Book Review: FROM AWAY by Deke Mackey Jr.

Hey there rebel!

I give you another review for #IndieAugust!

This one is a serial (much like TV Series, the individual episodes are shorter and the storyline continues in the next installment), and I know that not everyone likes serials, but this one might as well change your mind, if you give it a chance.

FROM AWAY - 5 Stars!

From Away is the first installment of a horror serial. If you don’t like cliffhangers, maybe that’s not your read…

I am mighty impressed with this story - it has so many elements and it’s very well written, so the rating is well deserved.

We start in a lighthouse, where people keep watch against something horrific - except nobody knows what it is, not even those who ward against it. The story takes place on an isolated island that doesn’t want to be connected to the mainland, and meanwhile, there are generational clashes, family feuds, and the conflict keeps rising…

And while the action keeps rising and the author manages to completely creep you out, he also managed to develop the characters and make you care about them. What a feat!

There are a few things that might be construed as negative:

  1. The writing is a bit choppy in places. I don’t mind the abundance of short sentences and fragments, which is the author’s style, but some people do.

  2. There’s a lot of head hopping, but I think it’s done well. Basically, almost every scene happens in a new person’s head, and half of the time it happens with people we haven’t heard about before, so it could become a bit tiring.

  3. There are some punctuation errors throughout the whole book, but from all the errors out there, I think punctuation ones are least annoying.

Since I liked the style and I thought the head hopping was done well, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read fast paced chilling mystery/horror/thriller and multifaceted writing/storytelling.

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Thanks for reading. And happy reading.

Book Review: Dreadful Penny by J. Matthew Sanders

Hey there rebel!

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, and I’ve missed blogging, so I thought it’s time to start updating you again, regularly.

Right now, I am reading a LOT of indie books for Indie August, which means that my next few blogs are going to contain indie book reviews.

After all, indie authors really need our support! And other than buying their books, what really helps them is when you leave a review. :)

Today’s review is about a book called…

Dreadful Penny
By J. Matthew Saunders

Dreadful Penny - 4 Stars!

Dreadful Penny is a paranormal PI novella.

The main character Penelope is a regular private detective, who seems to have inherited her father’s predisposition for the unusual, and thus begins the story - with an unusual case. An old acquaintance hires her for her services and strange things begin unfolding… I won’t go into details, but I’ll say that the paranormal is prominent.

While Penelope, the protagonist, is not too well developed, her friends Zed and Charles are fascinating, and with every page, I wanted to learn more about them, especially Zed, who is Penelope’s assistant and a bigger mystery than the mystery itself.

What I really liked about this book is that it was a shorter read - 131 pages - and very light. It was easy to get lost in the story and keep turning those pages. In fact, I would say that the writing was what I call “invisible writing” - it doesn’t call attention to itself, but lets you focus on the story.

The only reason why I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is that while the whole adventure was fun and there were a ton of twists and turns, the final “battle” or the climax wasn’t too climactic. I didn’t feel like it was suspenseful or scary enough, so if you’re looking for a light, paranormal detective story, this is for you.

If you’re looking for bone-chilling horror, this is not for you.

You can read the first installment here - it’s occasionally free. The author has 3 more novellas in the same world, which I’ll have to read as well in order to find out everything I need to know about Zed and Charles.

If your book needs reviewing, check out the Indie Helper Database, we have a ton of book reviewers.

The Indie Helper Database is a place for people who help indie authors, so if you want to join us, apply at the bottom of the page.

If you need the help of a beta reader, book reviewer, etc., check out the people listed there and email them. Don’t forget to follow their instructions.

Thanks for reading. And happy reading.

Watch this and you'll never procrastinate again.

Watch this and you'll never procrastinate again.

Hey there rebel!

If you’re reading this, then you’re one of the many - countless! - creatives around the world who like to procrastinate. We don’t like it per se, but we do it a lot. Whether it’s because we’re putting things off or just getting distracted, procrastination is running rampant these days…

Don’t get me wrong, a little bit of it has been proven to be beneficial to creativity, but a lot results in NOTHING being done. And that’s not good.

In the beginning of this year - 2018 - I began so used to procrastinating every day that it ended up stopping my writing and halting my work altogether, I needed to figure something out fast, and this is what happened.

Someone recommended a tool for me, and I haven’t looked back since.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Try both!

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Try both!

Hey there rebel!

You know when you’re doing your thing and it’s like something’s not working? Maybe you’re blocked, maybe you’re tired, or maybe it’s time for a change.

