My 12 tricks on How I break Writer’s Block

Last week, I created a video on YouTube about my tricks on how I break writer’s block. I will leave the link to the video below. I hope you find this useful. These tricks have worked for me. I hope they will work for you.  

Let’s get started!

  1. Outline the section or Chapter you are working on.

When I sit to write, sometimes I get overwhelmed by all the events, character arcs, and world building details in my story. Making bullet points for all the major events that will be happening in the scene/chapter helps me to focus on what I am trying to accomplish in this scene/chapter without getting bogged down with all the other details in my book.

2. Just Write.

Sometimes, you just have to force yourself to sit down and write. It may be painful as you sit there forcing yourself to write, but you got to do it. If you have already done the first tip, then you know what is suppose to happen. Just follow the outline. Regardless of what is drawing your attention away (dogs, cleaning the house) this is your time to write, so write. The scenes that I have forced myself to write have either been one of my best chapters or ones that need a lot of editing. That is okay. Sometimes, we just need to get the bare bones out. All the fancy words and details can be added later. What is important is to get your story out. You can’t edit and fix a blank word doc.

3. Write something different (Blog, Journal, etc.)

When you are not feeling it, try writing something else. Maybe something amazing happened to you today and all you want to talk about is that. Well, journal about it. Or maybe, you need to work on your blog. So work on it. For me, taking 5 to 10 minutes to write something completely different helps me get in the groove of writing. When the time is up, I turn back to my book.

4. Draw or Color

Yes, I know coloring, but it works! Sometimes your creative side is just not wanting to come out and play today. It is tired. It doesn’t want to. It has shut the door and refuses to come out. What I do when my creative side is being quite stubborn, I draw or color. I get out my sketch pad and find something I want to draw. Or I grab one of my coloring books and pick a picture I want to color. Letting my mind be creative, but in a different way helps my creative side to peek out the door and decide to play. I usually give myself 10 to 15 minutes, then I go back to writing. Once I have done this, my creative side is usually recharged and ready to start building my story.

5. Create a Pinterest Board that Inspires you

I love Pinterest! When I find that I am having a hard time visualizing a scene, I turn to pinterest. If I can’t visualize it in my own head, there is no way that I going to be able to put it on paper. My Freaks Inspiration Board lets me see art that has inspired an emotion or has reminded me of one of my characters. It turns on my imagination. When I take time to look through these and admire all these amazing artist, I am able to go back to my book and describe those problem scenes. I also pin writing advice and inspirational quotes. I have even pinned pictures that have inspired ideas for different stories. I find when I am having a hard time world building, Pinterest really helps me. You are world building a place that isn’t there! It is hard sometimes to see it and much less put it in words. Going to Pinterest and letting these beautiful pieces of art help you visualize your world and active your imagination. That way, you can create your amazing world.

6. Create a Music Playlist

Music is a must for me. I have music playing to be able to write. Of course I am the type of person that can’t stand silence. I constantly have music on or something on in the background at home. I love music! When I am having a hard time feeling the emotions of my characters or the intensity of the scene, music really helps me get in that mindset. A lot of times, I will create a playlist for the chapter I am working on. When I take the time to sit down and search for songs, it makes me really start to analyze that chapter and what emotions my characters will be experiencing. I find that I am able to really understand where my characters are in this chapter and what is really going on inside their heads.

7. Take a Break!

As writers, we are really bad about taking breaks. We have a deadline or our own personal goals and we forget that we are humans. Several times this summer when I was working on Freaks Episode 3 The Rebel, my husband would come into my office to check on me. I had been writing nonstop for like 5 hours. He would say, “Just seeing if you are still alive? I am going to go to 7-Eleven to get a coke, do you want to come?” I would reply, “That sounds wonderful! Yes, I will come.” Taking that break of just getting a coke and talking with my husband, recharged me to go back to my writing stronger and better able to finish my goal. Taking a short break helps our minds relax. Go watch a TV show, read a chapter, call or talk to your friends or family. Breaks allow you come back rested and ready to keep pushing yourself. It is important to take care of yourself. If we don’t take care of our bodies, we won’t be able to sit down and concentrate.  

8. Skip that Scene

There are times when you are just not feeling that scene. Something is off or the dialog doesn’t feel right. You have already outlined the scene, so just move on to the next one. Sometimes, I find that I need to write a couple of scenes ahead of the problem scene to be better able to come back to fix it. You know where you want to go with the scene, so just write that part. Sometimes after exploring what you want happen allows you to go back and write what you need to happen for the future scene to work.

9. Create Character List

When you are having a hard time with your characters, going back and reading about your character may answer some of those questions that you are having. The character list can be very detailed or for a minor character a few sentences. There are times, when writing that I realize something new about my character and edited their bio or maybe I changed something. The list helps to remind me how they would act in a certain situation or behave around another character. If I am having a hard time with a minor or major character, I go back to my character list. If the list doesn’t help and I just don’t know who that character is. Maybe, I need to flesh them out and get to know this character better by expanded their character list.

