Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review of Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

I got this because I’ve read other books by Mancusi and I love her writing style. I jumped at the chance to pick it up when I found it at a library to buy. It’s about a high school girl  named Maddy who writes manga to escape reality. Then she receives a game called Fields of Fantasy for her birthday. She turns into Allora a strong elfin princess  and everything she wants to be in the gaming world.  It shows how immersive video games can be, and how they can take over and collide with real life. They can be used to escape reality just like books, and drawing manga which allows her to escape the real world and live in a fantasy world. I loved how it included online chatting in the book too. I enjoyed seeing her get lost in the gaming world. The book realistically portrays what it’s like going through a divorce when the relationships between parents don’t work out. It showed the harsh reality of going to a new school and making friends. It shows  the struggle of how a bad first day can make a lasting impression and the  struggle of fitting in. I love how Maddy calls the gang of bullies Haters since it reminded me of when I went to high school. I like how it turns around for her after she forms her own manga club, and then finds a group of friends with common interest. It showed how a crush not turning out the way she wanted to was the end of the world. It is a young adult book, and the writing is simple which is good for a book like this. I loved the twist and turns the story took. It showed the consequences of bullying . It was a good read and I kept turning the pages to see what happened next. It showed what friendships and relationships are all about since it made me laugh and cry at times when she went through certain experiences in the book. It made the story relatable. I loved the mix of manga and video games in the story. I definitely recommend this to friends since it is a good story to get into. I enjoyed reading it, and it’s definitely a reread for me.

Until next time,

Friday, May 15, 2015

Beta Reader Notes/Editor Notes for The Killer Contract Agency:

After you write a novel there comes the editing phase, and several rough drafts to go before it is polished. I have very good feedback from the people I gave The Killer Contract Agency too. It doesn’t need any major rewrites just grammar issues, and expanding parts of the story to make it longer and more filling. I figured I would write a blog post about this phase to let people see what it is like to work on a novel, novella, or short story. Everything needs to be edited before publication since you want the best possible book out there. There is no such thing as getting it perfect because you are not going to catch everything. As I go through it I check to make sure it makes sense, and to fact check the issues that don’t. I had to change the first scene from tar to mud because it made more sense for it. I have to make the hospital scene more realistic as well.  The ending needs to be longer and I have to fix the switching from past to present issue better. I need to make sure the customer stays a certain form in the story, and make sure Salina’s dad is named Steve through the entire story. I also need to put in more of Carter’s back story since he is a part of the story in a big way. You will definitely see Salina and Carter in Retribution is Mine which is the second Scarlet book. I’m halfway through it too. It might take less time for me to edit The Killer Contract Agency and then after I get the cover I’ll have it republished. I’m also working more since school is over, but I hope to have it republished by the end of summer.

Until next time,


Tuesday, May 12, 2015


It’s one of the things I love about writing a story. You have to look up the things you are interested in if you need to put it in a story. It’s one of the fun things about being a writer. Looking up information, traveling places, and reading stories to get ideas on how you want to spin myths and legends. One of the things I’ve been researching a lot lately is the military life. I want to base The Killer Contract Agency on it, and make it better then the military which means going to bases, watching Youtube videos which is helpful in research, and even doing tons of research on military res which are meals ready to eat. I even got a hold of a few of them and in turn doing a few reaction videos on Youtube of them. It’s all pretty cool since I’ve been talking to them and discovering that the military is like a different culture since they have their own words for things. It’s all interesting to me, and research is the best part because you do want the details realistic and true. At the same time you can know the facts to twist them  a little bit. The summer gives me time to read writing books and write reviews on them. I love the summer time, and eventually I want to write full time too. I’ll be blogging at least three times a week and writing blog posts on the things I’ve learned. The first book I will be talking about is Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb. I’ll even be doing writing exercises and putting them on the blog as well.
Until next time,

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Syndal Haun co-creator of #GirlsArentFunny Interview

For Journalism class I had to create a personality profile, and I’m glad I did since I got to interview Syndal Haun. It was a fun piece to write since she co stars with her best friend Caroline Phipps in the comedy series Girls Aren’t Funny.  Here is the end result of the piece:

RICHMOND, Va.(4/15/15) --Syndal Haun, 20 is a  5’6 hazel eyed, blonde and brown haired, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) college sorority girl, but you would never guess she has a web series called Girls Aren’t Funny on Youtube, along with her best friend Caroline Phipps. The whole interview she was relaxed and answered the questions with ease. She is a positive person and is especially strong since she went back to school after her brain injury that happened in September after two severe concussions while part of the VCU club soccer games.
Syndal is a junior studying public relations, and she is a member of the sorority Tri Sigma. Why public relations for a major? She loved to write, and she received validation when she continued taking public relation classes. The comedy show she created on Youtube is called Girls Aren’t Funny and it is a recent show which was created in January inspired by Saturday Night Live Skits. It is comprised of random sketches and random things they create, and things they think VCU student might like. She uses it to, “Take my mind off things.”

