Review: SHADOWSHAPER (Daniel Jose Older)

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I’ll have to add this to my growing list!

Originally posted on Hero v. Shelf:

shadowshaperMost of all, though, she felt alive. The dead were so alive! They carried their whole lives with them in those tall, walking shadows, brought each second, each thrill and tragedy with them wherever they went.

If you’re looking for a strong female and diverse characters in a beautifully rendered urban fantasy that will keep you laughing and reading all night, the search ends here. Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper has it all.

The plot has been compared to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument series meets Caribbean legend. There are certainly some similar elements. Like Mortal Instruments, Shadowshaper takes place in NYC, where the urban setting gives way to a rich supernatural underground scene. The supernatural element in this case is the Shadowshapers, a community of artists who create vessels for the spirits of the dead–called Shadows, hence the shadowshaping. Sierra is a teenage girl whose grown up completely unaware of her…

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Adventures in Writing: Minor setback

So my left hand has been sore for about 2 weeks now. I figured that I had overworked it while at work moving some cookbooks (those monsters are heavy!).

Even though I was resting it on my off days, the soreness persisted. I finally went to the hospital and thankfully, I don’t have a fracture. But they figured that I had pulled a tendon in my hand, hence the soreness.

If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, then you’ve seen the splint I have to wear for the week. It’s not bad, but I do have to get used to slowing it down for a minute. So instead of tying with one hand, I’m putting my writing on hold for the week. Doctor’s orders are to rest my hand, so that’s what I’ll be doing. I need my hands to be at 100%, so I think my characters can wait one week.

What are you guys up to this week?

#throwbackThursday: Voiceover

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For #throwbackThursday, in addition to doing a musical post, I also wanted to share something else. In addition to improving my writing, I’ve been doing some VO—voiceover—practice. You hear VO in everyday life, from the radio promo ads, the cartoons you watch, the audiobooks you listen to, and even the phone tree of the company you call. VO seems very easy, but I can tell you from experience that it’s very challenging. But it’s a lot of fun!

I was going to share a video response to my demo question I’d asked Juan Carlos Bagnell—SomeAudioGuy—but the video had been removed. So instead, I’ve posted the links to a 3-part interview Crispin Freeman did with Juan about commercial VO casting. I hope you enjoy!

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Murjani’s Miscellania with: Emie

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Recently, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Baltimore-area indie author Emie. Her most recent book, Adonis, was published by Yaoi Revolution, an indie publishing company based in Irvine, California. You can connect with Emie through her Facebook fan page, EAB Author Page, and can purchase her book here.

Blog Spotlight on: Libby Zay

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Today, I want to highlight a blogger I’d worked with while I was a PR intern at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), Libby Zay. During the time I’d shared her office, I’d learnt how cool of person she is. She’d traveled all over the world and got to write about it. Sounds like an awesome job to me!

While working with her, she had become one of the inspirations that drove me to want more out of my writing; it didn’t matter if it was an article, blurb or a novel draft. Libby has written for many publications, such as Urbanite, Baltimore City Paper and About.com. With her camera and notebook, she’s always up for an adventure! Check out her blog at libbyzay.com and her newest endeavor, The Scout Project, which is a merit badge based program and blog for curious people of all ages.