2019 New Years Goals

The new year is a great time to make plans for changes you want to make. I personally use it as time to re-evaluate what I’ve done the year before, and how I want to change my lifestyle and goals going forward! As usual, I’ve decided to share this with all of you folks because…

December 2018 Wrap Up

It’s the end of the year, and good riddance, I say. This year has been so jam-packed full of, well, everything that I’m ready for a semblance of a fresh start in the new year. I had my carpal tunnel surgery and am healing well. The doctor confirmed that I definitely needed the surgery afterward,…

Review: The Prince and Her Dreamer

Clara feels stifled by the life that’s been planned out for her, and clings to her only hope that something more might be possible: a mysterious book given to her by her Uncle Drosselmeyer, that recounts the tales of the magnificent warrior woman known as the Red Prince. Decades ago, Drosselmeyer trapped the Red Prince…

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A Simkiss Christmas

Christmas is probably my favorite holiday of all time. The food, the family, the gifts, and of course, the Christmas Tree!  When I saw that Terri Steffes was hosting Christmas Trees on Parade this year at Christmas Tree Lane, I couldn’t resist joining.  Unfortunately, my wrist issues mean that I likely won’t be putting up…

November 2018 Wrap Up

November is over! We made it! It was a bit of a slog, but we got here!  Personal News In personal things in November, I got to meet Julie Dao which was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL. She was at Flyleaf Books talking with Scott Reintgen and it was so nice to meet someone I admire on the…

Writing Resources: Emotions

Emotional Thesauruses These three books cowritten by Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackman have been so useful to me. They have a whole series of these and I’m sure they’re all awesome!  The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression Emotion Amplifiers  I have the Kindle version…

Monday Mini-Reviews 11/12

I have a confession to make. I haven’t finished reading any of my books that I have for review. But, I have read several other things that I want to share with you in this week’s episode of Monday Mini-Reviews! Taste of Marrow – Sarah Gailey Taste of Marrow is the second and final book…

NaNoWriMo 2018 Goals

Last year was the first year that I properly participated in National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. This is a time honored tradition among writers. As you might have guessed, writers attempt to write 50,000 words of a new fiction project. Now if you kept up with my personal writing, I have never…

October 2018 Wrap Up

We made it through the spoopiest month of the year! October is over, and hopefully yours was great! In very fun personal news, I was very ace and pan in public. You might not be able to tell, but my shoes are pan colors (and super comfy), and my friend also did my eyeshadow in…

Monday Mini-Reviews 10/29

It’s Monday and I don’t have a full review for you today. However, I do have several mini-reviews of books I’ve listened to in the last few weeks! You can read some previous selections of my Monday Mini-Reviews here, if you’re interested in more of these.  The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee I…

Writing Resources: Worldbuilding

As you guys know, I’ve been working on a lot of fiction recently. As such, I’ve been taking advantage of a lot of great resources. I thought it might be fun to share some of those resources with you, my friends! Today’s list is all about worldbuilding and scene setting.  5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Method for Setting…

Review: Tricked Anthology

An adult anthology of 5 stories featuring trickster themes, each loaded to the brim with conspiracies, scoundrels, tricks and plot twists galore.  A jilted silent film star plans a revenge heist with the unscrupulous childhood friend he always found rather handsome. A bank tycoon’s son plans to run off with Daddy’s money—and maybe his florist.…

Monday Mini-Reviews: 10/15

The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo I listened to the audiobook for The Poet X because I know my attention span for poetry isn’t as great as it could be. I did not regret a single second of it. Acevedo is a stunning poet, and her narration of Xiomara’s story was heartbreaking and perfect. This…