Power

Note: This features topics of sexual child abuse and rape that may be triggering.

It was the small things that set off the memories; the tick, tick, ticking of the clock in the living room as the wooden pendulum swung back and forth, back and forth; the smell of peppermint gum on my friend’s breath, or of the candy cane I ate at Christmas; even the taste of the air in my house had vomit burning the back of my throat.

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Audiobooks vs Physical & Digital Copies

I’ve always been a person who never saw themselves getting behind the whole audiobook movement; rather, I never had the patience to sit and listen to an audiobook without my mind wandering elsewhere. I’d tried it once before, in middle school where you could borrow the audio versions of certain books and listen to them, but I always had to rewind and rewind and rewind until I just got sick of it. I returned the audio version and vowed that they just weren’t for me. Then, I found myself with an hour-long ride to university while studying in Japan, and listening to music and podcasts got boring day after day. I broke down and signed up for a free Audible trial and downloaded Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.

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Fleshing Out Your Characters: How to Make them More Realistic

We’ve all been there. A great idea pops into our head, giving our heart a jump start. Our thoughts race as timelines lay themselves out. We think of every scenario we can put our characters through—wait, characters? Yep, those people who our readers become so invested in they cry with them, laugh with them, sometimes get so frustrated with them they wanna smack them. They’re one reason our stories exist and one way we hook our reader into continuing on. How do we get to that moment where our readers become that invested in our characters? Read on for your answer.

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Book Review: “Parachutes” by Kelly Yang

Where to even start, that’s the question here. I first discovered Parachutes by attending BookConline and watching the Raise Your Voice panel feature multiple talented authors. I have since added all of their books to my TBR pile. Kelly Yang’s book, however, was already available for purchase, so I bought it for kindle immediately. I knew what type of book I was signing on for; she’d spoken about it during the panel, which had only made me that much more eager to read its contents.

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Bookconline 2020

It’s upon us, everyone. Bookconline is HOURS away, and I am oh so excited. Every year that passes, I vow to attend the convention, but I never have time to. Life gets in the way. Last year it was school, the year before that I was working two jobs. This year we have a mass pandemic. Ironically enough, that’s the only reason I’m able to attend it this year, otherwise I’d be in Japan, watching everything from afar.

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Throwback Thursday

Favorite books. We all have them. We all love them. They’re that special read that sticks with us no matter how many years go by. Well, starting today, I want to celebrate those amazing books with Throwback Thursday. Every Thursday I’ll choose a book I’ve read that I think deserves special attention. I’ll go over all the aspects of what I think made the book so great from character development, to plot, to description and dialogue. If you want to join in on the fun, head on over to Instagram and tag your post with #ThrowbackThursdayBooks. Heads up to those who have not read the book. There will be occasional spoilers.

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Characters: Do you know yours?

Often, people will write their story while not fully knowing their characters. These people they create, as odd and strange as it sounds, will be a complete and utter stranger to them. You might ask, “How is that possible, aren’t I the one who created them? Shouldn’t I know them better than anyone?” and the answer is yes, you created them and yes, you should know them better than anyone else. The fact of the matter is, though, that until you sit down and craft your character and have them go through all the trials and errors that you set out within the novel, they’re just an idea. They’re a stranger. So, the proper question is:

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