Student Scribe

Picking Yourself Up

 

I wanted to apologize for my lack of an article last week. We all hit bumps in the road from time to time. This semester I seem to have hit a bump and fallen face first into a truck full of fertilizer. I have a… brace yourselves… 45% in my current class. I know, I know. I can hear you all clutching your pearls from here. It is not my normal work ethic and I am certainly not proud of that number, BUT I can and will move past it. I am back on track.

So what kind of things can cause life hiccups that large? Everything. Anything.

Genre of the Month, September - Nonfiction

When Nonfiction is Nonboring

 

How many of you out there have ever been asked to write something about yourself and thought: “Ugh, but I have nothing to stay! I’m boring!”

Bet a lot of you have.

But, let’s be honest, are you really that boring? You’re not, trust me. One thing being a journalist taught me is that everyone has a story to tell, and it’s entertaining because it is their story. But I’m not going to talk to you today about journalism,. I’m going to talk to you about creative nonfiction (CNF for short). I’ll let Wiki describe it:

“Creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. Creative nonfiction contrasts with other nonfiction, such as academic or technical writing or journalism, which is also rooted in accurate fact, but is not written to entertain based on writing style or florid prose. As a genre, creative nonfiction is still relatively young, and is only beginning to be scrutinized with the same critical analysis given to fiction and poetry.”

Brains to Books Cybercon

Angela B. Chrysler ~ Guest ~ Week 2

 

Welcome back to week two with Angela B. Chrysler as my special guest. The Cybercon queen has graciously agreed to answer more questions about next year’s Brains to Books event. This week we are talking about how authors can participate.


Question: How can authors become involved?

Answer: There are two ways an author can become involved. They can be a featured author—This requires registering at www.Braintobooks.com—or a volunteer.

As our members grow, we require more volunteers and will take anyone willing to help. This year we are bringing in volunteers on call to help answer questions, data entry, we have recruits, advertisers, blog tour hosts, event hosts, genre assistants to help organize all the events in a single genre. Authors can volunteer here.

Genre of the Month, September - Nonfiction

Isaav Asimov: More Than Robots

 

When you hear the name Isaac Asimov many of you will think of the three laws of robotics and that he only wrote about robots (Bicentennial Man and I, Robot). In his seventy-two years of life he wrote over 500 books in 9 out of 10 of the major Dewey Decimal Classifications. He wrote his set of encyclopedias, books on religion, astronomy, mathematics, animal welfare, and the environment. He even invented psychohistory, a science which combines history, sociology, and mathematical statistics.

Nothing about Isaac Asimov is simple, starting from his birth. He was born sometime between October 4, 1919 and January 2, 1920, but he celebrated his birthday on January 2nd. He was born in Petrovichi, Soviet Russia. He was the oldest of three children. With the change in political power, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1923. His name in Cyrillic was Исаак Озимов and translated was Isaak Ozimov. Due its pronunciation, it was eventually changed to Isaac Asimov. He never spoke Russian. His parents spoke Yiddish and went on to learn English in America. He was raised an Orthodox Jew but was an Atheist.

Adult, Book Reviews

Review: The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez

First published in 1991 and re-released in 2016, The Gilda Stories by Jewelle Gomez is a vampire novel spanning 1850 to 2050 America. It centers on a woman escaping slavery and her journey in becoming a vampire for the next two hundred years while still trying to retain her sense of and connection to humanity.

The book has a distinct lack of background story for what Gilda, the main protagonist, has learned and is learning about what it means to be a vampire. Much of it is alluded to and is meant for the reader to intuit, perhaps allowing readers to fill in the blanks based on prior knowledge regarding vampire lore. However, this is such a different kind of vampire story that a little more exposition regarding this very important aspect would add a depth to the story that is needed.

Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Isabella Swan’s move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Isabella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife-between desire and danger.Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

–back cover of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

This was one of those books that I think I just assumed that I would never read. I had already seen the movies when I was a lot younger. The first time I saw the movies, I was obsessed, but take into account, I was eleven. When I was sixteen I decided to try watching them again with a friend. I think we got through the first three before giving up and mostly poked fun at it.

Features

How I Fell in Love with Reading

 

I began reading in kindergarten. First my dad read to me, then I began picking up my own books. By first grade, I was devouring Magic Treehouse books. I enjoyed reading, but I wouldn’t say I was in love with it.

In the third grade, I began reading Harry Potter. I was completely against it at first, but my sister eventually convinced me to give it a try. That’s when I fell in love. I zipped through each book, and because I volunteered in the library, I got to check out the next book before my library day (nerd perks! 😛). When we reached 1000 books, the librarian (who we’d become very close with) celebrated by giving us small gifts. I was given a Harry Potter bookmark that I used day in and day out.

The 'Write' Information

Angela B. Chrysler ~ Guest

I am thrilled to have Angela B. Chrysler as my special guest. Over the next two weeks this Cybercon queen will be answering questions about next year’s Brains to Books event. Whether you are a reader or writer, you won’t want to miss out on any of the details. Let’s get started:

Question: What is a Cybercon?

Answer: A CyberCon or Cyber Convention is an online Convention. Inspired by the Comic Convention in San Diego, I dropped the Science Fiction theme and opened it up to readers and writers of all genres. A Convention is an organized meeting with the sole purpose of celebrating a theme with the fandom. The theme for Brain to Books Cyber Convention is Books, both reading and writing them. Where CyberCon differs is our convention is online and affordable making it possible for anyone to attend on a global scale. We remove travel, lodgings, and the majority of expense for those attending the CyberCon.

Question: Why did you create this event?

Answer: “A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Features

The Beauty of Brevity

 

When people think of writing fiction, whether it’s a multi-novel sword-and-sorcery epic or a contender for the Nobel prize in Literature, they picture long, drawn-out stories. They picture manuscripts that, when printed out, could be used to bludgeon someone to death.

And they’re not entirely wrong.

But fiction doesn’t necessarily have to be these long, drawn-out, elaborate things. There is such a thing as short stories and I’m here to tell you guys why it’s awesome to read and to write short fiction.

Student Scribe

Kill Your Darlings

This week starts the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year for Online/Distance Learning students at SNHU. For this term, I am taking Intro to Critical Thinking. It’s considered a philosophy course and comes highly recommended for writing students.

Why Critical Thinking? Well the easiest explanation is it helps in editing. It is the essential skill when you edit your first draft that will help you “kill your darlings.” It’s a term that, as writers, we hear over and over and over and over again. It’s beat into us our entire careers. William Faulkner said it first, “In writing, you must kill your darlings.” Stephen King followed in his book On Writing, “kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”