Book Review: The Cellar

Title: The Cellar Author: Natasha Preston Genre: YA, Suspense & Thriller Pages: 347 Quotes: “Good evening, Flowers,” he said and gave us a charming, this is all totally normal smile. That was how… Continue reading

Common Mistakes New Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)

I just want to qualify this real quick: being a beginner is NOT a bad thing! We all have to start somewhere and I just want to take a moment to celebrate the… Continue reading

Book Review: Feed

Title: Feed Author: M.T. Anderson Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult Accolades: National Book Award Finalist Pages: 300 Quotes: She whispered, “Keep thinking. You can hear our brains rattling inside us, like the little… Continue reading

Book Review: Saving Francesca

Title: Saving Francesca Author: Melina Marchetta Genre: Young Adult Fiction Pages: 242 Quotes: Francesca: “Do you think people have noticed that I’m around?” Will: “I notice when you’re not. Does that count?” “I… Continue reading

…a CNA

**The cover photo for this post is my beautiful friend Megan and this story is both slightly biographical and dedicated to her.   “This place gives a new meaning to graveyard shift,” Tanya said… Continue reading

Book Review: Taking Flight

Title: Taking Flight Author: Michaela DePrince Genre: Memoir, Nonfiction Pages: 249 Quotes: “Auntie Fatama ground chili peppers into a fine powder. Then, just before morning, she sprinkles it all over my face until… Continue reading

…a homeless girl

Sitting on the slightly wet cement curb reminded Melissa she had nowhere to go besides here. The cold seeped into her bones, tangling with the fibers of her body as if to say,… Continue reading

Thinking Thursday: Pillows and Carrots

Hello, I’ve been doing some thinking this Thursday. This is the time of year when everyone sets goals. Lose 20 pounds. Get a promotion. Be better. I think goals are great; I believe… Continue reading

Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Title: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Author: Mindy Kaling Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Memoir Pages: 222 Quotes: “There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up… Continue reading

7 Tips For Better Dialogue

Hooray! Hooray! It’s the first installment of Don’t Take My Advice where I ask you to take my advice! I chose dialogue tips as the first post for two reasons. 1. Dialogue, unlike… Continue reading