10. Research World Building Elements

There are times when a scene isn’t feeling right. I find that it is a world building element. For example, I was doing my first major edits after I had just completed my first draft. There was this scene that felt like it was missing something. My husband was reading it. It is the scene where Jonas is drinking hot coffee. My husband asked, “how is Jonas able to make hot coffee?” Huh? I didn’t know. I had never thought about technology for my world and least of all how there was hot coffee. I knew my world was set in a post apocalyptic future. But tech? Were they roughing it? Did they have flying cars? I had never thought about it. The research began. Now, I know that coffee was cooked on a cast iron stove. I know the camp that creates and sells them. I know the camp that mined the metal to sell to the camp to make the caste iron stove. LOL! If I never had the Hot Coffee moment, I would have never came up with the idea of archaeologist searching for old world technology. Of course this isn’t mentioned in the series yet. Does it play apart in my world? Oh yes! World building is a great way to add the little extra details that make your world feel massive. My readers have no idea all the research I did for the cast iron stove or the details on how it was built in Eurathia, but the fact that it is there. That it warms up the office in the cool spring morning. The earthy smell of the coffee fills the room. Those details expand your world. I find taking the time to research and create tech, culture, politics, geographical information for my world gets me excited to write my book. To think of how this information will effect my character and to make my world come alive. That what was missing from the chapter. My world felt small. Empty. It needed more. It needed a reason the coffee was hot. It needed a sense of there was more to this world than Jonas drinking a cup of hot coffee.

11. Make Rewards for Accomplishing Your Goals

When your are getting first started, this is a good way to motivate yourself. Create a goal that isn’t too easy, but something that is realistic and you can accomplish. Then think of a reward. Whether it be to go outside and play with your dog or take a walk. Think of something you enjoy doing and have that be your reward. This is a great tool to use for writers just getting started. I use this for myself on days that I am having a hard time feeling motivated to begin writing.

12. Read

Reading is so important. Read books in your genre that has great success and learn what they did. Read a book that you enjoy to get you excited about words and using your imagination. Don’t be afraid to read out of your genre or something that you wouldn’t usually pick up. One of the authors I love to read is Edgar Rice Burroughs. He is the author of Tarzan, John Carter, and Journey to the Center of the Earth’s Core. I love all the details he gives as he creates these worlds and characters. I find that after reading Burroughs, I am able to describe things better. He inspires that part of my brain to be more descriptive. It is important as writers, to read to enjoy and to learn from other authors. As a community of writers, we need to read and support each other’s work. We are all wanting to create awesome material for our readers. Encouraging each other by reading and showing support is a great way to give another author a pat on the back. Plus, it is a great way to grow your skills as a writer.

Bonus Tip:  Create a Writing Schedule

The purpose of creating a writing schedule is to make deadlines and complete personal goals. I have found that a side effect of creating a writing schedule is that I have less writer’s block. When I do have it, I am able to break it faster. I have taken the time to train my brain that this is my time to be creative and write. This helped me a lot. When I do get writer’s block, I sit down at my computer anyway. I may have to pull out some of my tricks to get going, but I find that difficulty of getting started has decreased since I have stuck to my writing schedule. When you create a schedule, make sure that it is one that works for you. If you push yourself too much, then you will find it very difficult to be creative and work on your story. Set a schedule that fits with you and your priorities. Once you have created that time, be sure to protect it. That time is important to you. There times when life takes over and you have to put that time to the side for awhile. Just remember, when things settle down to go back to it. Don’t think you can’t change your schedule. Maybe you need to decrease it. Or change the days your write each month because of your job. As long as you have a schedule and stick to it, I have found that it helps to fight off writer’s block.

I hope you find this useful! Happy Writing!

Thank you for reading! Bye.

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Where Have I Been?

Where have I been? Well…in two weeks. I have been to Galveston, Philadelphia, and to New World Comic Con. It has been a crazy, fun, and exciting time. I am going to share some of my amazing experiences with you.

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Galveston

It was Tuesday evening when my husband came into the living room with a wide grin on his face. He said that we needed to pack our bags for tomorrow. I’m like Huh? What?

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He pulls up on his computer with a picture of Galveston beach. I am stunned.

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So, Wednesday morning we were on our way to Galveston. It was so wonderful. Daniel and I played in the ocean, saw a big blue shell crab, and collected shells. My favorite part was relaxing on the beach while watching the waves. It was so peaceful. We are definitely going to go back.

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After we came back from Galveston, I had about a day to wash and repack my clothes for my trip to Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia

I went on a work trip with an awesome co-worker and friend. Wow! Philadelphia is big. I couldn’t get over how there would be these huge newer buildings next to historical buildings.

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We had a corner room and our view was gorgeous. The beautiful city hall stood outside our window. There was a little window seat that I sat in and read while admiring the view.

 

We went to conferences during the day and in the evenings we explored. The first day we got to see the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall. Wow! So much history. I couldn’t believe that I was in the room that our very first government officials worked at. I got to see the chair that Thomas Jefferson sat in. So cool.

 

We walked to China town and saw the Friendship Arch. It was so pretty. We ate at Dim Sum which wasn’t too far from the arch. They had amazing food.

