HONEY: A Grown-Ass V.C. Andrews Review

Here we are at the final individual novella in the Shooting Stars mini-series. These books have provided me with an easy escape from the tail-end of summer. Thus, I can admit that I’ve enjoyed hate-reading them. So let’s take one last deep-dive review into a hastily-plotted V.C. Andrews novel, Honey. IN HER MUSIC, SHE FOUND SWEET SALVATION Honey grew up on a farm under her strict, fanatically religious grandfather’s disapproving...

ROSE: A Grown-Ass V.C. Andrews Review

We’re getting into the thick of the Shooting Stars mini-series, so if you haven’t checked out the first two books, Cinnamon and Ice, make sure you do! So let’s dive into my review of Rose, which promises a truer return to typical V.C. Andrews form. Here’s a look at the synopsis: WHEN SHE DANCED, SHE COULD DREAM… Beautiful and talented, Rose was the apple of her father’s eye. But when...

5 Ways to Stop Hating Your Writing

We’ve all been there, in that point of writing where we just can’t write another word. Why? Because the writing is bad, oh so bad, worth destroying, please get the fucking kerosene and burn this shit down I’m the worst writer in the universe please cancel. Clearly, by being here, you’re looking for a quick way out, so here are my 5 ways to stop hating your writing. Read Shitty...

When #MOMLIFE and #WRITERLIFE Collide

Yesterday I managed to get my son to sleep for the afternoon. My daughter was spending the day at my parents’ and I had a wonderful moment of solace to drink a cup of coffee and listen to The Damage Report with John Iadarola. Then I got a text message from Richard Thomas: Adding you to the call in about 10 minutes! And I was like OH FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! A Little...

ICE: A Grown-Ass V.C. Andrews Review

After reading Cinnamon, I can’t say that my expectations for the Shooting Stars mini-series were heightened any more than they were going in, but alas, considering that I got four of the five books in the series at the same thrift store (score!) for 50 cents a book, I basically have to commit. Ice is the second book in the series. Will it be any better? Let’s find out! ICE...

Revisiting V.C. Andrews Books As A Grown-Ass Woman

I’m a little ashamed to admit that got into VC Andrews late into the game. The dog-eared paperbacks frequented the shelves of the thrift stores I visited as a kid. So inviting. So tantalizing. A pretty girl’s face peeked through the keyhole on every cover, and then you’d open it to the stepback page behind it that revealed a horrified-looking family. Always a girl. Always a boy seductively looking at...

How to Successfully Introduce Yourself as a Writer

A couple of weeks back, Dan Bell (who I mentioned previously) had a neat live-chat on his Instagram. He picked random people to chat with for about 5 minutes at a time. I submitted my name thinking that the odds of me getting picks were pretty decent. Lo and behold, midway into editing my novel, I was CHOSEN. We talked mostly about “making it” as creative people and how creative...

Summer Memory Songs

There’s a new playlist on my Spotify of songs I’ve listened to during previous summer. It’s a cool feature, but I’ve only been a Spotify subscriber for a couple of years. Unfortunately, the playlist was not an accurate representation of summer’s past. Summer nostalgia might be easy for today’s youth, but we senior Millennials gotta dig into the memory cache for those songs that trigger peak summer nostalgia. Here’s a...