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Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

1/2 cup because the book has such promise

 

General Overview:

In the land of Orisha magic has been completely wiped out.  Anyone born with the white hair of a maji is instantly put under suspicion and treated worse than animals.  We meet Zelie a young diviner whose fiery spirit has gotten her trouble more than once.  We also meet Amari, the princess who wants to help the people her father has pushed to near extinction.  We meet a few other interesting characters but I don’t feel like going into them here. 

 

My Thoughts:

I have to be honest….I didn’t actually finish this book.  I made it half way through it and just had to give up.  While the premise and world are interesting, they just took forever to get into it.  Some aspects of the world aren’t explained and it took me rereading them a few times to understand what the author was getting at.  I like the ideas of fighting against systematic racism and people from all walks of life coming together to achieve that goal.  But Zelie is an unlikable character.  She struggles to stay pissy a the princess who’s trying to help but is also going through a tough time herself.  

 

Reread factor:

I hate not finishing books.  So I might try and come back to this book again.  Like I said, the premise and world are interesting.  

 

Let me know your thoughts.  Did you like it or not?  Should I give it another go or set it aside?  Comment below.

 

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Carrying NaNoWriMo writing habits past November

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Even though I didn’t win NaNo (congrats to everyone who did) I still liked the basic premise.  The idea of a word goal has always a four letter word to me.  I don’t usually like to put constraints on my writing, but if you want to pursue writing as a career, then you have to treat it like one.  Having a daily, or even weekly, word count goal not only keeps you on track but also makes you accountable for the effort you put in.  So here’s how you can keep your NaNo writing practices outside of the event.

 

Stay in touch with writer friends.

Keep in touch with the writer friends that you made during the event or engage more with the writing friends that you already have.  Either meet in person or set up a digital meetup.  That way you can hold each other accountable and goof off together.  Plus you can always bounce ideas off each other.

 

Use timers.

One of the tools that NaNo uses to help writers reach their word count is a practice called word sprints.  If you haven’t heard of it all it details is setting a timer and punching out as many words as you possibly can within that time limit.  It doesn’t leave any room for writer’s block or second guessing.  After all NaNo is all about getting your story on the page, no matter what.  To do this outside of NaNo just Google timer and there you go.

 

Set goals and meet them.

The goal for NaNo is 50k words in 30 days.  At first I didn’t think it was possible but as I went on, I realized that the smaller daily goal actually made it feasible.  You can set writing goals for yourself without having to wait for a writing challenge.  To keep track of your word counts I like WordAlpha.  You can set goals keep track of your progress for the month.  If that doesn’t work for you, there are plenty of others out there.

 

Well, there are your three ways to keep NaNo writing practices going outside of the challenge.  Let me know what you think down below.

 

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Book Review: Wise Child by Monica Furlong

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

5 Cups

 

General Overview:

In a small village, probably in England there lives a little girl called Wise Child.  She lives with her grandmother because her mother abandoned her and her father is out to sea.  She is a useless child who is spoiled and thinks only of herself.  After her grandmother dies, she is presented to the village to see who is willing to take her in, one Juniper, a strange woman who lives on the outskirts of town does.  Wise Child doesn’t want to live with her because everyone knows she’s a witch.  But she does and learns about herself, her past, and the true nature of magic.

 

My Thoughts:

I got this book from a friend of mine ages ago, and instantly fell in love.  Juniper was and still is someone that I strive to be.  She is calm and kind and helps everyone.  If I were to be honest, I’m probably a bit more like Wise Child.  Besides all that, it’s a great story about personal growth, kindness against fear, and what makes a family.  Not bad for a middle school level book.

 

Reread factor:

This is a book that sits quietly on your shelf until you come across it one day.  It gently draws you in for a nice easy read that doesn’t loose any of its joy and wonder on multiple readings.  It’s also a good one to read with your kids.

 

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NaNoWrimo: The Final Verdict

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With November coming to a close, so does NaNoWrimo.  I decided to give it a whirl to see what it’s all about and see if it’s even worth it.  So here’s what I found….


 

 

 

 

 

Hitting the daily word requirements wasn’t as bad as I thought.  It usually took my only a couple of hours to hit 1667.

Word sprints are your best friend and I will keep using them FOREVER! Set a timer and pound out as many words as you possible can.  No time to over think, just get it out.

The people doing NaNoWrimo with you are supper supportive!

The write in events are a great way to meet your fellow writers.  Gotta have friends!

 

So I have to be honest…I didn’t actually hit the 50k goal.  I got the stomach flu and was out for three days and then I lost a friend suddenly and unexpectedly, there went another couple of days.  But I did better than I thought I was going to do.  I might do it again next year, but I am for sure going to take the practices I used during NaNo and apply them to my normal writing habits.

Final verdict?  Give it a go and see if it’s for you.  Gotta a half baked idea and what to see if you can turn it into a story?  Go for it!  I recommend planning a bit in October to prep, but how you handle NaNo is all up to you.