 

One of my favorite things we did was the night bus tour. It took us all over the city. We got to see a lot of Philadelphia.

We saw the steps that Rocky ran up. And…we had to run up them too.

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Every evening, we walked around the Reading Terminal. It was a market full of different types of food, sweets, souvenirs, and produce. My favorite thing there was the Pineapple Banana Smoothie. So good. The last thing we did was go to the Philadelphia Zoo.

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I was amazed by all the trees. They were so big!

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One of the neatest things at the zoo, was the overhead walk. There was the metal caged walkway over the some of the paths in the zoo. During certain times of the day, animals walked through. I got to see goats, gorillas, and a lion. The lion actually looked at me!

 

My friend and I had such a fun time exploring and admiring all the beautiful art throughout the city.

 

Friday morning we flew back home.

I had that night to prepare for New World Comic Con!

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New World Comic Con

Saturday morning, I woke up excited and full of nerves.

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Daniel and I packed the car with my author table set-up and box full of books. It didn’t take long for me to set up once we got there.

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Wow! There were so many people in amazing costumes.

I had amazing neighbors. I enjoyed talking to them and getting to know them. They were all very talented artists. I got to meet so many wonderful people. Teachers, parents, Pokemon trainers, authors, artists, and so many amazing people. I had so much fun talking to them and learning a little bit about each one. I am so fortunate that they were willing to try out the Freaks’ Series. Thank you so much. You made this newbie author so incredibly happy. I hope you all enjoy it. New World Comic Con 3 was such an amazing experience.

These two weeks have definitely been crazy, fun, and exciting. It has been full of great memories.

 

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August has started up and I am now getting ready for school to start. Routines are going back into place. I am anxious to continue working on Freaks Episode 4 The Prisoner. I will resume my weekly blog and try to keep up with my bi weekly vlog of writing tips. Vlogging is so new to me and I am terrible at keeping to my posting schedule. My goals for the start of August, is to become better at keeping my YouTube schedule.

So that is it. I have got to collect a ton of wonderful memories this summer. Now it is time to get back to writing.

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Thank you for reading!

 

Bye!

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The Voices of YA Tag

A while ago I was tagged in The Voices of YA Tag by Kristen Martin. The tag was created by Caitlin Lambert. I will be leaving their links below. For this tag,  I created a YouTube video.  I will leave the video at the bottom of the page.

Let’s get started!

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ABOUT THE WRITERS

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What draws you to YA?

I enjoy coming of age stories. Stories where main characters are thrown into some fantastical scenario and must learn to cope with the situation.  

Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

For my first rough draft, I usually have in my head a general idea for an arching goal that my characters are trying to complete. I am a discovery writer, so I usually brainstorm ideas, then let my imagination take me rest of the way. Once I have finished, I begin using some writing tools. I make sure my story has a crisis point and low point. I go through and if needed add more sub plots and pretty much clean it up. Then, I rewrite it and begin my editing process. Toward the end and in my editing process, I use outlines and check lists. I am a discovery writer, but when start to reach the end I do begin outlining. I guess I am kind of a hybrid of the two.

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How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I have been coming up with stories since I was very little. I didn’t actually begin writing until I was 9 years old. My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, had us do a writing unit. At the end of the writing unit, we had to create a short story. She took our stories and laminated them and bound them. I was so excited to see my dragon story look like a book. At that moment, I was hooked. I wanted to write. From that point on, I was always writing stories in my free time. Where I am at in my writing journey? I am working on the Freak series. I have the first three episodes already out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-million. Episode 4 will be out in the fall and Episode 5 will be out in the winter of this year. The series is going to be 5 episodes.

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What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

I love drinking tea. That is pretty much what I live off when I am writing, though occasionally I do get a Dr. Pepper. Music is so important to me. I can’t write without music playing. Music helps me create the emotions that my characters are feeling or bring the intensity of the scenes I am trying to write.

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If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be?

Create a writing schedule. One that will work for you. Don’t worry about what anyone does, create one that fits into your schedule. Once you have created it, stick to it the best you can. When you have writer’s block, for me, having a schedule and writing no matter how brain dead you are helps. You can always go back and edit what you have written. Just getting it down on paper and getting use to the routines helps. Also, protect this time. Let everyone know this is your time to create.

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ABOUT THE BOOKS

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What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

The Falconer by Elizabeth May. The ending in the first one was so surprising. I am anxious to see how Aileana handles it in the second book.

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What books are you most anticipating for this year?

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. I have heard a lot of good things about this book and I am looking forward to reading it.

The third book in the Falconer series, The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May. I love this series. It takes place in 1844. But our eighteen year old Aileana isn’t just a lady, she is a warrior battling the evil fae that want to eat human kind. This is an awesome series. I am currently reading book 2 and I can’t wait to get my hands on the 3rd installment.

In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

I love the idea of Falconer series premise as well as the Lunar Chronicles. Lunar Chronicles takes fairy tales and throws them into a science fiction dystopian future. It is so much fun.

What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit (I know, I’m cruel)?

“I am like him. I am a monster too.”, Aileana from the Falconer by Elizabeth May.

