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Death & Fairy Tales in The Bone Houses: A Book Review

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Trigger Warning : This book has graphic descriptions of human and animal anatomy after death and since I am including passages from the book, this blog post may also include anatomically descriptive content.  The Bones Houses  by Emily Lloyd-Jones is about a zombie apocalypse with people being attacked and killed by unthinking monsters that have been dubbed "bones houses" (as opposed to skeletons). But it has other layers that give a respite from the death. We briefly meet Aderyn's family and the villagers of the Welsh town of Colbren. We see Ryn and Ellis's relationship develop at a good pace in both the hectic and quiet moments. The writing and the atmosphere are simple with adequate detail to keep the reader interested while providing a fairy tale essence and a touch of Gothic poetry.  The brother tugged at her arm, but she shook him off. "You can't." he said. "We aren't allowed." The girl ignored him.   The forest was beautiful—lush wit

Nurturing Your Power & Learning Self-Worth: A Circe Book Review

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In starting this post, I accidentally wrote 'Cirice' instead of 'Circe.' I thought about it and decided to see if there was a chance of there being a connection between the two. Cirice is a song by the band Ghost and one of my favorites to listen to. The music video demonstrates a girl has psychic abilities in a heavily religious environment, which could lead to the community accusing her of witchcraft and establishing a link to Circe.  I want to interject here that I am not that familiar with Greek Mythology. I know only the names of a few gods and goddesses (which I sometimes confuse with their Roman equivalent) from movies like Disney's Hercules and a childhood book of stories that were watered down for a younger audience. All I knew before reading Madeline Miller's book Circe was that the name belonged to a Greek goddess, but even now, I see that that is debated because she is sometimes called a sorceress or a minor goddess.   So, it is only now that I d

Worldbuilding Tips for Writers Part 1: Landscape, Ground & Trees

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  In finding  The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs by Tristan Gooley on the Amazon Wishlist of Whisperwind ASMR , it occurred to me that this book could provide some valuable information for writers, no matter what genre you write in. Readers usually pick up on details that clash or don't seem realistic. In addition to making your worldbuilding immersive, it can give you a good general knowledge about things you've wondered, but forgot to ask. For example, why is it common to have a smoky scent in the air during fall?    According to Gooley, temperature inversion occurs when you smell smoke on a cold morning. A "layer of warmer air traps a cooler layer near the surface." For example, you smell smoke in the fall from home fireplaces.  Keep in mind that this book sometimes focuses on specific areas, such as the English countryside, so the observations and tips Gooley provides will differ for warmer climates.  When there's a temperature inversion, sound, light