Tag Archives: reading

Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian Andy Weir

I just read a The Martian, a book loved dearly by a LOT of people. I, however, didn’t love it. In my review, I discuss elements of this book that failed me.

My Interview for Arthur McCabe’s Website!

Arthur McCabe

My Very First “Writer” Interview!! Over on the website Interviews from the Void, I had the honor of chatting with Arthur McCabe about a whole bunch of interesting writing stuff. It’s a sign of how inept I am at professional marketing and blogging that I only just thought today of mentioning this on my own …

My ReaderCon 2018 Experience (Part 2)

ReaderCon

It took two ridiculously long posts to cover all the fun of ReaderCon 2018, but I gotta say, I had an incredible time. If you’re a fan of science fiction and fantasy stories, you have to get to ReaderCon. You won’t be disappointed.

My ReaderCon 2018 Experience (Part 1)

Vampire Sun gif

I went for three days without seeing the sun.   Not best practice in terms of health, but it tells you something about how busy I was at ReaderCon this past weekend. Quick disclaimer: This is going to be a long post, as will be the part 2 follow-up. I’m trying to paint a clear picture …

Neuroscience Hack #2-Writing That Hooks Readers

Brain Experiment

If you’ve ever watched an Olympic sporting event like the floor routine in gymnastics, you might have seen shots of athletes preparing to compete. They stand to the side, eyes closed, twisting their bodies around in odd ways. You know what they’re doing. They’re envisioning their routine, imagining the jumps, the turns, the tucks. The same thing happening to those athlete’s brains as they pre-visualize their routines occurs inside readers’ minds when they read. Provided, that is, an author uses a few key neuroscience tricks when they write.

Writing That Hooks Readers – Neuroscience Hack #1

Amazing Stories 1948

Regardless of the quality of the actual story being told, the writing can either engage us or bore us. Understanding the neuroscience of reading can help you grab readers by the brain and engage them more effectively.

ReaderCon29, Here I Come!

ReaderCon

ReaderCon is arguably the most significant annual writing conference in Massachusetts. Happening each July in the town of Quincy, the event attracts an impressive line-up of fantasy, science fiction, and horror authors. It’s a must attend for genre fans, both readers and writers. This year, I’m going, and I can’t wait!

Great YA Fiction: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Mackenzi Lee might now just be near the top of my favorite writers.  This excellent piece of YA fiction is filled with wonderful characters you can get behind, hauntingly beautiful language, all topped off with social themes that YA readers are hungry to explore!!

IWSG February Post – Why Write for Kids?

Fairy Tales

This month’s IWSG post asks the question: What do you love about the genre you write in most often? Books for adults are all well and good, but books for children are far more important.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

I saw this book tag on K.L.M. Moore’s site and thought it was pretty cool, so here goes:   1. Ebook or physical books? Physical book.  I do own a Kindle paper white, and I have quite a few ebooks loaded onto it, but my brain does a much better job processing, synthesizing, and remembering information …