Book Review – Mostly Void, Partially Stars

Mostly Void, Partially Stars (Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, #1)Mostly Void, Partially Stars by Joseph Fink

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Welcome to Night Vale is a darkly humorous podcast about the Twilight-Zonian happenings in the small desert town of Night Vale. Mostly Void, Partially Stars is the transcript of the first season of episodes. Why read a book when a podcast is meant to be heard? For one thing, each episode is prefaced by personal insights and commentary by the producers, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. I loved getting a behind-the-scenes look. Also, by reading at my own pace, I was able to pick up nuances and references I missed while listening. I was able to page back at will and avail myself of the many inside jokes.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars is a worthy addition to the weird-book nook of your bookshelf. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys conspiracy theories and tongue-in-cheek sci-fi.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

How To Use Foreshadowing With Confidence – Part 1 http://bit.ly/2AmnMk7  #writetip

How To Use Foreshadowing With Confidence – Part 2 http://bit.ly/2AAonP4  #writingtips

10 Fantasy Clichés and Ideas to Change Them http://bit.ly/2nci132  Break out of the fantasy mold. #writingtips #writetip

The Most Common Entry-Level Mistake in the Writing Game http://bit.ly/2ixceUn  #writingtips #writingadvice

Authors’ Alphabet of useful resources for writers from A-Z http://bit.ly/2iXkJFa  A nice round-up of links. #writers #writerslife

5 Things I’m Not Doing to Launch My Book—Plus What I’m Doing Instead http://bit.ly/2BuXGZE  #indieauthor #writerslife

Why You Need an Author Profile – And Where to Post It http://bit.ly/2AH9uu0  #writerslife #indieauthors

The Basics of Blogging – How Often Should You Blog? http://bit.ly/2AGBpu5  #writers #bloggers

Easy Author Blogging:10 tips for a Successful Author Blog http://bit.ly/2nHdRQZ  #writers #bloggers

What are the most popular fiction genres? http://bit.ly/2kKFfMM  #writerslife

 

Happy Holidays, everyone. Keep on writing!

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

 

The Four Main Types of Epic Antagonists http://bit.ly/2B9ERLv  Every story needs conflict, but not necessarily a villain. #writers #writingtips

How to Use Instagram: An Introduction to Instagram Marketing http://bit.ly/2iHjpG2  #writerslife

Scrivener writing app gets a huge update http://tcrn.ch/2Bblhhe  #writerslife

7 Reasons Why You Need to Write for Yourself http://bit.ly/2AngOeP  #writers #writetip

Better Left Unsaid | How’s your dialogue? http://bit.ly/2zYScIT  #writetips

Story Climax Examples: Writing Gripping Build-Ups http://bit.ly/2A48bW2  #writingtips #writetip

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction http://bit.ly/2A360SF  Timeless #writingtips

The Complete Guide To Creating Backstory In Speculative Fiction http://bit.ly/2mZ2pjg  #writingtips

Top 10 Ways Your Website Leaves Readers, and Leads, in the Dust – Time to update your website! http://bit.ly/2mZeUve  #writerslife

2 Simple Tips That Will Transform Your Writing Forever http://bit.ly/2BjvCrz  What do your characters want? What’s their motivation? Are you serious about the craft? #writingtips

 

Final Nanowrimo tips:

How to reap the rewards of the Nanowrimo community all year long http://bit.ly/2AeMJ06 . Didn’t quite make it this year? Don’t fret. Make #NaNoWriMo a mindset.

NaNoWriMo Week 5: How To Finish And Edit Your Story http://bit.ly/2nbXJqt  Things are winding down. #NaNoWriMo #writingtips

 

Happy Holidays, everyone. Keep on writing!

Book Review – The Wrath of the Revenant

The Wrath of the Revenant (The Adventures of Tremain & Christopher, #3)The Wrath of the Revenant by Terry Marchion

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Adventures of Tremain and Christopher are short, fast-paced books meant for young teenagers. I don’t fit within that demographic, but I still enjoy them. The Wrath of the Revenant is the third book in the series, but don’t let that keep you from picking it up. The author lays enough groundwork to keep the reader from being confused even if they haven’t read the first two.

In The Wrath of the Revenant, Tremain and Christopher encounter an ancient, all-powerful being who threatens the colony of New Earth. The storyline hearkens back to Saturday afternoon sci-fi, and as I read, I could see myself with a bucket of popcorn curled up in front of the television.

