Don’t you love sub-genres? Holy hell, I do! I love stories that have the guts to mash up several genres and thereby create something fresh. It’s a fun way to take familiar elements and shove them into new settings or explore interesting themes from new angles. We have no shortage of unique sub-genre mash-ups these…Continue reading What is a Supernatural Thriller / Gaslamp Fantasy mashup novel?
Writing and Self Publishing a book isn’t hard. In fact, it’s too easy, and that’s what trips most people up. Write some words, format it correctly, throw it on KDP, and you have a published book. The hard part’s doing it right. Quick Links Planning/Outlining Writing Editing Publishing Books Tools Recommended Blogs Recommended Podcasts In…Continue reading How to Write & Self Publish a Book — The Ultimate Guide
Maggie Stiefvater has written a near-perfect book with The Raven Boys, book one in her young adult series The Raven Cycle. At times dark and contemplative, others quietly magical, always engrossing. This is a story where you’ll constantly wonder what’s coming around the corner because anything is possible. My words are unerring tools of destruction,…Continue reading Book Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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Let’s make it official. A Night in Ruin, a supernatural thriller by S.C. Barrus, will be released Q1 of 2020.
How much insight do readers have into the authors mind when it comes to editing a book? Not much I imagine. I wonder what readers picture when they consider what editing a novel feels like. From what I hear, it goes a little something like so: A common conception of editing The writer drafts in…Continue reading How does it feel to edit a book
Lately, I’ve been listening to The Creative Thinkers Toolkit by Prof Gerard Puccio. It’s a great course which is making me think about creativity in new ways. One point I found particularly interesting was shared during the lecture Combining Opposites—Diverge, Then Converge. Puccio calls out two different mindsets that lead to heightened creative thinking: divergent and convergent thinking. Here are the…Continue reading Think creatively — Quantity leads to Quality
It’s been a while since I stepped away from all things blog and social media related. December 2018 came around and I felt like I needed to avert my gaze from the internet for a time. But I’ve remained busy, so today I’ll take a moment to share with you what’s been going on. Grim…Continue reading The current state of Grim Curio & Peculiar Case of the Luminous Eye
How to find beta readers and run the perfect beta read Running a beta read can be daunting, especially if you’re popping your beta reading cherry. If you’re just learning what a beta read is, want to improve your outcomes, or need an easy to follow a process, this post is for you. I recently…Continue reading A complete guide to beta reading
The world is a messed up place right now. No two ways about it. I could list everything wrong with the world, but I think you already have a pretty good idea. So I’ve decided to pick an issue, and by the end of reading this, I hope you’ll join me and try to save…Continue reading We can save the world!