Book Review: The Girl with all the Gifts

Title: The Girl With All The Gifts

Author: M.R. Carey

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating:  ♥♥♥♥½

The title of this book led me to believe that it was a sort of fantasy but then I found it listed under science fiction in the Kindle store. Either way it’s a fitting title.   The title comes from the main character’s, Melanie, favourite story.  Melanie is sort of the golden child.
The author did a very good job of keeping me guessing about Melanie and the other children that are in the school.  Their unusual habits and the detached, almost fearful way the adults dealt with them made me wonder what kind of gifts these children could have.
Melanie thinks daily about why they are in their school and what it could mean for them after school is over.   She tells herself stories and fantasizes alot.  None of the children are aware really of their ‘skills’ and it’s only after one incident in the classroom between Melanie’s favourite teacher and Sergeant and one of the other students that you figure out exactly what makes these children special.  The revelation is scary and it hooks you even more.
The book is short but well written. I couldn’t put it down for too long.  I wanted to find out who or what the children really were and what their purpose was. Then when I did I was eager to know how it was going to play out.  There’s a bit of medical jargon that I didn’t understand a word of but that didn’t take away from the story for me.  The ending was the icing on the cake.
I won’t say more than that.  I’m afraid of giving away too much.  I will say, however, that it is a great book to read. Worth keeping in my library.

Phenomenal Woman

Yesterday I saw on Facebook a post about the death of Maya Angelou.  I was surprised at the news to say the least.  Even knowing she was an elderly lady, 86 years old, it still surprised me.  I’ve heard about Ms Angelou for many years and even though I ‘m not much into poetry I was happy to know there are other black women who write and are inspiration for alot of other young black women.

After reading an article about her life in the NYTimes, it amazed me the things that she had seen and done. Never knew she sung calypso or was a dancer.  Or that she’d been married at least 3 times and lived in Cairo and Ghana.  All these experiences made her the phenomenal woman she was.

Rest In Peace Maya Angelou.

 

 

 

Writing personalities…

I came across this post on Pinterest about writing personalities. The pinner had gotten her results based on an assessment done on her writing. I thought this was pretty interesting and looked into it further.

The information is from Lulu.com.  The website says this about it:

“The Helix Review analyzes your writing against more than 100,000 bestsellers cataloged as part of The Book Genome Project. See into your writing in ways you never thought possible, and gain new, invaluable insights for better marketing and selling your book.”

Getting your writing personality results is a paid service so if you don’t mind dishing out the funds it would be interesting to find out how yor work is classifed and the other well-known authors that write similarly to you.

Writing Personalities... EDBP of course!

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Blog idols

Most mornings I spend some time checking out other blogs.  I’ve found quite a few through Pinterest and Bloglovin and enjoy reading the different posts.

Alot of my favourites are actually natural hair and fashion blogs and not really writing or writer’s blogs.  I still read posts from fellow writers here on WordPress but its nice to give my mind a break from all the writing and writing related stuff.

In addition to the fun stuff, there’s lots of advice and links to resources on blogging in general.  Every week I find something new and interesting.

Here are a few of my blog faves:

THE FEISTY HOUSE by Krystal K.: This is a natural hair, style & beauty blog with posts inspired by Krystal’s goals and life.  Her posts and pics are great. I love that she has launched her own businesses from her blog.

KINKS ARE THE NEW PINK by Ashlei: This blog also has posts on natural hair but it is more about style.  She has posts on defining your personal style and style inspirations.   She is also a personal stylist & shopper.  Pretty cool.

HEY FRAN HEY: by Francheska: This one is more about healthy and natural living.  She posts great pics and has posts on living healthy, including recipes and links.  Fran inspired me to try the oil cleansing method to combat my acne prone skin and so far it has been working well.  In the few weeks I’ve been doing it my skin seems alot brighter.

I am still in search of black authors on Bloglovin…haven’t found any as yet.  If you know of anyone please let me know and I’ll check them out.

Works in Progress

Before I started my Camp NaNo project I had been researching books to help me fine tune a manuscript that I had completed but never finished editing.  I felt like it had more potential, that I might be missing something important. I’m probably obsessing but I can’t seem to help it.

Through Twitter I came across Roz Morris who wrote Nail Your Novel.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been using the advice and tips to help me re-work my Camp NaNo project and just started on my other manuscript.  Morris also has a blog with the same name here.

So far I have pretty good outlines going for both projects.  It’s been helpful to see my original ideas develop.  With her Cards Game (I use a spreadsheet for this) I’ve put down all my ideas; rearranged and added a few things and re-vived a few parts that seemed lost.

So now back to work.  I’ll keep updating on my projects.

Bucket List?

In case you missed a few of my posts the past few weeks, I’ve been reminiscing alot. Going through old pics and thinking about what I’ve done so far in my life and what I have yet to do.  There are alot of things I would love to see and do before I get too old to do them.   So to that end I sat down and wrote a bucket list. Sort of.

I really don’t want to call it a bucket list.  It sounds too melancholy.   I think it will be my Awesome List or maybe my Great Expectations list.  But then most, if not all, of these can be accomplished in a few years if I plan properly.  So how about “My Before 40 List”.  I’m still working on the name and I won’t say how long I have before that age.

Anyway this is a list of things I would love to accomplish in the next few years before I hit the big 40…

TRAVEL

  • Travel across Europe
  • Visit China
  • Roadtrip across the USA
  • Travel across Canada

LIFE

  • Learn to swim
  • Conquer my fear of heights and go zip-lining
  • Get a tattoo with my son’s name and birthdate
  • Buy a car
  • Build a house
  • Learn a new language

EVENTS

  • Attend a blog conference
  • Do Blogcademy
  • Attend Writers Digest Annual Writing Conference
  • Attend New York City Wine & Food Festival
  • Attend a natural hair conference/meet-up

WRITING (this should have been first but saved the best for last)

  • Write & publish at least 3 novels
  • Get my own website

 

If you have any suggestions for anything on my list please let me know.

 

 

A little pep talk…

Some writing quotes to get me (and you) to keep on writing.

Thought this one was funny since there are so many books dedicated to “how to write a great novel”.

Some days I have to do this.

Some rules to follow if you really need it…

And always remember…