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  1. Snow like Ashes. YES! I totally agree. Someone recommended it through their Booktube channel because it's underrated, and then I read it...and I was so upset because I was really disappointed.
  2. "I'm not sure, actually. I'd have to think about that for a while. Of course, I may have an idea in an hour or two. It would be really cool to get something. But I'm not sure I want anything, because my parents already give me what I want and it's cool, but they're never around and I'm not sure I want anything else," Amanda blinked, "Oh sorry. I babbled again. It's a bad habit. Not many people want to be friend with me because they say I'm not good at listening. Which is ridiculous..." She stopped, "Sorry. I'll stop. But do you have friends? Like, nice friends? Like the kind who will bring you ice cream?"
  3. I remember Graceling! I thought it was the best story ever!! I assume, since Brandon Sanderson is on your list, he's worth reading? Any recommendations for someone who hasn't read any of his stuff before? 🙂
  4. Here's mine! But I doubt I'm going to do anymore with it anytime soon!
  5. This thread isn't meant to bash authors or books but talk about genuine disappointment in books (or just list them~). Or books that caught you off guard. Because, hey, sometimes you pick up a book and it reminds you why you love to read! My Disappointments (recent) 1. The Sin Eater's Daughter series by Melinda Salisbury 2. The Defy series by Sara Larson 3. The Bhinian Empire series by Miriam Forester 4. Poisoned Blade and Buried Heart (Court of Fives books 2 and 3) by Kate Elliot 5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber 6. Wintersong by S J. Jones 7. Traitor to the Throne and Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel Sands book 2 and 3) Books that remind me why I Read (recent) 1. Everything by Tamora Pierce 2. Harry Potter series 3. The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson 4. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  6. First I check Book Outlet. Book Outlet is a website that LEGALLY sells books for a fraction of the price. They get the overstock and the dented books, which allows them to reduce their prices significantly. However, I also recognize authors need money to live so if Book Outlet doesn't have the books and I can afford it, I have no problem going to my local Chapters/Indigo to buy the book full price! It always feels nice to support an author I also use the library, but our massive library has a surprisingly dumb/poor selection,
  7. My goodreads profile is The Writer's Shelf. Only follow me if you like really harsh, down to earth reviews. I don't sugar coat criticism haha
  8. I'm reading the Woman in Cabin 10, And I'm debating re-reading the Harry Potter series for the umpteenth time.
  9. I wish I had a goat! It's a random goat photo off the internet :)
  10. Thanks for the PM! I appreciate you letting me know!
  11. 1. How do you feel about character voice in writing? My character voice skills are so shameful and disgraceful, a child would cry after reading it. 2. Do you remember any distinctive voices you've read and enjoyed before? I'm not sure if it's me, or not, but when I read a book, especially within the fantasy genre, I find distinctive voices difficult to pinpoint. It's like a lost art. One of those things that slip through the cracks. The most distinctive voice I have enjoyed so far, however, is Hiccup from the How to Train Your Dragon books AND the movies/television show. 3. Any tips or tricks for creating or writing a distinct voice? From what I gather, character voice is distinctive through a few factors: (a) How a character forms sentences, (b) how that differs from other characters, and (3) how a character's personality shines through dialogue. For example, Hiccup is very sarcastic and sassy. This is obvious when he says the following: "Tah-ta-dah, we're dead", "Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile", and"Pain...love it."
  12. I wanted some basic feedback on my Greys' Anatomy fanfic piece. It's not finished (it'll be obvious haha), but it's about 11 pages (ooopss) so far. I did my best to represent the canon characters. If you're not familiar with the show's characters, don't worry. Anything you say is appreciated. I would appreciate nothing too harsh. Positive ("_______ was well done.") and CC ("___________ needs some work because ____________") is greatly appreciated!! Also, this is a first draft. Sometimes when I type first drafts, sentences don't make sense so please don't shy away from pointing out those parts! Posting a link because it's 11 pages -> https://docs.google.com/document/d/11KCvx0rkF_mbOdfaG20TErXnLCAhiELydmXF91zXbnY/edit?usp=sharing WARNING: Nakedness and swearing and some gore
  13. My friend introduced me to World Anvil! It's a perfect website for collecting and showcasing your worlds. It's located here -> https://www.worldanvil.com/
  14. I'm in and out of writing. Actually, we can apply that to anything. When I'm 100% obsessed or interested in something, I can sit down and spend hours of hours of investment time in whatever that thing is. However, if I'm not inherently obsessed or 100% interested in something, my brain screams at me when I sit down and try to use that thing for productive purposes. For example... I've been watching Grey's Anatomy, and I've been attempting to write one chaptered fan fiction pieces for my personal use (I had some terrible experience with the fan fiction community. As a result, I don't post my fanfiction stuff anymore), but every time I sit down to write, my brain starts screaming at me and so, I don't write a word. As I'm writing, I have NO interest in what I write. When I reread later, I'm interested because I'm like "how the heck did I write that? WOOOOWW." The Zara series I've been working on on and off since the summer is the same. I sit butt down and I can't write anything because my brain goes REEEE and my stress levels go sky high. I'm not sure how to cure this. I could just leave it, but I find I can go months and months without writing. And that's not okay with me. I won't reach my publication goal one day if I don't write, and I do love to write. I don't sit down and think publication when I write because I write primarily for myself. All this applies to every part of the writing process. Any advice is appreciated!