What Sign Language Interpreting Taught Me About Writing

In the college I attended as a Deaf Studies major, sign language interpreting students  would spend their first two years learning American Sign Language (ASL) then spend the next two learning to interpret. Learning ASL - though challenging - was not ridiculously difficult for me. Interpreting, though, required an entirely different skill set. When I… Continue reading What Sign Language Interpreting Taught Me About Writing

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My Life With Bob

The best books, especially memoirs, I think, tell you about yourself in a way you never could articulate before. At least that’s why I’ve always read books. I read in order to figure out a way to express myself a little better. I’m a hoarder in this way. I’m constantly mining books for new phrases,… Continue reading My Life With Bob

Week 2 Surprises

I definitely hit that second week slump. But I kept up with my goal of writing 2k words per day. Slowly but surely, my plot is starting to take shape. I've really enjoyed not being confined to one voice or one point of view. Jumping around from character to character has helped me flesh out… Continue reading Week 2 Surprises

Writing without (self) judgement

I set a simple goal for NaNoWriMo 2017. Write 2,000 words every day. Then I made a strict no-delete policy for myself. This means that sometimes I end up saying the same thing three different ways, just because each sentence has led me a little closer to the actual thing I want to say. Everything… Continue reading Writing without (self) judgement

The Book of Joe

I’m always looking for better ways to learn about our political system. It’s something that affects each and every one of us, and yet can be so complex that often it’s easier to turn a blind eye. As someone who is interested yet often confused by politics, The Book of Joe was a refreshing read.… Continue reading The Book of Joe

Writing without an Outline (Eek.)

As I hinted in Sunday's post, I kept my prep really simple for NaNoWriMo. I don't have plot details fleshed out, character lists, and my backstory is super minimal. My perfectionist self was freaking out a little (okay, a lot), but today, when I sat down around 10:15, writers' block was nowhere to be found. I hit… Continue reading Writing without an Outline (Eek.)

NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s that time of year. I’m sipping tea out of a giant owl mug and I’m getting ready for my first November participating in National Novel Writing Month! When I was in school, my English department used to run a version of NaNoWriMo during the summer, because as college students we were usually too busy in… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

I got to see one of my literary heroes in person last night. Needless to say, it was a bit surreal. Margaret Atwood is, if possible, even more wry & witty in person than in her books.‬ She began her lecture by recounting the ways that The Handmaid’s Tale has been adapted to modern culture.… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

New York Street Style

Chilly fall days and adult coloring books make a pretty good pair. I've been enjoying the free copy of New York Street Style that I received from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. The book was designed by Zoè de las Cases, and each page is filled with delightful details and intricate… Continue reading New York Street Style

Review by Ashley Simon

Often Clueless, Always Shoeless

Read the whole review here!

In particular, I loved her impression of my dear, darling Willow

“And finally, there’s Willow Ayers. Willow likes to think of himself as an ordinary guy who loves fantasy novels. But he’s also the guy who invented Unitime. And when the system breaks down, people everywhere turn their eyes to him. He’s the only one who can fix Unitime and restore order to their world. But Willow’s in hiding, and he doesn’t seem to be making a whole lot of progress. In fact, some people would say he doesn’t really want Unitime to be fixed at all. Or does he?”

  • Ashley Simon, Online Book Club reviewer

With a novel as unusual as ABWD, it just warms my heart when I see a reviewer who really understands what I was attempting, and seems to have taken something positive away from the experience. 

 

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