Who Else Is Watching (and Loving) The Art Assignment?

Happy Friday friends! As you can tell from the title of this blog post I have really been enjoying the new(ish) PBS webseries The Art Assignment. For those of you who don’t know, this is a youtube show where Sarah Urist Green and her YA novelist husband John Green visit artists throughout the country and present assignments for viewers to complete. I especially liked last week’s episode with Toyin Odutola.

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Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, really made me think about what books I want to read in the next few months. I’m proud to say that I read nine of the ten books from my autumn list, so hopefully I will have an equally good success rate this season. What books are you looking forward to reading this spring? And which book from my list should I start with? Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Tobias, Caleb, & Will from Divergent

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Is anyone else on pins and needles waiting for the Divergent movie to come out this week. Ever since reading the book I thought it would make an interesting film, and I’m also excited to see how fans react after all the controversy around Allegiant. In celebration, I’m posing a question – who would you marry, who would you date, and who would you dump when it comes to Tobias Eaton (Four), Caleb Prior, and Will? Let me know your answers in the comments and let me know if you are excited about seeing the movie.  Continue reading

The Last Enchantments, by Charles Finch

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The Last Enchantments, by Charles Finch was a very exciting book for me to read because of the way it contained seemingly opposite classifications. As a reader, I enjoyed my time with the book in my hand, stayed up too late trying to find out what would happen to the characters, and thought about the book for long periods of time after I’d put it down. These are all good things. However, as a writer and someone who has studied literature I found the book even more interesting in its ability to be both old fashioned and contemporary, both about adulthood and a coming of age story, and both endearing and disapproving.  Continue reading

The Difference Between Revision and Editing

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It’s funny that only after finishing the eighth draft (depending on how you count drafts) of my novel, I’ve really start to think about the differences between revision and editing. I knew writing a good story was more than just having a good idea, but still the two processes seemed jumbled in my mind. I think if I’d remembered the writing process flow charts from my middle school days, the drafting process of the last three years would have gone a bit smoother for me.  Continue reading