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Book Review: My Thoughts on The Children Act

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

From the synopsis:


“Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fi...

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Book Review: My Thoughts on The Goldfinch

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Right off the bat, I knew I was going to really enjoy Donna Tartt's new novel, The Goldfinch. After over a decade, Tartt finished her work last year and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction among many other awards. Quite a feat, right? The story follows the coming-of-age journey of one Theo Decker, who after his mother's sudden death, steals and keeps for the rest of his life the famous Carel Fabritius painting, The Goldfinch. Through this progress...

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Movie Review: My Thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

So it’s not in my usual modus operandi to talk about movies, but this was an exciting one. For those who haven’t seen Marvel’s new flick yet, it’s a definite must-see for this season, probably being the best summer movie of 2014. Considering the quality of the competition, that’s quite a feat. Somehow, Marvel managed to take one of its relatively unknown franchises and turn it into a huge hit, and they’re already planning a sequ...

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My Anthem

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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The Misconception of Being Different

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Society promotes different, unique, revolutionary. Society admires individuals. These statements are both true. Somewhere down the line, a certain breed of people took that the wrong way, and now we've given this idea a new definition. Over time, we’ve warped the definition of being different that we now worry more of minor details than what really matters.

 

There is a fine line between being unique and just being weir...

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My Pet Peeves with Book Adaptations

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We’ve all seen movies like The Hunger Games, The Great Gatsby, and Harry Potter, as well as TV shows like Game of Thrones or even The Walking Dead if we count graphic novels. True, it may be great to see the characters and scenes translate over onto a screen, but as some people have been unafraid to voice, these adaptations are not always perfect. Keep in mind that I’m not against the experience at all; I really enjoy watchi...

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Book Review: My Thoughts on The Moon Sisters

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes, what we see on the surface is not what lies deep underneath. Sometimes, we need to be forced to interact with others before realizing our first impressions were wrong. In Therese Walsh's coming-of-age novel The Moon Sisters, Walsh tells the tale of two sisters, Jazz and Olivia, polar opposites in both physical and emotional development, as they reconcile with their mother's recent passing. This is a story that not only entertains us but enlightens us on...

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Book Review: My Thoughts on A Dance with Dragons

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Coming off from a disappointing fourth installment, A Dance with Dragons had much room for improvement, and George R. R. Martin certainly provided for a better story this time. I guess it’s inevitable that this book would be better since the series’ three most beloved characters (Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and Tyrion Lannister) return after being left out last time. But, besides that, we get to see the stories develop more progress, building u...

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Journaling and the Benefits of Writing by Hand

Posted on September 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Journaling is an activity all writers should do in addition to their projects. It organizes our thoughts and provides an avenue for daily engagement. And, while I'm all for working on a smartphone or a computer, writing our thoughts down by hand can sometimes be a better alternative.



 

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Writing Strategy: The Linear Method

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (2)

In a previous post, I discussed using the Jigsaw Method when writing a book, but in the Linear Method, you tackle the project, more or less, from beginning straight to end. As with any other approach, this one has its pros and cons, but it really depends on your preference and how your brain views your writing.

 

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