor surgery to extract an HS cyst. I felt my options were limited and scary, but it’s turned out well (so far). Maybe I can assuage some of your fears. Continue Reading

review of Fintie tablet case | sharisaurus.com

[product review] Fintie tablet case with keyboard

In an effort to expand when and where I write, I bought a new case for my Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S Pen. It’s a Fintie Slim Fit Folio with Detachable Magnetic Bluetooth Keyboard. It includes a bluetooth keyboard and kickstand to place your tablet at a useful angle. I’m very pleased with my purchase and wanted to share my pictures and experience. Have you considered getting one? Wondering if you can just buy a keyboard for your current case? Read on to see if I answer any of your questions! Continue Reading

importance of an online platform | sharisaurus.com

an online platform is still important for unpublished authors

I’d like to share an experience in which I learned first hand why an author platform is so important to have even before you’ve published any work.

One of the writers I follow on Twitter posted a Follow Friday tweet advertising a few writers. As an unpublished writer, I like to follow and interact with other writers who seem to be doing writerly things, although that doesn’t have to be their only interest. I visited those that responded to his post with a “thank you.” Let’s contrast two of the profiles I viewed. Continue Reading