Writing Resources I Find Useful Pt. 2

Hello everyone!

I kind of fell off the face of the earth the last few days and I apologise for that. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I am looking forward to a long, three day weekend ahead to recoup and catch up on all the blogs I planned to put out, along with continuing the progress on Alter Reach!

Tonight I thought I’d put together another list of writing resources I find useful. You can read my first list here. 

1. Jeff Goin’s blog is fantastic. He has advice on writing, publishing, setting up your blog…just about anything you need advice on, he has. He does have some paid services, but I think you can find quite a bit of useful info that he offers for free. 

2. Mandi Lynn is a YouTuber/Published author who has tons of useful info to share…from outlining to publishing options, she is a great resource I find myself referring to when I need help. 

3. Beyond Your Blog is a great resource. There is some advice, along with writing opportunities to help you take your writing to the next level. 

4. Every Writer – tips, tricks and contests galore. This is a great resource for inspiration.

5. The Write Life – I follow this on Facebook, and they always have great articles and memes to spread inspiration and laughs along the way. I just discovered their actual site. It has many useful articles and links to other great resources (some of which, I have mentioned.)

6. I mentioned Well-Storied in my last post of useful resources but I never mentioned the Facebook group. If you’re a Facebook user, search for Your Write Dream (what Well-Storied used to be named). You should find a Facebook group you can join. It is fantastic, there are so many friendly people willing to give advice and help you out. I’ve gained a lot of inspiration from that group. 

7. #AmWriting – if you’re a Twitter user, this is a must-use hashtag. You can find resources and other authors to connect too. I use it every time I post and it’s helped me build my platform more than I think I would have, had I not used it. 

8. Narrative Ink Editing – while not an advice resource, I figured in this second installment of resources, I would touch on some of the editors I’ve been researching. If you’re in need of an editor, I’d highly recommend checking this one out. It’s on my top list of editors I’m considering. 

9. Think Written has a cool article with 365 writing prompts. When I’m feeling uninspired, I seek out writing prompts. Here’s some fun ones if you’re feeling the need. 

10. Descriptionari is a cool site where people post descriptions of all sorts of things. It’s a great place to get inspiration for descriptions.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you find some of these useful. I will try to get back on track with regular posts 😉

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post 

Hey there! Sorry for not posting my usual yesterday, but I decided I needed a day to spend with my family. I haven’t written much about it, but I lost my mom in 2008 to cancer and Mother’s Day has not been the easiest day since then. I had a great weekend all together regardless. I have a fantastic step mother and a fantastic mother in law, so I enjoyed it all the same. I hope you all had a great weekend. 

Enjoy the poem 😊

                     Light of Hope

A light of hope flickers,
in silence of the night, 
vivifying this somber room,
crushing eager darkness,
and masking all misery,
beyond these four walls.

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Cloverfield – Movie Review

Hi everyone!! So sorry for the delay. We had a very stressful couple of days. Our fish tank’s ammonia and nitrite levels spiked super high and we lost half of our fish within a day. I am happy to report the 7 remaining fish are doing much better in their quarantine tank and we are cycling their actual tank to get it stable for them. 

Anyway, today I am going to finally review Cloverfield. As always, it’s probably best to see the movie before reading my reviews, but I won’t intentionally spoil anything. 

Enjoy! 🙂

Cloverfield 

Synopsis:

As a group of New Yorkers enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.
Review:

So, let’s dive right into the aspect of this movie that is very polarizing for viewers…the handheld camera. People either love or hate this concept. I personally found it compelling. It drew me in, and it made me more attached to the characters than I expected it would. 

Hudson, “Hud” is the guy who holds the camera for the majority of the movie. We get a lot of commentary on what is going on through his point of view. He is a great character. He’s clearly the nerdy guy who is friends with the more “popular,” guy, Rob. Hud gets picked on a bit throughout the film, but he ends up being the character I felt the most connected too. Which is just a testament to the actors skills because we only see his face a handful of times in the movie. 

No, that wouldn’t work. People need to see this, you know? It’s gonna be important. People are going to watch this.

I found the visual effects to be super realistic looking. The camera work is a bit jarring, but it has a purpose of disorienting you so you’re never quite sure what’s actually happening. The cinematography has a way of making New York City seem claustrophobic and chaotic all at once, and that effect is why I think the handheld aspect of this film works to it’s advantage.

