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A To Z Blogging Challenge: Novel VS Novella

Now here is a post that I really enjoyed courtesy of Lyn C. And the Ragged Writers! Make sure to go check them out!

Ragged Writers

As writers, word counts are a very important part of writing. Why are they so important? Because the word count can determine how your piece is classified: as in is it a novella or a full-fledged novel?

For many, the difference between a novel and a novella are so miniscule that they don’t see any real difference between the two. But for many writers, those little differences can mean the world.

So what’s the biggest difference between a novel and a novella? That, again, would be the word count. A novella is typically described as a written piece of work that has a word count between 20,000 and 50,000 words. A novel is then classified as anything that is 50,000 words or more. So besides the obvious number difference in word counts are there many other differences between the two? Without getting too technical, there really isn’t much of a…

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Offically Hit 100 Followers! A Big Thanks To You All!


congratulations (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)


Happy Thursday Readers!

I know many of us are basking in the post-Christmas bliss, but I wanted to take a moment and officially announce that this blog, “Today’s Literature: My Thoughts” has OFFICIALLY hit 100 followers!

Yes I know, i just used the word officially a lot in one sentence…. but I can’t help it! I’m excited! 100 may seem like a small number, but hell! To me, 100 is a big number for little old me! So once again, thank you all for sticking around and reading/putting your two senses into my thoughts! I love it all!

Let’s make 2014 an even better year! And of course make sure to show your love and go “like” the blog’s Facebook Page!

A Merry Christmas To You!


Yes, its that time of year… Where we all sit down and enjoy the holidays with our friends and loved ones. Its been a very busy year for me, as im sure is true for many of my readers, so I’d like to take a moment and just say thank you!!!

Over the past few days, I’ve been notified that the blog has nearly 100 followers, and I have to say… holy cow!!!  100 may not seem like a lot… but to a small time blogger, that’s a big number! So to you all, I say thank you!!!

This year has brought on a lot of changes, with graduating college, and entering the “adult world.” One thing has remained the same… my love of literature.  I will always love reading and I will always love writing! With this year drawing to a close, I’d like to announce that I will not only be continuing on with this blog, but come 2014, I will be starting up another blog! This time themed around adult romance.

Many have asked me why not simply cover adult romance in this blog instead of having to separate blogs. Well, for me the answer is simple. I have a love of the young adult genre and I have a love of adult romance. Not everyone shares this same love, and some just want to keep the two separate.  And you know what? I completely understand that, and agree with it!! The new blog will be very similar to this, with reviews and events and what not, just with… well, more adult content! Interested? Well then keep checking in!! I’ll provide more information as it becomes available!!!!

Well, with all that being said, its time for this little book junkie to get back to her holiday festivities!!!! Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, I hope your home is filled with nothing but love and joy!

Want to help fulfil my holiday wishes? Then why not go share a “like” on the blog’s Facebook page?

Losing Hope By Colleen Hoover: 5 Out Of 5 Stars!

Photo Credit: Goodreads

Photo Credit: Goodreads

Time for the second review I promised you all! Colleen Hoover is an amazing author, this we already knew. So it’s no surprise that her book, “Losing Hope” would instantly earn a 5 out of 5 stars!

For those of you who have read “Hopeless”, this is the same story, just from the character, Dean Holder’s, point of view. Could the story possibly get better when simply switching from Hope’s point of view to Holder’s? Some say no… because Hope (also known as Sky) does a pretty darn good job at letting the readers into her mind and her heart. What do I say? The story went from amazing, to godly!

Having Holder’s point of view in “Losing Hope” gave the story so much more… i guess the word I’m looking for is “feeling” to it! We learn so much more about what Holder went through when he first recognized Hope, to the inner struggle and torment that he went through when dealing with the truth for himself.

“In order to miss someone, that means you were privileged enough to have them in your life to begin with.”

I have to say, a big part of what amazed me with this book was how Colleen was able to take an emotional story from a girl’s point of view, and transfer it to a boy’s point of view, and still keep him as a lovable masculine figure. A lot of writers get ragged on for trying to write males to show that they have emotions and feel pain, just as girls do. We lose no respect for Holder, even though he shows his weaknesses, and he lets the readers know that he is upset, he is emotional. And you know what? We love him even more for it.

So I have to say, Colleen, you’ve more than earned a solid 5 out of 5, no like an 8 out of 5 for giving us Holder’s story! For those of you looking for a last-minute gift for the reader in your family, use your “one-click” and get this book! Colleen, keep up the good writing, and I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for you!

Long After By Cheryl McIntyre: 4 Out Of 5 Stars!

Photo Credit: Goodreads

Photo Credit: Goodreads

Hello readers! I’ve promised you all a couple of book reviews, and guess what! It’s time I deliver! I’ve got two reviews for you this week, and they are two great books by two of my favorite authors of all time!

I’m starting off with Cheryl McIntyre‘s book, “Long After”.  Let me tell you, this book is a solid 4 out of 5! This time around, Cheryl gives us a story from the point of views of Annie Phillips and Chase Malloy, two characters from her original story, “Sometimes Never”.

“I’ll never understand how things come so easy to the people that seem to never try.”

This story takes place after Mason and Hope’s little love story. This time around we have Annie and Chase with stars in their eyes and… Shall we call it love, on the brain. Of course neither of them want to admit that there is something between them, and to make matters worse, the two are smack dab in the middle of their freshmen year of college.

We all know how feelings for someone can cause ripples in a friendship, and then lets tack on the complications of the world of college? Everything is new, everything is complicated… Nothing is easy. Then again, nothing in life does.

