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As a girl, I lived in a boarding school. I was a risk taker, sneaking out to ride wishing chairs and climb magical trees. Once, I got lost at sea and wouldn’t have made it home without the help of my best friend Charlotte. We barely survived a watery grave. Home in river heights was … Continue reading

A List Of Things In Literature, Music and Art That Are Actually Metaphors For Women

Originally posted on The Belle Jar:
Did you know that sometimes when it seems like men are writing or talking or singing about something, often it is actually about a lady? Sometimes it’s a chick they want to bang, and sometimes it’s about a chick they have previously banged and now have bad feelings about, and…

Role Playing Games: Writing tips from Final Fantasy VII

It’s almost funny that my last post was about not making excuses about writing and then like I jinxed myself, I haven’t posted anything in months. Finally, I decided to post this. It’s something I’ve wanted to post for a while – I created a draft 4 months ago- but I didn’t think/ I still … Continue reading

What’s Your Excuse?

via What’s Your Excuse?. CJ Lyons By the way, this kinda applies to everything in life, not just writing.

Chemical Engineering: Misunderstood

The No.1 Question all Chemical Engineers get from non-engineers is What is the difference between chemists and chemical engineers? Chemical engineers just do chemistry right?   I got asked this over and over again and I truly feel that “Chemical Engineering” is a misnomer. I’m still thinking up a name.  10 misconceptions about chemical engineering Many people … Continue reading

Sun vs Snow Query Contest: Jan 18 Noon EST


Fictionpress:Savannah J Foley

The New Year is always full of reflection and I was thinking back on when I first created a blog (RookieWriter  in June 2009) I  created a blog on LiveJournal but had no intention of blogging at the time. I joined LJ to follow a group of writers from FictionPress who were leaving the site due to plagiarism issues … Continue reading

Online Courses: Career-Focused

I got an email from Coursera basically titled New Year, New Skills highlighting courses to take for a new job/career. Of course, you can also use it to develop skills for your current career or just to learn something during your free time.    

Online Courses: Start Writing Fiction

via Start Writing Fiction – The Open University. I am a huge fan of MOOCs. I love learning, there are just too many things I want to try or get information about. The first time I heard about Coursera was in 2014. Oddly enough, a lot of my friends haven’t heard about it either, so … Continue reading

Operation Awesome: Pass or Pages Contest

via Operation Awesome: Pass or Pages Official Contest Rules and Agent Panel.

Musings: Happiness in the Present

Source: Musings: Happiness in the Present   I am such a  planner/worrier, I loved coming across this post. Everytime I start getting anxious, ” happiness in the Present ” should be my mantra.

2015 Recap

Reading Sammy Bina‘s (check out her blog Run, Sammy Run) 2015 Favorites post which she followed up with a Picture Review  of the Year(I’m just not that good with pictures),  I figured I’d sit down and take stock of 2015 favorites and put together  my 2016 Mission 101 list (also a Sammy inspiration). So here … Continue reading

Happy New Year- “Just Do It”

Happy New Year! This video is high intensity but whenever you need motivation or a swift kick. Watch this and no more procrastinating “Just Do It” Here’s another video. As we reflect on the past year,  we may be wondering what is our purpose and how to live more meaningful lives. Okay… every year I make a … Continue reading

Where to Submit Manuscripts: Fiction with African settings, storylines and characters

Here are the submission guidelines for the few publishing houses I found online for fiction with African setting etc. Please comment with others Ankara Press : Website  Submission Guidelines Cassava Republic Press: Website  Submission Guidelines Saraba Magazine: Website Submission Guidelines Okada Books: Website Submission Guidelines

What is the difference between Mystery and Suspense

This list by Carolyn Wheat was a good read especially for writers of mystery or suspense. Number 12 is spot on: “A mystery asks: who done it? In suspense the question is: What’s going to happen?” A mystery concerns itself with a puzzle. Suspense presents the reader with a nightmare. A mystery is a power … Continue reading