For someone like me, who always says to bet on your strengths and do it your way, even I have to admit, sometimes your way might actually be in the way of progress, of growth, of what you may become if you weren’t so busy trying to keep everything the same because you’re afraid of change.

#GUILTY

Truth is, this year has been challenging a lot of my assumptions, like…

You should always go with your natural way.

This year I’m doing #NaNoWriMo my way. What about you?

This year I’m doing #NaNoWriMo my way. What about you?

Hey there rebel!

Let me guess… you were freaking out before NaNoWriMo started - whaaaaat, everyone else is prepared, but I’m not ready!!! - and then you thought you couldn’t possibly write 50K words in one month, and now you feel like you’re falling behind because everyone’s word count is higher…

You know what? Screw that.

Stop thinking about the way everyone else is doing NaNoWriMo. You do you.

From the start, I said that I’d be a NaNo Rebel and…

Looking for support during #NaNoWriMo2018? Join The Rebel Writers!

Looking for support during #NaNoWriMo2018? Join The Rebel Writers!

Hey there rebel,

The story starts on a dreary Saturday, a week before National Novel Writing Month - the biggest writing event of the year where you attempt to write a book in one month - and the protagonist is a girl in pink pajamas, smearing chocolate on her keyboard. You know, a normal Saturday morning.

Obviously the girl is me.

As I was sitting there, just having watched the funniest movie about a writing group ever and looking at the #nanowrimo2018 tweets and partaking in a dozen conversations, I realized that I wanted more

Writer's block just before NaNoWriMo? Try my non-sucky writing prompts!

Writer's block just before NaNoWriMo? Try my non-sucky writing prompts!

Hey there rebel!

Usually I have 100 ideas every day, so writer’s block… not really a problem, except for when I’m psychologically blocked. But back in the beginning of 2018, I was starting to write short stories and I found myself with NO IDEAS.

I was shocked. How come? Well, it happens to all.

My solution was to come up with some (non-sucky) writing prompts, and I don’t mean the ones that give you a story idea to write, but the ones that are merely tools to help you come up with your own fun ideas.

(Two of those are perfect for speculative fiction writers like yours truly, and the rest are perfect for anyone who writes storiesssss.)

How to blog when you have “too many interests.”

How to blog when you have “too many interests.”

Hey there rebel!

If you’re multipassionate, you probably know how weird it is to start a blog… because you are supposed to pick one subject and when you do, it only lasts a while before you have to create a new blog, and a new blog, and a…

Yeah, it gets crazy. But it doesn’t have to be.

You don’t have to worry whether you’re confusing your people or whether you’re losing their interest or whether you’re coming off as flakey.

Suffering from perfectionism? My clients love this exercise.

Suffering from perfectionism? My clients love this exercise.

Hey there rebel!

Do you tend to overdo everything you, well, do? Like… you can finish a presentation in an hour, but you take ten hours because every single slide has to look and sound… perfect? I know the feeling.

When I’m on Photoshop, a single image takes me hours to complete and then a couple more to create a ton more images that differ only slightly.

It used to drive me mad!!!

And it’s even worse when you’ve just started doing something new - video, podcasting, or what not, and you want it to be perfect, but it can’t be, so you drive yourself even more mad. Madder than the Mad Hatter…

How to get rid of your Inner Critic.

How to get rid of your Inner Critic.

Hey there rebel!

If you’re a creative of any sort, or a human of any sort, you know what it’s like to have a grumpy old puss inside your brain spoiling everyone’s fun.

Yes, I’m talking about your Inner Critic.

Back when I was starting this brand in 2015, I had a major case of Impostor Syndrome and my Inner Critic was milking it. He was saying that I sucked, that I couldn’t do anything right, and why even bother…

Balancing creative work and creative hobbies.

Balancing creative work and creative hobbies.

Hey there rebel!

Have you ever had any trouble balancing your work with your creativity?

I’ve recently experienced a difficulty around the impossible task of doing both my online business and my fiction writing justice. I would either jump into one and then have no energy for the other, or I would try to do both and fail.

Balancing work and hobbies is hard enough, but when your work is creative and your hobby is creative, WATCH OUT.

Today I’m talking about this on my Youtube channel and sharing how I’m planning to tackle this problem…

Follow my journey on Patreon!

Follow my journey on Patreon!

Hey there rebel!

I’ve entered a new creative season of writing short stories (my top 10) and making videos for my Youtube channel! Yayyy.

