Review: Writing Active Setting the Complete How-to Guide with Bonus Section on Hooks

Writing Active Setting the Complete How-to Guide with Bonus Section on Hooks
Writing Active Setting the Complete How-to Guide with Bonus Section on Hooks by Mary Buckham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I like writing fantasy. Yet one of the hardest things I’ve discovered while learning to write better is that I’ve seriously neglected my description skills, the very skills I must have to write fantasy, or any genre for that matter. I wanted to get to the good stuff while I wrote my drafts, and that left critical components of my setting behind. Now vagueness plagues my writing with unfortunate regularity, and that has to stop. I need to develop a setting that not only draws my reader into the story and keeps them there, but does more than just be a one-dimensional, lifeless back-drop.

The Writing Active Setting series by Mary Buckham shows me how to do exactly that on multiple levels.

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One Lovely Blog Award!

Well, ladies and gentleman, I’ve been nominated by Megan over at Inside the Invisible World for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you so much, Megan :) It’s fellow bloggers in the community like you that I really like about WordPress, because I get to connect with other writers that I wouldn’t otherwise connect with.


  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. You must list the rules and display the award.
  2. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  3. You must nominate 15 (or more) other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

Seven facts about me:

1. I like dogs of all kinds.

2. I like music boxes.

3. My favorite color is pink (what a shock, I know :p ).

4. I went to Japan in 2010, and I hope to go back there to study abroad in 2015.

5. I have yet to play a game in the Final Fantasy series (but I want to!) .

6. Udon is my favorite Japanese food.

7.  I like all kinds of music, but I have a particular affinity for jazz, classical, musical, and video game soundtracks.

Now for my nominees!

1. A Writer’s Life for Me

2. Winter Bayne

3. Thain in Vain

4. Cartoons and Creative Writing

5. A Writer’s Path

6. BumblesBooks

7. Coffee. Write. Repeat.

8. Enjaytea

9. Inky Tavern

10. Nhan Fiction

11. Fevered Crenellations

12. P.S. Clinen

13. Motivating Giraffe

14. Chris Sarantopoulos

15. TheGumiho777

Keep up the good work, everyone!

Miss Matching Eyes, a flash fiction piece


She was a pretty woman.  The prettiest one I saw in George and Geoffrey’s Coffee Shop that light blue day.  Corkscrew curls the color of cream.  Fair skin.

The barrista shouldn’t have called her “Ms. Bug Eyes” when he handed her the Mocha Frapuccino she ordered, I thought.  She shouldn’t have even stayed in the place, I thought.  But she did.  All because one of her eyes was brown, and the other eye was green.

Like mine.  But no one laughed at me, because no one knew, except her.

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