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Waggish Writer Geeks Out: The Bookshelf: Part 7

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

Hello and welcome to Waggish Writer. This is Part 7 of "Waggish Writer Geeks Out: The Bookshelf."

Below is the background of my website that is a sample of my library.

Last time I embraced my geek-ness, I went over Toboso's "Black Butler" series and Frederic's "A Dictionary of the Martial Arts."

Onward to the next books in the Waggish Writer's library!

Just a quick reminder, these books have meaning to me as a person, as a writer, and as both. I will list the book from left to right with APA citation and a short description of what is the book and why is it in my library.

At the end of "The Bookshelf" series, I'll create a list in case any of these books strike your fancy for practical writing tools or pure entertainment value.

D'Amato, J. (2018). The ultimate RPG character backstory guide. Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media.

"The Ultimate RPG Character Backstory Guide" was a purchase made at one of my favorite places to shop: Vault of Midnight. It is the store to pick up handbooks for RPG, graphic novels, manga, and all kinds of material. One of the things I struggle with in playing DND is creating an interesting character and role playing. I'll confess I'm more of the person who enjoys getting into combat. It is only more recently that I have gotten interested in the role playing aspect because I am focusing on my writing. This book offers prompts and exercises to get into the character you wish to play for DND. What's nice about the book is that it caters to the humble beginnings of the adventure, the veteran adventures, as well as creating legends and myths in the world. It is a tool that I've used slightly but plan to use it more to invest in my writing.

Books, B.S. and Pinson, J.L. (2014) The art of editing: in the age of convergence. 10th edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.

"The Art of Editing in the Age of Convergence" is a book that I received when I took a copy writing class at the Washtenaw Community College. I took the class because I was more serious about my work as a staff writer for the Washtenaw Voice (you're welcome to browse some of my articles that I have in my Washtenaw Voice Scrapbook). The book provides an overview of the editing process from the journalist profession, focusing on hard news and identifying key points an article should have. I've kept it since I value the information of the book, especially how I now am taking my writing more seriously, both in my side writing venture as well as my creative venture here through Waggish Writer.

Kingsbury, K. (2010). Unlocked. Colorado Springs, CO: Alive Communications, Inc.

In each writer's library, there are books that do not necessarily align with their writing values. They align more with what a writer values and what affects their life. "Unlocked" is a story about a high school student encountering a young man who is on the autism spectrum whose drawn to the music in the high school music performance the protagonist is taking the lead role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast. From there, the story steps into the shoes of all of those affected by the young man and how their encounters with him changes their lives and the lives within a community. This story touches my heart because I have a good friend who is on the autism spectrum. We do our best to keep in contact as we are both tied to the love of the written word and the creative process. My role is helping him articulate what he envisions and ask questions to help me see inside his head of the story he wants to tell but has difficulty telling.

This will be a wrap for Part 7 of the Bookshelf series. Part 8 will cover more of my Japanese fascinating with the language, an author's adventures in retracing another's steps in Japan, and a series of cookbooks.

Well, if you like what you've read, comment with what are three books from your library.

They can be books you consider your writer's bible(s), authors you look up to, or books you read for the full joy of reading.

If you do, tell me why. Let's geek out together.


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