A little late night post

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I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 months since I’ve last blogged here! Apologies to those who are reading this– I was sick with a late summer cold for the past couple of weeks. Before that, I was working a lot at my day job and would come home and pass out, too tired to do anything. But thankfully I’m not congested anymore and I’ve resumed my yoga regime.

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Review: SHADOWSHAPER (Daniel Jose Older)


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


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