Resources for the Broke Bookworm

Hi everyone! How are we doing this fine Thursday morning/evening/afternoon?

A lot’s happened since I first started my blog. I’ve grown as a creator, as a writer, emotionally and mentally (unfortunately not physically. I haven’t got any taller and I’m almost guaranteed to be the shortest in my family). I also graduated school, which was glorious, and got a job, and then another job. Now I’m pursuing a career as a dog trainer, I have very little time for writing (though I’m going to do Camp NaNo next month!) and my blogging schedule is a little out of whack. Continue reading “Resources for the Broke Bookworm”

Behind the Blogger Tag

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I haven’t blogged in ages, which is an unfortunate symptom of  becoming an old woman who has a job and is pursuing a career and attending dog training seminars and etcetera. Anyway though,  Jen tagged me for the Behind the Blogger Tag so I’m going to be doing that today.  Let’s go 😀

1. Why did you start blogging, and why have you kept blogging?

I started blogging mostly because I thought it would be fun and I wanted to have a pre-made platform in case I ever had a book published. Since then, I’ve done it mostly because I really love being part of the community here online and I’ve made a ton of friends. Plus, it’s still really fun, though it’s definitely not all fun.


2. What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

Discussion type posts are always a favourite of mine. There’s also been some fun ones I’ve done discussing books and musicals. I really enjoyed the series I did where I compared musicals with their book and movie counterparts and I’d love to revive that series again. I’ve also loved doing the What God Has Taught Me This Year series twice. Continue reading “Behind the Blogger Tag”

Tattered Wings Blog Tour: Interview with Kassie Angle

This is a really exciting day for me! I’m participating in a blog tour for my good friend, Kassie, who’s written this amazing book called Tattered Wings. I had the privilege to read this book for review and so I’m going to share my thoughts with you now!

(All opinions are my own. I received this book for free and I was not required to write a positive review)

image3[1140]Some scars can’t be seen. And some can’t be hidden.

Layla Trent’s life is pretty much perfect, except for the little matter of a dog of her own—and maybe a brother. So why does a random nightmare of a princess dress, a hospital, and a stranger who’s definitely not her daddy feel more like an aching wound? And can a broken, glassy-eyed puppy somehow help her release the pain she didn’t even know she was carrying?

Corporal Andrew Reyes has proven he has what it takes to be the best—a US Army Ranger. But when a double tragedy rocks his world, his resolve is shaken to the core. What’s left for a man to live for when he’s lost everything he ever wanted to be? And is the sudden appearance of a teenage girl with a three-legged dog a cruel joke or a divine appointment?

Some scars can’t be hidden. But some don’t need to be.

Tattered Wings is the story of Layla, a young girl with a half-remembered past, and the three-legged dog who helps her to discover her heroes. Our characters in this story are, of course, Layla Trent, who’s sixteen years old and troubled by memories she gained as a toddler. Then there’s her dog, Ranger, who lost a leg in an accident and is now learning to live again. And finally, there’s Andrew Reyes, a young airborne ranger struggling with both mental and physical pain. Of course, there’s a bunch of delightful side characters, such as Andy’s younger brothers, his best friend Isaiah, and Layla’s dad. Of them all, Ranger was definitely my favourite, because I love dogs a lot, but of the humans, I liked Layla the best. She had a great character arc, where she matured a lot and learnt about the realities of war and the different scars it leaves, and I loved the scenes of her training with Ranger. Continue reading “Tattered Wings Blog Tour: Interview with Kassie Angle”

Never Have I Ever [Writing Edition]

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I saw this tag first on Jenna’s blog and I decided to do it because it looks so much fun and my loyal followers deserve to know all the dodgy writing things I’ve ever done.

With that all out of the way, let’s get going!

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Never Have I Ever…

…started a novel that I didn’t finish…

So many, my friend, so many.

I literally couldn’t count them all.

Moving on 😛

…written a story completely by hand…

Yes! I actually used to do this all the time, before I had pretty much constant access to a computer (I.e. Before I got my own laptop). At least six of my novels were written entirely by hand. Nowadays, I write my drafts on the computer, but I still do all my plotting and worldbuilding in physical notebooks.

