Friday, May 27, 2016

Author: Marissa Meyer

About the Author

Marissa Meyer was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, home of Almond Roca and Stadium High School, which was made famous when Heath Ledger danced down the stadium steps in 10 Things I Hate About You. Marissa didn't actually go to Stadium High School, but she did attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She still lives in Tacoma, now with her husband. Cinder is her YA debut.

Rebecca Soler is a film and voiceover actress who won a 2009 AudioFile Earphones Award for her narration of After by Amy Efaw. Her audiobook credits include work by authors such as Judy Blume, James Patterson and Sarah Dessen. Soler has also narrated the popular young adult series The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Her voice over credits include various video games, like Star Wars: The Old Republic and Red Dead Redemption and television shows such as Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She lives in New York City. 

Marissa Meyer on Cinder, writing, and leading men

Which of your characters is most like you?

WORDS: Crass

I started the Word section of this blog to keep track of my favorite phrases, words, and way to use them for writing. This has a side benefit, dear reader, to inspire you to expand your vocabulary.

Today's word is Crass.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

NAMES: Names I Like (Inspired by Gail Carriger's Books)

Where Did the Idea Come From?

Gail Carriger is full of fun and interesting names for her characters. Her latest series has inspired me to incorporate a new section into my blog about my favorite names. I'm not sure if I will ever use any of these, but perhaps if I ever get another dog, have a child, or need to name a video game character I will have a ready-made list of ideas. To find additional names outside of this post or similar topics to other posts there are tags at the bottom that link to related categories.

WORDS: New Words (Inspired by Gail Carriger's Books)

While reading/listening to a new series I discovered a few new words that I really like and would like to take note of. I will be trying to replace other words in my vocabulary with these, because they sound elegant.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Audible version Chapter sixteen where they are in the hive had me laughing out loud. My stomach hurts from the 'kerfuffle'. While hearing this nutty predicament I just had to start my review. The verbiage used in Gails books may only be described as smart. In an old school manner of intelligence, every book stands out with an amusing vocabulary and even more amusing antidotes.