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Divergent-  Veronica Roth
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Divergent- Veronica Roth

One of my favorite quotes from Veronica Roth’s Divergent is: “I like to think I’m helping them by hating them. I’m reminding them that they aren’t God’s gift to humankind.” (Said by Christina, one of the Dauntless initiates). In Roth’s dystopian world, people are grouped by factions which include the […]

So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Book Reviews

So B. It by Sarah Weeks

I hadn’t planned on reading So B. It by Sarah Weeks in its entirety on Wednesday evening but it was such a quick, fun read that I couldn’t put it down. In fact, I was drawn in by the first sentence: “If truth was a crayon and it was up to […]

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
Book Reviews

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell’s YA novel, Strings Attached, is set in New York City, 1950. Seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan has left her home in Providence, Rhode Island; her brother Jamie, her sister Muddie, (they’re triplets) her father, and her aunt, to fulfill her dream of Broadway stardom. In fact, she scored a part […]

Super Focused
Encouragement

Super Focused

On Sunday, I was having a Super Focused Writing Day. Unfortunately, super focus only happens to me once in a blue moon. It was rough tearing myself away from my desk to spend time with my friends; until I saw my friends of course. (We had dinner, drinks, and saw […]

This May Be Bizarre
Encouragement

This May Be Bizarre

On Tuesday, Brian Klems wrote an interesting post on the Writer’s Digest Blog: 5 Things That Should Be On Every Writer’s Bucket List. My favorite was the first one: Do Something Bizarre Just to Write About It. I’ve never done something just to write about it although throughout my life […]

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Book Reviews

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is hauntingly krasivaya (Russian for beautiful). I think the Washington Post describes it best, “Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.” Between Shades of Gray is set in Lithuania, June 1941 and tells the story of fifteen-year-old […]

Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent Contest”
Contests

Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent Contest”

If you have a complete science fiction or young adult manuscript, check out the Writer’s Digest “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest! http://tinyurl.com/a8msdw2 The contest closes by the end of tomorrow, Friday, January 31, so hurry!

My 100 Favorite Movies (In no particular order)
Encouragement

My 100 Favorite Movies (In no particular order)

Legends of the Fall ShutterIsland Inception The Shawshank Redemption The Hunger Games Fight Club The Departed Gran Torino Silence of the Lambs Good Will Hunting Gone With the Wind Breakfast at Tiffany’s Million Dollar Baby Black Swan Groundhog Day The Princess Bride Slumdog Millionaire A Beautiful Mind District 9 The […]

Reflection
Encouragement

Reflection

I tend to reminisce about the past- about how thin and in shape I was, about the guy I dated who looked like he stepped out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad, about the college years I spent partying, about my youth… And I often dream about the future-about the […]

The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood
Book Reviews

The Handmaid’s Tale- Margaret Atwood

My friends and fellow writers, Diane and Kristi recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It’s a dystopian novel, first published in 1985, and the title was inspired by The Canterbury Tales. The protagonist is a handmaid, a.k.a. a concubine, called “Offred (Of-Fred).” The United States that Offred inhabits is […]

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