Maybe you should’ve left town a little bit earlier, right?

Cloverfield takes you on an adrenaline and emotionally filled roller coaster ride. You spend time frustrated with characters, on the edge of your seat with fear, and at times sad for the characters. You get to know each of them through the lens of the camera in a way a movie shot normally doesn’t do. 

You just need to say ‘forget the world’ and hold on to the people that you care about the most.

Wrap Up:

All in all, this is a great “monster destroys city,” movie with a unique twist. I didn’t feel like I was watching a movie that had been done a million times before. The script was clever, the characters were believable, and the visuals were realistic and frightening at times. I really loved this movie. 

RATING: 4/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought of Cloverfield in the comments below. 

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post #10

Happy Sunday! I’m hoping to get two or three blogs out this week. I’ve been super busy setting up our fish tank 😁

This poem is very personal and I thought it was fitting since Mother’s Day is next weekend. I’ll probably go into more detail about the situation eventually, but for now, enjoy. 😊

18 Years

I’m four years old,
playing with my barbies,
you’re right there,
pretending along with me.

Giggling and laughing,
about the party Barbie
and Ken are having in
their brand new house.

I’m fourteen now,
and in my freshmen year.
I don’t know how,
those boys could be so mean.

Picked on, teased,
I come home in tears.
You’re right there waiting,
to make me feel better.

I’m seventeen now,
ready to take on the road.
“You’ll do great,”
you always believed in me.

A year later, 
I passed my road test.
“Mom, I’m a licensed driver!”
You were always so proud.

I’m eighteen now, 
and you’re sick…
“It’s incurable cancer…”
the day my world fell apart.

August 16th 2008,
the day you slipped away.,
and heaven got an angel.

Rest in peace mom. I love you.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Monthly Goals

Hi there! 

Quick update – we got a fish tank! Very excited. 

Anyway, today I figured I would go over the results from my “monthly goals” and tell you what my May goals are. 

April Goals – Results 

  1. Complete Camp NaNoWriMo. – I have a rough goal of 25,000 words, but my main goal is to finish Alter Reach. – I unfortunately didn’t accomplish this. I got quite a bit done, but Alter Reach isn’t complete yet. 
  2. Post 3 blogs per week (including Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post). – I think other than the last week, I pretty much kept up with this. So yay me. Haha.
  3. Clean out/organize under my kitchen cupboards (yes, there will be non-writer goals!) – DONE
  4. Start looking into editors (if you have any suggestions, let me know!) and pricing out my options. – I haven’t settled on one, but I’ve looked into options. 
  5. Start looking into cover designers (if you have any suggestions, let me know!) and pricing out my options. – Same as #4. I haven’t settled on anything yet. 
  6. Get some “professional” photos of myself taken. (By professional, I mean have my husband take some nice portraits of me.) – Failed. I’ll try again in May haha. 
  7. Clean out/organize my closet and donate things I don’t need. – DONE! 
  8. Go to Church every Sunday. – In my defence, my husband and I were sick for the first two weeks of April, and we had to skip Easter…so this didn’t happen, but I’m not considering it a fail.
  9. Update Twitter and Facebook more often. – I did this with Twitter. I still neglected Facebook, but my traffic there is small anyway.
  10. Plan a nice Birthday for my hubby (his Birthday is the 27th!) – I think he had a good birthday, so I’ll call this a win! 🙂 

GOALS COMPLETED: 7.5 out of 10

Not bad. Okay, here’s my 10 goals for the month of May! Some goals will be repeated from month to month because they are good habits. 

  1. Post 3 blogs per week including my weekly Poetry post. 
  2. Get some pictures of myself taken by hubby. 
  3. Go to Church every Sunday.
  4. Update Twitter & Facebook four times a week. 
  5. Cook one new recipe a week. 
  6. Maintain a happy, healthy environment for our new fish kids. 
  7. Read 4 books (or more). 
  8. Lose 5lbs.
  9. Read from the Bible nightly. 
  10. Write a new piece of poetry. 

Alright, that’s a good list of goals I think. I hope you all have a great week! Stay tuned for a couple movie reviews I have planned (including the promised review of Cloverfield), along with some other fun blogs. 

