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 …

It’s NaNo Time!

National Novel Writing Month: It’s NaNo Time! by Shannon Leigh Rivera November means a lot of things—turkey, football, and pumpkin pie. For those of us who write, the month of November means National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo.) It is a month-long writing ‘competition’ where writers from around the world get together (introvert style) and …

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. …

Voice and Style: How to be Unique in a Sea of Storytellers

Voice and Style: How to be Unique in a Sea of Storytellers By Shannon Leigh Rivera   “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the …

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 …

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 …

Words into Worlds

Words into Worlds “The best descriptive writers are the best observers—of sight and sound, smell and taste, of texture” – Adam Sexton in Master Class in Fiction Writing Have you ever found yourself walking down the street, alone at night when no one else is around? Or maybe you were taking a walk through a …

When Making Time takes Too Much Time

When Making Time Takes Too Much Time: My Top Ten List to Avoid Procrastination Procrastination: It’s a word we all know. We have a love-hate relationship with it. On one hand, we love to procrastinate because it usually equates out to Netflix binge-watching, book-reading-fests, or video-game-a-thons. We can feel refreshed when we procrastinate. On the …