Book Reviews, Random Ramblings

Book Review: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I finished listening to the audiobook of Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan this afternoon. This book was published in 2015 and a Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor.  For those of you who snub your noses at books written for young adults thinking they're not sophisticated enough for an adult audience to enjoy, I would strongly suggest… Continue reading Book Review: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

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NaNoWriMo, Random Ramblings, Writing

Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheets

I just finished listening to Chapter Four of Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. It has me completely intrigued with story structure. Story structure isn't a new concept, and his book is geared towards writing screenplays, but I find it fascinating that so many of my favorite movies—and books—fit within this structure. I've written hundreds of… Continue reading Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheets

Random Ramblings

Perimenopause, B Vitamins, and Depression

Around three years ago, a woman who I know and trust, a woman old enough to be my mother—yet looks young enough to be my sister—asked me out of the blue, "Do you mind me asking, how old are you?" I was in my early forties. She clucked her tongue and shook her head in… Continue reading Perimenopause, B Vitamins, and Depression