Why Do I Write?
Why do I write?
This is a good question and can say I knew only one answer to it years ago and as I’ve aged and grown, other reasons have presented themselves to me. The first reason was simply, back in college, struggling as I was with my academic coursework, I decided that I need an alternative and for it, I prayed. I asked God for a gift. Honing the gift He gave and uncovering that gift is really also passion and purpose, I’ve come to discover other reasons I must write. Let’s see if you agree and what’s cooler is, you may find some things that resonate with you and end up being YOUR WHY for doing whatever it is you do.
It’s just plain fun. I have always loved the written and spoken word. Before poetry slams (today's “spoken word”, it was simply a teacher or the author his/herself reading aloud to whichever ears were piqued for listening. I have been reading for as long as I can remember. I used to sit under my teacher for circle time and when he read Judy Blume, I was riveted. I could imagine every word and my imagination was satiated with a great story and an awesome storyteller. I want people to be drawn into the drama just as much as I was way back then.
Okay, so I'm approached by Marbro Enterprises on creating some hype for Jaime Martinez's Cochina. I'm happy, as always on being approached by author's and their reps. What I didn't not imagine was how Cochina [which, by the way is derogatory for 'dirty girl' and worse...] was unreal! Oh my goodness!
The story focuses a set of siblings: Lola, Marisol and Josephina Valdez. They're from Little Mexico, in Chicago and so are their husbands - except for Marisol, who's unwed. They fought to go from broke to ballers, but that's not enough. From name dropping on anything material, to eyeballing every hot and hunky man on two legs, these made women seem hungry but only want real love.
But there are secrets that divide them. Some of the secrets are so deep (the ones they know of) that it pains them whenever there's a family get together. A few secrets are just un-freaking-real and should be deal breakers...
A fiction movie with non-fictional facts makes for a creepy, horrific thriller. Taken from Amarillo, TX headlines, the story of Johnny Frank Garrett is brought with a supernatural flair in Simon Rumley’s Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word.
The semi-fictional tale begins with a young Garrett in the courtroom, accused, tried and convicted for the brutal rape and strangulation of Sis. Tadea Benz inside the St. Francis Convent. Though one of the jury members feels there’s not enough evidence to convict Garrett, he’s swayed to convict anyway. The day of Garrett’s execution, he lets everyone involved with his death know they’ll pay, and so will their their children …
The movie was superb entertainment. From the merging of fact and fiction, to the startling special effects (Adam’s arm), I was captured by the storyline. The realism of the story is what actually made the paranormal flick so unnerving. Ninety-five minutes of solid acting, instead of jump scares and gore, made it a pleasant change of pace.
Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word is due to release March 14, 2017. Be sure to catch it.
Every person needs a form of escape from life. For Eveline Boots, she actually creates a life1 Full of magic, adventure and the craziest of situations, The Other Side of Eve, by Paul Ikin, is a book of stories of two different people- but the same person, finding self and a cure for what bothers one the most.
I found the novel while causing Youtube. The book's trailer was so amazing, I reached out to Ikin, via Goodreads.com. He sent me to book and I began a journey, akin to Alice in Wonderland, but so much more in originality.
Devil In the Dark is one of the better independent movies I've reviewed in a long while. The movie carried an ominous quality that didn't lure me in with jump scares and horrific music, but through a series of small flashbacks, telling of a troubled relationship between two brothers. Through a small town visit, and a hunting trip, things were supposed to smoothed over.
Clint and Adam are trying to mend. They've been distant for most of their lives. Because of their father’s favoritism- a wedge pressed between them, they try to patch things by spending some time together, with ulterior motives. Adam decided on the camp out to clear his mind of haunting memories of a past experience in the forest. If things worked out with his brother, all was even better. Clint wanted to just hash things in a big brotherly, bullish sort of way, thus making the trip more troublesome than therapeutic.
Dwelling, high and deep within the forest is something sinister, and it remembers Adam from long ago. To it, there's an ethereal bond and it’s not been broken. It plans on finishing what it had started long ago, with or without Clint's intervention.
So here is a review like no other. I've never read anything like this stories of Strange Medicine, by Mike Russell. Each and every story is unique and comparable to nothing else out there. Russell brings on the strange, the bizarre and the totally mind-blowing!
Today's review, by Aja LaGrand Blount, is adebut novel. Multiples: A Fictional Rendition of Reality, is a tale of secrets, murder, and the boomerang effect. The notion that people unknown to you are thoroughly involved in your life, without you knowing it is played well, along with discovering the people you thought you knew, you really don't! Here's the blurb:
Multiples is derived from the premise that a person doesn't know those they think they know. Based on that analogy, certain events take place in Multiples that change the fates of many people leaving them destined to face a number of precarious situations. Due to those uncertain circumstances, the will to survive the treacherous road ahead of them places a greater desire to obtain the truth, while seeking to exploit it. However, when the truth of the matter takes shape, another series of affairs arise shattering that predetermined truth into oblivion, leaving the once so clear reality of the situation up in the air. When those playing the game expect everything to come full circle, their enclosure disappears, forcing them to abandon their very idea of what could be and presenting them with new options to explore. Multiples is a high-flying roller coaster from start to finish taking readers down a winding road only to end up just as confused as the characters seeking answers for themselves.
*A Graphic Novel Series Review
This review covers six volumes of an epic, graphic novel. Saga, by Brian Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, takes you on a journey so rich, so violent and mystical- you have to read it if you love comics! Below I have reviewed each volume in its own tab for easier display. Ain't it cool? Okay- I just used ain't so let me get on with this!
I hope you enjoy my thoughts on Saga and while you peep these, I'm off to the next read!
Told through the memories of their unnamed daughter, the story takes you on an adventure of a couple on the run, and many groups wanting to see them dead, to possess their special child.
help her get to freedom. Will anyone's plan work or will it too fall through... like so many previous exploits? I won't tell; you just have to buy the books. Available everywhere!
Saga, Volumes 1-6
Illustrated by Fiona Staples
As the blurb states, Blackburn is about a carful of teens headed to a cabin, set deep in the woods of Alaska for break. None of them are really that close, but hey- whatever works, right? Unfortunately, their trip is ruined when a landslide, along with a forest fire, keeps them from reaching their destination. Instead, they have a decision to make, placing them in the gravest of danger and without a way to get home.
*A Graphic Novel Review
Whenever I get graphic novels, I'm looking for three features: (1) an awesome cover, (2) images that captivate me, and (3) a story that will hold from beginning to end. Graphic novels are superior than the average novel we read. They're the closest things to movies of a story as we can get, so they have to reign darn near supreme! White Sand is almost there. Brandon Sanderson and Rik Hoskin made this a graphic novel worth the read.
are the life source of Indie Authors the tool that creates Best Sellers! I know I do not have that much power, but I can sure add to it!