How Not to Suck at Everyday Life, Writing

You’re a Writer if…

You’ve heard it. All together now…

You’re a writer if… you write.

False.

Continue reading “You’re a Writer if…”

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Movie Reviews, Reviews

Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I am just full of unpopular opinions today. I need to get off of Reddit before I completely lose faith in the human race. Anyway.

I saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom the other day, and I absolutely hated it. This is going to be more rant than review, and it’s going to be chock full of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it yet and are planning to, run. Run far, run fast, run like Chris Pratt being chased by lava and dinosaurs. Continue reading “Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”

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Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature

It’s a good time to be a reader. Social media allows book lovers all over the world to swarm together and swap opinions and recommendations, with virtual communities forming over a shared love of literature. New releases are waited on anxiously in comment threads, and forget waiting for a bookstore to open to get the next book in a series, Amazon will ship it to your doorstep the very next day if you haven’t already downloaded it immediately to your tablet. Young people are reading more than ever before—in fact, millennials are the most likely of any age group to have read a book in the past year.

But does this heyday have a dark side? Continue reading “Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature”

Writing

Poet’s Market Is a Scam

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A while back, I wrote a post about the ugly minefield that is trying to find a legitimate literary magazine. Due to life getting really busy, I hadn’t had a ton of time to continue the search until a couple days ago. So, I sat down with my laptop, my spreadsheet of submitted works and completed works* and Poet’s Market 2017. Continue reading “Poet’s Market Is a Scam”

Writing

Hey Christians! Stop Ruining Young Writers!

Recently, in an attempt to advertise a site that I no longer write for, I joined a couple of Christian writers groups on Facebook. After I quit the site, I was too lazy to unsubscribe from them (and managing Facebook notifications makes me want to punch a wall), so I still see the new posts. I also follow a lot of Christian blogs, usually by people who claim to be fiction writers.

And a lot of what I see is deeply disturbing to me, both as a Christian and a writer. Continue reading “Hey Christians! Stop Ruining Young Writers!”

Writing

gtfo tumblr: On Accidentally Racist Villains

Tumblr is a cesspit of bad advice and poorly constructed arguments, but thing that really gets my goat is the plethora of bad writing advice on there and, consequently, floating around on Pinterest. Why does this bother me so much, you ask? Well, for one, because I have a hard time passing up correcting people I know are blatantly wrong. But the real reason is this: in the era of self-publishing, there’s a plethora of really, really bad fiction. Like, really bad. Seriously. And do you know where most of it comes from? Dear little tumblr users taking this terrible advice because they know no better. So, in the name of bettering the fiction of the future (and a little for my own gratification), I am starting a column in which I correct some of the terrible advice I see on tumblr. Enjoy. Continue reading “gtfo tumblr: On Accidentally Racist Villains”

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Extroverted Introverts Aren’t a Thing. Here’s Why.

My most frequent thought while scrolling through Facebook is “that’s… that’s not a thing.” People love to make up words to describe themselves in order to feel special, but unfortunately most of the people who show up in my newsfeed don’t have the creativity of Lewis Carroll or Dr. Seuss. So we end up with terms like “extroverted introvert,” which not only makes no sense, but is one of the more pointless terms I’ve seen lately. Continue reading “Extroverted Introverts Aren’t a Thing. Here’s Why.”

Book Reviews, Reviews

On Political Correctness, Plausibility, and Really Bad YA

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I started reading How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, but I’m not going to finish it. It was bad on so many levels. It was poorly written and not very interesting, and the characters were mediocre and unlikable at best. But, the worst of it all is that the premise of this book isn’t even remotely plausible. Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads: Continue reading “On Political Correctness, Plausibility, and Really Bad YA”