…changed tenses midway through a story…

I do this all the time as well. My last novel, Southern Cross, I attempted to write in present tense, but I kept accidentally switching from present to past. And then I decided to write all in past tense, and then kept switching to present… I dunno know, mate. I also change between first and third person at random.

…not researched anything before starting a story…

Not usually, actually. Random research on historical periods and cultural settings tend to spark off my novel ideas, so I would rarely begin a novel without knowing anything at all. Of course, as I write, I always find aspects I forgot to research, but no, I’ve never not researched “Anything” before starting on a new story.

…changed my protagonist’s names halfway through the draft…

I’ve changed protagonists’ names between drafts, but I don’t think I’ve ever done it halfway through one draft.

…written a story in a month or less…

Yes! I wrote When Infinity is Empty in three weeks during Camp NaNoWriMo two years ago.

…fallen asleep while writing…

Pretty sure I haven’t done this 😛

…corrected someone’s grammar IRL/online…

I find this really annoying when it happens to me, so I don’t usually do this to other people, unless its to clarify something.

…yelled in all caps at myself in the middle of a novel…

I may have.

…used “I’m writing” as an excuse…

Of course.

…killed a character that was based off someone I know in real life…

I don’t really base characters off people I know in real life. In one instance, I killed a character who reminded me strongly of someone I met after I wrote the first draft, but it wasn’t due to any malicious intent or anything.

…used pop culture references in a story…

I often make references to history, classic books and theatre. Not really mainstream media references though, because I feel that they can date books quite a lot more than other sorts of references.

…written between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m…

Yes, I have done this, though admittedly not very much. I remember one book that I was really excited to finish and I stayed up until 2am to write the final words.

…drank an entire pot of coffee while writing…

Ew no.

…written down dreams to use in potential novels…

Only twice have I ever had dreams that I thought were good novel material, but I haven’t written either yet.

…published an unedited story on the internet/blog/Wattpad…

Haha…

No.

The closest thing would be snippets from my novels, but I think the point of those is that they are unedited snippets. I definitely wouldn’t publish an unedited story on my blog though.

…procrastinated homework because I wanted to write…

Back in my school days, I never did my work unless I’d written for about six hours first. I’m not even kidding.

…typed so long that my wrists hurt…

I have chronic wrist issues anyway, so this doesn’t take much, but yes, I’ve written so much that I’ve put my arm in tape for months. Its not pleasant.

…spilled a drink on my laptop while writing…

A couple of times, but never anything serious and usually only just a bit of water.

…forgotten to save my work/draft…

I used to do this all the time back in the day, but thankfully, technology has caught up and Microsoft Word autosaves now, so it hasn’t happened to me in years.

…finished a novel…

I have finished…quite a lot of novels, maybe close to ten?

…laughed like an evil villain while writing a scene…

I have never done this.

…cried while writing a scene…

I have done this…once or twice.

…created maps of my fictional worlds…

Yes, I love making maps! All my fantasy worlds have maps attached to them and I would cry if any of my fantasies were published without pretty maps in the front.

…researched something shady for a novel…

Of course I have. I’m convinced all writers have shady search histories…

What about you guys? Do you have a shady search history? Have you ever spilled stuff on your laptop/notebook? And have you ever used a dream as inspiration for a story?

My Six Favourite YA Love Interests

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Happy Valentines Day to all those who enjoy this holiday. Personally, I’m not really one of them, but I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon anyway and introduce you to a few of my favourite love interests from YA fiction.

If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time, you’ve more than likely heard me complain about the lack of decent male love interests. So many of them border on abusive–or actually are abusive–that I feel incredibly uncomfortable adoring them the way others tend to do. It’s possible I might just be overly sensitive, but its something that’s bothered me for years now.

Thankfully, I’m beginning to think that YA authors are getting the message that Edward-Cullen-esque love interests are no longer acceptable and I’ve been greatly encouraged reading about some of the love interests in more recent YA reads.

