Save the Cat Writes a Novel | Book Review

Throughout the online #writingcommunity and AuthorTube, a book I constantly see getting praised is Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. Its ominous, yet intriguing subtitle is: “The Last Book on Novel-Writing You’ll Ever Need.” A book that talks that much smack out the gate is a book I gotta get my hands on. I had many questions, including: Why does the title of this book "Save...

#NiaDiaries Vol. 8: My Toxic Relationship With Hip Hop

Recently, I have become more intentional about the content I consume. I only have time and energy for content that makes me feel good. For example, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and tons of jazz music. As I consume new content, I’ve been letting go of others. For example, I’ve been listening to less and less hip hop. Hip hop is a music genre I used to love unconditionally,...

4 Ways I’m Continuing My Self Care Journey

In a recent Nia Diaries post, I mentioned that I wanted to practice more self-compassion.  As the first step on that journey, I have compiled four different ways I’m going to continue my self care journey. With each activity, I hope I can take better care of myself inside and out. 1. Journaling There is a special kind of magic that happens when you let out all of your emotions into the pages...

First Draft Problems | Everything Wrong With My First Draft

In late July, after I finished my Camp NaNo project Project Dewey, I began to edit Project BAN. The first step of my editing process was rereading the entire novel and making notes on it. I finished the reread in about twelve days and made a scene by scene synopsis of my first draft. As expected, there are a lot of first draft problems I will need to work through. A LOT.  1. The Main...

The Best 2000s Video Game Soundtracks

When a great video game has a memorable soundtrack, the music sticks with you like none other. As a life-long gamer, I have fallen in love with many video game soundtracks over the years. Below are three 2000s video game soundtracks I consider the best: 1. Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Released in 2004, Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life is a farm-simulation role-playing game whose franchise has...