Saturday, August 15, 2015
Randy Speeg

Saturday Short Story Review: The Doll by J.C. Martin

J.C. Martin’s short story The Doll is an excellent little ghost story. What caught my attention and prompted my purchase of this ebook was the setting. The Island of the Dolls is a real location in Mexico that has been featured on a few ghost hunting reality TV shows. This place has always fascinated me.

Martin does a decent job of capturing the spooky atmosphere of this location. Her characters are believable and relatable, and her pacing to build the tension is good.

Martin brought some real world occult practices and terminology into the story, which was a nice touch and added that extra bit of believability to the plot. (more…)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Randy Speeg

Book Review: 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love

Rachel Aaron’s book is filled with tons of gems that will assist any new writer in improving both the speed and the quality of their craft.

The first part of this book focuses on the methods Rachel devised to increase her own word counts without increasing the number of hours she wrote.

Rachel’s system is simple and easy for any writer to begin implementing themselves. However this is not a get fast quick method. To get started will require writers to analyze their own writing habits over the course of weeks to months and then make changes to how they go about their writing times and methods. But everything Rachel lays out here makes sense and I do believe the results will come to those who use this system. (more…)