Archive for February, 2015

So, yet again I’ve been a little swept up in being busy. The good news is, I should actually have a little bit of time to work more on personal stuff now. I’m really excited about that, and I am hoping to give you all weekly updates on my novel. I really need to crank myself up into getting something or another edited and polished so that I can at least try to get an agent.

I think one of the real struggles of being a writer is getting the nerve to send off that very first submission out there.

I also thought about attempting to submit short stories to some magazines and whatnot… but we’ll see.

Anyway, as far as what I’m going to be doing… I have thought about starting out with some livestreams on twitch. I figured that writing and getting to talk to some of you guys while I do it might be a little bit of fun. You can catch when I am going to be doing that if you go over to my Twitter – alert though, I will be using it for both writing and playing video games. :3

Other than that, I am going to be getting back to some writing prompts and trying to get my facebook writing group active again!

My upcoming blogs are going to be a new tour of my writing space, some book reviews, and my thoughts on the whole Fifty Shades of Grey thing. (Beware xD).

I’m sure I’ll have more to be writing as well… I wanna get back into writing tips, tricks, and advice. So now is where I leave it open to you… is there anything that you guys want to see?

Specific writing prompts?

Advice?

Thoughts?

Anything?

Let me know!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Review: Hit

Posted: February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

Hit
Hit by Lorie Ann Grover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears Sarah’s future is all laid out before her … that is until she walks into a poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for Haddings. Convinced Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem in her back pocket—one that will declare her feelings once and for all.

Mr. Haddings has noticed Sarah’s attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that morning.

But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with blood pooling beneath her. – Book Information

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review, and I’m honestly glad that I did! What I thought was going to be a cute little story turned into something much deeper and thought provoking than I realized.

The description above actually gives away most of the plot of the novel, but it is the way that it unfolds after her crash that truly catches my attention. There is wonderful character development, as well as an opening for questions; are the events playing out this way JUST because Sarah was in a crash… or were these decisions that each character would have made all along?

Something that I also really enjoyed about this novel was the fact that it’s told in dual perspectives. Chapters are led by either Sarah or Haddings, and doing so really gives us a perspective and taste for both individuals and their story.

The only thing about this book that I didn’t like (that I loved) was the fact that we aren’t given a complete conclusion. We’re left to wonder… and that’s actually a beautiful thing. If a book leaves me screaming “More, More!” Then the author did a good job.

5/5 stars. I think it’s pretty amazing!

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Destiny Maker: Lost Souls Trilogy Book One
Destiny Maker: Lost Souls Trilogy Book One by Melissa Dugger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Katie is plagued with dreams and visions she can’t understand. It’s not until her dad goes missing and she enters the spirit realm to find him that the pieces start to fall into place.

A reaping of souls has begun, and Semonic, the ruler of Dylonia, will stop at nothing until every soul belongs to the darkness.

While the souls of men rally to defeat him, Katie must decide whether her soul can accept her destiny—and whether her heart can survive the two men sworn to protect her. Only the Destiny Maker knows if she will lose her life and possibly her heart. – Amazon Description

I found this book quite interesting in the beginning. The first few initial chapters do a wonderful job of pulling you in and catching your attention. However, as the book progresses, I find that it becomes a bit of a spiral, as well as a bit predictable. I feel like the author of this particular story may just really be developing their voice, and therefore they are learning how to properly spin their tale.

Learning that this is book one of a trilogy is enough to make me still keep interest piqued. I cannot wait to see how the author develops, and how their writing will progress.

I always find myself interested in books when they give you the chance to wonder as to exactly what the main characters choices are going to be in the following novels, so I am awaiting the rest of the novels in this series.

I give the story a 4 for story, but the writing and errors that I found bumped the score down to a 3.

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Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques
Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques by Evan Skolnick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

UNLOCK YOUR GAME’S NARRATIVE POTENTIAL!

With increasingly sophisticated video games being consumed by an enthusiastic and expanding audience, the pressure is on game developers like never before to deliver exciting stories and engaging characters. WithVideo Game Storytelling, game writer and producer Evan Skolnick provides a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide to storytelling basics and how they can be applied at every stage of the development process—by all members of the team. This clear, concise reference pairs relevant examples from top games and other media with a breakdown of the key roles in game development, showing how a team’s shared understanding and application of core storytelling principles can deepen the player experience. Understanding story and why it matters is no longer just for writers or narrative designers. From team leadership to game design and beyond, Skolnick reveals how each member of the development team can do his or her part to help produce gripping, truly memorable narratives that will enhance gameplay and bring today’s savvy gamers back time and time again. – Goodreads Book Description.

Though this book was written to detail styles for Video Game Narrative telling, I found the descriptions and instructions to be useful in every day writing. I often times find that novels that detail how to properly tell a story can cross venues, from screenplays to video games. Any author who wants to take a look into how to properly narrate a story needs to look no further than this novel – it lays out the basic elements of what is important in a story, the details that should be involved, and what you need to look out for.

I can’t really say much more than that! It’s an interesting read and something that I am going to happily keep on my reference bookshelf!

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… because you aren’t sure what to blog about. I try to get useful blogs out there, and sometimes I just feel like I’m running in circles for a topic. (I notice this is when I feel a little less inspired to write in general.) Anyway, I’m going to be doing another blog tonight ( My writing challenge ), I just wanted to go ahead and write this. ^_^ If you guys want to suggest ANY topics for me to touch on, whether it’s a certain novel, a writing tip/trick/advice, a movie review, some creative story, scrivener tutorials, anything at all, just let me know! I always love hearing from you!

-Author Amanda McCormick

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