Reinventing the Wheel

There are too many times as writers where we feel stuck. This past summer, I would not have said, I feel stuck. I had actually accomplished a lot of writing, working myself into the third edits of my first novel. Yet, something felt lacking. Before I even began writing my novel, I had dropped by …

YA/NA Blog World Tour

Young Adult and New Adult Blog World Tour: Trin Carl by Shannon Leigh Rivera   Trin Carl is a YA Fiction writer working on her literary novella “Oh Brother”. She plans on releasing more novels in the future. Trin has a degree in English from Metropolitan State University and works as a substitute teacher in …

Forlorn- Part VII

“Careful!” Saoirse motioned to a patch of half-submerged land that no longer looked safe to stand on. Curls of waterlogged heather poked through the top of the water, waving their delicate blossoms like a siren’s song. Liam stiffened and wiped the corner of his brow, throwing his former betrothed a glare of relief and frustration. …

Summer, Sickness, and my Interview with Sue Seabury!

Hey, Fantasy Fix fans! It’s been a long, hot summer full of strange and unusual events happening, not just around the world, but in my corner of it. Besides graduation, which was the beginning of June, I have been busy with family and school (with my kids). As many of you know, I am a …

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired

Writing Slumps: What to Do When You Feel Uninspired   I have heard that writer’s block often occurs because of a lack of inspiration. Some claim that writers have difficulty writing because they are lazy or afraid. I have even heard some writers claim that they get tripped up over what they want to write …

Next Stage: Graduation in Two Weeks!

Next Stage: Graduation in Two Weeks! I know I haven’t posted anything the last few weeks and I hope that you will all forgive me for that. I have been really focusing on my last two classes as I finish out my final courses before graduation. As of today, I have fifteen days until I …

Author Interview Series: Suzanna J. Linton

Author Interview with Suzanna J. Linton By Shannon Leigh Rivera   Instead of my regular Friday Fantasy release, I wanted to do an interview post with my friend and fellow writer, Suzanna J. Linton. A few months ago I was running solicitations for guest writers for my site. Suzanna had contacted me asking for more …

Busy Vs. Productive: Too Much of the Wrong Stuff is Bad for You

Busy Vs. Productive: Too Much of the Wrong Stuff is Bad for You By Shannon Rivera A few years ago my family moved from sunny San Diego to the middle of nowhere Tennessee. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed many aspects of this move. Gas is cheaper, housing is more affordable, and there is …

Forlorn Part IV

Saoirse woke to the smell of wet dog as Ardal nudged his cold nose in the crux of her neck and then licked her face. “Get off, get off…” Saoirse muttered as she pushed the fluffy bulk of Ardal away. He whimpered and stumbled and she sighed at the sound. Her head was pounding from …

Show what needs Shown, Tell what needs Told

Show what needs Shown, Tell what needs ToldBy Shannon Leigh Rivera “Specificity in writing should not depend on modifiers” – Adam Sexton, Master Class in Fiction Writing Show and Tell. As writers, we have heard these two words a lot. The more you study writing and the more you read on the subject of writing, …