Why I’m Happy Reading Dystopian Novels

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No, I’m not a cruel robot propagating the idea that humans should be subservient to machines (OR AM I?). Simply put, reading dystopian novels makes me happy. Before you judge me, hear me out.

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Book Review: Stitching Snow

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(Author Note: I was going to have this posted yesterday, but my internet went down and I couldn’t figure out how to get it back up until late last night. Anyway, here it is now!)

Essie survives on the cold, isolated planet of Thanda by making herself useful. She builds and “stiches” codes for drones that make mining on the planet safer for everyone. Seemingly happy with her lonely lifestyle, Essie is unprepared for the day a young man from Garam crash lands his shuttle on Thanda. The arrival of this stranger eventually sets off a chain of events that forces her to confront all of the darkness that lurks in her past.

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Thanks to some of my fellow book loving family and friends, I received many books as gifts for Christmas. Their kindness has stocked me with many titles to read over the next year! I also supported some local bookstores — in my hometown and at a bookstore I used to work at in Lebanon, Ohio.

While not all of them are pictured, I wanted to share some of the exciting titles that were purchased and draw attention to their authors. Some of these books I will review on my blog.

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The Genre Debate and Why it (Does)n’t Matter

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Many have heard of the genre versus literary fiction debate. It’s old news — not even news. So why should we still be interested in it?

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What do Literary Characters Dress Up as for Halloween? You Decide!

There is a burning question in my mind — who would Sherlock Holmes dress up as for Halloween? And not only Sherlock Holmes! What about Katniss Everdeen, Inigo Montoya, Jay Gatsby, Count Dracula, Elphaba Thropp, Huckleberry Finn, and Harry Potter? I’ve decided I can’t decide. So I’m using my investigative skills and asking others.

Leave your answers (and jokes) in the comments below.

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Statue of Sherlock Holmes at Meiringen, Switzerland. Created by British sculptor John Doubleday. Unveiled September 10, 1988
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Flash Fiction, Magical Realism, Sci-Fi, Lit Mags?

While researching literary magazines to submit my work to, I’ve run into a snag. As expected, most of these publications have different submission guidelines. What I didn’t expect was how few of these took anything outside of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Some of my work does qualify for this — but not the majority.

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Artist Interview: Yenthlyn Harmon

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L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Yenthlyn Harmon: “Originally I’m from Oak Grove, KY. It’s a super small city near an Air Force Base.”

L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Yenthlyn Harmon: “I’m actually trying to start my own business selling hand-sculpted jewelry and art. So basically, I’m a self-employed artist at this point. I’ve found I’m much happier working for myself because I know what I want, you know?”

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NaNoWriMo Prep: Here We Go

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For those who are unaware of one of the writing world’s greatest writing challenges, NaNoWriMo is the abbreviated nickname for National Novel Writing Month. The nonprofit started in 1999 and has been going strong ever since. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to the industry professional and the average Joe alike. For the entire month of November, the participant must write until they reach 50,000 words — roughly novel length. Those that reach this goal are “winners.”

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