Monthly Archives: April 2013

Blogging from A to Z: Day 26 – Zero

So who all knows what today is??? YUP! Today is the final day of the blogging from A to Z challenge! We have finally hit the letter “Z” and I’ve chosen to use the most obvious of words ever as my last post, “zero.”

Why did I pick zero as my term? Simply because I’m proud to say that I’ve missed ZERO days of this challenge! I was really skeptical as to if I would be able to actually finish this challenge off, and miss zero days of posting! I’m very proud of myself! And I also would love to say that I’m very proud of EVERYONE that took part and can say that they’ve finished this challenge in its entirety!  Some of the blogs I’ve come across during this past month came up with some amazing posts and some awesome themes! So good job everyone! Give yourself a pat on the back and take a breath of relief! Just like me, you all did it!

With this challenge as an end, and with my college graduation in only 4 days, I’ll be taking a short absence from the blog, but rest assured! Once I’m settled back in my home town and have gotten some good reading done, I’ll be back to posting my reading reviews and taking part in blog tours and cover reveal events! So get prepaired, I’m excited for what is to come in this next stage of my life!


Blogging from A to Z: Day 25 – Youth

Happy Monday readers! Today is day 25 of the challenge and that means we have hit the second to last day AND letter! Which is “Y.” What have I chosen for my letter today? I chose the word youth.

Why did I choose youth as my word? Well honestly, it’s because I’m very surprised with the amount of youth that have inspired me these past few months with their written work. I started this blog only back in January, and I have networked with so many great authors, many of which are in the age bracket of 18-25.

It’s always been my dream to be a young published author, and these are the authors that I greatly respect and admire (not saying that I don’t hugely respect those authors out there outside this age range!). You guys are the reason that I’m kicking myself in the back side to get back to my writing and to really make something of it finally. This post is a thank you out there to all of you out there that are following your dreams and turning out so many amazing pieces of work! You are all young at heart and I hope one day to be able to inspire someone like you all have inspired me!


Blogging from A to Z: Day 24 – Xenophobia

Hey readers! So after my wonderful phone post yesterday…. I decided to borrow a computer to make today’s post in order to avoid the horrible misspellings… So anyways, today’s post is still going to be short because my friend needs their computer back for final exam work… But with today being the 24th day of the challenge, we have one heck of a letter…. the letter “X.” So I decided to pick an interesting word, Xenophobia.

So what is Xenophobia? Well simply put, its a fear of foreigners…. or of people who are different then you. Now I’m sure you all would love to know why I picked this topic for a literary blog…. Well, the answer is quiet simple, because it’s my blog and I can! Okay, so I really do have a reason. As a final class meeting this past week it actually came up in discussion. We were talking about xenophobia in writing, as in a lack of multiculturalism in today’s contemporary literature.

So what have you all seen in the world of literature as far as this term? Where in literature do you see it fitting in? My class discussion all involved multicultural literature, but I’ve also heard of it possibly being used in the paranormal genres. Comment and share! I would love to get some incite on this!


Blogging from A to Z Day 23: Words

Today is a really short phone made post and my word of the day is, well… words!

Words are the start of it all. Wothout them how would wroting exist??? Story telling of course can be do e through word of mouth, but its never quiet as good as the written story. Its the erotte  word that create the images for me and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

What do you think? What works best for you when it comes to the imagery in your mind? Comment and share!


Blogging from A to Z: Day 22 – Voice

Hello to all my wonderful readers out there! Its day 22, which means we are already at the letter “V”! I can’t believe it, can you? Sense I’m at the end of my final week of school, this is going to be another short post, and I’m hoping you all will jump on into the discussion!

Today’s word it is the term “voice.” We all know what the work voice means when it comes to fiction writing, basically being the person that is telling us the story. I know I’ve covered it a few different times throughout the challenge, but my question to you all is this: whose voice do you prefer in a piece of fiction? The protagonist? The antagonist? Some random third person voice telling us the story from the side lines? Comment and Share!


Blogging from A to Z: Day 21 – Unity

A week from today and the A to Z challenge will be complete! I hope some of the A to Z bloggers out there keep stopping in! Because I have to say, I’m very proud of all of you for making it this far! At day 21 we are on the letter “U” and let me tell ya…. This was a tough one! I finally settled on my word of the day, and its unity.

