Writer-ly Things // A Confessional from a Young Adult Writer

Let's talk about writer-ly things. You know, the things we do as writers that would probably come off as insane to any normal person. (Except, you know, we're the normal ones. Everyone else is insane.)

1. Erasing a whole sentence to get to one misspelled word near the beginning of said sentence.

Okay, this may be something only I do, but instead of saving time and using the arrow keys convienently put on the key board of my computer, or even my mouse to click or highlight a word, I delete the whole stinkin' sentence just to get to a word I misspelled. I do this all the time. Every day. (Please tell me someone else does this.)

2. Zoning out.

Unfortunately, my resting face isn't very nice. When I'm focused, I will look mad. But, truth be told, as I'm giving you the death glare, I'm actually plotting out my next idea and my mind and I probably mean you no harm. Probably.

3. The missing flash drive.

I will admit that I've had moments I'm not proud of over a missing flash drive that was actually nearby. I can (and will) overreact when my precious stories are missing because I keep all my important stories on my flash drive and not my computer. After a situation with the old family laptop, I don't trust the computer's fully, even though my laptop is only a year old.

4. Notebooks.

You probably do most of your writing electronically, but for some reason, notebooks are your weakness, even when you don't really use them fast enough. This is pretty much my whole situation. Notebooks are pretty and I want to buy ALL OF THEM, but I write mostly electronically with only a few things being written by hand. Such as the short story that you can find on the "Writing Adventures" tab. I wrote that one by hand. And other short stories as well.
I tried writing my novel by hand when situation was grim with the family laptop, but that didn't last long. Anyway, notebooks are a weakness that I'm sure most, if not all, writers deal with.

5. Plot Bunnies coming from everywhere. 

Story ideas. Plot bunnies. Same thing. This is the blessing and curse of a writer's brain.  It feed our soul while sucking it out at the same time. Why? Well, let me explain.
You're a writer. You've been working on that amazing idea for two months. Good for you. You rock. You're getting down words in a timely fashion and you like that you're focused. Its now the middle of the night and you've been hit by a plot bunny. They are vicious. Don't let their cute looks fool you. They will devour your soul. Okay, well they won't do that, but they will make you miserable until you write out the idea.
Seems pretty harmless, right? So, I got a new idea. I can still work on the old one. WRONG. Plot bunnies tend to travel together and strike at different times to make you full of ideas and you'll have to write them unless you want to go crazy. That means some ideas will be pushed to the back burner. But they'll always be floating in your subconcious, which isn't good for you.

6. Killing your precious characters.

I saved the most painful one for last. So you've got this character, be it the protagonist (main character), or a side kick for your MC, or maybe even an antagonist (bad guy).
This can go one of two ways. If its a character that wa sa good guy, maybe even a character that you liked, part of you will die with them. You will be sad. You will go through the five stages of grief. You might have an existential crisis. Okay, just kidding. But you will be mad at yourself while also pleased that you've probably made the readers want to hurt you.
Or, if it was the bad dude, you will let out all your anger and stress from your day into the scene that the bad guy is ... ahem, killed. It will be brutal and the blood will technically be on your hands. You did kill him/her.

Okay, peeps, that's it for today. This was a fun post to write. I actually wrote it on my week off because a writer can never rest from her writing.

Tell me if you relate to any of these. Or, what problems
do you go through as a writer?
Let's chat in the comments.

As Always, God bless y'all.
With love, 

The Blood Race by K.A Emmons // Book Review

This review is one that's a long time coming. See, I wrote a review on Goodreads before I had much of a chance to just let the book marinate in my mind. So this review might be different than the one I had on Goodreads.

He’s spent his life running from who he is. She’s been trying to escape her past for 100 years… 
Born with unexplainable abilities he struggles to control, college student Ion tries desperately to integrate into his new school and finally put his dark past behind him. But after making a serious enemy, which leads to an accidental rendezvous with the mysterious old man next door— and his hauntingly beautiful but troubled young protégée Hawk, Ion realizes his life will never be normal again.
Late one evening, Hawk drags him by the hand into a closet-turned-rabbit-hole to an extra dimension, and Ion finds himself stumbling involuntarily into a secret society of training for “anomalies,” teenagers with a special set of abilities. Just like him.
As they train to become Protectors of future Earth, battling each other as well as their own demons, both Ion and Hawk begin to realize that they are far more alike than they realized. Unsettlingly so.
When the Dimension is shaken by an unthinkable betrayal, will an ancient prophecy bring Hawk and Ion together—or will a deadly threat hidden in plain sight cost them both their powers… and their lives?

