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The Hobbit movies suck for a totally different reason.

December 19, 2014

I haven’t seen the third installment of The Hobbit trilogy yet, but it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you that I really hated the first two movies (but I AM still going to go see the third because I hate myself and I just can’t not see it, even though I’m one-hundred percent prepared to be equally disappointed). Basically, The Hobbit is one of my favorite classics, and watching it get absolutely butchered hurts my soul a little bit. I also tend to think movies based off books are, generally, not very good, and even most of the ones that are good are still “not as good as the book.” You hear that phrase a lot, especially when you’re talking to people who like to read a lot. We tend to like the book better. Anyway, the main reason most movies based off of books aren’t really great is simple: there just isn’t enough time to really capture […]


Why rejection is a blessing in disguise.

December 10, 2014

It really sucks being rejected. When you send out your query letters, you’re looking for that one-in-a-million chance, the opportunity to get your hard work into the hands of someone who can actually do something with it and help bring it to life on the shelf. So, naturally, when you get the rejection in your inbox, you can’t help but feel a bit (or a whole lot) deflated by the whole situation. But when it comes right down to it, each and every rejection letter you get is a blessing in disguise. Hear me out. I know it sounds like a load of crap, but seriously, each and every rejection letter you get is actually a good thing. When you find someone to help you publish your work, you want to find someone who is just as passionate about your writing as you are. You want someone who is going to vouch for your book with just as much enthusiasm […]


Why it’s worth giving National Novel Writing Month a try.

November 7, 2014

Anyone who talked to me before this time last year probably heard a few of my opinions on National Novel Writing Month–several of which were more or less against the idea of taking part in the highly popular, thirty-day writing event. I decided I had to give it a try myself before I really sat there and tried to say National Novel Writing Month wasn’t really as great as everyone makes it out to be. While this year I am not partaking (being pregnant makes it difficult–so does being overwhelmingly swamped with work), I’m really glad I took the time to do it last year. There were a few things I did that weren’t exactly smart–such as deciding to do National Novel Writing Month in the same year that I did my crazy-intense “write a blog a day” thing, as well as insisting that I was going to actually write one complete novel and not count at NaNo’s suggested 50,000 […]


Are we taught how to write?

August 3, 2014

There’s a growing belief that kids today aren’t being taught how to write properly. Now, I won’t try to pretend that I know much of anything of what’s going on in primary schools anymore. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in high school, even longer since I’ve been in middle or grade school, so I don’t really know what’s going on in the primary education system anymore. At least, not beyond what I read online, and we all know how reliable that is. What I do know is that parents seem to be really up in arms about the “common core” standards for math and science. People are also still caught up in the “do we teach evolution or creation in classrooms” debate. That’s not something I’m going to touch with a ten foot pole. But I haven’t heard a whole lot about how people feel about English courses in the core curriculum. Essentially, I know things I’ve […]


50 shades of not okay.

July 29, 2014

So. E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey has been getting a lot of attention lately, probably the most attention it’s received since its initial release in 2011. There are a few reasons for that, one of which being the trailer for the movie that has recently and depressingly flooded my Facebook newsfeed. However, I’ve also seen a massive onslaught of 50 Shades of Grey news pop up–and most of it isn’t all that great. You’re probably very aware that I especially dislike the 50 Shades of Grey novels. And, before we get into it, no, I haven’t read them. No, I don’t have to read them to have a valid opinion on how bad they are. And no, I don’t care if that means you’ll dismiss said opinion on the matter because I haven’t read them. But the fact is, I don’t need to read the books to form a solid opinion. I one time fell into a friend’s trap […]

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