Now we all know, I refuse to spoil books for my readers, so I’ll leave you with this: Chase and Annie go through one heck of a little journey throughout this book. And of course Cheryl does an amazing job at giving you both of their points of view throughout the novel’s entirety. So why a 4 out of 5? It moved a little slow for my liking, and I guess I expected a little something more because of high expectations after reading “Sometimes Never” and “Blackbird”.

Do I recommend this book? Of course I do! I highly recommend adding it to your last-minute shopping list for the holidays! You’ve still got two days left of shopping till Christmas after all!

Behind The Scenes…


Some midnight brainstorming

Hello all!

So I know I’ve been mia from the blogging world as of late, and I’m suprised to see that I still have some very regular readers! To you, I am very greatful! Its you all that motivate me and I should feel ashamed for leaving you all hanging!

So I thought I’d give you all a little sneak peak behind the scenes of the blog, and give you a little incite into my world.What have I been up to lately? Quite a lot actually!

Of course, I’ve been very busy with my writing, but of course its not all on my novels. Many of you know I graduated college in May of this year, so what was my first thing to do as a college grad? Yup, start my career search! So far I haven’t found a full time position,  but I was graced with the opportunity to write for a well known online news source,  maybe some of you have heard of it! It’s The Inquisitr! I’ve been writing for them since June, and I have to say, its done wonders to help teach me about the world of online writing. I’ve learned so much in the past 6, going on 7 months! To check out my articles (or even those written by my fellow writers), just look over to the tweets on the right side of the page…. —-> My daily articles will show up right there! Nice and easy for you all!

Of course, I’ve been trying to keep up on my reading too! I’ve mentioned on the blog’s facebook page that I’ve fallen a little behind on my reviews… and I have! I owe some of my author friends a BIG apology for being so late on their reviews!  I swear! I’m refreshing myself on the books and will have the reviews up before the month is over!

While my main reading interests have and always will be young adult literature,  I have to say… I’ve fallen for the more *ahem* adult themed books! I mean, come on… we all grow up some time! I’ve dabbled with the idea of allowing reviews for adult themed books, but I know that will mean limiting my blog to those aged 18+, so I’m not sure what I should do there… Suggestions?  Let me know! I would really appreciate them!!

Well, that is pretty much everything that’s been going on, all wrapped up in a pretty little post! So to all you still making this a regular stop during your online surfing, a BIG thank you!

As always, if you have reading suggestions for me, make sure to leave me a note here or on the blog’s Facebook page!

Much love to you all!!!

Creative Writing Tip: Make Sure Your Plot Has Action of a Type to Meet Genre Expectations

Now here is a great thing to keep in mind! Does your writing fit into genre expectations? Come read what Victoria Grefer has to say on the blog Creative Writing with the Crimson League! I found the article VERY interesting!

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Today I’m continuing with a series of posts I’m writing to explore the four reasons I had to abandon a novel in progress after 100 pages and rework plot, setting, and character to get things going. This post will focus specifically on plot, genre, action, and creating the right kind of tension.

My hope is that this series of posts will, first of all, maybe help someone avoid the trap I fell into (even though I had a happy ending and am releasing the novel in question on Friday. It’s book III of my Herezoth trilogy, called The King’s Sons.)

Secondly, I hope to encourage those who, possibly, are in the process of rewriting or considering rewriting. You aren’t alone or a failure, and yes, you can write. Having to rewrite doesn’t prove the contrary.

Today, we’re on number 3 on the list: one reason I started my novel…

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On Writing: Scrivener vs yWriter


Scrivener (software)

Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A good day (or evening) too all my readers out there! I know I have been very M.I.A. over the past week or so, and for that I apologize. After finally graduating from my university and moving back home, it took a lot of work trying to adjust to the back at home life and the job search and what not. So I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to my blog, reading, or reviewing! Though fear not! I have gotten back on my game, and am currently in the process of reading a few different books for review!


Sense I’ve been spending a lot of time on my laptop with my ever continuing job search process, I decided that I might as well really start writing my novel that I’ve had in planning for the past few months. About a week or so ago, I decided to download the free writing software, yWriter. I heard it was the best to use if you were writing on a Windows PC (which I am). Well after getting really bored with the simplicity of the program (it didn’t offer as much as I was hoping), I finally (as of today) downloaded the free 30 day trial of Scrivener for Windows.

Now, I have never been the type of writer that could just sit down and write out a story from start to finish. It’s just impossible. I am a very scratchy writer, with bits and pieces in about a billion different places. I’ve heard raving reviews about both of these programs, so of course I’m a little torn about which one to go with. While I like free, I do like some of the features that the paid program provides. Decisions, decisions.

So this is my question to you all, for those of you who have had experience with these programs, which would you recommend? I would really like to see what others have to say about them before I decide if I am going to go with the paid or free software! Leave your comments and I will forever be thankful!


Writer Tools – Shovel

Found this piece to be very interesting and worth sharing with my readers! “Writer Tools – Shovel” by Tyroper on the blog “Time to Write”

Time to Write




Sometimes I’m digging for meaning in my novel, and all I am finding is dirt, pebbles and lumps of clay. Sure I could take the clay, wash it, add a bunch together with a bit of water, and create a “David” statue replica. But that would be a side-route, a false meaning. My book doesn’t have anything to do with the statue of David. Of course, I am a writer and not a sculptpr, so my play with clay resembles a ball. Sculptures are pretty, but I want to pin some meaning on the tail of my plotkey. HeeHaw.

At times I get so enamored with the hole I am digging, and the straight and smooth sides, that I forget I am actually looking for something in the hole. But, those sides are pretty awesome, right? This hole is ready for a citrus tree…

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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!