What Makes A Character Likable?

Think about it. You're in the middle of reading a great book, a wonderful book. You love the plot and the setting and the writing - until suddenly, a character is introduced and you hate them. You detest the very sight of them. You skip the parts with them in it. When you talk about … Continue reading What Makes A Character Likable?

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How to Get Better at Playing an Instrument

When it comes to being good at playing instruments, the secret to success isn't exactly that hard to figure out. You just practice and practice and practice and hope that somewhere, the Gods of Music are observing your hard work and give you a lucky break. But not all musicians realize that the playing field … Continue reading How to Get Better at Playing an Instrument

How To Epically Fail at Writing a Fiction Book Blurb

Blurbs are, in short, a sneak preview into a book, designed to entice the reader to pick it up. Done right, you get a somewhat mysterious passage that introduces the major conflict, main character(s), and setting - though not in great detail, mind you. Basically, it's the books chance to tell you why it's different … Continue reading How To Epically Fail at Writing a Fiction Book Blurb

10 Pieces of Classical Music Pop Culture Overplays & Ruins

Ah, classical music. The good, the bad, and the horribly, horrendously overplayed beyond all known recognition thanks to the Internet. Join me, my friends, as I list the ten most overplayed pieces of classical music and cry over how glorious these ten pieces once were...in no particular order, of course. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity … Continue reading 10 Pieces of Classical Music Pop Culture Overplays & Ruins

4 Overused Fantasy Tropes | Part 1

About two months back, I did a post entitled 4 Overused Dystopian Tropes. Since it was definitely a blast to compile those tropes and share my unnervingly nerdy knowledge of dystopian literature with you folks, I decided to another one, this time with fantasy tropes. However, after I started making a list, I realized the … Continue reading 4 Overused Fantasy Tropes | Part 1

6 Vital Things to Know Before You Decide to Play an Instrument

*For best performance, read everything in a wisely-old-wizardy-Dumbledore voice. It’s late afternoon. I’m sitting with my tablet, drinking a hot chocolate while the rain is falling outside like some really weird girl in a random Adele music video. I know I should be practicing the violin or piano. And yet, I'm scrutinizing a recording of … Continue reading 6 Vital Things to Know Before You Decide to Play an Instrument

5 Things We Want More of in Books

Do you ever wander down the fiction aisles of your library perusing the many dead tattooed trees and sigh in frustration as none entice you? Because they all seem to have been written following a specific set of instructions? Insert creepy stalker love interest here. Delete actual, accurate POC representation from Chapter 7. Include an … Continue reading 5 Things We Want More of in Books

Why the Violin is One of the Hardest Instruments to Play

If the violin had a subject equivalent, it would be math. Why math? Because math is challenging and 99% of your practice sessions will result in you pulling your hair out and collapsing on the floor in a sobbing mess. Same with playing the violin. If you’ve ever played the violin before, you’ll know that … Continue reading Why the Violin is One of the Hardest Instruments to Play

The 6 Best Romance Tropes

Ah, the beauty of teenage love. So sweet, so pure, so everlasting...said no one ever. And yet, you'd be hard-pressed to find a YA book without any romance. Why is that? Simply because, if done right, romances add that extra spark to your fantasy/science fiction/historical/realistic/etc. fire and can even attract readers that would otherwise only … Continue reading The 6 Best Romance Tropes