Reading Recap: July 2017

RRJuly2017July 2017 was the inaugural edition of #QBFFsRead, in which me and Elliott Junkyard read a new queer book every week. The books I read this week either have LGBT characters, strong themes around sexuality and identity, or both.

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Reading Recap: June 2017

RRJune2017June 2017 was a month I spent at book conventions. My TBR has exploded and it’s time I definitely got a bookshelf. Except, this month, I have to find a new apartment that can fit a new bookshelf. But first, here are the books I read in June. The rest comes later.

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Inspiration Hunt: Blue Whales

The other weekend I had an existential crisis about how large whales are. I mean, not many people have seen one up close unless you’ve been to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Naturally, I fell into a rabbit hole of whale facts that I will shamelessly share now.bluewhalebanner.png

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Rewrite 3: Finding a Common Thread

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Recently, I went to an event with the amazing Victor LaValle and we talked about the course in introductory novel writing that he teaches. What stuck out to me was that he said that many beginner writers lack focus in this work. There’s an . And I realized that that was totally true about my work during the first draft, way back in college when my writing was actual trash.

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WriteWorld: Lord of the Seven Spires

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Art By Matthew Sellers. Click the image to get to his DeviantArt.

Every place has legends and I saw this image and decided to craft one that illustrates one of the great tenants of Soldier battle theory: “The sword is only as good as its wielder.”


Writer’s Block

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A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!

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The Weather Outside is Frightful: Writing Weather

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Where I am in my story, weather doesn’t play a huge factor. I use phrases like “biting cold,” “oppressive humidity,” and “sunny” to get an atmosphere going. After this weekend’s Winter Storm Jonas, it gave me fuel for thought as my characters do more traveling as the tale goes. Here are some tips for navigating the weather of your realm.

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WriteWorld: The Country of Hell

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Art by Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe. Click the image to get to his DeviantArt.

In case anyone is wondering, I have, officially, over 1000 likes on my Tumblr and I found a whole host of potential WriteWorlds there, so here’s one for size. It involves me building the country of Hell featured for a bit in my book.

Writer’s Block
(Artist’s DeviantArt)

A picture says a thousand words. Write them.

Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture.

Be sure to tag writeworld in your block!
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