Monday, January 4, 2021

Road to Grad: Readmissions

If you have been following my blog for a while, then you will know back in 2019 I changed my graduate program. I was originally in an MFA program at the City College of New York, and while I loved the program I was juggling too many things at once. 

My daughter just started school, I was working two jobs and just took on an entire graduate program. Furthermore, the course loads felt unmatched but now with a new perspective, it's not. This semester I am just taking one course, testing the waters out before diving back into the program. I hope I get into my top choice of courses, it's a non-fiction course but focuses on digital publishing. I was very intrigued by the course description, and I am hoping to use what I learn in the course for Inksoaked Page. It also means that I am bringing Road to Grad back and hopefully I have some great content coming up.  

I was lucky to be accepted back into the program, and I hope this time around I get to branch out and make some friends. I am in dire need of writing friends and like-minded peeps. If you have any tips? Drop 'em below. 

P.S. check out my Medium page for pieces about Mental Health and Motherhood. I am trying to branch out to other publishing outlets/social media. 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Book Review: Fully Alive by Michael J. Surdyka

 

Fully Alive by Michael J. Surdyka

Rating: 5/5 Stars

It is very rare that I give a non-fiction book five out of five stars. Let's be real, yes I am biased, I am not a fan of non-fiction and it can be hard to connect with the work unless I am truly interested. However, to be a book reviewer you have to be open to all types of works and look at the work objectively. I would like to say that it was not too hard with Michael Surdyka's book Fully Alive.


Fully Alive is written by Michael as an action guide to overcoming addiction. Right away he tells the readers that this book isn't just about overcoming the addiction but finding a way to anchor yourself to a healthy recovery. He calls it The Sobriety Blueprint, a personalized battle plan that focuses on the individuality of each person. It is apparent that he does his research as data and interviews appear throughout.


Surdyka's voice is also calming within the work as he guides the reader slowly but surely. Furthermore, the inclusion of infographics helps break up all the information you are reading. These graphics are bright, simple but informative. So if you are a visual learner, this might help you out or if you are like me and enjoy brightly colored images, then this is a hit. This book does its job at opening every crevice to help one understand addiction, and how to combat it with assistance from within and around you.


Although I do not suffer from addiction, I have seen it in my personal life. Additionally, my Master's is in Criminal Justice, so addiction was something that popped up quite frequently in my research. So Michael, excellent job in breaking this shit down because let's be real folks it is not easy to understand. Addiction can stem from various things, and it can cause devastation. So why not pick up a book to undo that devastation and build a support system!


Do I recommend this book? Yeah, I do. Who do I recommend it for? That was the tricky part, so I would say it is best marketed to adults but also those interested in subjects such as psychology. Understanding the mind can be a bore but Michael, he makes sure that you are constantly learning with each flip of the page (or in my case screen?).


The book won't be ready until February 2021 but you can still view Michael's site for the book here and view his Goodreads.


I received this ARC in exchange for a review.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Fall 2020 - 200th Post

 In a year where every day is uncertain, enjoy images of pure happiness during the fall season. 


Colors Change. Nature Doesn't

Young and Running Free; 
As Any Child Should

Happy 200th Post 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

NaNoWriMo 2020 - Day 1 (Word Tracker)

Here is a small post today in the spirit of the first day of NaNoWriMo! The Word Tracker I will be using this month! It was drawn and designed by me, and if anyone would like to use it themselves! Write a comment or shoot me an email!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Book Review: Like My Mother Before Me by Naley Gonzalez

Like My Mother Before Me by Naley Gonzalez

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Alizé Salvas is your ordinary average teenage girl. She likes to cut class with her best friend Estelle, she has a playful relationship with her older brother and she plays on her junior varsity volleyball team. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, she has the ability to see ghosts and has a demon with a grudge against her. Totally normal right? Wrong, and Alizé would agree with me because nothing about that is normal. Before all of this Alizé’s worst problem was trying to complete her homework, and I just have to say same sis. However, when she witnessed a ghost in her father’s office shit just gets real. From that moment things begin to spiral for her and you feel for her! That is what Gonzalez does amazingly in this novel. 


Emotions leap off the page and you get pulled deep into the story. You laugh when Alizé plays around with her brother, you’re frightened when Alizé first sees the skeletal woman in her father’s office, and your heartbeats a little faster when Martín sweet talks her. These instances are what make this book gold but not the only thing! As a Latina, it was great to see bits of my own culture in there, especially with the familial relationships. Don’t we all have a Tia Ida? As a daddy’s girl, the relationship with Alizé and her father was spot on. You see the different ways he tries to protect her even in the beginning, it’s all in the dialogue. When Tia Ida and Gabriel are talking, you start to put things together. I won't spoil the ending, you're just going to have to read it yourself.


Do I recommend this book? Hell yeah, especially in time for spooky season. This novel is a great read that allows you to escape to a new world just for a few hours. Also, while you are at it get the short story “Let Me Down Slowly” because it makes everything click into place.  


It can be purchased here and you can view Naley's website here

 
 

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