The Writing Prompt Boot Camp

I recently signed up for Writer’s Digest and as part of the sign-up I got a two-week writing prompt boot camp download. My goal is to use this boot camp to write a post every day for the next two weeks. 

Feel free to join me! I’ll start each post with an introduction of exactly what the prompt is. If you decide to follow along, comment on each day’s post with a link to your own story and I’ll be sure to stop by and read it.

Let’s see if we can hone our skills and become better writers!

An Offer… If You’re Interested

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed tonight, for the fifth night on a row I am completely uninterested. There isn’t much substance to my Facebook feed. It is mostly made up of my family and a few friends/acquaintances/people I went to school with. I would say 1 out of 100 posts isn’t complete, meaningless clutter (not to say I don’t occasionally contribute to the clutter, but that’s not the point. 😉)

I keep wanting more. I want to do more. I want to help authors and other bloggers. My offer is simple; if you would like promotion and help getting the word out about your upcoming book, latest release, or your most recent blog post, let me know. The only catch: I have to be able to endorse you with a clear conscience. If I’m not feeling the vibe, I won’t support it. 

I will reblog your posts. I’ll share them on social media. If you have a book, I’ll promote it as well. If you have a Facebook page, I’ll like/follow it and share it. I don’t do Twitter (I know, I know… Get with the times) so I won’t be able to help on that platform. If you have a webpage, I will promote that as well.

I have a small audience so I know it’s not all that much to offer, but it’s what I have. I am still trying to figure out a “contact” section so for now just comment on this post and we’ll take it from there. Share this post with other bloggers or authors. I’m not asking for money or for anything in return. I just want to help in any way possible. 

Substance is what I’m after. Substance and a purpose.

Resources Anyone?

Hello fellow bloggers!

Do you have any suggestions for writing resources? I have found myself doing a lot of research to make sure my writing is accurate when writing about certain topics. Do you know of any websites or books that are a good resource for writers specifically? I’ve just been using Google and trying to sort through what’s accurate and what’s not, but wasn’t sure if there is anything specific out there.

Any help would be appreciated!

Orange is the New Black – A Review

This is my first book review and it may not be as professional as it should or be done in the right format, but I just want to detail my perspective on the book that now has a Netflix original show based on it. ***MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS***

OITNB

(Picture Origin)

My husband and I started watching the show when it first started on Netflix. We very quickly became addicted to it. It seemed a bit dramatic, but was very intriguing. My husband has always like prison/crime shows and this seemed to be a female (and more subdued) version of Oz. We finished season 2 in a week (the only bad thing about Netflix original series episodes being released all at one time), now we have to wait almost a year for the next season.

In the interregnum, by my husband’s suggested, I started reading the book where it all originated. It took some getting used to as the names are different between the show and book, but I could pretty much guess who was who. I still don’t understand why they changed the names for the show, but it doesn’t affect the story line much. What does affect the story line is how much more is added to each little tale Piper Kerman tells. The book is simple, straight to the point, explaining real-life events without all the added pizzazz. The show, on the other hand, has the pizzazz needed to keep a show going for more than 2 seasons.

For example: If Piper Kerman said she smacked a girls hand, Piper Chapman would have punched the girl in the face.

The real Piper is much more giving and the real-life prison women far less hostile. She describes definite sects based on race and background, but how Kerman tells it, they didn’t want to kill each other every chance they got. I won’t detail all the differences because that would take too long and they aren’t really that important, but there are definitely enough that I would encourage you read the book if you find the show interesting.

The book grabbed my attention and held it. Not because it was filled with drama, women killing women, or women fucking women, but because it gave me insight into a world that I’ve never experienced. I was able to put myself in the shoes of those women and see how much they were suffering, how little help they received, and the sad way convicts can be treated. That is one of the reason I love books, I can immerse myself in a world that, otherwise, would be completely unknown to me.

The only part of this book I was disappointed with was the end***SPOILER ALERT***. The closer I got to the end the more I wondered how she was going to finish in such a short number of pages. When I finally finished it I understood. She ended pretty abruptly for my taste. The whole book was spent describing events, emotions, and people in detail and the end was so…it was just so…bland. I wanted to know how she felt after being released.

Did she keep in touch with the women she had met? How did Piper & Larry’s wedding turn out? Did she get to see Pop on the outs? What about Natalie? I know she only did a small amount of time, but why write about the experience of being inside prison if you’re not going to write how it felt to get out?

These are just some of the questions I have. All in all I’d give the book a 3 out of 5, but I’m not a real authority on good books vs. bad books. This is all just my opinion.