Becoming an Author

Since I was a little kid, I have had a dream about becoming an author. Telling stories and inspiring readers.

Creating a fantastical world where our understanding of the universe doesn’t apply. Traveling to realms you can only picture in your dreams.

For the longest time, I didn’t think it was possible.

I mean, there was no way little old Andrew, with no significant skills, no great ideas, and not that smart could become a great author like the ones he grew up reading.


That’s why, for the longest time, I didn’t even bother. I threw my dream to the side because nobody would take me seriously. This wasn’t an industry I was meant to step into.

This industry was for those who spent days and days reading, coming up with their own ideas, building beautiful realities in their mind.


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Another issue was that I didn’t want to be ordinary. I didn’t want a book that sold enough to pay itself off and then end there.

I wanted a masterpiece. I wanted a book that became so popular, it was turned into a movie or TV series like George R.R. Martin. I wanted my stories to reach millions. I wanted people to talk about my stories for hours and hours, inspiring YouTube videos, blog posts, discussion pieces, and who knows what else.

This was another thing that disheartened me. I couldn’t be the next Martin or Lewis, or Tolkien. IF I became an author and managed to write a book, it probably wouldn’t even sell.


Still these thoughts plague me every time I sit down to write.

But, I try to push them down. I ignore the negativity, and focus on what I can do. Focus on the words I can weave and the ideas I can create.

I’m not sure it’s possible to become the next Sanderson, Martin, or Jordan with my first book, probably not even my second or third. But maybe my fourth, maybe my second series. Maybe my third. There are plenty of authors that have inspired me, and I continue to find more that inspire me.

Jemisen, Stovall, Atwood. Authors that continue to impress me, shape my thinking, inspire me to write.


I might never become an author who’s book gets picked up to become the next best-selling TV show, making millions in memorabilia and other rights, but maybe I can become an author that inspires the next great one.

Maybe I can become an author that inspires a young boy or girl to write, and so on and so on.

The timeline is May 2, 2022. By my 27th birthday I want to be an author. I want to have my first book on a shelf near you, released by a legitimate publishing company.

Will this happen? Who knows. I have a lot to learn about publishing, but the first step is writing. I need to write my story. Create my characters. Weave my world. One chapter, one page, one word at a time.

Type it out Tuesday: Christmas Edition

Since most of you are at home or with family I figure most people won’t be using the writing prompt this week but I’ll still try it out.

You wake up on Christmas morning, in your house that you live in alone, and there’s a present sitting outside your bedroom door. It wasn’t there when you went to bed.

You bend down and rip off the bow…

Have fun!! I’d love to hear what someone makes of this.

Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

Book Review: A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel 1-3

These three books were the first ever Graphic Novels I had ever read and honestly I was pleasently surprised by the whole experience.

I’ve read some manga in the past so I guess I had some experience with reading narration and speech bubbles, but I really enjoyed seeing a book and TV series I love come to life by an artist and writer’s imagination.

AND…The three graphic novels were definitely a nice break from reading the 1000+ page novels I’m so used to.

On a different note, I may be alone in thinking this but I believe that some characters from a book just can’t be portrayed on a TV or movie screen properly.

Personally I enjoy this look to Robert Baratheon much more than the one we got on the show. This look appears a bit more natural and a good mix of king and drunk fat man. The Robert we got in the show never was much more than the latter.

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After looking at those panels I know what you’re thinking. WOW this artwork is really good!

Well you’re right, I’d dare to say its fantastic. Every little inch of each panel has so much detail to it. It is so beautifully made. Like look at Danaerys’ dress. It’s so perfectly drawn.

The art is done by a guy named Tommy Patterson and I really think you should look him up. He does a hell of a job.

Here’s a few more of his creations in the Graphic Novels

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Look at all of the individual swords that make uo the Iron Throne. You can’t imagine that, and you sure as hell can’t show that on TV. This was one of the best moments that won me over in the books.

This quality of art and the depiction of the book series into pictures has definitely turned me on to looking at more graphic novels in the future.

Another thing about Graphic Novels that I thought of while reading these 3 is that graphic novels are the perfect middle ground for people who don’t read much, but want to read a book series of their favourite television shows.

They’re not text heavy. They can actually be read in probably a few hours only. Plus they offer really beautiful visuals that might surpass even your imagination of what things really looked like.

I know that was the case for me. Looking at the Graphic Novels actually made me imagine a few characters to be different than when I originally imagined them.

Verdict: Worth the read, especially if you’re not a regular reader but want to better understand Game of Thrones as a whole or if you want to see the beautiful depictions of the characters and the story.

Let me know in the comics what graphic novels you’re reading. I’m new to the genre, but so far I’m hooked so I’d love to start exploring some more.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book I read back in high school. Theres a guy named Matthew, and he has some sort of effect on people. Stay tuned 🙂

p.s. news coming on an updated schedule in the next few weeks.

 

Book Review: A Question of Torture

This book is the very reason why I hate ordering things online

I had to do a book review for a Journalism class I took in university and this book was on the reading list of potential options.

The book report was due in early December, so I started the assignment, like a good student, in late November, even though it was given to us the first day of class.

I ordered a copy of the book and it should have arrived with ample time to read it and make a report on it.

A week later the book still hadn’t arrived and I had only a week and a half till the due date

Slightly panicked I emailed Amazon and had another book sent to replace the one that didn’t arrive.

Fast forward to three days before the assignment was due. Still neither book came and I couldn’t wait any longer. 

Also, none of the books on the reading list were available at any bookstore in the city.

I had a small hope that I could download the book on my Kobo (e-reader) and to my luck it was there. I then spent the next 2 or so days reading this book and making a 10 page report on it. 

Now time for the actual review.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s a researched account of the use of torture by the US.


“An indispensable and riveting account” of the CIA’s development and use of torture, from the cold war to Abu Ghraib and beyond (Naomi Klein, The Nation


In this revelatory account of the CIA’s fifty-year effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W. McCoy locates the deep roots of recent scandals at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo in a long-standing, covert program of interrogation. A Question of Torture investigates the CIA’s practice of “sensory deprivation” and “self-inflicted pain,” in which techniques including isolation, hooding, hours of standing, and manipulation of time assault the victim’s senses and destroy the basis of personal identity. 

It is really fascinating to learn of the methods that the US developed and tried to spread around the world, but at the same time disturbing when you hear of the people that were being tortured.

It is also a different view on torture that I think a lot of people have.

I think most people think torture is someone beating the crap out of another guy to get information, which is what we see in a lot of action movies.

What McCoy talks about is torture that involves much less physical harm and much more psychological harm. 

I am a little bit of a history nerd so this book shed some light on a part of history that I had never really thought of before. 

Fair warning, it can get a bit gruesome at some points. It gives some pretty detailed account of different torture techniques.

Another little interesting fact from the book, the US was doing torturing people and trying to teach their allies how to do so also, all while speaking out against torture internationally…some may not be surprised.

Verdict: Worth the read, only if you can stomach it and if you love history. I think that torture is something that not a lot of people want to think about but its something that needs to be known.

I want to hear what you guys love about history, or some of your favorite moments from history. Let me know in the comments or send me an email. Feel free to contact me for the ending of my book fiasco too, I’ll tell you what happened to the 2 copies I ordered.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at the first and only graphic novel I’ve ever read about a popular fantasy show/book series.