Deconstruction of “Cross” by Langston Hughes

Below is the exact paper I turned in for my Literary Criticism class in the fall of 2016. This is a deconstruction from a black American female’s point of view — my specific point of view and interpretation — of the poem. The word choice of the speaker in “Cross” suggests that he is aggrieved by…

Update on S.N. Petro’s Book Series

Why is The Warrior’s Seed no longer on Wattpad? What’s up with the S.N. Petro series? Who is S.N. Petro? The video below has all the answers, and just might be the most boring video you’ll watch all 2016. Believe me, I tried to redo this video many times. This is the best I could do…

Yes, I’m Still on a Break — but I’m Not Gone!

I’m dedicating my time to furthering my education in writing. I’ve learned a lot from completing my first book, The Warrior’s Seed. My mission now is to reduce the amount of time I spend editing my works and worrying about what my audience or family may think if I say what I really want to…

My 2015 Blog in Review

Here are my blog stats for this past year. Not bad, but I hope for better in 2016! Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people….

Today’s Secret Weapons to Getting Published

I’m currently reading Shadow Throne by Django Wexler. The book is okay so far. I’m two quarters through. Although, I would have put it down by now if my job wasn’t so slow that I have to have something to read to make it through the day. Reading through, I’ve gotten confused several times on…

I’ll Review Your Novel or Short Story

Let me read your short story or full-length novel! I’m addicted to reading. When I flip the last page of whatever I’m currently reading, I go into a mini panic, looking for to fill the sudden void.  So in an effort to save money and stop making the bookstore rich, I’ve turned to reviewing books….

Show Review: Love/Hate 2010

I watch a  lot of foreign shows, mainly English-speaking shows. Why? Because they speak English, and it offers me a greater library of entertainment that isn’t limited to the American market — pretty simple. I also enjoy watching what people of other cultures may find interesting. It can be sort of a cultural lesson. That being said, I…

Writers, If You Beta Read, Read Before You Comment

I was a member of two writer’s groups up until recently. A book by public speaker and writer, Brian Tracy, motivated me to find a writer’s group in order to learn from other writers. That’s not a bad idea at all. But I learned that many fellow writers can’t turn off the competition switch. They…

My Newest Query Letter Version

I’ve been grinding away at my query letter for over a year, but more intensely over the past month. I think I’ve achieved the goal of giving a general idea of the story, while managing to sprinkle some life into the sentences. I’m not really sure, but I hope so. Read on. The Warrior from Monde, complete…

My Query Letter Evolution

I’m going to make this brief. I enjoy writing books, but over the years I’ve learned to hate blogging. That aside, this post is about my query letter struggles. I’ve been working on a query letter for my novel The Warrior from Monde for about a year. I’ve purchased books on how to write a query and joined…