“Even in the future the Story begins with Once Upon a Time” Cinder by Marissa Meyers

What book do you most hope will have a movie adaption?

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. Lafervers. I love how this takes place in the early 1900s and the main character is the daughter of curators of the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. The story is filled with ancient Egyptian myths and magic as Theodosia uses her powers to protect the British Empire.

 

 

My special announcement is Freaks Episode 1 The Guardian e-reader will be only $0.99 on Amazon until July 15th. This is a great time to check out my series. I hope you give it a try.

Kristin Martin’s Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyy_hiZRaSLGLOn62Nc4AA

Caitlin Lambert’s Channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh-K-APVt2T_cb4zmsOkrTw

I tag any writer and anyone that loves Young Adult books to do this tag. If you do, leave the link to your content below. I would love to see your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!

See Ya!

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Reviews for the Freaks’ Series

Reviews from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads
 Great plot, even if you aren’t into this genre. Never judge a book by it’s cover!! March 19, 2017
This is not the typical genre of books that I read, however I believe in supporting newer authors and purchased it thinking I would probably not be “into” it. However, without giving too much away, the plot is well- written and full of twists and turns, and I actually finished it over a weekend! The author provides descriptive scenarios that will scare you one minute, but turning the pages faster to find out what happens anyway! A great example that we should branch out of our typical reading comfort zone now and then….you might find a new author you would never have had read before!
Such a fresh new story! Love this!!! March 22, 2017
I loved this book! The author takes you into a new and exciting world that keeps you guessing and hoping through the entire book. I loved the vivid scenes and the strong character relationships. Definitely going on my favorite author list!!!
Five Stars April 29, 2017
I loved this book and can’t wait till the next one!!!
Enjoyable Read May 7, 2017
Great book looking forward to the remaining sequels of this 5 part set. Hope to buy more of future novels from Young.
Excellent read with marvelous and brutal action that brings you in …
Excellent read with marvelous and brutal action that brings you into a gritty world of survival. Fighting for basic rights in an unjust society is just that start of this dystopian adventure. Facing your fears just may make you a Freak.
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byJ.O. Young(Goodreads Author)   5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
Freaks Episode 2 The Messenger 
by J.O. Young (Goodreads Author)   5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings

 

Check out the Freaks with the links below. Follow the Link and Free Your Freak!

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Freaks Episode 1 The Guardian

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/freaks-episode-1-j-o-young/1125913093?ean=9781544155449

Freaks Episode 2 The Messenger

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/freaks-episode-2-the-messenger-j-o-young/1126307699?ean=9781545222164

Freaks Episode 3 The Rebel

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/freaks-episode-3-the-rebel-j-o-young/1126704082?ean=9781548452124#productInfoTabs

 

 

 

My Top Ten Superheroines

Wonder Woman left me feeling excited for the possibilities of her on the big screen. I really enjoyed the movie. I am going to be honest, I was worried. Being a girl that has been into super heroes most of her life, I really want my heroines to be as tough as the guys. To be hit, to bleed, then to come back strong and win the day. If my heroines seem any less than that, I just can’t get into them. I want them to be able to go toe to toe with the guys. So I am a tough one to please on this. Don’t even get me started on the disappointing Catwoman movie. Evil make-up! Evil…make-up… Sigh. Wonder Woman really impressed me. She was strong, but still human. There definitely wasn’t any evil make-up. She struggled to come into her own, but once she did. Wow! She was one tough heroine that definitely can stand toe to toe with the guys. I am so pleased with this movie.

 

After leaving the theater, I was pondering who are my favorite heroines in comics. The comic world is full of strong, intelligent females. Which tells me it is time for a top ten list! Narrowing it down to ten was extremely difficult. It took me several days to decide. But I eventually got it down to ten. On my list, heroines may be from any comic book company. My heroines must be heroes, not anti heroes or villains. Sorry Catwoman. This list is my personal favorite and is based on what I like in characters and comics.

 

Let’s get Started!

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  1. Supergirl

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Supergirl’s first appearance was in 1959’s Action Comics #252. She was sent to Earth to help raise and protect Kal-El (Superman), her cousin. But her pod was delayed and she arrived after Superman was grown and established himself as a hero. Supergirl comes into her own and has proven herself many times to be able to stand side by side with her cousin.

 

  1. Rogue

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Rogue’s first appearance was in 1981’s Avenger’s Annual #10. Rogue started out as a villain working for Mystique. But when she absorbed Ms. Marvel’s powers they stuck and this event also introduced her to the X-Men. She switch from villain to hero and joined the X-Men. She has had major story arcs and influence in the X-Men universe ever since and still does.

 

  1. She-Hulk

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She-Hulk’s first appearance was in 1980’s Savage She-Hulk #1. Jennifer Walters, a young attorney, was gravely wounded. Bruce Banner, her cousin, (Hulk) gave her a blood transfusion to save her life. The blood caused her to transform into She-Hulk. Jennifer has more control over her powers and her transformation than Hulk. She is able to retain her intelligence and personality when transformed. She-Hulk has a series of her own. She has a comedic side to her and loves being She-Hulk. She is seen more often transformed as She-Hulk than her normal form. She is also a member of the Avengers.