In a phone interview her mom Marcy Klar, 43, said when asked about her showing an interest in it before, “that she was more into comedy once her teenage years hit, and that is when she started to show interest.” Her mom couldn’t be more proud of her for putting herself out there for the comedy show, and loved the idea since she is a natural at it. Klar was not sure about her joining a sorority at first, but after meeting the members she was proud because of how supportive they are toward Syndal. Klar was the most proud of her when Syndal pushed herself to go back to VCU after her brain injury and wanted to better herself. Some words Klar used to describe Syndal are, “Independent, funny, charismatic, family oriented, she has a passion to help others, and unselfish.”

Caroline Phipps, 21, one of her best friends is also a member of her sorority and a public relation major at VCU. She also is the co star of Girls Aren’t Funny too. Syndal met Caroline during the fall of 2012 during their freshman year at VCU. They met sometime during their new New Member process in Sigma and joined at the same time. Caroline said in an email interview.   “I remember the first time I really wanted to be her friend was at a party, on her birthday (which is in Sept). We talked in the bathroom about how we were nervous and didn’t know many people. She also did the dance move ‘the worm’ that night and I knew she had to be my best friend.” She works with Syndal and it’s great because, “she is open to any weird and crazy ideas. We have compatible personalities and are respectful of each other. We’ve only had a few creative differences so far.” They worked on a series together because they have a love of comedy and Saturday Night live.

The next step for Girls Aren’t Funny is doing more live shows and gaining more publicity in the future. She plans to stay in Richmond after she graduates college and find a good job in the area.  The last thing she wants to add is, “People need to be more aware of the effects and long term issues that come from a traumatic brain injury.” 
Here are the extra questions and answers I never put in the story:

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read a lot. Reading inspirational stories and positive readings. I enjoy helping people out of bad funks.

Mac or PC?
Mac for sure

Favorite drink?
Berry Propel

Dog named Bella who is a black lab. Adopted a lab and pointer mix named Mosby who is only 7 months old.

Favorite time of day?
Morning time. I like to get up early, get coffee then go to the gym.

Favorite memory?
Kevin and I went to Sunday Park to reconcile, and I saw two shooting stars in a span of ten minutes. I’ve never seen one it was cool. It was a good validation that it was meant to be.

Favorite places to shop?
TJ Max Home Goods, Francescas

If you could have a super power what would it be?
To fly duh. I’ve always wanted to fly.

If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
People should strive more to obtain internal happiness.

There you have it my first interview for journalism class, and it was fun too. You can find the link to her Youtube Channel here:

Until next time,


Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Youtube Channel

 I have had a Youtube channel for a while, but I just didn’t really do anything with it except put up animal videos or the occasional author one. I recently learned about Booktube which is a community on Youtube about reading books. I’ve been watching videos for a while now, and I want to make my channel all about my ebooks, writing, and reviewing fiction and non-fiction ebooks and books. I’ll even throw in a series that’ll let me rant about retail too while I’m at it. My last exam is May 6th. After that besides writing I’ll have time to focus on the things I want to do. It’ll help me get over my fear of putting myself out there, and I’ll be more comfortable in front of a camera. I can film a video about my writing process and the fiction and non fiction books I can read over and over again. I can film videos talking about my ebooks and even reading them out loud so they can get a taste of my work. I can talk about how they are created too. I can make a series making fun of retail, how stupid it can be at times, and the things I hate that customers do. It’s not all bad but I feel like a lot of people can relate to it. I will be blogging more during the summer even doing story updates.  I even have the option to film a typical writing day. There are tons of possibilities with my channel and I can’t wait to begin filming more videos to make this channel as successful as I can. I’m still waiting on a reader, but at this point I might have to go ahead and rewrite The Killer Contract Agency again.  I’ve even made a back story for Carter who is the head of it after he defeats Adam. All I have is four more scenes to write then I’ll have a rough draft done of Being an Empathic Witch in Retail Spells Trouble.

Here is the link to my Youtube channel:

Until next time,


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Unfortunate News….

