When you’re homeschooled your whole life, middle school doesn’t really faze you. It’s more of a matter of “great, am I going to have to actually learn a new skill this year?” But there’s one thing that doesn’t change no matter whether you’re homeschooled or publicly schooled and that’s how awkward middle school can be.Continue reading “Awkward”

The Girl’s Guide to Rocking

When I was twelve years old, my grandfather sat down on the couch next to me and looked at me. “What instrument do you want to play, mija?” Violin was my immediate answer. I’d always wanted to play like Darby O’Gill or Lindsey Stirling. He shook his head. “Pick something else!” Alarmed, my twelve yearContinue reading “The Girl’s Guide to Rocking”

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious

What with the Avengers film debuting this weekend, I thought I might take a little time to flip through a book targeted at drawing younger audiences into the Marvel universe. The read? The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious, a follow up to the original book which is available at Disney Books. Doreen GrayContinue reading “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious”

Question of the Week

For this week’s question, the answer is a bit complicated. I’m breaking it up into three different parts of the one answer. Q: How do I create a good leading hero? A: There are three general steps to creating any good hero, no matter their gender. 1. Don’t fall into stereotypes. That doesn’t mean yourContinue reading “Question of the Week”

Disney Parks Presents the Haunted Mansion

This post is a sequel to my previous Disney Parks Presents post, this time featuring the Haunted Mansion book. When crypt doors creak and tombstones quake, spooks come out for a swinging wake! In this fun book, Disney’s classic attraction is celebrated with colorful illustrations and the bold lyrics of the well-known “Grim Grinning Ghosts”Continue reading “Disney Parks Presents the Haunted Mansion”

Question of the Week

This week’s question is pretty basic advice for writers who find their books being rather…skeletal: Q: I feel like I am bunching everything together in my book and it is moving along too quickly. What should I do? A: [This is another friend’s question from my Write a Book in 30 Days project] Excellent question! If you’reContinue reading “Question of the Week”

Lost in a Book

This week’s review is on a Beauty and the Beast stand-alone novel that takes place within the timeline of Disney’s live-action film.  Clever Belle. Beautiful Belle. Funny Belle, trapped in a palace with a monster. After saving her father from imprisonment with a horrible creature, Belle is unsure what she’s going to do. Trapped as sheContinue reading “Lost in a Book”

Question of the Week

Hello, schminions! This week we are doing something a little new. I’ve been asked lots of questions about writing and there are even more questions that no one has asked, but definitely deserve an answer. I wanted to help any budding writers who might have these questions but can’t find an answer. Keep in mind,Continue reading “Question of the Week”

Easter Reads

With Easter this weekend, I thought I might review a couple of my reads for the week. One is more Biblical while the other two are just Easter-time stories. Regardless of whether these books celebrate the true importance of Easter, they are all worth a read. The first book on the list is Here ComesContinue reading “Easter Reads”

Black Panther: The Young Prince

Before he became the Black Panther, before he was King of Wakanda, before he fought the Avengers, he was just T’Challa, prince of Wakanda.  In this prequel story detailing one of T’Challa’s first adventures, author Ronald L. Smith takes us back to the jungle, before bringing us to Chicago, America for an exciting new taleContinue reading “Black Panther: The Young Prince”