Story World:
At first, the characters are presented as living in California. Other characters may be from around the world, but generally from earth. There is another dimension, but I won't go too much into that as that spoils everything. The world was well built and I enjoyed it very much.
The whole idea of the story, teens with unique abilities, is spectacular and really descriptive. The way events happen and how the story is told is really done well. I enjoyed the plot.
All the characters' personalities are really shown through events and actions. Each character is unique. They each have negatives and positives. They really were human and had flaws. A lot of characters in books don't always show their flaws, but this was done very well.
Then we get to language and it kind of goes down hill. There was plenty of swearing and even a few letters of the F-bomb expressed, but not the full F-bomb. Y'all know I don't like swearing. Now, in my Goodreads review, I said that the swearing didn't add anything and it really wasn't necessary. Now that I've had time to think about it, while I still stand by what I said, I see now what the author was trying to do. 
The characters go through certain things were they can't do certain stuff anymore. Swearing is one of them. It shows the struggle people, who swear often, have when they can't live their normal lifestyle. In that sense, it did add a bit to the story. However, the book would have been just fine without it. 
Lot's of that in here. None of the romance is smut. The romance does seem to contribute to the overall story, though, so it is far from fluff. 
Some other details you may want to know are that the book does talk about a character being raped in their past. It doesn't really go into the gory details, but the character flashes back to events that took place that night leading up to the actual assault. 
Like I said above, lots of swearing. The book didn't need it. But, that is my opinion. 
So, my rating for the book is: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I don't condone the swearing and a few other actions within this book, but overall I loved it. Its a fast paced, high action and intensity, all around amazing read. I recommend it for mid to older teens and new adults. That's most likely the age range the author was going for anyway. I would read it again, which is something I think is important for a book. There are books you'd totally read again and know you'd get sucked back in. This is one of them.

Have you read The Blood Race? Are you planning to?
Let's talk in the comments below.
This is a spoiler free zone, so if you need to fangirl about a specific scene,
my contact form is on the side. Or if you already have my email, feel free
to shoot me one from there. 

As always, God bless y'all.
With love,

I'm Back// Life Update

So, I've probably missed a lot. Hopefully I can catch up. Its good to be back.

How have y'all been? I've missed talking with y'all in the comments. I've already replied to each and every one you've left me in my last two posts. So, if you want, you can go check back there.

I decided to come back a day early just so I could do the typical "I'm back" post. I didn't want to come back with just a book review and no update. 

My hiatus was nice, though I did look at the blogs undercover. I didn't log in, but I did read some posts. I wasn't good at taking a full break.

Let's see, what's new with me?  Not much. I'm working on online Driver's ed through Aceable. Seriously check them out if you need to do driver's ed soon. They are awesome. Its worked really well so far. In Texas, you can start at fourteen, which is cool. I'm doing the adult driver's ed. Its fun because its also sarcastic. 

I finished the first draft of Truth Seekers 2. It will have a different name, but I don't know what yet. I will be taking a month off from that. So, in the meantime, I'm working on a new Short Novel (novella) idea I like to call Trapped.

I'm super excited about it. No details for y'all yet because I'm still working on it. 

That's about it for me. But tell me what's up with y'all. I want to know what I missed. Prepare for the ultimate spamming done by me. (Just kidding, I don't think I'll be able to catch up.)

What's new in the blogger universe? What have I missed?
Tell me about y'all's week. I want to talk with y'all.
I've missed talking with y'all.
God bless y'all.
With love,

In Memory of 9/11

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Today isn't my usual day of posting. But it is important that we remember what happened on this day in 2001.

I was little when it happened, so I don't remember it. But my parents do. A lot of America remembers what happened on that day.

I don't have much to say because we all know what happened without me going into the gory details. Its important we remember what has happened in our nation's history. Don't always rely on a school to teach you what you need to know. Rely on yourself to research. Check your sources because reliability is everything when you're learning something.

What I can say is that it was tragic. People were hurt. Lives were lost. Families were broken. There is no good in what happened, but I'm not going to turn it political. You know why? Because those who were lost don't deserve that. They deserve to be remembered for the good they did and the people they were.

To all the emergency and First Responders of that event, you're heroes. You went above and beyond to help. True Americans appreciate you.

God bless those affected by this tragic, horrific event.

Please know that true Americans are standing together today in memory of the lives lost unfairly in the attack.

God bless America.
God bless y'all

With love,

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