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Friday, March 16, 2018

A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle | Book Review

This book was weird and full of a ton of scientific info dumping. For me it lacked a story that pulled me in. I enjoyed it a little because I liked the first book and was excited to go on another adventure with the characters, but it was just so bizarre. 

My almost 10-year-old and I have been reading it separately and then talking about it. He told me a lot of this book was hard to understand. Even though I pretty much get what was going on in the story I agree. It was pretty abstruse. Imaginative, but one thing that bothers me is how the characters just kind of do things without the narrator explaining how they do them. The characters can transport themselves to different places and sizes and can communicate with each other telepathically but it's just sort of introduced and then all of a sudden it's a thing.

I was expecting to get to know Meg and Charles Wallace's Dad more but we didn't really get to. Charles Wallace wasn't in this story much either. There's a reason for it, but I would have liked to see more character development with him too.

Maybe I just missed the explanation of how things worked from reading through it too fast but it all seemed kind of like one strange scene to another instead of a cohesive story. I liked the first one, but this one wasn't for me. Kudos to the author for such creative ideas, I just wish the story would have been more compelling and less like a science episode of the Magic School Bus info dump.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

I'm Done Editing My Novel, Now it's with An Editor!

I finished another editing pass on my own using the amazing software called Pro Writing Aid. Now human eyes other than my own are going over it. The Pro Writing Aid software helped me eliminate passive voice in a lot of places and fixed a ton of my missing/extra commas. I think I'm learning how to use commas better from editing with this software. I highly recommend it. You can try it for free, but I bought a license to use it for 3 years because I got sick of only being able to paste parts of my chapters in the free version. Now I have unlimited word count usage with it. I can't wait to use it on my next book! Here's a screen shot below of me using the software on my novel Haunted House Flipper. It's available now for pre-order at all the fine eBook retailers!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I Was on A Cool & Hilarious Podcast!

The hosts of Cartridge Based Radio, Donald and Brad, break down old video games and try to tease out what was going on behind the scenes in the story world of the game to make it happen. We got to tackle the legendary game Shaq Fu. Everyone hates this game, and while I acknowledge it's terrible for many reasons, my brothers and I actually had a lot of fun playing it when we were in grade school. Listen to the episode to hear me explain how this terrible game can actually be really fun. It's really funny and you get to learn a little about the game, but also hear the two host's theories on what brought about the world that the characters in the game live in. Every episode I've listened to has made me laugh and this one where I got to be a guest was no exception. It was a blast to be on the show. Go to their website, or your favorite podcatcher, and give it a listen. I'm sure you'll be hitting the subscribe button before you can say Shaq. 

Go have a listen for yourself:
Cartridge Based Radio Episode 49

Thursday, February 15, 2018

I'm a Co-Host on The Writing Crusade w/ Indian Jim!

Remember that cryptic post I published a while back called "Exciting News?" It's here! I got to go onto Indiana Jim's writing podcast, called The Writing Crusade, as his co-host! We talked a lot about writing, how to do it better, more often, and lots of other great stuff. Go check it out.

Check out the latest episode, and my first appearance:

I had a great time coming on the show and I look forward to recording many more episodes with him. I've been a big fan of his podcasts and it's really cool to be a part of it now!