The Beta-Reading Tips at the End of the Universe

Beta-reading is so much fun! I love helping authors improve their stories any way I can and seeing the finished product is always heart happy. ūüėȬ†I’ve written a post on it before, geekily titled “The Beta-Reader’s Guide to the Galaxy”, but since then I’ve picked up a few more tips to help myself (and hopefully … More The Beta-Reading Tips at the End of the Universe

Little Free Library Love

We first discovered¬†Little Free Libraries¬†in a book checked out from our regular library.¬†Basically, it’s a small cabinet (almost like a big birdhouse) set up in a central location for neighbors¬†to¬†“take a book, leave a book”. I loved this community-building idea so much, I spent time looking at the website and searching pictures of creative ideas … More Little Free Library Love

Book or Movie?

I watched the movie adaptation of The Book Thief earlier this year and fell in love with it. (Because it’s about words!)¬†;D Then I got to immerse myself in a filtered copy of the book these past two months, and I fell even harder in love with it. *big grin* If you asked me which … More Book or Movie?

Dream Book Is FREE

I’m always looking for great cliche slayers and genre busters, so¬†one day a little over a year ago I posed this idea to my older sister Perry Elisabeth. Me (paraphrased :P): “You know how people are always going into another world and automatically becoming its savior? What if someone did go to another world, and … More Dream Book Is FREE

Inventing Words

Today I’ve been working on my story some more and following in the footsteps of William Shakespeare (except for the immoral characters and mix-ups) by inventing¬†my own words. So far I’ve irritated spell check with two words–lunchers and snungry.¬†Snungry, you say? Here’s a handy definition. Snun.gry adjective a state of hunger only satisfied by a … More Inventing Words

Grammar Surprise

I posted on my Goodreads yesterday: “Moving to Britain. They have better punctuation rules.” Let me elaborate. ūüėČ I was helping my brother with his grammar lesson yesterday when I noticed a sentence that bothered me: Today we read the story “The Observing Judge.” Why did the period come before the quotation marks?¬†It looked totally … More Grammar Surprise

The Little Books

Asking an author for her word count is like asking a woman her weight. Just look at this list of story categories! Micro fiction–under one hundred words Flash Fiction–100 to 1,000 words Short short–1,000 to 2,000 words Short story– 2,000 to 7,500 words Novelette–7,500 to 15,000 words Novella–17,500 to 40,000 words Novel– over 40,000 words … More The Little Books

The Beta-Reader’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is.”¬†Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy I find the privilege of beta-reading/test-reading/reviewing nearly as big (and just as exciting!).¬†Here are some of the tools I use to help me be the best beta-reader I possibly can! My Goodreads … More The Beta-Reader’s Guide to the Galaxy