So did any of you do NaNoWrimo?  How’d it go for you? Let’s see those comments below!

 

 

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Book Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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It’s Monday so that’s means that it’s time once again for me to do a book review.  Yea! So here’s how this works. I rate books on a scale of coffee cups….because I love coffee.  Also there will be no spoilers in these reviews.

 

0 cups= I hated it/couldn’t finish

1 cup= did like but finished bc I’m stubborn

2 cups= meh

3 cups= Not the best but interesting enough to finish

4 cups= I really like it.  

5 cups=OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS

Rating:

A solid 5 cups

 

General Overview:

The final book in the Throne of Glass series.  All hell has broken loose and way looms on the horizon.  A terrible sacrifice must be made.  A scattered army fighting against a horde from another world.  Honestly, I can’t say anymore than that or I will spoil it for people who haven’t read this book or the series.  

 

My Thoughts:

Never in my life have I been happier for libraries.  I stumbled across the first book and fell in love.  I read the whole series (at that time) at the library and then bought them for my person shelves.  If you like smart, sassy heroines then this book and series is for you.  If you love rich complex characters and men that are so perfect that it’s not fair that they only exist on the page.  Seriously, go out and get this series!  The only gripe I have is that some of the battle scenes dragged out a bit but they can’t all be nail bitters.  Small but hey, nothing is 100% perfect.

 

Reread factor:

I don’t reread this series as much as the other one the author has but I still enjoy rereading it from time to time.  It’s a marvel to see where the characters start as to where they are by the end of the most current book.  I can’t express how much I loved this book and this series as a whole.

 

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Indiecember: A Way to Give Back.

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I hope you all survived Thanksgiving with only minimal scaring.  Now it’s time to gird our loins and suit up for December.  In the spirit of giving, the amazing Megan Tennant has created a reading challenge for the month of December called Indiecember.  Basically it’s a way to help indie authors and give back the community for giving us wonderful stories to read.  I, myself, am a proud member of this community.  

The rules are simple and I will link the main page with full details below.  Play bingo and earn marks for leaving reviews on ANY indie book you’ve EVER read.  That’s right!  You don’t have to spend that much money buying new indie books (although that would be nice) but not necessary.

Here’s a pic of the card with what my books would earn you.  Just to give you head start.  And here’s the rules laid out plain and simple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winners will get all sort of nifty prizes like free books, free merch, and other delights.  So get out there and leave some reviews on Amazon and Goodreads in support of Indie Authors everywhere!

 

 

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Beta Reader….What’s that?

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When writing, our stories go through several changes before it makes its way into the hands of our readers.  We as authors, write, revise and edit.  Then we send it to the editor who does the same thing.  We do this to ensure that the story that makes it out to the readers is the best one that we can make.  But there’s one more level that sometimes doesn’t get used – Beta readers.

I can see some of you tilting your heads.  Let me clarify.  A beta reader is someone who reads over your WIP by chapter, page count, or word count.  They provide feed back that you as the writer may not see.  I know I’m bad about not fully explaining everything.  Betas can help you catch that.

How do I get a beta reader?

There are services that charge you to read your work samples.  But one of easiest things to do is to ask your friends, family, or fellow writer friends.  Ask them if they would help you by reading your WIP and giving constructive feed back.

How do they do that?

The easiest way to help them help you is to a) tell them what you want them to look for or b) give them a survey that they can fill out.  You can find beta reader surveys all over the internet but they can be lengthy.  A good survey should be (in my opinion) no more than 10 questions.  I also like to provide a section where they can tell me what they liked or didn’t like about the chapter.

How can I thank these people who are doing work for free?

This is important.  The people who agree to be betas for you are taking time out of their day to read you WIP.  One way to thank them is to give them a shout out in the acknowledgement section of your book.  You can also send them a free signed copy of your book for their efforts, because hey, they put in work too.  And if they’re writers as well offer to beta for them in return in a you scratched my back so I’ll scratch yours.

How many should I have?

Two to three is a good number.  But if all you get is one then don’t worry over it.  But too many betas can mean a headache for you.  The more betas you have the more notes you have to go through the more suggestions you have to contemplate.

I’m too shy to ask people.  What if they hate it?  What if I’m bothering them?

Hey I get it.  I hate asking people things for these very reasons.  I always feel awkward and bothersome.  But you ask your friends for favors all the time for other things right?  This is nothing different.  Just make sure that you pick the most reliable of your friends. One that will be with you for the long haul.  And make sure that you choose the one that will be honest with you.  Avoid yes men.  For your writer friends….they might turn you down but it’s no big deal.  They’ll usually surprised that you asked and they’ll appreciate that you thought of them.  If they say yes they can help point out some areas where your writing is weaker and provide tips to help.

 

Asking for help can be terrifying but in the end taking the plunge and getting yourself a few beta readers can only help to improve your story.  Plus you don’t have to do what they suggest because it’s their opinion.  But its always good to get a second set of eyes on your work.

Well that’s all I have for today.

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