representation, Uncategorized

Calling Out Problematic Books

From time to time, we see this come up in book twitter. A book is flagged as problematic, or has some content that we have an issue with. First of all, this is NORMAL. Not every book is going to be perfect. I dare say we are all problematic from time to time, and make… Continue reading Calling Out Problematic Books

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personal, writing post

Discussing Identity, and when it’s not Enough

The other day I read a convo on twitter that made me really think about how we often see ourselves, and how we can hurt someone else when we are hurting. It revolved around the new Blade Runner trailer, and the fact that there are no visible POC on it. Often in sci-fi movies the… Continue reading Discussing Identity, and when it’s not Enough

writing post

The Sexualization of Teen characters in YA Romance (and why it needs to end)

Sit down because this is one reeeeeally long post. Recently I was talking to a friend about something that deeply bothered me in book blurbs - the use of the word "sexy". Often, I see it used in erotic books - which are totally fine! - but still feel weird. What troubles me is the… Continue reading The Sexualization of Teen characters in YA Romance (and why it needs to end)

writing post

Going Deep into POV

This is something all writers wonder at some point in our story. Choosing which POV will be used is something hard, especially because it's the lens through which we'll see the story pass. POV - short for point of view - is one of the most important elements within a story. Why? Because it shapes… Continue reading Going Deep into POV

agent, author life, Uncategorized

How I Got My Agent

Just writing the title of this post kind of gave me all the excitment again. This is the dream post for every writer, right? Everyone wants to write one of these, and I devour them happily from all other writers. There's nothing like seeing the reward for hard work, and I always wanted to write… Continue reading How I Got My Agent

writing post

5 Reasons to Participate in NaNoWriMo

Hi world! Looks like it's been a while since I last updated the blog, which makes sense. I've been rewriting old drafts, revising and making things more perfect with new ones, and battling two new stories that want to be written. That being said, it's almost time for NaNoWriMo again! First day is Tuesday, and… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Participate in NaNoWriMo

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Bad Representation is Bad Writing

This week a friend of mine came to talk to me about Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR. Although I thought that the making of the movie was beautiful (the shots! the planets! the score!), I couldn't simply set this aside and say it was a good movie because of the way the female characters were treated. To… Continue reading Bad Representation is Bad Writing