tearoom of the figmental soul [blog] | sharisaurus.com

Tearoom of the Figmental Soul

Challenge 6 ~ Take two characters from different genres. Sit them at the same table in a coffee or tea shop. What do they talk about? Change the setting to a bar. How does the conversation change? Would they choose to meet up again?

I chose Coral from Soulkeeper by Brian Simons and Dr. Anna from Exhume by Danielle Girard. Soulkeeper is a recent LitRPG (Speculative Fiction) read that I really enjoyed. Exhume, a modern day Mystery, isn’t a favorite, but it’s one of my most recent non-Speculative Fiction reads. Continue Reading

kicking off keto [blog] | sharisaurus.com

kicking off keto

Taking a break from my #readerswhowrite posts to do a personal entry. At the beginning of the month, I started eating a ketogenic diet (low carb, moderate protein, high fat). My main goals are weight loss and digestive stabilization. I decided it was time to take some more action on getting healthier. I’m starting to have increased joint pain, decreased endurance, and some other issues that I associate with my weight. I have no target weight. I just want to be in less pain and be able to move easier. Continue Reading

sound or silence for writing [blog] | sharisaurus.com

sound or silence for writing

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*

Day 4 ~ Do you prefer silence, music or other sounds when you write? Does your preference change depending upon what you’re writing?

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tropes without context [blog] | sharisaurus.com

tropes without context

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.

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.

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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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