And I would love to do these things on a regular basis, but I need your help! Which is why I started my own Patreon page! Wheeeee.

So if you like my content and want to help me out to write and shoot video regularly, go ahead and donate whatever you can on Patreon.

Having “too many passions” doesn’t mean you can’t follow one path.

Having “too many passions” doesn’t mean you can’t follow one path.

Hey there rebel!

Do you have “too many passions”? Does it drive you crazy? Do you sometimes wish you could have "a “one true calling” like the normal people?

Yeah… I know that feeling well.

The good news is: You don’t need one passion to have one path.

In today’s vlog I tell you my multipassionate story - how I went through all the things to arrive back to where I started. Your journey will be different, but maybe you’ll find parts that resonate and make you feel better.

When was the last time you did that thing?

When was the last time you did that thing?

Hey there rebel!

The day has come - I have started VLOGGING.

(And I don’t mean like last couple of times when I did a few videos and then dropped off the face of Youtube for a year.)

My goal for this channel is to share my thoughts as a writer, multipassionate, and creative rebel, and have you join me on this crazy journey.

The first vlog is a tiny motivational video…

Client Story: How Rosemary overcame her fear of "what if" and started her first podcast.

Client Story: How Rosemary overcame her fear of "what if" and started her first podcast.

Hey there rebel!

Today's post is an interview with a client of mine who just started her own rebellious podcast People Behind the Business, and I am so proud of her for jumping into it like she did. Most of us would plan a project for ages until we have figured it out and made it perfect, but Rosemary just knew that she would figure it out as she went, and that's what I love about her. The other thing I love is that she is always genuine, no matter what. You'll see in the interview.

But hey, let's hear the story from Rosemary herself... 

A creative way to overcome your limitations and reach your full potential.

A creative way to overcome your limitations and reach your full potential.

Hey there rebel!

You know that friend who always comes to you with the same problem? You want to help them, but you can't, so you hope they'll go see a therapist or listen to their mother... and then they come back with the same problem.

Your friends probably feel like this about you, too. ;)

We all have friends like that, and we can't help them because they have to help themselves first... even though they don't know how.

Do any of us know how to overcome fear? I don't think so.

Anyway, I recently watched the TED talk I believe could change all that friends-in-fear loop going around. And before I tell you how, I want you to watch it.

Every multipassionate makes this mistake when starting a business.

Every multipassionate makes this mistake when starting a business.

Hey there rebel!

If you're reading this, you have many interests and the last thing you want to do is to specialize in one thing/field/skill. Right?

Well, that probably goes for the kind of business you start, too.

If you don't want to box yourself in a single discipline or an industry, if you want to keep your options open and keep exploring everything you find fascinating, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU BOX YOURSELF INTO A NICHE?!

There, I said it.

I am flying in the face of marketing and expert advice. And there are experts out there who are actually pulling their hair out, reading this.

Dear Multipassionate, you don't need the box to complete your puzzle.

Dear Multipassionate, you don't need the box to complete your puzzle.

Hey there rebel!

Remember when you were little and doing all the puzzles?

Your parents would buy you the really cute ones, and it would be a breeze to complete them, but every once in a while, they'd get you a really tough one, and you'd have no choice but to constantly peek at the box...

Now imagine you're an adult, completing your life puzzle, and you don't have a box to look at when things get tough. 

Imagine that none of the pieces seem to fit together.

OUCH.

Welcome to the life of a multipassionate.

Why it's OK to be multipassionate, even though society doesn't want you to be.

Why it's OK to be multipassionate, even though society doesn't want you to be.

Hey multipasionate!

So…

You’re multipassionate, meaning you have many interests.

Congrats! You are now a minority, which means that society will often disregard your needs and suffocate your dreams.

Hold on, there must be some good news… Right???

Actually, there is!

There are SO many multipassionate people out there, and you can join forces with them to feel less alone and discriminated against.

To be clear, we are not so much discriminated against as we are completely ignored and misunderstood. I don’t think the world even knows we exist, which is probably why most multipassionate people don’t know it's OK to be who they are until their late 20s or maybe even later.

All the ways to repurpose all the content you already have.

All the ways to repurpose all the content you already have.

Hey there rebel!

You will not believe what I'm doing...

Basically, as soon as the Sun started shining and the winter fog lifted, I felt the familiar manic tug of the Spring and started revamping my site, my shop, and my marketing strategy. Sounds like a lot? Well... it is.

But the one part that has truly changed everything for me is:

Repurposing content…