 

  1. Storm

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Storm’s first appearance was in 1975’s Giant Size X-Men #1. Storm is a major character in the X-Men and comics. She was introduced in the new 1975 X-Men team. She even led the X-Men early on when Prof. Xavier went into space with the Starjammers. From the beginning she has been a leader among the X-Men. She has led the team through many major story arcs. Storm has and will continue to be an important and influential character in the X-Men and the Comic World.

 

  1. Hawkgirl

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Hawkgirl’s first appearance was in 1940’s Flash comics #1. Her first costume appearance was in All Star’s comic #5 in 1941. Hawkgirl was the first costume heroine just barely out before Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman’s appearance was in All Star #8. There are couple of different origin stories for Hawkgirl. The golden age origin is she is Chay-Ara an Egyptian princess married to Khufu. They found an alien ship that had crashed. The ship gave them powers, but they were cursed by Hath-Set. Their curse was to die once their love reaches its peak then be reincarnated to repeat the process again. When she is introduced she has been reincarnated as Shiera Sanders. Khufu reincarnated as Carter Hall. In the silver age, they changed them from being from Earth to alien police officers from the planet Thanagar. The Silver Age origins doesn’t really exist in comics for now. The creators returning to the Golden Age origins. Hawkgirl is once again rebooted in Justice Society Secret Files #1 in 1999 as Kendra Saunders the grandniece of Shiera’s. Kendra actually commits suicide and Shiera’s soul finds her way into Kendra’s body. Kendra wakes up not knowing she is actually Shiera. She has lost all of her memories. Kendra decides to become Hawkgirl but distances herself from Hawkman. The Blackest Night story arc resurrected Shiera and she is now Hawkgirl. Complicated. But she is an long running heroine. Hawkgirl is one of the first heroines to dawn the mantle and she continues to fight alongside the Justice League and Justice Society. She has been apart and influenced major comic arcs throughout history. Hawkgirl along with Wonder Woman are the first and oldest heroines in comics.

 

  1. Witchblade

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Witchblade’s first appearance was in 1995’s Cyblade/Shi #1. The origin of Witchblade in this comic was ignored and redone into its own series. Sara Pezzini is the first to appear in the comics wielding Witchblade. There is several issues that was later published featuring stories of strong and influential women wielding it throughout time. Witchblade was created by the Darkness and Angelus forces having an offspring together. The Witchblade is the balance between these forces which represent chaos and order. The Witchblade itself is male and requires a female host to wield it. Sara is a tough NYPD homicide detective. Witchblade chose her when she jumps in front of a bullet to try and save her partner.

 

  1. Aspen Matthews

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Aspen Matthews’ first appearance was in 1998’s Fathom # ½ – Wizard Issue ½. Aspen was born from a race of people that live underwater. She is a mix between the Blue and the Black. Two different waterkin races. She is the most powerful of the two. Due to an accident when she was a child, Aspen lost all her memories and was found by Captain Matthews. Matthews raises her like his own child. Aspen can’t remember her past but still holds on to her love of the water. Years later, Aspen past confronts her. She must learn to accept her new found abilities and what her role is now in this new and strange world. Aspen is a marine biologist in the human world. She is smart and also a extremely powerful woman.

 

  1. Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)

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Barbara Gordon as Batgirl first appeared in 1967’s Detective Comics #359. The first Batgirl was actually Bette Kane in 1961’s Batman #139. Bette Kane discovers her aunt is Batwoman and dawns a cape to become Batgirl. Later she becomes the heroine Hawkfire. My favorite version of Batgirl has always been Barbara Gordon. In the comics, Barbara is shot by Joker paralyzing her. She is determined not to let this slow her down. She transforms herself into Oracle. She was vital to Batman in No Man’s Land. Barbara as Oracle founds an all female team called the Birds of Prey. The New 52 restored Barbara Gordon’s legs which prompts her to return to her role as Batgirl.

 

  1. Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman’s first appearance was in 1941’s All Star Comics #8. Wonder Woman got her own solo in 1942. Wonder Woman is one of the oldest and the most prominent heroines in comics. She had her start as an army nurse and developed into an Amazonian warrior. She is one of the Trinity of the DC Universe alongside Superman and Batman.

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She is one of leaders in the Justice League. Wonder Woman has been a role model for women since the 40s. She has grown and develop has a character through the ages. She has battled evil geniuses and gods. Her origins are tied to Greek mythology. Once thought to be made of clay until in more recent story arcs she discovered she is the daughter of Zeus and Queen Hippolyta. There is no heroine like her. She is the toughest and the most courageous. She stands beside the most iconic heroes Superman and Batman and is not outshined. She is the most influential heroine throughout history. Wonder Woman will continue to be a major player in the comics and now on the big screen.      

