Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Latest Reads

Here is a random post of books I am currently reading for June and July. Will I do a review? Eh maybe, but I wouldn't count on it but then again you never know with me. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book Review: The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming by Kelvyn Fernandes

The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi Volume I: Homecoming by Kelvyn Fernandes

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Synopsis: Follow Peter and Fi as they work together, each searching for something uniquely special to them through the four kingdoms of their known world. It’s a tale of fantastical beasts, peculiar characters, remarkable settings, and a unique brand of biochemistry-based magic. A story that focuses on meaningful character interactions, delicate world building, and intense action battles.

Do you recall those books you've read as a child and drawn into an addicting adventure? That is what Kelvyn Fernandes did in The Many Adventures of Peter and Fi: Volume I. You have the dynamic duo of Peter and Fi, who navigate this fantasy world. Peter, is a twenty-year-old mage with abilities that others would not spark as interesting. Furthermore, you have fourteen-year-old, Fi who I believe is the breakout character in this novel, saves Peter's ass, I mean butt a couple of times. The dynamics of the two are displayed through their conversations and that is what gives them their true spark. While most fantasy stories focus on world building (I do have some cons about this), this novel focus on friendship and teamwork with two sides of a scale. Peter is snarky and sarcastic while Fi is snappy and sassy, its the highlight of the novel. 

Characters in this novel aren't given traditional common gifts, no Fernandes provides them with unusual gifts that fit their personality. There are no mary sues in this novel which tends to happen in fantasy novels. There is always that one person who is just oh so powerful or a key, here you have two buds ready to take on their world. Now their world is what stops this novel from being a 5 out of 5. While I loved all the uniqueness of certain aspects, (a wall of dead and alive humans), I didn't feel that it was enough to capture the uniqueness. However, I am assuming because it is volume I, we will get more of a world in future novels (right Kelvyn?), but this was just the surface. Also, I was not too much of a fan of the random gore that happened but it didn't affect this score.  

Hey Kelvyn, can't wait to see what is in store for these two in the future. 

By the way, look at that cover art! Amazing! 

 I recommend this book for any reader 13+ of adventure, gory, and fantasy.

The book can be purchased at Amazon or downloaded at Audible

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

I had the pleasure of living out my childhood dreams with my lovely husband and daughter. Moments like these don't last forever but I am glad I was able to capture some, so enjoy viewing the happiest place on earth, 

Disney World.

A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you will lose your heartaches

Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

Monday, May 20, 2019

Grad School Reflections: Recap of Fall 2018

Graduate School is no easy feat! I started my MFA, at The City College of New York in Fall 2018. I was putting myself into a place with other students who are passionate just like me. The two courses I took were Internet Writing and Poetry Critical Practice.

These two courses were not at all what I expected it to be because I was going in with the idea that Internet Writing was going to be about blogging and learning how to write content for online publication. Instead, I was brought into a world of science fiction and learned about a sub-genre cyberpunk. While it was great to learn something new it wasn't my cup of tea.

Whereas the course that I was going to have the most difficulty with was Poetry Critical Practice, I have mentioned before in another post, poetry is not my medium but lately every semester I have had to take a course. We had a fellow teach us and she is an amazing poet, her name is Nicole Sealey, and she pushed us outside our comfort zones of writing. It was amazing to learn about poets from different backgrounds of color and sexuality. Additionally, she had us rework the same poem through different prompts and it was to teach us to let our work sit and come back to it.

I am not a big editor, I feel like when I do edit I want to change the entire story or start doubting myself. However, it is necessary for one to grow as a writer, there are times where I go back to stories I had written ten years ago with friends. The plots were great but some of the aspects unbelievable, plot lines all over but stories that with a fresh pair of eyes that can be amazing.

As I finished that semester with a 4.0 GPA, I have discovered things about myself, my writing, and this journey I am embarking on.

Just thought this blurb would be interesting to see what I have been up to. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Camp NaNoWriMo 2019

It is that time where every April, I participate in Camp NaNoWriMo and usually I spend the time revising a novel but for the last two years I have been writing new novels. So I am going to continue that trend and start a fresh novel that I have been toying with. It was inspired by a prompt and then I was reading old stories my friends wrote. They inspired me to write this new story focusing on real life drama and away from fantasy. 

Here is the usual info about the “Camp”

Camp NaNoWriMo is your virtual writing retreat. Every April and July, take four weeks to embrace your creativity and dive into your next great writing project.

At Camp, you can:

1.     Tackle any writing project, novel or not. Are you revising your next draft? Preparing to write the next great musical, a la Lin Manuel Miranda? Penning a collection of poems? Camp is fertile ground.

2.     Set your own writing goal. Warm up for 50K by setting a word-count goal of 25,000. Or track hours, lines, or pages… whatever works for you.

3.     Find your own, personal writing group. At Camp NaNoWriMo, you can be sorted into a public cabin with writers according to your preferences, or create a private cabin for you and your already-established writing buddies.

You can message me anytime! Name is Kimmyax3 and I will be checking in from time to time. 

This year I hope people venture out of their comfort zone and do something different. Also read something new that you haven't before to inspire you. Other than that here is to a good April!

Happy Writings!