The story was engaging. The characters not so much. I was disappointed in how different they were from the first two books. I can see Christopher changing. He’s getting older and even has a new girlfriend. (That seems to be the theme of the book–Tremain has an unexpected girlfriend, too.) But Uncle Tremain was noticeably subdued. I missed his wacky antics, dry wit, and forgetfulness. I hope he’ll be back to his eccentric old self in the next book.

That said, I enjoyed The Wrath of the Revenant and recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, fanciful read, whether you’re a teenager or not.

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My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

The Top 30 Publishers for New Authors http://bit.ly/2B1gCiM  These are established houses with good reputations. #writerslife

Unpublished Writers and Websites: Should You Have One and What Should It Say? Your website is ever a work in progress. http://bit.ly/2yYcgXW  #writerslife #indieauthors

Writing Descriptive Sentences: 6 Simple Rules | tips to write descriptive sentences that are evocative. http://bit.ly/2zRd7Lp  #writingtips

Your Author Website: The Ultimate (Book Marketing) Sales Machine http://bit.ly/2zNSi6c  #indieauthors #writerslife

The Five Fives of Selling Books | How to get people to notice you. http://bit.ly/2ARJRng  #writerslife

5 (Not-So-Little) Additions to the Great Novel-Writing Checklist – Good rules to keep in mind. http://bit.ly/2yXYF2T  #writingtips

How to Write a Hook: 8 Tips to Lure in Readers http://bit.ly/2z6nwlb  #writingtips

Indie Authors: Are You Making This One Major Mistake? http://bit.ly/2mZjV72  Important advice for both new and seasoned authors. #indieauthor #writerslife

The Craft of Writing: How Crucial It Is to Maintain a Daily Practice http://bit.ly/2iMjMzn  Here are some tips on how to go about maintaining a daily writing practice. #writingtips #writerslife

How to Write a Book Blurb | Self-Publishing your book? Read this first. http://bit.ly/2zrGRSm  #indieauthor #writerslife

 

Bonus links for Nanowrimo 2017

NaNoWriMo is Liberating for Some Writers, Dangerous for Others http://bit.ly/2zNP8PW  #writers #NaNoWriMo

Pro Tips from a NaNo Coach: Help! I’m 10,000 Words Behind! http://bit.ly/2zLmNcV  Good advice. #writers #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Week 4: How To Conclude Your Story http://bit.ly/2iDGOYW  Time to wind up your story. #writers #writingtips #NaNoWriMo

A Tale of Two NaNoWriMos http://bit.ly/2yVGTxm  Do you have a NaNo goal that’s not related to word count? #writers #NaNoWriMo

Fast-Draft Writing for #NaNoWriMo and Every Other Month http://bit.ly/2zZ09Oq  #writers

#NaNoWriMo Validation Tricks | Black Wolf Editorial http://bit.ly/2zybTYP  It’s nearing the end of the month. How did you do? #writers #WritersWise

5 Tips to Help You Reach the Finish Line with Scrivener http://bit.ly/2A4c79i  Write your novel in sections as small or large as you like and easily rearrange them. #Scrivener #NaNoWriMo #writingtips

Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: What to Do When You’re Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel http://bit.ly/2B7a80O  #NaNoWriMo #writingtips

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

How to Promote Your Book On Instagram http://bit.ly/2m9cSbB  If you are promoting your book on social media and you don’t have much budget, give Instagram a try. #indieauthor #writerslife

Best Practices For Authors Who Want Their Book In Bookstores http://bit.ly/2yKOp22  For self-published authors, getting into a bookstore can be a chore. But it’s doable. #indieauthor #writerslife

Five Holiday Marketing Trends that Authors Can Use for Book Promotion – Take action and plan for this holiday season! http://bit.ly/2zqO2cA  #indieauthor #writers

Start locally with book marketing http://bit.ly/2AxUfB6  Local authors are like celebrities. #indieauthor #writerslife

How to Outline Your Novel in 11 Easy Steps – Writer’s Edit http://bit.ly/2As2dLn  Outlines help you flesh out the story. #writingtips #writingcommunity

10 Novels Agents Have Already Seen a Billion Times http://bit.ly/2zssGLO  Are you writing a story similar to these? #writingtips #writingcommunity