So today, on the eve of the holiday of love, I’m going to give you a list of my favourite YA love interests. Here goes! Continue reading “My Six Favourite YA Love Interests”

Fairy Tale Blog Tag

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It’s unofficial February Fantasy month! And in honour of that, the team over at Fairy Tale Central has created a fairy tale fantasy tag, linkup thing, which I decided–since, I love fairy tales–to do today! It looks like heaps of fun and I can’t wait to get into it.

So here goes!


THE QUESTIONS

– What’s an obscure fairy tale you love?

Obscure?? Hm…I really like The Seven Ravens which I’m pretty sure is a Grimm Fairy tale. Essentially, its the Grimms’ version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans, where the brothers are turned into, yep, ravens instead of swans. Maybe this is a bit of a cheater’s answer as The Wild Swans is my all-time favourite fairy tale…

– If you got to choose Disney’s next animated princess movie, what fairy tale would you choose to be adapted?

The Wild Swans if they did it well. And an actual adaption of The Snow Queen too would be fascinating! I want an actual evil snow queen and an evil mirror and Gerda is an awesome character. Yeah, it really deserves something more faithful than Frozen.

– What is the first fairy tale you remember hearing when you were a child?

Probably Snow White, via the Disney movie. Snow White was one of the few Disney princesses movies I watched as a kid and I would say it would have been one of my first–if not my first–introduction to fairy tales.

– If you were to embark on a fairy tale quest, what necessities would you pack in your bag?

Rope, a few coins and a generous helping of charity, so that when I see poor, injured animals by the side of the road I can help them and they’ll help me later in the story.

I have this whole thing figured out.

– What’s your favourite fairy tale trope?

Based on all my favourite fairy tales, I would say my favourite trope is innocent victims being turned into a variety of animals.

– If you could be any fairy tale character archetype (the princess, the soldier, fairy godmother, talking animal, mischievous imp, wise old woman, evil stepmother/sister, etc.), who would you want to be and why?

That cranky old dwarf in Snow White and Rose Red who has the hoard of gold and curses rich princes…that would be me.

– What animal/mythical creature would be your sidekick for fairy tale adventures? 

There’s one story and I can’t remember which one it is, but there’s a large goldfish, I believe. I reckon I would like a gigantic goldfish as a sidekick.

– What is your favourite historical era, and what fairy tale would you love to see in that setting?

Ooh…I love this question! But I can’t answer with just one example:

  1. The Little Mermaid, in Roman Britain! I feel like there’s so much potential here. Roman Britain, nowadays anyway, is usually associated with King Arthur and I think there’s plenty of crossovers between mermaids, princes and ladies of the lakes, etc.
  2. The Wild Swans in Federation Australia. I don’t know why I’m absolutely in love with this idea, but I am. I can just imagine a bunch of young men being turned into black swans and then their sister going bush to save them…I’m in love with it.
  3. The Beauty and the Beast in 1890s Yorkshire. This is strangely specific, but I really want a B&B set in the same setting and era as The Secret Garden. But like, not Jane Eyre style, more lighthearted, I guess.

– If you could change a fairy tale’s villain into a hero, who would you choose and why?

Every stepmother ever. Wouldn’t it be nice if some of these fairy tale guys and girls had a parent they could rely on, instead of a nasty old witch?

– Do you prefer fairy tales with happy endings or sad/tragic endings? why or why not?

I like stories with satisfying endings. Usually my favourite endings are somewhat bittersweet. However, most of my favourite fairy tales end happily.

What about you guys? Do you like fairy tales (if so, definitely join the link up!)? What are your favourite tropes? Which fairy tale should Disney make next?

R.M. Archer’s Short Story Collection Vol.1 Blog Tour–Caithan Review!

I had the pleasure of being involved in R.M. Archer’s blog tour and getting to read and review a short story of hers from the collection, Caithan.  It was a great short story and definitely worth the read, and if the sound of  Caithan piques your interest, check out the rest of the Volume 1 collection!

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Caithan is tired of her mother’s strict traditionalism, but when she runs away from her own coming of age party, she runs into someone who teaches her to appreciate what she’s been giving. Continue reading “R.M. Archer’s Short Story Collection Vol.1 Blog Tour–Caithan Review!”