The Joys of Boredom

When I have fewer things on my plate, one of the first things that comes to my mind is how much I miss writing. No, not blog posts or articles for Sub-Stances. What I miss is fiction writing. Back in high school and all throughout the different phases of my childhood, I was an obsessive…

Book Review: All The President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

Title: All The President’s Men: The Greatest Reporting Story of All Time Author: Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward Genre: History, Nonfiction, Politics, Writing, Journalism, American History Publisher: Simon Schuster Published: June 3, 2014 Page Amount: 368 pages Goodreads Summary: This is the book that changed America. Published just months before President Nixon’s resignation, All the President’s Menrevealed…

Book Review: The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Title: The Reader on the 6.27 Author: Jean-Paul Didierlaurent Genre: Fiction, Books About Books, Contemporary, France Publisher: Pac Macmillan Australia Published: May 1, 2015 Page Amount: 194 pages Blurb From Goodreads:Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life …Sitting on the 6.27…

Book Review: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Title: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Writing, Art, Inspirational, Psychology, Spirituality, Autobiography, Memoir, Personal Development Publisher: Riverhead Books Published: September 22, 2015 Page Amount: 288 pages Blurb From Goodreads: Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this…

Back To My Roots

What does going back to your roots mean? I would define it as doing something that embodies a former version of your present self. What I mean by going back to my roots is multidimensional this week. This whole last year has been a whirlwind of new experiences and being forced way out of my…

December Writing Challenge: Day 1

I’ll go more into detail about how incredible and awesome Nanowrimo was this year on Sunday… but for now, what you need to know is that I have sort-of, kind-of  remembered that I really like to write. It’s easy to forget, and it’s not difficult to let yourself drift away from writing everyday – and……

Nanowrimo 2015: Untitled

Like I mentioned on Sunday, I’ve been working on my Nanowrimo for this November. Somehow I’m at 20,000+ words – and needless to say… I’m very pleased with myself. I’m still trying to figure out exactly how I’ve been writing for almost 50 pages and didn’t outline a single word (Though now that I’ve reached…

A Year Later…

Before I go into apologizing for the *ahem* full year that I have spent not updating this blog (which has primarily focused on book reviews), I ought to give you the news first. I’m headed to Germany in just under a month! Not only am I staying for the full year- but I don’t even…

Penning Hopeful Success: Apologies, Amsterdam and Nanowrimo

Before getting into the whole “Yes, I did Nanowrimo” and “No, I don’t know why the madness overcame me”, let me start with an apology. I had not realized that it had been over a month in which I had updated my lovely and neglected little blog. Tears cue here. As you can probably guess,…