Guest Post: From Visual to Verbal – How my Design Career Influences my Writing by Jacqueline Firkins

I’ve been designing costumes and scenery for the theatre for about twenty-five years now. I got into the career because I love working with a group of creative minds to bring a story to an audience. I particularly like developing the world the characters inhabit, and the feel of the characters themselves. How do they choose to express themselves? What objects or garments do they hold precious? Do they dress to be seen or to disappear? What resources do they have available? Connections to their past? Hopes for their future? Do they intentionally align themselves with a group or make themselves stand out?

These are questions we all grapple with, though seldom on a conscious level every day. With costume design work, they rise to the surface and need to be answered. I find the work endlessly fascinating. I do less scenic design than costume work because I love the detail, focus on personal expression, and working relationship I build with actors when I design costumes. However, scenery often allows for bigger symbolic gestures. I like these too!

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Force Me to Read… Scythe by Neal Shusterman

At the end of October I announced a new monthly blog feature where I essentially let you force me to read any book you want. I let people suggest books here on my blog, Twitter, and Instagram.

I ended up with 36 unique suggestions so I wrote all the titles down, put them in a little basket, and let Elliott randomly grab 4 of them! Those four then went into a Twitter poll and the winner was…Scythe by Neal Shusterman. The rest of the titles were put back into the basket for next time and I put Scythe on hold at my local library!

I’m going to put the book details below for those who aren’t familiar with the book and then I’ll jump into sharing my reading experience!

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Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Nicole Melleby

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Nicole Melleby, author of Hurricane Season and the upcoming In the Role of Brie Hutchens… (4/21/2020), for an interview!

If you are an author interested in being featured in this series please click here to fill out the Google form.

Nicole Melleby is a born-and-bred Jersey girl with a passion for storytelling. She studied creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and currently teaches creative writing and literature courses with a handful of local universities. Her debut novel, HURRICANE SEASON earned three starred reviews and was awarded the Skipping Stones Honor Award for exceptional contribution to multicultural and ecological awareness in children’s literature. Her second novel, IN THE ROLE OF BRIE HUTCHENS… will be released Spring 2020. When she’s not writing, Nicole can be found browsing the shelves at her local comic shop or watching soap operas with a cup of tea.

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Thank you for being here today, Nicole! I was hoping we could start off by talking a little bit about Brie from your forthcoming second book, In the Role of Brie Hutchins… Could you tell us a little bit about who she is and what her life is like?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
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Review: The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Title: The Tenth Girl
Author: Sara Faring
Release Date: September 24, 2019
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 458

Content Warnings: sexual abuse, torture, cancer, death of a parent, death of a sibling, survivor’s guilt, self-harm, miscarriage, gore

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Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

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Sunday Stacks Week Seventeen

Happy end/beginning of the week! I never know which one Sunday is…

I read so many books this week! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to say that and oh it is so nice. When I made my short TBR last week and then five hours later decided to also participate in the Stranger Things readathon I was afraid I was setting myself up to enter a slump by putting too much pressure on myself. The odds were in my favorite though and instead I’ve been so motivated!

Here’s a look at the last Sunday Stacks TBR, how it went, and what I’m hoping to read this next week.

Also, did you notice that the seventeenth week of this series is being posted on the seventeenth day of the month? Because I did. And I love little coincidences like that.

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Author Interview: Niamh Calderwood

These days I don’t act or dance, but instead spend most of my energy on writing stories, poetry and long, rambling essays about why I’m not very happy. I’ve recently tried to start my own country on an Island in the North Sea, and I’m currently writing a surreal comic fantasy novel containing lots of swear words. I live on the coast with my wonderful wife, and I’m a level 50 Jedi Master.

Hi, Niamh, thank you for coming to answer some questions! Can you start us off by sharing three fun facts about your books?

Thank you for having me! This has been much anticipated, and I’m excited to be talking to you. Fact number one, when I published my first novel, Stranger Town, I photographed my friend standing in front of Waterstones bookshop holding a copy of my book, and used the photograph to promote sales. I guess it was an unconventional guerrilla-marketing ploy because Waterstones did not stock my book, but it looked good having the bookshop in the background…

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