Great Tales of Horror by H.P. Lovecraft

Great Tales of HorrorGreat Tales of Horror by H.P. Lovecraft

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not new to the idea of the Cthullu mythos, the stories have been around since the 1930’s so it’s almost impossible not to know of them. If you don’t know about the stories, maybe you’ve seen The Reanimator or heard of it. In any case, you’ve probably heard of Lovecraft or the niche he created with his writings.

This is a collection of all his writings, which I was surprised to know that all he wrote were short stories. I thought he had this epic series around the Cthullu mythologies. Even so, his works aren’t all about Cthullu, and in fact the works only give him a passing mention to explain the goings on in the stories.

My favorite horror author is Stephen King, and these aren’t the “in your face” fears that he writes about. These are more of an all encompassing, world ending, deep fear; and I liked it. Lovecraft’s writing style is first person, and as this person is telling you his story, the fear creeps up little by little. The story starts out fairly normal, then you can tell something isn’t quite right, and by the end, you’re curled up in a fetal position hoping it will all blow over.

Lovecraft is a horror genre classic, the Cthullu mythology is enduring, and it’s just plain good storytelling.

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7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make (And How to Avoid Them)7 Critical Mistakes Writers Make by Angie Dixon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short ebook about seven actions we do or don’t take as writers that could make or break a story’s success. Some things seem obvious, others not so much, but we’re all guilty of one or the other from time to time. I know I am.

This is a brief look into what writing is really about (not just the story), and some of things we writers forget about while we’re busy writing or being inspired. I connected with the time management “mistake” since I have a constantly fluctuation day job (shift work) and my time management skills fluctuate day by day accordingly. There are a few tips to help this, and that’s what I’m taking away and working on these days.

It’s a free, easy read, so take a look and see what “mistakes” you’ve been making.

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Life Writer’s Guide by Dulcinea Norton-Smith

Life Writer's GuideLife Writer’s Guide by Dulcinea Norton-Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so this is not the step-by-step walkthrough of how to write a memoir, biography, or autobiography, but this does get you thinking about all the ways to write about your life (or someone else’s) and the legal technicalities you might approach.

For instance, writing about someone famous may be difficult because you might need permission from them or their estate to even begin writing or researching them. writing about people you know can be tricky also, you’ll need their permission in some instances, and then ethics come into play. How much about them can you actually write about?

This ebook does get into the differences of writing each type of non-fiction biographic work, such as what makes a memoir different from a biography, and how not to make them boring to read. It really is a nice little ebook to have if you are thinking of writing such things. Even if all you want to do is keep track of your family’s stories for the family tree, this ebook is very helpful.

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Meet a Jerk, Get to Work: How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero by Jaqueline Girdner

Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero Meet a Jerk, Get to Work, How to Write Villains and the Occasional Hero by Jaqueline Girdner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really liked the though processes behind the idea of this book. This is plot solver, or even story if you think about it hard enough.

The basic idea thrown out in this little ebook by author Jaqi Girdner, is that there are Murders and Murder Victims for your story plots in everyday life. I’ll give an example. Say that someone cuts you off badly in heavy traffic. That someone’s an butthead, and now your murder victim. That’s it in a very basic way, but you can take it further. Bullys, generic jerks you know in your life, or even something that’s happened to friends or family when someone exclaims “I could have killed him!”.

The author obviously explains better how to take these situations and turn them into real life page turners, but it’s still a really neat idea. I’m glad I read it.

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Ways to Make Extra Money Writing by Kerrie McLoughlin

Ways to Make Extra Money Writing: How I Make $2K Per Month Part-TimeWays to Make Extra Money Writing: How I Make $2K Per Month Part-Time by Kerrie McLoughlin

This is not a how to ebook, not at all. Basically, the author talks about what she does (writing parental advice) and where she writes it. It’s a list of blogs, magazines, and other websites where she writes in very specific niches.

Some websites are a little broader, she does mention the website Fiverr.com, but mostly its parenting advice specifically. If you’re interested in the niche, its a neat little ebook with some information on who to contact to expand your repertoire. If not, well there’s not going to be much help in this little ebook.

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The Storyteller’s Art by Francis Porretto

The Storyteller's ArtThe Storyteller’s Art by Francis Porretto

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is not your beginner “how to tell a decent story” ebook on writing. This is “I’ve been writing for awhile but something is missing, now what?” ebook on writing.

There is a lot of detail on many facets of writing, from character design, to plot structure, and writing retreats. There are roughly 25 essays each focusing on an aspect of writing, and while the essays are short, they do pack a ton of advice and examples.

The author has a way with words, and sounds very much like he knows what he’s writing about here, so I plan on coming back to this little ebook whenever I have questions, or something feels like it’s missing from my writing.

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The Mating by Nicky Charles

The Mating  (Law of the Lycans, #1)The Mating by Nicky Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I’ve mentioned it before, that if I really fall into a book, it doesn’t take me long to read it, no matter how long it happens to be. I’ve had this little Smashwords book in my library for quite some time before finally reading it.

If it’s not apparent, this is a book about werewolves. The plot is fairly typical, in fact I could see what was coming long before the book even hinted that it was coming. In spite of that, I still enjoyed it, and even anticiapted how the characters would react.

It’s a supernatural romance that starts off a whole series of supernatural romances (I haven’t read the sequels…yet). I’m not currently in the market to buy more books, but I would definitely put the next book in this series on my “to buy” list.

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