Review: Nothing, Everything, Nothing by Casia Schreyer

OVERALL:
This is a well written, well-researched novel about the factors that can lead an average girl to contemplate -and then attempt – suicide. Aimed at young adult readers, “Nothing, Everything, Nothing” is a heart-wrenching tale with a very clear message: Know your true friends, ignore those who only pretend to be.

BOOK TRIGGERS: Suicide, bulimia, abusive relationships

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Things I did this week instead of write my book:

Played on Facebook

Did Crisis Management on Facebook

Played on Facebook some more when crisis was over

Parented a three-year old who is being “challenging” (i.e. being three and a half)

Wrote letters to Santa

Went Christmas shopping

Wrapped Christmas presents

Took two ferry rides

Drove about 100 miles while singing “BINGO was his Name-o” with my son

Cut down a Christmas tree

Decorated the tree

Attended a birthday party (my Dad’s and mine 🙂 )

Had an early Christmas for my son

Tried a bunch of things to get my cat to stop finding new, exciting places to poop and pee

Failed at finding a solution to the cat’s adventures in pooping

Read two books

Bought about 60 more to read

Watched “How To Train Your Dragon 2” twice

Watched “Guardians of the Galaxy” three *looks up* four times

Migrated my website from WordPress to WordPress.org hosted by GoDaddy

Did a LOT of learning about what exactly that means and what it takes to do that…

Rewrote my “About” and added a few new permanent pages to Shadow And Clay

Wrote a blog post

Wrote a blurb for the other novel that is trying to lure me away from Muses

Took a lot of photos

Thought about writing the final blog post in the “Covers from a Newb Perspective” series. Oops…

Nagged other writers about writing

Bought little “How To Train Your Dragon” figurines to reward myself for sticking to my exercise program

Didn’t exercise

Sewed a table cloth

Outlined all the chapters that still have to be written or revised for Muses

Wrote another blog post

 

… and eventually actually wrote in Muses. I’ve finished the third draft of Act I. Anyone interested in being a beta?

Review: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

OVERALL:

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is an ambitious, philosophical book about Caitlin Doughty’s journey to understand, then help others to understand, death. This is not your typical superficial exploration of the topic of mortuary practices, distancing the reader from the anecdotes with anthropological and scientific research and interviews. It has those elements, but rather than distancing they enhance and draw the reader even more fully into the topics the anecdotes are illuminating. I was I was most interested by the vision, drive and intense vulnerability that the author revealed in the second half of the book. I look forward to reading more of her writings in the future, and hope her audience takes many of her words to heart.

BOOK TRIGGERS: Suicide

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Blog Moving!… um, OK, it already moved.

Anyway, if you want more of me (or if you want to use this as a good chance to escape with your sanity intact), I have moved this WordPress.com blog to GoDaddy. All that means is that the “wordpress” gets dropped from the site address, i.e. www.shadowandclay.wordpress.com –> www.shadowandclay.com. Oh, and I have a cool new theme and new plugin AWESOMENESS!!! Like a spoiler box. A very, very spiffy spoiler box! Which I can’t show you here because… well, that’s why I moved 😀

I will now be wrapping up the Covers from the Newb Perspective series tomorrow, and posting it from www.shadowandclay.com. On Thursday, the next book review – Caitlin Doughty’s “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematorium”, will also be posted from there. I hope to see you all then!

Review: The Devil’s Grin by A. Wendeberg

OVERALL:

I really enjoyed this book! It was about the play of practicality and moral ambiguity that can lie at the heart of the most groundbreaking sciences. The character has to not only make tough choices, but ends up knowingly on the wrong side of her own ethics to bring the group behind the crimes to justice. It ends on a cliffhanger, so I will be bringing you the review of the second book at some point in the near future! Continue reading “Review: The Devil’s Grin by A. Wendeberg”

Covers from a newb perspective – Part 3

Sorry this is late! I’d blame NaNoWriMo, but really it was trying to do a much larger, more complicated post than I should have. So I’m breaking this into two parts – the resources and ideas for covers (Part 3), and an example of how I do it (Part 4). Part 1 of course dealt lightly with trends in the cover art world, and Part 2 was taking a specific title – Ben Aaronovitch’s “Midnight Riot” (“Rivers of London” in the UK) – and looking at three different covers and discussing what worked and what didn’t.

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