 

1. Red Sonja

Red Sonja

Red Sonja’s first appearance is in 1973’s Conan the Barbarian #23. The original inspiration for Sonja was from Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan. In 1943, she was called Red Sonya of Rogatino in a short story called Shadow of the Vulture. This was re-adapted by Marvel for her first appearance in comics. Red Sonja appeared in several issues with Conan. Conan was attracted to her, but they never advanced their relationship due to Sonja moral code of never being with a man that could not best her in combat. Conan was never able to defeat Sonja which led to tension between the two characters. To add to the tension, they were sometimes competing with one another for the same prize due to the fact they were both mercenaries.

 

Sonja become so popular with fans that in 1975 she received her own series. Once her series ended, she still made appearances in Conan and in one of her most famous team up in 1979 with Spiderman. In 2000s, Dynamite bought the rights to Red Sonja and in 2005 rebooted her series with the artist Mel Rubi. Red Sonja has always been portrayed as an independent and fierce character that has no problems going toe to toe with incredibly strong and powerful men such as Conan. She is my all time favorite heroine. She is a character that always pushes forward and is steadfast to her morals, plus is one tough warrior.

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Here is my top ten Superheroines. Do you agree with my list? Who are your top ten Superheroines?

 

 

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10 Year Anniversary and Sam Noble Museum Visit.

June 1st was my 10 year anniversary with my wonderful husband.

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We had an awesome fun filled day. So for my blog post this week, I wanted to share our experience at the Sam Noble Museum. If you haven’t been, I definitely recommend going.
Let’s get started.

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This was our first time to the museum. As you walk in, you are greeted by this guy.

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Hello!

The museum starts off explaining the importance of collecting artifacts, fossils, and specimens. They explain why it is important to have more than one example of that specimen. The first room you get to see what beetles do to a corpse of a rat in a time lapse video. So gross!

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We also got to see some specimens as well.

After we left this room, we went to the space room.

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Great Balls of Fire was a special exhibit that was being displayed at the museum for the summer. This was full of information of about asteroids and meteors. There was a lot of hands on games to play with determining the speed of a meteor. They even had a space mission for you to complete. We ended up spending an entire hour in this exhibit.

The next exhibit was my favorite. The dinosaurs!

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Then I saw one of my favorite dinosaurs.

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Pentaceratops!!!!

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This was huge!

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I couldn’t believe how tall his skull was.

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Then we turned the corner and saw this.


This was so huge of a display, I could not get it all in one shot. I had to ride an elevator to see the top of these giants.

 

Next to the Apatosaurus, was an intimidating Saurophaganax.

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Did you see his teeth? Eek!

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If I saw this guy alive, I would be like….

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Once we had seen all the exhibits, we took a coffee break in the Redbud Cafe located in the Museum. It was a great way to end the tour.

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Sam Noble Museum was awesome! You should definitely go check it out.

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Below are the links to the Sam Noble Museum and Redbud Cafe.

http://samnoblemuseum.ou.edu/

http://samnoblemuseum.ou.edu/plan-visit/red-bud-cafe/

Let me know if you decide to visit and what you thought.
Thank you for reading!

See Ya Next Week!
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Freaks: Episode 1 The Guardian Excerpt

I have been working on improving my website. One of the things I have been meaning to do was to add an excerpt of my first book, Freaks:  Episode 1 The Guardian. Well, I have finally got it up this week.

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If you have been wanting to read an x-men hunger games story set in a distant future, this may be the book for you. Freaks is a episodic novella series. So far, two books of the series are published. The third should be out by the end of this month. Check my count down for Episode 3’s release at the bottom of the home page.

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Writing a book has always been a dream of mine. I have written a lot of little stories when I was a child. Even writing stories for my favorite video game character Link from the Legend of Zelda.

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In high school, I took a creative writing class and wrote several short stories and poems. One of my poems was actually published in the local town’s newspaper. I was a pretty excited teenager that day.

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Writing was a way that I could express all the things I thought about with my overactive imagination. I was always coming up with ideas for stories. I wish I could have told my younger self to write all of them down.

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What about the Freaks?

Freaks is a story that I created in my early twenties. One night, I had this crazy dream of these people with wings being oppressed and their struggle for freedom. I worked on developing the idea of the Freaks as a hobby in-between going to college and working. I finally decided about four years ago to take my hobby of writing these stories for the Freaks more seriously and actually complete it. I began to dedicate a good chunk of my time to finishing the Freaks. So after staying up late after work and writing on the weekends, about 3 years ago I actually finished. It has taken me a year to figure out the editing process and deciding to become an indie author.

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What is the Freaks about?

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The Freaks Series tells a tale of a young winged-girl and a Normal soldier that are both struggling for freedom and what they are willing to sacrifice for that freedom.

If you want the full synopsis, check J. O. Young’s books page on my website. The link is below.

https://freaks2017.wordpress.com/j-o-youngs-books/

Below is the excerpt of the first three chapters of the Freaks. If you enjoyed reading it, you may purchases it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million. Thank you for reading.

https://freaks2017.wordpress.com/freaks-episode-1-the-guardian-excerpt/

See ya next week!

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Who is J. O. Young

I haven’t really done an introduction of who I am, so I thought now was a good as time as any. I am going to list 10 facts about myself. So if anyone is interested here it is.

