for May, 2014

A writing and film analogy.

May 31, 2014

A few years ago, back when my husband and I were more or less in the “courtship” phase of our relationship, we got into an interesting conversation about the book-to-film transition that’s always stuck with me. You see, my Partner in Crime is a bit of a movie buff. Not just a movie buff–he loves everything about film. He loves to shoot film, he loves to act, and he loves to review the movies he watches. He pays attention to things in movies like I pay attention to things in books, so it was an interesting comparison. He also (thank god) usually dislikes the movies based on books, but not always from a literary standpoint (unless he loved the book before it became a movie). His problem with movies based on books was that usually the movies were severely lacking in plot depth, character development, and cohesive storylines. And the reason? Because books are usually way too effing long for […]


The pros and cons of writing with internet access.

May 30, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone! Inevitably, almost every time I sit down to write something, whether it’s for work or for recreation, I have internet access. For work, this is pretty much a necessity, since very much of what I work on for clients has to be researched. For my personal work, I could probably get away without having the internet except for the fact that it can be hard to find a place to work without internet unless you’re really, really good about making sure you go out to a non-internet cafe. When I’m working from home, that’s pretty much impossible. But having the internet isn’t all bad. There are actually some really awesome benefits the internet gives us that writers of past generations didn’t have access to. There are, of course, also some things about writing with internet access that are more inhibiting than they are helpful. Here are some of the biggest pros and cons to trying to get […]


Daily deals for avid readers.

May 29, 2014

So, after being introduced to Humble Bundle yesterday, I started to wonder if there were many online daily deal stores for books out there. I mean, I love daily deal sites (think Groupon, LivingSocial, or, my favorite, Woot!). I also love reading, but most of the daily deal sites I’m familiar with don’t really include books. So I got to digging, and this is basically what I found… The standard eBook retailers. Amazon is always running daily deals on select Kindle titles, and both Barnes and Noble and Apple iBooks do the same for the Nook and the iPad, respectively. Though I don’t own a device that reads Kobo eBooks, I have a feeling they also promote daily deals through their personal devices. These are great and easily accessible if you have a device for any of these services. I know with the iPad, I can get online and search the daily deals for both my Kindle app and my […]


For you eBook readers looking for a deal.

May 28, 2014

Hey guys. Sorry today’s blog post is coming in super late. As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve been exceptionally lazy about getting the blog posts written the day before (I haven’t caught up from my most recent trip out of town–and I have another coming up. Ahh!). Long story short, work has picked up speed, I’ve been dealing with trips and parties and graduations, and I recently had a head cold/flu thingy that put me out of commission for a while. They’re all lame excuses, but it’s all I’ve got. Essentially, I need to catch up. Anyway, today’s article comes courtesy of one of my cousins–and one of the most avid readers of my blog (Hey, Jared!). After a slew of client meetings today, I got on my Facebook to find this link in my inbox. Basically, from what I can gather, this Humble Bundle website is a weekly deal site (anyone who knows me also probably knows I have a […]


How I decide to buy a book.

May 27, 2014

I’m pretty picky when it comes to buying new books. First, it comes down to the fact that I’m pretty picky in what I like to read, so I don’t really want to spend money on a novel I’ll just lose interest in after chapter three. Additionally, I don’t have a whole lot of time to read as it is, so I want to make sure the time I do spend reading is time well spent instead of, you guessed it, losing interest after chapter three. I like to be challenged by the books I read–I want books that make me consider writing and storytelling in a new way. I like books like motivate and inspire me, so I work really hard to find those books. When it comes right down to it, there are five things I take into consideration when I decide to buy a book: Referrals First and foremost, referrals are everything. I have a few friends […]

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