You have to do some digging, but once you find all the right GIFs, Lucy does a pretty good job at ‘splaining the trials and tribulations of a young writer. Continue reading →
Today, I saw my real-life hero cry. My hero is such a survivor. They have survived more lemons than life should have the right to throw at a person.
And I wanted to cry too, because there is little to nothing I can do to ease their pain. I’m totally powerless.
I’m just a kid, and I’m only beginning to acquire the theoretical knowledge that should theoretically help me function in a theoretically functional world.
…I feel like the world has become a sick, sick place. Perhaps it has been one all along, and we only know it for sure now because the news reports every terrible thing that happens. I don’t know.
I realize there’s something we can all do. Guys, we may just be a bunch of young writers now, but we’re the authors of tomorrow. We’re also the adults of tomorrow, the pillars of tomorrow’s society.
Please continue to do everything you can to make the world a just and loving place for everyone, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, gender, ethnicity, race, or religion.
Two years ago, I wrote about an interesting new project called Kindle Worlds. In short form, they are an official Amazon Kindle program that allows writers to publish and profit from fanfictions of existing franchises that they’ve acquired licenses to, like G.I. Joe, Pretty Little Liars, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. Two of my favorite veteran sci-fi authors, Kevin J. Anderson and Timothy Zahn, have written fanfictions for Kindle Worlds as well.
Two years later, I’m still dreaming of the day when I can write and sell fanfictions too. The primary reason why I haven’t yet taken advantage of KindleWorlds is that they have yet to offer a World that I’m into. I could, of course, “get into” any of the franchises they currently offer, but none of them particularly interest me. And with each new acquisition, I’m getting more discouraged. Continue reading →
In my travels throughout the Worldwide Web, I’ve discovered several interesting recipes inspired by some of my favorite storybooks – and then some that I have yet to read. Here’s my take on Ent-Draught, which Merry and Pippin enjoyed during the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers. Icy, flavorful, and guaranteed to bring “refreshment and vigour” during these hot summer months, it’ll be ready before you can say “Good morning” in the Ent language. 😉 Continue reading →
Thanks to a new writerly friend, I recently discovered a cool website called BookBub, which is essentially a database of the latest limited-time eBook sales and freebies. When I ventured onto the site last week, I discovered several interesting YA and middle-grade freebies, most of which appear to be from independent/self-published authors:
- The Heiress of Covington Ranch – Tara Ellis (MG)
- Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale) – Alexa Purdy (YA)
- Island of Fog – Keith Robinson (MG)
- Shirley Link and the Safe Case – Ben Zackheim (MG)
- Town Secrets (Book of Adam) – Scott Gelowitz (MG)
- The Mystery of Claw Mountain – Paul Moxham (MG)
I realize a lot of the MG titles are mystery stories which boast of being great for fans of Nancy Drew / The Hardy Boys. I’m certainly not against that, but when you go around comparing your stories to something that’s established as super-awesome, you’re setting some high expectations from me as a reader and longtime fan of these old series.
I’m also in the process of reading and reviewing The Beauty Thief (YA) by indie author Rachael Ritchey. Right now, my schedule is pretty packed with exam preparations and stuff, but I’m hoping to pick up the pace a little more once the term’s over. I’m really enjoying it (the book, not school) so far!