Want To Disturb Your Readers? Mastering The Uncanny Is The Answer http://bit.ly/2meWsyd  #writingtips #writetip

8 Things You MUST Do When Your First Book Is Launched http://bit.ly/2yre1Nd  How do you launch a book? #writerslife

Why you shouldn’t give your book away – Have authors trained readers to expect them to work for free? http://bit.ly/2zu2d0D  #indieauthors #writerslife

Don’t stop with the book launch – Book marketing doesn’t end with the book launch. http://bit.ly/2i6fnqG  #indieauthors #writerslife

 

Bonus links for Nanowrimo 2017

The Great Novel-Writing Checklist (Just in Time for NaNoWriMo!) http://bit.ly/2zuuj9m  Checklists are tremendous brain savers. #writingtips #NaNoWriMo

Seven Authors Offer Advice to #NaNoWriMo #Writers http://bit.ly/2ircy3m

Pro Tips for Making Friends Through the NaNo Community http://bit.ly/2zcnoVi #writers #NaNoWriMo

 

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

5 Actionable steps for beginners towards writing a great blog post with WordPress http://bit.ly/2z5F989  #writers #bloggers

Does Your First Line Really Matter? http://bit.ly/2Aei6Wd  #writingtips

Top Conference Follow-Up Tips http://bit.ly/2zu4TM3  Writing conferences can be exhilarating and confusing. #writerslife

A Tale of Two Marketing Systems http://bit.ly/2y0vlIy  Time to get aggressive with your book promotion. #indieauthors

119 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales http://bit.ly/2zdOvyt  #writers #indieauthors

How to Tame the Social Media Beast: Advice from Chris Syme http://bit.ly/2zkA9dC  #writerslife

How to Write Character Arcs – Map it out. http://bit.ly/2zjL7jv  #writers #writetip

How Do You Compete Against People With Your Name? #writerslife http://bit.ly/2zoVIMz 

Looking for a Book Editor? Here’s How Much You Should Expect to Pay http://bit.ly/2yqAD0p  #writerslife

How to Promote a Blog: Two Incredibly Easy Methods http://bit.ly/2yPdxVu  #bloggers #writers

 

Bonus links for Nanowrimo 2017

Creating a Writing Schedule That Actually Works http://bit.ly/2z8uV6U  #NaNoWriMo

The Writing Life: Writer’s Block http://bit.ly/2hcCl1T  We all get it. #writingtips #NaNoWriMo

How to Define Your Character’s Story Goal http://bit.ly/2zqrf0m  #writingtips #NaNoWriMo

 

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Don’t Back Down: Choose the Writing Territory You Can Defend Long and Fiercely http://bit.ly/2xq8qGB  #writerslife

How to Begin Writing a Novel When You Don’t Know What to Do http://bit.ly/2lrVWga  #writingtips

List of 100+ Book Promotion Sites & Free Submission Tool http://bit.ly/2y8rwoX  #writers #indieauthors

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – October 2017 http://bit.ly/2z0jvlt  #indieauthor #writers

How to Embrace Book Marketing http://bit.ly/2yZhxlx  Marketing your book is part of your role as an #IndieAuthor

3 Ways to Get Publicity For Your Book http://bit.ly/2xwexJy  Either traditional or DIY. #indieauthor

“I’ve decided to tell you guys a story about piracy.” http://bit.ly/2xH9QfP  This is an eye-opener. #indieauthors #writers

The Rules of Character Death http://bit.ly/2zYtaXk  #writingtips

6 Quick Tips For Writing Gripping Scenes – Writer’s Edit http://bit.ly/2lwQ4SF  #writingtips

10 Book Marketing Lies Every Author Tells Themselves http://bit.ly/2yZhd69  Good advice for #writers #IndieAuthors

 

Bonus links for Nanowrimo 2017

10 Habits of Prolific Writers Worth Imitating http://bit.ly/2xpw4mr  #writingtips #NaNoWriMo2017

Stop Procrastinating: 9 Ways to Write More http://bit.ly/2y73VoK  #writingtips #NaNoWriMo

How To Identify And Reduce The Stress Of Writing http://bit.ly/2lqqj6w  #writerslife #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo: Is it Worth the Stress? http://bit.ly/2ybYJjl  #writerslife #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Week 1: How To Get Your First Draft Started http://bit.ly/2ygWxqM  #writerslife #NaNoWriMo