Now there are many who don’t believe that the term unity has much to do with literature, but guess what, it does. A simple definition is this: The Sense that all the elements in a piece of writing fit together to create a harmonious effect. I want to see what you all have to say on this one. What brings a story unity? What makes a story harmonious? Comment and Share, I would love to see what you all have to say on this one because I know there are a lot of different opinions on it.


Blogging from A to Z: Day 20 – Taboo

Today is day 20!! And that brings us to the letter “T” and I’ve chosen the word Taboo for today’s discussion term. I absolutely love discussing taboos in the world of literature and those who include them in their stories. These are the stories that really captivate me because the authors aren’t afraid to really “go there.”

Taboos are topics that are generally undiscussed by the public, though are often understood without having to be discussed. There have been quiet a few stories that I’ve read the past few month that have involved taboo topics. Some of my favorites have been “Sometimes Never” by Cheryl MyIntyre and “Percise” by Rebecca Berto. They both take sensitive and “taboo” topics, such as self harm and broken mother-daughter relationships, and create stories so captivating that you can feel the emotions as if you were in the character’s shoes.

Novel such a these involve stories that really have a way of approaching topics that many don’t want to discuss, and yet they go about it in a way that is sensitive to the matter, and yet is very truthful. I know I’ve mentioned these topics many times before, but I will stand by them because the have inspired me to push my own limits in my writing.

So my question to you all is this, what stories have you written and or read contain taboo subjects? Are they inspiring? Are they unnecessary? What do you all think of including taboo topics in the world of literature? Comment and share! I’d love to here what you all have to say on the topic!

Don’t forget to check out my reviews of the books mentioned above!

“Sometimes Never” by Cheryl MyIntyre

“Percise” by Rebecca Berto

Precise (Photo credit: http://rebeccaberto.com/)

Precise (Photo credit: http://rebeccaberto.com/)


Blogging from A to Z: Day 19 – Scene

P writing blue

P writing blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Monday readers! I hope everyone is doing fine on this wonderful day! With about a week and a half left of the challenge, I have to say, I’m amazed that I’ve made it this far! I also have to give a shout out to all my fellow bloggers who are first timers with this challenge, much like myself! It’s day 19, which brings us to the letter “S”! This was a tricky letter…. much like the rest of the end of the alphabet…. but I have a word for you all! My term for today i the word scene.

A scene, when it comes to writing fiction, really represents a given moment in time during the story. It’s normally a moment that really captivates readers, and really draws them in. My question for you all today is this: how do you go about writing your scenes? For me, writing captivating scenes tends to be really difficult… though it could just be that I’m trying to force something that isn’t coming naturally. What works best for all of you? Planning your scene out? Just sitting down and writing? I’m always looking for more tips on this subject, so please! Comment and share!


Blogging from A to Z: Day 18 – Rhetoric

Happy Saturday readers! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends! I know I’m super busy with my final projects for the semester… It’s so stressful! I’m just stopping by with another short discussion post for you all. It’s day 18 f the challenge, which means we are on the letter “R” and I’ve decided my word is going to be rhetoric.

So what is rhetoric? It’s a form of persuasive argument normally done through writing or speech. Some say it can even be described as the art of “eloquence and charismatic language.” In simpler terms, it takes a person of talent to really know how to manipulate persuasive arguments to get readers or listeners to believe what you’ve written/spoke.

So my question to you all is this: what forms of rhetoric have you been able to spot in your readings? Is it purly a more academic form or can in be found in the world of fiction? I would love to hear what you all have to say on this one!

 


Blogging from A to Z: Day 17 – Quill

Mentmore Regent fountain pen

Mentmore Regent fountain pen (Photo credit: Athanasius)

Hey all! So today is a REALLY badd day for posting… So it’s going to be another quick question post! With today being the letter “Q” and I’m going to use the word suggested by one of my favorite writing buddies, the word being “Quill.” So a quill in my book is a writing utensil, one that I’ve always wanted to use when writing something realllly important…. what do you guys use as your favorite means of writing down your ideas? I usually use the traditional pen and paper because I can’t stand looking at a computer for long periods of time…. I’d love to see what others’ opinons are on this! Comment and share! I can’t wait to see what the majority says on this….