Short companion stories to “The Monster of Selkirk”
“You notice Kincardine be a bit different lately? There be too many families with too many girls. Too many old sods with dead wives, too,” Tallis heard the old man mumble.
Her father sighed. “I suppose I’ve noticed such things, aye.”
Tallis heard the man lean over the counter, the wood creaking under his weight. “Know what that means, Jon?”
“Why don’t you tell me?”
Tallis bit her tongue when she heard the older man smack his lips together. “Heard rumors, see, but they can’t be rumors with all them poor girls about, can it? But rumor be that a Bride Block will be declared soon. You be thinking of putting that lass of yours up there this year? She old enough to bear some kids by now, aye?”
We all know that getting a book reviewed is an integral piece to an author’s success, or at least we should (here is a fantastic article on how book reviews impact an author, and another detailing even more benefits). Before we get into the why you should and the how you should, let me say that even a one or two sentence review on Amazon or Goodreads can make the difference for a book. What we are looking at today is writing reviews with the intent to inform and entertain.
As a reader, reviews offer a way to deepen reading and gain more from the experience. The job comes with some pretty awesome perks, like getting to know your favorite authors better, becoming a part of the writing community, and getting your hands on advanced copies of upcoming books. Readers are seldom surprised when I urge them to start writing formal reviews. Authors though, especially aspiring and debut authors, are often caught off guard when I tell them that the best place to start practicing the writing life is through reviewing.
Do you need something to fuel your work and passion? Most people would go with coffee or tea. Others would use love, poetry, and many beautiful things around us. My biggest source of fuel comes from my anger. Do you remember the scene in Avengers when Captain America told Hulk to smash? Yeah. That smirking Hulk is me. I need to be angry to smash, err, write effectively.
I need my anger to write from my heart.
It doesn’t mean I walk around yelling at people and punching everything that moves. I’m a relatively calm and friendly person. It’s just that I’m passionate about my creativity and creation process. I care about my stories. I care about certain things in life like education, social justice, equal opportunity and representation in life, work, and arts. I constantly want to change things for the better. I’m mad when I witness power abuse and unfairness against a group of people. I am angry when I can’t do much. I’m livid when I make mistakes.
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I can remember. I’ve also always known, thanks to living with a parent who is a full-time writer, that writing doesn’t pay very well, and being able to write full-time is not something everyone can do. So whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had two answers ready: my actual dream job of being an author, and my back-up dream job, which changed throughout the years. Surgeon, astrophysicist, classics teacher. For a long time, I wouldn’t even tell people I wanted to be an author. I felt like that’s not what they wanted to hear. The back-up jobs became more important; they were the ones I designed my life around, the ones I was working towards by the subjects I chose in school and university.
With the turn of the New Year all those weeks ago, I took on the hobby of Bullet Journaling! Having tried this before, and failed miserably, mainly due to what I now believe was simply, aiming too high! This time around, I went and bought a book! I know right - scrap the good old internet, and buy an actual book!! It worked though.
This book How to Bullet Plan by Rachel Wilkerson Miller, is a beginner's guide to the pages involved in setting up and running a productive Bullet Journal. I started by reading through the book, and did so in just two days! It's definitely worth a read if you're planning to start up your own - or even if you have already started and are maybe struggling to get into the flow of it...
In the current atmosphere of sharing and sisterhood I will tell you a story that is both personal and uncomfortable.
Before I met Jason I was in a brief relationship with someone I referred to as my boyfriend. Our interaction lasted for about eight months. Leading up to our first date he had made several awkward and endearing attempts to flirt with me over the course of about two years, but I was too obtuse to notice.
A friend, that knew us both, had clued me in on the secret and encouraged me to go out on one date. She, at the time, thought very highly of him. And since I thought very highly of her, I agreed to go on one date.