#IWSG May 2017: Being Overwhelmed, Weird Research, & Another Con

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Created and hosted by the Ninja himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writers Support Group posts the 1st Wednesday of every month. Click the image to learn more or sign up.

Monthly Question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

At this point in my writing, I haven’t really had to research anything too weird yet. I guess I could at least mention a few cool things I’ve researched, like: scientific terms and effects of two moons for a story I haven’t started yet or how to create a language for a story I’ve been developing for about three years.

For now, I’d say the most interesting thing I’ve researched is angel lore. After I completed the first draft of my first book, before I even knew it was a book, I decided to look into the different worldviews of angels to see if anything interesting could be added to my story. I bought a book online that had high ratings and was recommended by several different sites. Can’t for the life of me remember the title now. I still have the book, but it’s in storage somewhere.

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So, the month of April was a bit crazy for me. I did a virtual convention, went on Spring Break, took a trip with my sister, did a live convention, and battled and assortment of illnesses- some still in progress. I’ve had a lot of low points in the past month, but the high points made it all bearable.

I only finished one book in the month of April and I still need to write a thorough review for it. I’m struggling to finished up the first installment of “We Are Jardin”. Who knows when that will be ready to publish. My YouTube channel will suffer a bit this month. I’m working on a RavenCon wrap up video and have no real Reading Challenge update to offer. Plus, I have two more author events coming up that I’ll have to work around my ongoing medical issues.

All in all, I guess I can’t complain too much. I’m busy in a good way and my health is always an issue. If I waited around to be healthy all the time, I’d never get anything done.

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What have you had to research for a book?
Read any good books last month?
Hope this post finds you in good health.

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After hanging out with Alex, be sure to stop by and visit this month’s co-hosts:
Michelle Wallace,
Nancy Gideon,
Tamara Narayan, and
Liesbet!!

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Click here to visit other IWSG blogs and sites to receive and share more inspiration and support. (This month, I’m #66).

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The Cephalopod Coffeehouse #Review: My Father Didn’t Kill Himself #YA #book

The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you’ve finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same. In this way, we’ll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts with other enthusiastic readers. Please join us below.

So, the end of April came way faster than I was prepared for. Today, I’m prepping for the RavenCon and am feeling a bit jittery. I feel bad about not putting forth my best effort with this review so let me be clear now, this is not the full and complete review. I will be more thorough at a later time and post my complete review on Goodreads and Amazon (if they let me). Since I’m pretty much a member of the author’s, Russell Nohelty, unofficial fan club, I get a lot of his content in bulk and at discounted prices. I support almost all his Kickstarters and thus, that’s how I acquire his content whether digital or print. In any case, I’ll provide a brief review of this ebook below.

Title: My Father Didn’t Kill Himself
Author: Russell Nohelty
Genre: YA, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 305
Reading Level: Adult
Content: R (adult content and situations, mature themes, drug and alcohol use, language, sexuality)

So first, I have issues reading YA in general so that’s not a reflection of the author’s ability to tell a story. I had trouble relating to teens with I was one, so reading about them is always a little difficult for me. With that said, this is a very hard book to read. Some of the subject matter is just painful, in an emotional way, but it’s good. Sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to really experience something that sticks with you. Overall, this is a good book I’d recommend to a select few I feel would really connect with it and benefit from it.

I give this book a 4.

If you’d like to obtain a copy of this book, try this link: Amazon

Please stop by and see what others have read 😀

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1 Con down, 2 more to go. #B2BCyCon2017 @RavenCon @TWComicon

Done…

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And still to come.

RavenCon, 4/28-30/17

Get your passes NOW to Tidewater Comicon 2017! May 13th and 14th at the Virginia Beach Convention Center! https://t.co/bnrtXkpmwj pic.twitter.com/TVeRX5cFNg

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#Question of the Month: a #bloghop to think about. No. 11- What’s your favorite thing that begins with C? (no A-Z for me)

A little while ago, Michael D’Agostino, of A Life Examined, brought up the idea of a new blog hop called Question of the Month. He thinks blog readers would like to know a little more about us, the bloggers. So we’re all gathering to show you guys who we are by taking part in the Question of the Month blog hop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here.

This month’s question is: “What’s your favorite thing that begins with C?”

Chocolate is probably my favorite thing that begins with ‘c’, but before I talk about why, I’d like to mention a few other C’s.

First, C is for challenge, as in the A – Z Challenge that many in the blogosphere are participating in this month. I am not participating, but I am following along. One day I’ll take on the challenge but not this time around. I am, however, enjoying many of the themed posts so far.

Second, C is for character. As a writer and reader of books, I appreciate good characters. Characters that feel real and make you love or hate them just can’t be beat. There are many aspects of fiction that make it my preferred overall genre, but I like the idea of becoming attached to a made up person, someone I almost wish was real.

Third, C is for convention. It’s convention season for me and I’m getting excited. I’ve already listed the countdown for RavenCon (see side panel) and will follow up shortly with a countdown for my local Tidewater Comicon. The geek in my can barely contain my excitement.

And before I get into my enjoyment of chocolate, I’d just like to mention one thing that begins with ‘c’ that drives me crazy. The ever so small yet daunting comma.

Finally, chocolate is my favorite thing that begins with ‘c’ because:
-it tastes great whether sweet, bitter, or spicy.
-it can be comforting and soothing.
-when in dark form it can be a healthier alternative to other sweets.
-I like the way it melts and can be molded.
-it goes well with many other flavors…

Seriously, I could go on, but I won’t. What’s your favorite thing that begins with ‘C’?

Please visit the other participants in this hop and even join in if you’d like.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords