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Bucket List!

I was listening to a podcast when I first came across the poem The Buried Life… it describes a feeling that I’ve been struggling with for years and was never fully able to articulate. I didn’t think this was something that other people felt, and I truly think that since I’ve been more open to connecting with others recently, I was able to find this conversation that resonated so strongly with me. This poem inspired not only me, but it also inspired a whole movement and organization called The Buried Life. It’s led by a young guy named Ben Nemtin who, after struggling with depression, surrounded himself with people that inspire him. He soon realized that he and his friends were all feeling this same disconnect that he felt from their true selves, and they equally felt disconnected from their true heart and soul’s desires. With The Buried Life poem articulating this feeling to them, they decided to do something about it and created a Bucket List that allowed them to connect to each other …

WIPs- Novel, Editing Checklist, Interactive Game?!

Hey guys! I just wanted to pop in and give you guys an update on my current works-in-progress (WIPs). Not only do I feel like sharing mine, but I’d love it if you commented and mentioned what you’re working on right now and how you think it’s going. It’ll give me a much-needed break from looking at my own words lol if you even have a link to your work, I’d love to check it out! So, for my “little” fantasy novel, I’m trucking along. I use the quotations because it’s expanded a lot more than I had expected, but I anticipate cutting down a few of the chapters that I’ve written… I also anticipate throwing in some exposition that I just don’t know where/how to put it in yet. Soooo we’ll see. I’m about 50,000 words in (yikes) and I’m maybe 1/3 of the way through (honestly, who am I kidding, it’s about ¼ of the way in and I’ve just bloated my beginning Act… uuuuuugh)… my main character, Ylva Thorne, is pretty incredible …

Six of Crows | Book Review

Have you ever been skeptical about a book? It could have been due to hype and rumors, online discussion, or maybe just the classic “judging a book by its cover.” I can’t say I’m not guilty of judging books based on hearsay, because I have to admit I was very skeptical about the book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Part of the issue is that I read Shadow and Bone, the first book she ever wrote about the Grishaverse. I wasn’t a fan of the plot of that book or the characters, so… in all honesty… I carried that judgement over to her duology Six of Crows and Crowned Kingdom. The other issue is entirely my own: there was so much hype around these two books that I just subconsciously averted myself from them. I don’t know why, but I just couldn’t get past the idea that maybe this book was just as gritty and enticing as it was being advertised. I mean… a popular YA book can’t possibly be gritty and hard and cold, right? …