If you haven’t read The Great Gatsby there are spoilers in this review, just to let you know. I stopped writing reviews about books because I’m an author myself. It didn’t seem like my place to judge another story for the good or otherwise. However, after much complaining and debate about The Great Gatsby I decided to reread it, to update my opinion on the classic. As most people know, The Great Gatsby is the tale of lost love in a time after the First World War. The short novel has a little something to say about status back in those days. East Egg is for the high class, and the… read more

This post is for all you readers out there who don’t necessarily know what it’s like to write a book. So I finish my novel. After you finish a novel, it’s not actually done. You’ve only written to the end. You’ve only completed an eighth of your goal if you’re me. So I write to the end with a bad feeling. I knew the rewrites were going to take a little longer than usual. Three fourths into it my vision for the ending had changed, which meant inconsistencies throughout. I could live with that. Every inconsistency is fixable. No, something else I couldn’t live with,… read more

I’m going to take this time to tell you all about my publishing process. I was inspired by more than one article that came out that talked about the writer’s process. I found those articles insightful. Thought I’d give it a whirl. Okay first off you have to get done writing the darned novel. While writing, I’m receiving feedback from my writers group, of course. Normally I’ll write a general outline and then adjust it as I go. In addition, I go ahead and pop out about 1,000 words a day 4 to 5 days of the week. I do take days off. After the initial draft is done I go back a day… read more

I’m issuing a warning. In the case of society targeting its youth for violence with very little explanation, it simply needs to grow up. As hard and as vague as that sounds, that’s exactly what needs to happen. As you might have guessed, this post is in reflection of the latest school shooting news. But it is also addressing something equally as dastardly, just not so obviously. Let me start by discussing the safety of the school day. There are parts of a school day that simply aren’t safe and it won’t matter how many guns teachers are armed with or how many guns you take… read more

In about 2005 or 2006 or so, something like that, a friend of mine told me that we were now living in the future. He said the future started in 1992 with the advent of the internet. Made sense to me and there was no harm in not doubting it. I never questioned the arrival of the future, because I believed in it from a young age. Everybody believed in the future. The fact that it was here merely made sense, like, damn, it’s about time. There was only one bad thing about this future thing. Educators had to prepare millions of people for it. Keep in mind the future happened in 1992 so… read more

I have to bring up something that I’ve found myself very close to: Education. Education has become a huge budget matter. It’s more of an economical detriment than a benefit, so it seems when you hear about it in the news. In upper education, it’s more of a state money making scheme of sorts, and in some ways, a bet. You know, in ten years I bet this degree will still be paying big and I’ll be able to find a job and all that nonsense. Or even more so, if I stay in school long enough and pay enough money into it, I’ll figure out where I want to go…and then hope in ten years… read more

My alarm is yelling at me so I wake up, and I’m simply thinking about how I’m not ready for the day. I’m never ready for the day. Once I stand I know that today is really going to happen so I have to do whatever I can to be productive and responsible. I’m in charge. I have to be on top. I have to think. I shut off the alarm, still not ready, and I walk away in a limp. I’m not as young as I once was, but nobody is, so no excuses. My body is more like a carcass; it still hasn’t risen from the dead completely. Yesterday looked just like today and sucked just as much and… read more

One thing about Abarat. Nobody can say it’s not interesting. In this second of five installments, Candy Quackenbush travels the islands of the Abarat trying to escape the super evil Christopher Carrion. Along the way she meet an assortment of wacky good guys in this young adult novel that very few young adults have read. Right there is where I’ll throw down on of my two negative comments on this book. I wish it weren’t geared for young adults. It fits young adult’s fine, I think. But at several points in the story I really wished, Candy, with her multi-colored eyes were maybe… read more

I found a few reasons to buy a story twice and I think a few of you might agree with me. Let’s talk about Fight Club, the book that inspired the Brad Pitt/Edward Norton movie. I read the book years ago after I watched the movie and loved both of them. It’s only now that I’ve decided the book is superior. The first-person present-tense narration is done brilliantly. I originally picked it up again after reading The Hunger Games. I had to see if all stories done in first-person present-tense were as stilted and of narrow a scope as “Games”. So, seeing that I lost my paper copy of… read more

I’m going to be honest. The Hunger Games is a good story. Katniss is a character that young girls will be able to latch onto. As a matter of fact, I’d rather young girls and young women find a place in their hearts for Katniss long before they identify with that girl from Twilight. The Hunger Games is a rather short, dare I say, sort of fun novel that begs to leave an impression on the reader. It certainly left an impression on me. As I was saying, Katniss moves this story. And she better. It’s written in first-person present-tense so if Katniss can’t move the story, it would be… read more