I have learned that my ex-fiancée of 4 ½ years died in a head on collision Friday morning. I didn’t find out about that till that night since I was seeing Dale and then going to work. I thought it was a joke at first, but then during break I read a text from a friend: Jason’s dead. Not a joke after all, and I broke down right then and there. I was going to marry him after all. I imagined a future with him but it didn’t work out because of various reasons. It killed me a little because I at least wanted him to marry someone and have children. I wanted him to live the life he wanted even if it was with someone else. I was happy to hear he was going to a Japan mission trip, and I expected it. I didn’t expect this to happen since it was way too young. He was only 27 years old never married and no kids. He had a job, car, and a bright future. It was shocking that he didn’t get to experience life because it was cut so short thanks to a freak accident. It taught me that death has no age. If I was still with him that could have been me too. Jason put himself out there because he believed people should know about the right to open carry which was his calling. I’ll miss him since he was my first love. It was sad, and he will always be a part of my heart. It was a horrible week and I went to the wake it didn’t even look like the guy I fell in love with just a shell…I did love seeing the family again and they embraced me like time had never passed. Moving forward is not easy especially since he won’t be around. It did teach me a few things: Live life to the fullest, go after what you want no matter how hard it is, and the last thing is do what makes you happy even if people don’t agree with it. I can’t wait to go after my goal of writing full time, and it’s something I want to do the rest of my life.

Until next time,


My Trip to Disney World

I went to Disney world for Spring Break, and I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few days but I have not really had the time till now. I enjoyed having a whole week off school and work since I needed it. 

We stayed at Port Orleans on Disney property, and it was nice since we did not have to ride in the car for a long time. It took the whole day to get there, and we left the house by 820 am in Virginia and got to the resort by 10:00 at night to Florida. It takes 14 hours to get there, and we drove there instead of taking an airplane or bus. 
Lobby of Port Orleans French Quarter

Once we got there and arrived at the resort we had to get the rooms sorted out since they put us in different buildings and we got put in building 7 with rooms next to each other. When we got to the actual room the Disney bands didn’t work and my mom had to go back to the front desk to get it sorted out. Then we had to go to the front desk again to make sure my Disney band could be used to make purchases. The Disney bands are used for everything tickets, getting into a room, fast passes for rides and purchases. 

The Ball at the entrance of Epcot
Epcot ball during the day

Entrance to the market in Mexico
Market in Mexico opening

Shark at The Coral Reef restaurant

Entrance to room where we had to use Disney Bands

The first day we went to Magic Kingdom, and to get there we had to take a Ferry. It was cool, and thank god, I don’t get sea sick because the boat ride there was relaxing. The first ride we rode on was It’s a Small World which is a boat ride that features dolls from all over the world. I loved it, and when I was little I rode it at least three times. This time I only rode it once, and it was nice since we got three fast passes thanks to the room trouble to use at any time we wanted to. Then we rode on the little mermaid which was a fun ride that took you through scenes in the movie. We also rode on Haunted Mansion which I loved because it was a ride through a spooky castles with ghost summoning’s. It was also helpful for seeing good ideas in case I want to see what a mansion is like. I enjoyed my time there, and got a Pirates of the Carribean Shot glass and a Jack Skeleton one. It was a good day, and we saw a parade at the end, and went on The Carousel of Progress and the Monsters Inc Scarefloor show it was a good day overall. I even started the day with Mickey Pancakes and Bacon too. 

The second day we went to Epcot, and because of the Flower and Garden show. The first ride we went on was the Universe of Energy Ride with Ellen DeGeneres. I loved it since it had dinosaurs in it, and afterward we ate around the World Showcase starting with Duck Confit. I loved it so much we even had seconds. Then it was all of a matter of walking the world showcase, and trying the foods we wanted to eat. I did enjoy the fact that we had reservations at The Coral Reef since it was good watching the animals. We went on a boat ride in Mexico, and saw all the topiaries. I loved it, and we shopped at a market in Japan, and I loved it since it was full of Hello Kitty items. It was mainly a place to shop and have a good time trying all the different foods.    

The third day we were supposed to go to Downtown Disney but winded up with car trouble. We made it home in time, and I did go to the mall and buy more Hello Kitty items. Overall, I loved the trip and next time I want to go longer since I wished we could have stayed an extra day. 

Until next time, 


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Picking Up the Pieces…

It has been a while since I blogged, and so much has happened in my life that writing took a back seat. I ended another relationship because it wasn’t working out for me at all. I was torn up about it at first, but I’m better since it was getting in the way of everything. I wasn’t writing, and when my grades started falling because of it since the stress was getting to me I had to let go. It was hard but it taught me what I really need in a relationship. Break ups teach you what you don’t want in a partner, and it can be helpful for story writing too. That is definitely one for the books. I mean really the whole summer was crazy enough as it is since one of the exes was trying to cause drama in my life since he wouldn’t let go. It’s sad really because things were going good till I realized how wrong they were for me. You never really get over it though, and it will get better as time goes on. I have been writing scenes and notes on the stories though even if I didn’t get any good work done. Everything I need it together, and I’m not changing my availability for it either. I’ll have more time to work on my stories during the summer, and I did get my first royalty check in September. I’ll be working on it more and the first ebook I am going to publish is The Killer Contract Agency. I will also try to get out another poem ebook and turn it into a paperback so it’s all a matter of time. Classes could be better, but I have time to make it up.
Until next time,


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