Let’s get started.

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1. I am married to a wonderful man. As of June 1st, 2017, we will have been married for 10 years. So Excited!!!! My husband, Daniel, enjoys reading old science fiction novels and comics. Batman, Judge Dredd, and Lobo are his top three favorite comic book characters. We enjoy doing a lot of things together. We are pretty much two peas in a pod.

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2. I enjoy reading comics. Some of my favorite comic characters are Red Sonja,Batman, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, and Fathom. I love comics that have a lot of action, mystery, and a sense of adventure. I enjoy good guys going through tough and almost impossible situations, but in the end they save the day.

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3. Manga is another type of comic that I enjoy reading. Some of my favorites are Kamisama Kiss, Rosario Vampire, and Fairy Tail. I enjoy adventure type manga with a little love story mixed in.

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4. Science Fiction and Fantasy is my favorite genre to read. There a lot of books that I have enjoyed reading in this category. Since last week I did a top ten of my favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy, I am not going to list it here again. If you are curious, please check out my last week’s blog. The link is below.

https://freaks2017.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/my-current-top-ten-favorite-books-in-fantasy-and-science-fiction/


5. I love playing video games. I started playing Legend of Zelda and Mario Brothers on the original Nintendo and have been hooked ever since. Video games have came a long way since the 80s. They have beautiful graphics with these huge vast worlds filled with amazing quests to complete. Some games I have recently played are 7 Days to Die, Dragon Age Inquisition, Elder Scrolls Online, Stardew Valley, and Fallout 4. I really want to play Legend of Zelda Breathe of the Wild, but I don’t have that system yet. Right now, I play on my computer and Xbox One. I am really looking forward to Destiny 2. I had a lot of fun playing the first Destiny on my Xbox 360. I might have to buy a Xbox One copy and play it again to hold me over until Destiny 2’s release in the fall.

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6. Shazam is my heroic chihuahua. He was a rescue pet that we adopted from Petsmart about 4 years ago. He is a big helper. He makes sure that he lays on my lap when I am writing keeping me from getting up and getting distracted. Unless of course, he needs me to scratch his back or rub his ears. He, also, loves to have his head kissed. He will walk up my chest and lay his head on my chin so he can get his kisses. He is not spoiled at all. It is hard work for Shazam keeping me to my schedule. I am going to stop now, or the rest of this blog will be about Shazam. I love my puppy!

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7. My husband and I bought our first house together about two years ago. We are having fun with owning our own place. We can actually paint and not worry about hanging things up on the wall. One of things we have been working on, is getting our front flower garden set up. When we bought the house, the garden was a blank canvas. We were very excited to pick the type of plants that we will grow. Our neighbors had given us some kind of succulents that are super hardy. They are a very pretty bright green. We have two knockout rose bushes, a day lily, a tulip, and lots of Asiatic lilies. Last year when we planted them, they didn’t look so good. This year, they are blooming like crazy. It is so pretty. I enjoy taking care of plants, but I am pretty new to it. I have had little plants in the house before, but never a whole flower bed. In my backyard, I haven’t created any flower beds yet. I have several flower pots on my back porch at the moment. Inside, I have one palm tree and a poinsettia.

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8. I love tea! I drink a lot of tea every day. I get excited when I find a new tea that I haven’t tried. You should have seen me at Wal-Mart when I saw Lipton was selling Matcha tea. I got a little too excited.

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My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey. I drink my tea without any sugar most of the time. I prefer my tea hot, but in the summer I do drink more iced tea. In my house, I made a tea corner with my keurig, tea cups, tea tins, and mugs. Tea is that important.


9. Favorite candy bar is a tie between Reese’s Cups and Snickers. I pretty much will eat anything that is chocolate, except truffles. I don’t like truffles. Weird, I know. I have tried several, but nope. I just don’t like them.  

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10. I love writing. I have been writing and creating stories since I was very little. Writing is something I am very passionate about. I love to come home from work, make me a cup of tea, and open up my laptop and write with Shazam on my lap. I am so ecstatic that I have actually published two of my books from the Freaks Series. It is such an amazing feeling holding the book you created in your hands. Freaks is a 5 part novella series. It is a young adult science fiction dystopian. It is has been described as a mixture of Hunger Games and X-Men. The third episode is slated to come out June 29, 2017. The books come out every two months and at the end of the year a omnibus of episodes 1-5 will be released. Once I have finished this project, I have several different novels planned and I am already working on Freaks episode 6-10 for the continuation of the series.

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Now you know 10 facts about me. If you are interested in the Freaks please follow my Facebook page to stay up to date on book releases and signing events. I will be at New World Comic Con at the end of July 2017 and at SoCon in September 2017.

https://www.facebook.com/TheFreaksBookSeries/

Thanks for reading! See ya next week!

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My Current Top Ten Favorite Books in Fantasy and Science Fiction

When I decided to do this blog, I originally was going to do favorite books of all time, but then I realized that there is no way I could narrow it down to ten. Since I am a teacher, I read books for all different ages. Through the years I have amassed a large favorite list in almost all the different age groups. For this top ten list, I am only including my favorite fantasy and science fiction novels for young adult or older.

