Friendship: From Strangers to Companions; Companions to Strangers

I was challenged, by fellow blogger Matt-in-the-Hat, to write a bit about friendship. I would like to cover what I look for in a friend, what an ideal relationship looks like, past experiences, and how I plan to proceed with future friendships. I have experienced a multitude of different people and relationships in my lifetime so far, and would like to share them with you.

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Interview with Authorpreneur Mike Wells, the Master of Unputdownable Fiction

Welcome to a special interview with the self-published author Mike Wells, a multi-genre writer whose books are consistently rated four stars and above by readers, publishing what he calls “unputdownable” stories. Wells’s focus has been on pushing his content to a cheaper, more readily available media format, and as such he is an advocate for eBooks in today’s market. I previously reviewed several installments of Lust, Money & Murder on my blog and found them to be fast-paced thrillers packed with action and drama.

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Monthly Media Roundup: Rom-Coms and Angst to Repel the Horror of Halloween

The Group Shot

The Group Shot

Well, this is going to be a biased first Monthly Media Roundup… All of the novels I read during October were horror, and completely covered in my Halloween post, so I will only be discussing the manga and one American graphic novel. I will also briefly mention the games I’ve tried, as well as the two DVDs I seem to have acquired.

Because of my Halloween reading plan, which is created months in advance each year, I had no time to read any non-terrifying novels. So… If manga’s not your thing, I won’t be offended if you wait to join me ‘till the next one, but do take a peek if you have the time. It could be a media you just haven’t explored yet.

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Haunting Reads for Halloween

The roster, minus

The roster, minus “Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse”.

Halloween is my favorite time of the year! The month when spooky, scary, and sinister things are thought to come out and play; to stray from their worlds to ours for a short time. I celebrate in style every year: I make the month of October one giant horrorfest! I want to take these last few days before Halloween—the main event—to talk about the books I read, their merits, and what you should be reading on the most frightening day of the year! The reviewed books include: The Forest of Hands and Teeth; the Devil Survivor manga; the Judge series; Wait Till Helen Comes; Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse; The Knife of Never Letting Go; the short story collection Dark Water; Annihilation; Uzumaki; and different stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

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New Beginnings

Good evening from Rhode Island!

Redley, here! I wanted to write a little note to talk about changes that are going to be occurring on my blog, Writing with Red.

I have been busy with some big life changes these past few months and have been unable to get much writing done, never mind reworking my pieces or reviews to turn them into posts. I will talk more about these changes in the future, as I have been putting a few short stories together featuring my life. For now, though, I have three specific new types of posts I want to discuss.

October has always been a month-long horrorthon for me. I have decided to turn that passion into an article about which books I have read and would recommend for Halloween reading—Yes, some are quick and easy enough to finish in just one day! So this week, I will be posting about the best horror stories I have read this year; with more focus on the ones I just read during the month of October. It will be review-oriented, but encompass more than just a single work or author.

I hope to continue this type of content as a series for the holidays throughout the year, including Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Rhode Island Independence Day, and The Fourth of July. I’m open to adding more; these are just a starting list of holidays for which I can definitely shape coherent themes.

I have also been working on a comedic retelling of tips and tricks I have learned from my weight loss journey. It’s a collection of vignettes about food, diet, and exercise. I am still organizing all the content, sifting through a proper timeline, and editing the first few posts, so I don’t expect these to launch until the second week of November.

Yet another new type of post I want to get off the ground is a roundup of all the media I purchase and consume monthly. It will by and large consist of novels, manga, and nonfiction works, but will occasionally include a videogame, movie, or television show that I have grown particularly fond of. I will limit this category to what I have bought/read for that particular month, if not it would be no different that a regular review. It would be fun to talk about what I am reading and why, as well as the impact of different media and it’s consumption in the market: what drives each genre?

Well, that’s a wrap! Thanks for reading and I hope you’ll join me as I transform my blog into something bigger and better.

“Swans & Klons” – A Tale of Clone Emancipation

Recently, I finished reading Swans & Klons, a young adult dystopian novel by Nora Olsen. The story opens with Rubric—our heroine in a city brimming with only women—visiting her childhood caretaker. You can immediately tell that things are quite unlike our own world. Paper seems scarce; names may be nonexistent for lower classes. As the other woman enters the room and their conversation begins, we learn of Salmon Jo, Rubric’s girlfriend, and the fact that she may be an uncommon character for whom trouble lies ahead. This promising exchange had me all geared up to continue and find out more about this strange place.

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