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Book Reviews Moving!!

I’ll be moving all my Book Reviews to a different blog. Sorry folks! If you’re looking for my reviews, you’ll have to check out the blog for my writing group. https://avidwriterscv.wordpress.com/blog/ I hope you’ll check out that blog, and consider leaving a comment or two! ūüôā Missy

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Starting School

I haven’t written a lot lately because I’ve been super busy! ¬†I’m starting back at school, getting my teaching credential. ¬†It’s taking up a lot of my time. ¬†I’ll probably be swamped for the next year. ¬†Or two. ¬†Or forever. I’m also teaching Fiction Writing at the adult school in my town. ¬†I finished an eight-week course in the spring, and am doing a Creative Writing Workshop in July. ¬†Then I’ll teach an eight-week course called “Novel in a Month”…

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How Writers Write Fiction: Storied Women

I did a really stupid thing and signed up for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through the University of Iowa. ¬†It started on October 11, and will end on November 21. ¬†(See why I’m a bit insane?) ¬†If I spend time doing assignments and watching lectures for the MOOC, it’ll take away from my NaNoWriMo time. ¬†But I’m trying to do both! ¬†Like a crazy person! So far so good. ¬†I’m enjoying the class. ¬†I’m running a bit late…

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Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch I’m not sure how this book came to my attention. ¬†Perhaps it was recommended for me on my Audible list, or perhaps I found it randomly. ¬†With so many things going on in my life, sometimes it’s hard to remember how I come across things! ¬†I’m glad I did, though, this was a fun novel that had me intrigued from the start. ¬†It also gave me a lot of things to think about! ¬†Mental chewing…

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Prep

Always intimidated by NaNoWriMo? ¬†I wrote a blog post here¬†on how to Brainstorm and plot out your novel. ¬†Not exactly easy, though it’s broken down pretty well there. ¬†Here’s my thought process so far–I know I have (only) 23 days until NaNoWriMo 2016 begins! P.S. ¬†You can friend me on NaNoWriMo here. ¬†Please do! ¬†I’d love to keep in contact there! NaNoWriMo 2016 is just around the corner. ¬†So you know what that means. ¬†Everyone who’s a plotter (like me)…

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Book Review: Nos4a2 by Joe Hill

¬†NOS4A2 by¬†Joe Hill I heard about this novel on the radio morning show that I listen to every day when I take my kids to school. ¬†And since I’ve had great recommendations from the show in the past, I put it on my Audible list. ¬†I gotta say, I’m glad I did. ¬†I really enjoyed this book. NOS4A2 is a supernatural suspense novel by a master of horror, Joe Hill. ¬†The story takes place over the course of a young…

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Book Review: Codex by Lev Grossman

Codex by Lev Grossman I found this novel when I searched for other works by Lev Grossman. ¬†I absolutely¬†loved The Magicians Trilogy, and have read those books at least a few times each. ¬†So I figured I would love other works by Lev Grossman, and I wasn’t exactly wrong. ¬†I wasn’t exactly right, either. The title Codex refers to a medieval text that has been lost to time. ¬†Edward Wozny, an investment banker, has taken a new position with his…

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Book Review: The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

¬†The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey This is another title that they were talking about on my morning Radio Show. ¬†I should probably plug them every time. ¬†I love listening to Sarah and Vinnie on Alice at 97.3. ¬†They give the best book reviews! ¬†Whenever Sarah says she loves a book, I’m pretty much guaranteed to love it, too. ¬†And the fact that they’re local celebrities who promote reading is a big plus in my book.…

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Back to the Future and Ghostbusters

Over the past two nights we showed my daughters Back to the Future, and Back to the Future Part II. I was a HUGE fan when I was a kid. I wanted a Delorean. I thought Michael J Fox was a dreamboat. I practically worshipped Doc Brown. I wasn’t really surprised when my girls liked the films because they were a huge part of my childhood, but I was surprised when the girls LOVED them. My younger daughter can’t keep…

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Book Review: Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

¬†Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi I’d listened to Lock In by John Scalzi, because Wil Wheaton read it. ¬†I was a big fan of Wil Wheaton’s performances in the audiobooks of Ready Player One and Armada by Ernest Cline. ¬†(Both are¬†excellent books, if you ask me. ¬†Super fun and highly entertaining!) ¬†So I searched for other books that WW had read, and found Lock In. ¬†It was a great book. ¬†When Agent to the Stars popped up on…

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