I Attempt a Rewrite

I found a notebook while cleaning my room recently.  (You find all sorts of things when you clean your room, don’t you?)  I was curious, and flipped the notebook open.  I started reading.  Then I remembered I wrote a story on a long car trip in that notebook when I was in fourth grade or somewhere around that age.  I got about a quarter a way through writing the story until I quit because it was basically a Magic Tree House book.  

I still regard it as my first major foray into writing, however.  (I don’t count the numerous fifteen sentence stories I wrote as a kindergartner.)

So, to see how far I’ve come, I decided to rewrite a portion of the story. Continue reading

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My Biggest Pet Peeves in Romance

 

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Alrighty.  Those of you who know me in real life know that I’m not a hopeless romantic.  I’m not a anti-love person, I just have a lot of problems with the way it’s presented in media.  This post isn’t going to focus on that as much as the cliches I see over and over in books.  

This post could go on and on, but I’m going to focus on a few main areas.  The “Insert Love Interest So Readers will Read My Book” trend, and the “Love at First Sight,” and “Damsel In Distress” cliches. Continue reading

Exiles Blog Tour and Author Interview!!!

Guys, it’s here!  It’s here!  I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Ilyon Chronicles and I was so excited to participate in Jaye L. Knight’s newest novel’s blog tour!  This is the fourth book in her Christian fantasy series, Ilyon Chronicles.  I reviewed the first book here a while back, so if you don’t know anything about it, check it out.

The first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th! You can find them on Amazon.  You can even snag the first book for .99 cents!!!

Read about it below and be sure to check out the other blog stops on the tour by visiting the official tour page. (Did I mention that there’s a cool giveaway?) Continue reading

The Clock Master

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This is a story that I wrote as part of CWWC.  You may have noticed the banner on the sidebar, and this is for that.  The good stories will be posted on the blog, but if you’re brave, you can read the others, which will be posted on the CWWC tab on the menu.  

I’ve never liked time travel stories.  (I don’t know why, I just don’t like them.)  This is as far as I’ll go when writing time travel.  So… enjoy. Continue reading

Rebellious Writing

Maybe you’ve seen a few posts and stuff with the hashtag RebelliousWriting.  When I found out what it was, I jumped on the bandwagon.  I’m not usually one to do stuff like this, but I emphasize with the message.  

So, Aster, now that you’ve rambled on for a few sentences, what is Rebellious Writing?

It’s a movement started by Gray from graymariewrites. Since she put it so eloquently, I’ll just paste what she wrote.

#RebelliousWriting is a movement that demands for wholesome books. Books that are full of light, good morals, family, friendships, and adventures, instead of books full of darkness, swearing, sex, vile relationships, and lust. Let’s rebel against the social book standards that scream at us to fit in, in order to be cool or relevant.

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The Girl Who Could See- Book Review

I said I’d be doing a lot of reading.  It was only a matter of time until a book review popped up.  Actually, you might see a lot of book reviews because I’ve been reading like crazy.  (I read three books yesterday.  Finished one, and read two more from cover to cover.  Crazy.  They were the Blades of Acktar series by Trisha Mingerink, if you’re curious.)

But this was the first book I read during my summer break.  I was super excited for the book when I first heard of it, because I thought it sounded amazing and the cover art is gorgeous!  

The premise was super cool, and I went into this book with high expectations.  That’s dangerous for me because I rarely have high expectations for books.  If I have high expectations, they’re more likely than not to get dashed.  If I don’t have high expectations and the book is good, I’ll be pleasantly surprised, but if it’s not, I don’t suffer any loss.  

But The Girl Who Could See, by Kara Swanson, met all those expectations.

“All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.” -from back cover

I was really interested because the book revolved around schizophrenia and imaginary friends, both of which I thought would be good in a book.  Really, it’s a novella, but it was the perfect length for me.  Any longer and it would have felt way too long.

The Characters:

Fern (aka Plant Girl):  Fern is a strong heroine who just wants to take care of her niece.  Doing so means that she needs to keep her job.  It’s easier said than done.  She’s lost two jobs in the past two months because of accidents related to her schizophrenia.  In fact, her illness is so bad that she had to drop out of high school.  Even before that, her parents were a part of a drug dealership, and often had the children pedal the drugs for them.  Despite it all, she’s a determined girl.

Tristan: Tristan is imaginary friend of Fern.  He saved her when she was little, and always keeps an eye on her.  Plus he has so much snarky, sarcastic, happy.  (Ignore the grammar.)

What I liked:

The concept was well executed.  There were a few time jumps, but I was able to keep track of them with no trouble.  The book is written in first person present, which normally drives me nuts, but I didn’t even notice until I was a few chapters into it.  There was some romance, but it wasn’t a lot.  It’s not a Christian book, but it is really clean.  (The author is a daughter of missionaries.)

What I didn’t like:

There was some slightly unbelievable things that I noticed going back through a second time.  (I like it so much that I read the book twice in one day.  That’s saying something.)  However, they weren’t glaring, and given the genre, it didn’t matter too much.  There was one kiss that went a little too long.  (While this is something I’m neutral on, I’ll advise: There is quite a bit of violence, but never too gory, and there is some thematic stuff.)

WRITING: 5/5 STARS
CHARACTERS: 4.5/5 STARS
PLOT: 4.5/5
THEMATIC STUFF (1 NONE, 5 HIGH): 2

(Drugs, kidnapping, monsters,)

LEVEL OF VIOLENCE (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 3

(A few people are killed.  Tristan fights with two flails, which he uses.)

LANGUAGE: (1 BEING NONE, 5 BEING HIGH): 1

Total: Four and a half stars.  (I rounded up to five.)

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(Sorry for the lack of posts.  I’ve been a little busy.)

Anyways, isn’t the weather just delightful?  *sneezes*  The pollen is flying through the air, bugs are biting, and every single flower and tree are releasing some sort of allergen. 

So I’ve been stuck indoors, and what do you do when you’re stuck inside?  Read.  Lots of reading.  If you’ve re-read all your favorites, you might just want to scroll through this post to find similar books to your tastes. 😉 Continue reading

Writing Music Playlist

So, long time no see.  I’ve been drowning in school (end of year stuff) and haven’t had much time to make blog posts and such.  So, quick little post with a spotify playlist for ya!

And Happy Spring!  It’s either getting warmer or colder for you, depending on where you live.  Unfortunately for me, it’s getting warmer in the US, and I’m watch the trees turn yellow and fuzzy.  It’s time to break out the gas masks. 😦 Continue reading