My Top NaNoWriMo Tips http://bit.ly/2yTiqMs  Good luck! #writers #NaNoWriMo2017

NaNo Prep Sessions – You’ve Got This! http://bit.ly/2A5B6pW  Good luck, wrimos! #NaNoWriMo

How and Why to Participate in National Novel Writing Month http://bit.ly/2lJjugG  #writers #NaNoWriMo

Novel Characters: 15 Top Character Creation Tips http://bit.ly/2yo9ak1  #writingtips #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo resources – Here are some tools to help you stay organized. http://bit.ly/2z8dW4M  #writers #NaNoWriMo

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

Find Your People: How to Start a Writer’s Society http://bit.ly/2gfKYsd  #writerslife

13 Fantastic Places to Find Background Music for Video http://bit.ly/2gFaLHj  Good to know for DIY book trailers. #writerslife

Perseverance, success, and authors – Don’t give up! http://bit.ly/2gIp2mx  #indieauthors #writerslife

» Book Signing Events: Do They Really Work? http://bit.ly/2xb8h9I  #writerslife #indieauthors

Is The Halo Effect Exactly What Your Characters Need? http://bit.ly/2yANxKa  #writetip #writingtips

Surprising Ways To Use Happiness In Storytelling (And How To Get Them Right) http://bit.ly/2lflTPG  #writingtips

4 Key Ways to Launch a Scene – Because a book is nothing more than a series of scenes. http://bit.ly/2yIZ7p0  #writetip

Publishing Myths I Wish I’d Known | 10 Misconceptions About Writing and Selling Books http://bit.ly/2gHKCuq  #writerslife

If you are starting to submit your work to literary journals or just want to avoid rejection, this list is for you. http://bit.ly/2yNj4dt 

How (And Why) To Write A Mentor Character http://bit.ly/2gHrCw7  #writingtips

 

Bonus links for Nanowrimo 2017

How to Rock NaNoWriMo This November http://bit.ly/2gHotJO  #writingtips #NaNoWriMo2017

NaNo Prep Sessions – Week 3 | Your Plot http://bit.ly/2yvKfHZ  #writingtips #NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: 30 Tips for Writing a Book in 30 Days http://bit.ly/2xkZLF9  #writerslife #NaNoWriMo

Writing a Novel in a Month – NaNoWriMo Prep http://bit.ly/2y5S85e  #writers #NaNoWriMo2017

My Top Ten Tweets for #writers

My Top Ten Tweets

Top Ten Tweets

 

I love to write, but with writing comes marketing, the bane of my existence. I began gathering tips about writing and marketing from various blogs for easier reference. One day I thought why not share? So here we go. Follow me on Twitter @roxannesmolen for more tips.

What Authors Need to Know About Crowdfunding Their Book: A Case Study by the Numbers http://bit.ly/2xmaYV7  #indieauthor

A Busy Mother’s Guide to Establishing a Writing Life- How to carve nooks from your day. http://bit.ly/2y09e5Z  #writerslife

5 Ways to Use Facebook to Build Your Indie Author Brand | Facebook is your friend. http://bit.ly/2gpHvnD  #writers

4 Reasons You’re Confused About Scene Structure (With Examples) #indieauthors #writetip http://bit.ly/2wIH7XH 

Exposition of a Story: Examples and Tips | #writers #writetip http://bit.ly/2y7vlaE 

When can your call yourself a “real writer”? Self-doubt plagues new writers http://bit.ly/2xw4Zgv  #writerslife

Halloween-Themed Social Media Promotion Ideas http://bit.ly/2wKJg4Y  #writers #Halloween

7 Free Book Marketing Tools for Authors #writerslife #indieauthors http://bit.ly/2wNi85q 

5 book marketing tasks in 5 minutes #indieauthors #writerslife http://bit.ly/2guRg40 

Science Fiction Subgenres http://bit.ly/2kLqqcr  Where do you place your #scifi novel? #writingtips

 

Bonus links for Nanowrimo 2017

NaNo Prep Sessions – Week 2 | Your World http://bit.ly/2y8QoJX  #writers #NaNoWriMo2017 #writingtips

Want To Win NaNoWriMo This Year? 7 Tips On Writing And Productivity http://bit.ly/2yfrURK  #writers #nanoprep