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,
Wolfdreamer25

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,


Wolfdreamer25

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Research:


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,
Wolfdreamer25