Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


Rating: 3 out of 5.

What It’s About:

In Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily, we find that our favorite pair are in a good place. Dash was accepted to Oxford University and Lily took a gap year in order to grow her dog walking business (and become a dog-fluencer in the process). Things are finally looking good for the couple, that is until Dash announces that he won’t be coming home for Christmas. As a romantic gesture, Lily hops on a plane to give Dash a much needed holiday surprise. In true Dash & Lily form, however, things don’t go exactly as planned.

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

What It’s About:

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily picks up a year after the events of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. In that time, Lily’s grandfather suffered a heart attack and his road to recovery has left a strain on her usual cheery disposition. With twelve days left until Christmas, Lily’s older brother Langston swallows his pride and teams up with Dash* and company to help Lily rediscover the magic in the world around her.

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Dash And Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan


Rating: 4 out of 5.

What It’s About:

From the authors who co-wrote Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist comes Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, a story of a girl, a boy, a red notebook, and New York City. 

Two partially-aloof strangers meet through quirky circumstances as Lily leaves behind a red notebook in a book store only for it to come into Dash’s possession. What follows is a whirlwind romance as the two challenge each other with dares that’ll bring them outside of their comfort zone and, possibly, into each other’s arms.

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The Druid’s Call by E.K. Johnston


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Let’s Talk About It:

Set years before the events of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, The Druid’s Call follows Doric as she attempts to find her place in the world. Abandoned as a child by her human parents, Doric is rescued by wood elves and raised as one of their own – well, sort of. She faces adversity and takes charge of her destiny, mastering the arts and magic of being a druid. 

What I like about this YA novel is that the reader doesn’t have to be familiar with Dungeons & Dragons lore or have watched Honor Among Thieves. While there are some Easter eggs throughout the story, a casual reader won’t be left confused by them.

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“Can’t Escape Anything in This Town”

Started watching 17 Girls on Netflix today. The French film is loosely based on the Glouscester High School pregnancy pact. Didn’t finish it, though. Not because it was dull, my mind and heart weren’t into watching anything. A depression has seeded itself deep within my metaphorical soul. My imagination, however, has been hyper active.

I started thinking about a piece I started years ago. And like most pieces I started years ago, this one never made it past the skeleton stage. I’m not even sure if I still have it. The working title was “Damaged Little Fuckers.” I didn’t intend to write a young adult story, but possibility is there. The original idea told a story of a teenage boy who falls in love for a “damaged goods” girl who finds herself pregnant without knowing who the father is. It was cliché in every sense of the word, if it weren’t for the underlining autobiographical aspect (a story I didn’t tell anyone, and never intend to).

I’m feeling inclined to write a semi-romantic drama with guns. I don’t know how that’ll work out. Another idea is about a serial killer and a girl. This has been an ongoing thought that I’ve expressed throughout my blog about a real conversation I had with my boss’s daughter.

There’s one more autobiographical piece that I’m contemplating. A love story, maybe. Who knows. A  new leaf has turned. I also have to work on my Bad Sex with ****** *** ****. I’ll carve out some stories for that (short blog posts, actually). I might even be daring enough to ask erotica writers (erotic writers?) for some advice.

Writing & Writers

Workin’ Writin’

I started doing a little bit of research, digging for a YA magazine looking for fiction. So far I’ve come across nothing that remotely interests me.

I need to pick up a copy of the latest Writer’s Market – either the main one, or the one specifically for short stories and personal essays. I have a few poems I’d like to start shopping around, as well. However, I’ve become more and more insecure about my poetry. I haven’t written a poem in almost two years. That’s a scary thought.

Like most writers, I started off with poetry. I have a huge plastic bin filled with folded, crumpled sheets of paper from poetry a decade ago. They’re not good at all. I wrote most of them in high school. When I started taking the craft seriously, I’ve only written enough to fix in a small box. However short stories and sketches – stories that really don’t go anywhere –  that take up most of the box.

Anyway, I’ve decided this is the year I get over myself. I shall take Jan Seale’s advice and ignore my goal of perfection. If I get rejection letters, I shall continue revising. If they’re accepted, then I’ve achieved my goal. A lot of other writers say that the story isn’t finished until it feels right. I agree with you, but we have to draw a line. I’m constantly second guessing myself, tumbling down a never-ending revision mountain.

I shall suck it up and make an attempt. If I sell one short story, I will accomplish a goal. If I receive twenty rejection slips, then I will work harder on the craft.