 

So let’s get started.

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  1.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter lives with the horrible Dursleys who are his uncle and aunt. The Dursleys’ son Dudley is a spoiled boy who is the apple of his parents’ eyes. Unfortunately for Harry, the Dursleys see him as a burden. They force him to sleep in a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs. But those days are soon to come to an end when he is accepted to Hogwarts, a school for Wizards.

 

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  1. Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Dracula desires to move from his castle in Transylvania to England. He hires Jonathan Harker to provide his legal services for the transaction of his real estate. Jonathan soon discovers that he is Dracula’s prisoner. Dracula leaves Jonathan to the sisters, three vampires. Jonathan must escape and stop Dracula from spreading his curse to the streets of London.

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  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The story starts with Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy being sent to live with an old professor away from the air raids during the war. As they struggle to adjust to their new situation, the children decided to play a game of hide and seek. Lucy, the youngest of the siblings, discovers an old wardrobe and decides to hide inside. As she walks past all the coats instead of the back of the wardrobe, she steps in a whole new frozen world.

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  1. Maximum Ride The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

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Max and her friends Iggy, Fang, Gasman, Nudge, and Angel long to be ordinary teenagers. But how normal can they be when they must remain in hiding from the scientist that created them, plus they have wings. Their fragile world is shattered when the Erasers, half human half wolf hybrids, kidnap Angel and take her back to School. The facility where they were created and experimented on. Now Max and the gang must muster all their strength and abilities to save her.

  1.  Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

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Creel is forced to be sacrificed to a dragon by her aunt, with the hopes that a knight will come to rescue her and raise their family out of poverty. Creel isn’t too worried about her aunt’s scheme. Nobody has seen a dragon in centuries. Little did she know that one would actually appear. Creel uses her wits and bargains for her life and she receives a bit of treasure. The treasure isn’t gold or jewels but a simple a simple pair of blue slippers. Unbeknownst to her, these slippers are anything but ordinary. They have the power to save her kingdom or destroy it.

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  1. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

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Aileana Kameron looks the part of a young aristocratic lady, but that is only for appearances. She is actually protecting the innocents from being slaughtered by Sithichean, a hidden faery race. Sithichean are obsessed with murdering humans. Aileana has a special ability where she is able to see and sense these creatures. She uses inventions and gadgets that she creates to take these faeries down. Her main purpose is to find the one that killed her mother and exact revenge. That is until she discovers that she is the last in the line of female warriors called Falconers. Now she is humanity’s last hope in saving them from being massacred by the Sithichean. She will have decide which is more important to her. Revenge or Humanity.

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  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyers

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Cinder is unwanted. She is a stain on society. At least that is how people view Cyborgs. Cinder is a gifted mechanic and holds a weekly booth in New Beijing. This leads to her being hired by no other than the handsome Prince Kai. He asks her to help him repair an android that he jokes is a matter of security. Her plans get derailed when her youngest stepsister and only human friend becomes infected by a deadly disease. Blamed by her stepmother, she forced to volunteer for the plague research. Research that no one has survived. But what one scientist discovers is that Cinder is not an ordinary cyborg. In fact she is something others would kill for.

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  1.   At Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs

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David Innes, a mining heir, finances the “iron mole” an excavating vehicle. It is designed by his friend Abner Perry. The two decide to test out Abner’s experiment. The vehicle carves it way 500 miles into the Earth’s surface and emerging into the hidden world of Pellucidar. This strange interior world is full of prehistoric creatures from all different geological eras. Pellucidar is dominated by a flying intelligent reptilian civilization called the Mahars. The Mahars use the stone-age humans as slaves. Innes and Perry must learn to survive this dangerous world. But can they out maneuver the Mahars along with their servants the Sagoth and learn the new customs of these interior humans?

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  1. Magical Kingdom For Sale by Terry Brooks

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Ben Holiday still mourning the loss of his wife and unborn child seeks to escape his painful empty life. On a whim, he purchases a Magical Kingdom called Landover. His friend, Miles, thinks he has lost it and tries to talk him out of it, Ben is determine. If he doesn’t do something he will lose himself to the grief. Little did he know that the brochure wasn’t lying when it said magical. Now Ben is the king of a kingdom on the brink of ruin. Is he the king they have been searching for? Will he be able to save Landover and in turn save himself?

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  1. Theodosia and the Serpent of Chaos

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Theodosia spends most of her time in the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London where her parents archaeological finds are put on display. But what people can’t see is that these artifacts are covered in curses. But Theodosia can. She uses ancient Egyptian magic to dispel these curses and protect the museum all the while keeping her parents in the dark. Things turn dire when her mother brings back an amulet called the Heart of Egypt. Inscribed on this artifact is a curse so vile that it threatens to destroy the entire British Empire. Is Theodosia’s magic strong enough to stop the rising chaos from destroying her home?

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If you haven’t read these books, I definitely recommend them. What are your top ten favorite Science-Fiction and Fantasy books. Any recommendations?

Until next time.

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