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post #9

Hi everyone! So sorry it’s been a while since my last post. I had three blogs planned for these last couple days, but it was my husband’s birthday Thursday and we have been super busy since! I’m back with another piece of poetry. This was written a little more recently (and by recently, I mean 3 years ago).

Enjoy your Sunday! 😊
Incessant 

Vague shadows,
haunt the walls,
dancing, seducing,
disguising nightmares.

Drowning in daylight,
an empty shell,
full of false smiles,
over-acted & poorly directed.

Unrecognizable life,
this is where it ends.
Set myself aflame…

…resurrected from the ashes.

It never ends.


You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica

 

10 Cloverfield Lane – Movie Review

Hello everyone!

Happy Tuesday! I only have one more day of work until my mini vacation with the hubby for his Birthday. I am excited! Not only will I be spending quality time with Paul, I will also be writing and finishing up some of the goals I set for myself.

Today’s blog is going to be a review of 10 Cloverfield Lane which I re-watched last night in preparation. I saw this movie in theaters back when it was released, but I haven’t written a review. Time to change that.

As always, watch the movie before you read the review. I won’t deliberately try to spoil anything, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Enjoy 🙂

10 Cloverfield Lane

Synopsis:

Following a car accident, Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), awakens in the basement of a fallout shelter of a conspiracy-crazed man, Howard (John Goodman), who claims to have saved her from the crash and informs her that a chemical attack has devastated the surrounding area, rendering the outside world uninhabitable. Emmett (John Gallager Jr.), is also in the shelter, and corroborates this version of events.

Review:

This is a semi-sequel to Cloverfield, which I will be reviewing soon (possibly tomorrow). It’s presented in third-person unlike Cloverfield, which was a found-footage style movie. Now, when I say “semi-sequel,” I really mean it. It would be a mistake to think you’re going into to watch a sequel to Cloverfield. This is very different. It’s much more confined and claustrophobic, with some incredible character development. It will constantly have you questioning everything.

What makes this film so interesting is how plausible the entire situation is. The acting has you feeling like this could really happen. It’s tense. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, you start doubting again. The directing of this film is pretty incredible. It’s paced just right – it lets you get a little comfortable, just to throw another curve ball at you.

Crazy is building your ark after the flood has already come.

Let’s talk about the actors for a little bit. John Goodman. I can pretty much leave it at that. He is INCREDIBLE. In one scene, he’ll leave you feeling uncomfortable and in the next scene, he will appear rational and friendly. This movie toys with you the entire way through. Is he crazy or is he the only one who knows what is up? I’ve said this before, if I had to pick a favorite actor, he would be it.

How do you know that this is real?

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is also very, very good in this film. She is constantly on edge and her performance is so incredibly believable. Her character isn’t stupid. She’s constantly questioning, constantly paying attention, and even when you think she is getting complacent, she surprises you with new bravery. She is always thinking a couple moves ahead. I’d give Winstead’s performance an A+ in this movie for sure.

Howard’s like a black-belt in conspiracy theory. Plus, how often do you get to build a doomsday bunker?

John Gallager Jr. gave a pretty good performance as well. The fact that Emmett isn’t a very fleshed out character isn’t really Gallager’s fault. The movie is mainly about Howard and Michelle. Emmett is unfortunately just a filler character needed for some of the plot.

The visuals of this move are pretty fantastic. You never feel like you’re getting the same shot twice, which is pretty impressive given the tight quarters the majority of the movie is shot in. The angles and different shots really help that claustrophobic/paranoid feel it wants you to get while watching.

People are strange creatures. You can’t always convince them that safety is in their best interest.

The one con to this movie that I have heard and read is the name Cloverfield giving an unrealistic idea that this movie is going to feature the same things the original movie featured. Here’s the deal, as I said earlier, if you go into this movie expecting an action packed, monster attacking a city movie – you’re going to be disappointed. This is a semi-sequel, not a direct sequel. I’m interested to see where this franchise goes.

Wrap Up:

Overall, this is in my top favorite movies. I can’t get over how fantastic it is, and I could re-watch it again tonight without being bored. If you haven’t seen it – go watch it. It’s definitely worth your time.

RATING: 5/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought of 10 Cloverfield Lane in the comments below. Stay tuned for my review of Cloverfield, coming soon!

You can still read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube!

Until next time –
Jessica