• Creative Writing 101,  Excerpt,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault,  Writing Journey

    Opening Sentences for Uncompleted Projects

    Fun fact: I used to have over 100 blog drafts. I eventually got it down to under 25, because some of them were just ideas. Others were full posts that were outdated because things had changed. In any case, one of the posts to survive is the one I’m presenting today. A few years ago, to embarrass myself for my writing and blog anniversary, I shared the opening lines for some of my older projects. In getting that post together, I had actually compiled the opening lines for every wannabe novel-length project I could find, finished or unfinished. For brevity, in that original post, I only included my favorites. I…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself),  Fun,  Reading

    Creative Project Hour

    Bullet journaling isn’t quite for me, but I still love watching bullet journal videos. I’ve especially been drawn to reading-related bullet journals. They can get really elaborate! Painting, calligraphy, etc. It puts my reading notebook to shame! Which to date, has literally just been a list of books I’m planning on reading each month. When I do read the books I picked out, it’s pretty because I use different colored pens, but it’s also very unexciting. When I don’t read those books, I end up making a HUGE mess trying to write in the books I did read. For next year, I wanted to do something more exciting. Since I didn’t…

  • Books,  Reading

    October 2020 Reads

    Hi. (waves) I’m only four books away from meeting my 2020 Reading Goal! I also have 15 books on my combined November/December TBR. I’m not going to say there’s no way I get to them all, but…I’m not expecting to get to them all. I just couldn’t figure out what to prioritize for this last stretch of the year. ^_^ I didn’t read a whole lot this month, but I liked everything I read, so yay! 44: My Boyfriend is a Bear Author: Pamela Ribon, Illustrator: Cat Farris Genre: Adult Contemporary, Graphic Novel Rating: 5 stars This was so adorable! You don’t even know! It’s about this woman who starts dating…

  • Books,  Reading

    Super Technical Book Rating System

    I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about the way I rate books before, but since I have another wrap up coming next week, I’m going to do it again anyway because I want to. I think I’m pretty good at picking up reads I’ll enjoy, plus, I don’t think I’m all that hard to please, so when I run across a book I don’t like, I do tend to be kind of pissy about it. Of course, ratings are subjective. And they might change over time with distance, discussion, and rereads. But I like to rate books. It’s a fun way to gauge how I felt about something at that point…

  • Books,  Reading

    Are Book Covers Really That Important?

    Before I get started, let me clarify that yes, book covers are important. It’s often the first run-in sighted people will have with a book. If a cover is bad, the content doesn’t matter. It’s the book cover’s job to be alluring and fabulous, to draw us in. Sometimes into a pit. But often into a new world filled with adventure! Anywho, I was watching a bookish video or fifty one day, and the Booktuber I was watching kept talking about how beautiful a book cover was, then she said, “I know it doesn’t matter, but isn’t this so pretty?” Then someone in the comments of this or another video…