Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking


I had a full volume edition of the Trylle trilogy sitting on my TBR shelf for years. A beautiful and thick volume, I really don't know why it took me so long to dive in. When I finally got to reading the book, I devoured all three installments! In the trilogy, we follow Wendy Everly. In … Continue reading Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Guest Post: A Little Bit of Everything Gets You Nowhere


Jack of All Trades, master of none, that’s how it goes. Right? How do we know what our calling is when we have so many? I studied Fine Art in college. I focused on painting. But I never find myself able to commit to any one idea. When I moved to Germany, my new group … Continue reading Guest Post: A Little Bit of Everything Gets You Nowhere

Learning to Love Your Writing


As creatives, we never seem to be finished with our projects. Most writers find it difficult to read their work after publication, because we are harsh critics. It doesn't matter how many times people tell us they enjoyed the story--we always find something in our work to criticize. I found that to be the case … Continue reading Learning to Love Your Writing

Review: Blood and Water by Briana Morgan


In this fast paced and appropriately sickening novel, London has been struck by a plague—people cough up blood to their deaths. Our main character, Jay, finds himself in a dreadful situation: He's fallen ill but managed to keep it a secret to not worry his sister. But his plans to keep what little peace that … Continue reading Review: Blood and Water by Briana Morgan

Academy of Media Arts: An Introduction


In the age of technology, art is no longer limited to what we can make with ink on paper. That sketch in your journal can be brought to life using the computer; however, we tend to define digital art as limited. Few people want to be trapped behind the screen of a monitor, learning complicated tools. The Academy … Continue reading Academy of Media Arts: An Introduction

Guest Post: Maximize Your Writing Muses


The word “muse” may often call forth images of Renaissance Italy, tortured poets and gifted painters with women to whom all their works were dedicated. Next to God, love is the second greatest inspiration visible in classic art, and even more so evident in the modern pieces of today. However, where does the inspiration come … Continue reading Guest Post: Maximize Your Writing Muses

Tips on Overcoming Self-Doubt in Creativity


We waste so much potential every day when we listen to self-doubt. This week I talked to other creatives about the things keeping them from progress in their work. By the end of the discussion, I realized we had one common enemy: Doubt. It's natural to fear nobody will like our work. Fear makes us question whether … Continue reading Tips on Overcoming Self-Doubt in Creativity

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


In Lena's world, love is a disease—one she won't have to worry about for long. Soon she'll receive the treatment that'll prevent her from being infected. Delirium starts with a tone of urgency. It's Lena's desperation to be given the cure against love; we are given reasons to make it seem rational. Who wants to be … Continue reading Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

The Autumn Prince Novel: Cover & Excerpt


How are your NaNo novels doing? I am pleased to say that I have reached 32k and have an end in mind, which is more than I can say for other NaNo projects--indeed, more than I can say for any writing projects at all. Also, my friend Kristia made a beautiful cover that I could … Continue reading The Autumn Prince Novel: Cover & Excerpt

Guest Post: An Author’s Thoughts on Labels in Literature


People often ask me why I became a writer, and the answer is actually quite simple: I’ve been in love with stories all my life. And that love began with reading. I became enthralled by stories at a very young age. Ballerina Bess and Dr. Suess were my first loves. I’d listen with rapt attention … Continue reading Guest Post: An Author’s Thoughts on Labels in Literature

Review: Alice in Zombieland


I had never pictured Alice—the Alice we know and love—as a really tough girl. She was brave, certainly, but not tough. In Alice in Zombieland, Gena Showalter takes a beloved classic, making it intense and disturbing. Alice Bell's father lives in a state of paranoia. For years she's tolerated his claim that monsters exist. He stays up all night, keeping watch … Continue reading Review: Alice in Zombieland

3 Affordable Ways to Create a Dynamic Home Library


3 Affordable Ways to Create a Dynamic Home Library By Miriam Bornstein There's nothing quite like reading a page-turning novel, wearing a pair of your coziest socks and sipping tea from your favorite mug on a Sunday afternoon. No matter how large or small your living space is, creating the perfect reading environment is attainable … Continue reading 3 Affordable Ways to Create a Dynamic Home Library