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In a Heartbeat

Recently, this little animated short was published for the world to see. This video is four minutes of adorable little fluff about school kid crushes.

I was just delighted by both the animation and the music. There’s no words in this short at all — everything is perfectly conveyed via facial expressions, actions, and wonderful instruments. This little video is so artistically delightful to me and I am in such awe of the creators that I wanted to share it. I hope you all enjoy it too!

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Posted by on August 4, 2017 in Home

 

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Reader Turn-Offs

We all know that feeling when you’re browsing the shelves of a bookstore, just waiting for something to catch your eye. A pretty cover, a unique title…

Then you spot it. A potential addition to your overflowing bookshelves at home. You look at the summary, your eyes skimming the words that you hope will keep you interested enough to lighten your wallet…

Then you read something that makes you huff out a sigh of disappointment as you gently put the book back on the shelf and move on.

As a reader, what are your turn-offs? Are there certain cover styles that make you pass over books? Maybe the font of the title and author are hard to read? What in the summary of the books makes you put them back down?

For me, I almost certainly get turned off when the summary describes the main, usually female, character meeting or needing help on her adventure from “the mysterious new guy” or a variation of the sort. Obvious love triangles and romances cut off my interest.

Don’t get me wrong, romance is nice, but I would much prefer for it to be natural in the story, not with me already knowing that it’s coming. There’s no tension in watching the relationship unfold when the summary already shoved the idea at me. That, and I don’t recall too many male-centered adventure stories mentioning their potential love interest in the summaries.

What about you? What turns you off from reading a book? 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2017 in Home

 

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Sunday Scribble – “Asymmetrical”

Asymmetrical

Elle’s mark was not a typical shape. It did not resemble half a heart or a star or even a simple circle. Instead, it had the base of a small square with a tab sticking out of the bottom like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Her soul mate’s mark would have to have a tab pointing up from a square in order to be symmetrical with her own, and she honestly wasn’t looking forward to meeting him. Their marks together would look ridiculous.

Elle watched from the restaurant’s counter as her friend Hannah struck up a conversation with a certain gentleman in the corner. Both appeared to be hitting it off well, with bright smiles and light touches on each other’s arms and legs.

“Elle!” After a few moments, Hannah appeared by Elle’s side at the counter. Hannah’s face looked ready to split with the grin she was wearing. “My goodness, this is going so well!”

“I’m glad.” Elle smiled. She was happy for her friend, honestly, but it was not much fun being the third wheel. “Where’d he go?”

“Neven just went to the restroom,” Hannah said, and she stretched her neck out to look around a few other counter patrons as if to double-check that there was no way for Neven to escape. “Elle, he was describing his mark to me. It sounds like the mirror image of mine!”

“Your soul mate?” Elle nearly choked on her drink. “Hannah, that’s… that’s wonderful!”

“I know!” Hannah’s grin softened and her cheeks glowed. “What about you? You were sitting with us then moved over here by yourself. I thought someone had caught your eye.”

“Well, no,” Elle admitted. “You two looked as if you were doing well on your own. I didn’t want to interfere.”

“Oh, Elle, you would never be in the way,” Hannah said. Before Elle could respond, Hannah’s gaze looked beyond Elle, and Hannah jumped up to greet a returning Neven. Elle shook her head to herself and finished her drink as Hannah and Neven resumed their seats in the corner booth.

Elle watched the pair for a few moments before deciding that there was no reason for her to remain in the restaurant any longer. She paid for her drink and gave Hannah a subtle wave and encouraging smile as she left.

As she walked along the sidewalk, Elle glanced at her puzzle piece of a soulmark on the underside of her wrist. With a sigh, she pushed the thought out of her mind and retreated to the local bookstore, her favorite haunt.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2017 in Scribbles

 

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“Have a Prompt!” Saturday #86

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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Prompts

 

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Get Rich Quick

So, there was a random article I read today that detailed a list of ways to make some side money while working a full-time job. Out of curiosity, and figuring knowing more ways to pay the bills wouldn’t be bad, I skimmed the list.

One of the bullet points was, more or less, “Write romance novels and self publish them for lots of cash.”

… What?

Is that seriously all it takes to be a writer? Apparently I’ve been writing in the wrong genre all these years. And self publishing is easy too, right? Just click a button, throw the book out in the world, and money will sprout wings and fly to me, right?

I don’t know whether to laugh or be offended at the casual “advice.” Self publishing takes so much dedication, not only to polish your book to its brightest shine, but to also market yourself and the story. Most self publishing platforms, as far as I’ve seen, take money out of your pocket as well.

And, ya know, writing is a lot of hard work, too. Romance is not my genre and if I tried to write it in a get-rich-quick scheme, my writing would be bland. The passion that I have for my fantasy novels would not transition well into a genre that I dislike writing. Readers are astute, they’ll pick up on those feelings in a heartbeat.

Kudos to anyone who is able to go down that road, to build up their own market, to craft amazing romance novels, to self publish their tales for the world. You’re amazing, and never let anyone tell you otherwise.

But kudos also to the rest of us who aren’t able to simply dash off a novel as quickly as this list is suggesting. Kudos to all of us writers who are persevering through day jobs and social obligations and rejections from publishing houses.

Writing isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a lifestyle.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2016 in Home

 

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Shipping Wars

Many readers can’t help but pair up — or “ship” — certain characters that they read about in a book. The author may never had intended the two characters to be together (or, in some cases, even be in the same place in more than a couple of scenes), but readers nevertheless find a way to explain why Person A and Person B should be together. Many, like Dido’s song, “will go down with this ship” when it comes to their favorite pairings.

Take J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series for example. You have the fans who agree with the canon pairings of Harry and Ginny, and Ron and Hermione. Then there are those who believe that Harry and Hermione should have gotten together, or even Harry and Draco. Each pairing has their own theories as to why the pairing should have happened.

I’m not one who reads romance novels. Love triangles, unless done extremely well, annoy the hell out of me. It irks me when problems in a plot seem to be solved the instant the main characters gets in a relationship. However, I’m not immune to creating ships.

It seems to be second nature for most of us. While reading a book, we want to escape to another world for a while, to imagine what it’s like to be in a place with magic, knights, talking animals, whatever. We root for our favorite characters to win, to be happy, and finding love just seems to be part of the whole package.

In a way, shipping characters brings the book’s world to life all the more than just the author’s wonderful words. Creating one’s own pairing enables the world to live on even after the book is closed. Wondering what kind of life your favorite pairing have together after the book’s events promotes creativity, imagination, ideas.

As writers, isn’t promoting different thoughts an underlying goal of everything we write?

Do you have an OTP, or one true pairing?

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in Home

 

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