Sabrina’s Book Corner: The Heart’s Desire

Hello, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing As You Wish by Jackson Pearce.

When Viola’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she’s left feeling unloved and without a place to belong. Viola wishes so badly to belong again that she accidentally summons a genie. At first, all Viola notices is that someone seems to be following her.

It isn’t until she points out the stranger, and her best friend and ex-boyfriend — yes, that ex-boyfriend — say they can’t see anyone that she begins to worry. Viola decides to ignore the stranger that only she can see, and it works until she gets home. The stranger is standing in Viola’s bedroom demanding that she make her wish.

All Jinn wants is to return home. When a jinn is assigned to a human master, the master has three wishes, and the jinn must remain on earth until the three wishes have been used. While jinn are on earth, they age as humans do, and if Jinn hates anything, it’s aging. Jinn is hoping that his new master will wish quickly so that he may return home, but Viola does not want to use her wishes.

As Viola and Jinn spend more time together, their friendship grows, but both know that eventually Viola has to wish. Humans and jinn were not meant to co-exist or be friends.

As You Wish is a magical read that shows that companionship and acceptance can be found in unexpected places. Pearce weaves an enchanting tale of camaraderie and belonging that you don’t want to miss.

Happy reading!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor

Sabrina’s Book Corner: What You Thought Was True

Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen.

Lindsey is on the verge of getting everything she wants. She is about to be named vice president at her marketing firm, something she has worked endless hours and suffered countless migraines to achieve. Lindsey’s hardworking attitude stems from comparisons to her utterly beautiful twin sister Alex.

Alex is a model, and she has everything she could possible want out of life. Since Alex seems to so easily get what she wants, Lindsey has always worked twice as hard to get the upper hand. But just as she is about to step out of her sister’s shadow, disaster strikes.

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Writing Advice: Novel Approach

Are you experiencing writer’s block right now? Even if you’re not, you know — in the back of your head — that eventually writer’s block will come calling again. It might come along because you’re not interested in the story you’re working on, or because your inspiration has left you, or because you simply don’t have the time to work on your project in long stretches of time.

That last one can be especially frustrating during the summer, when you feel like you should have time to be writing. But you may be working a summer job, or you may be on vacation with your family where it’s difficult to pull out your laptop and work on some writing. If you’re working on a novel, or another type of long-form writing project, the key is to chop it into smaller pieces that you can work on more easily.

In a recent post on Writer Unboxed, Tracy Hahn-Burkett talked about writing outside of your typical box. This could be any time that you’re not writing in your most comfortable environment. For those of us who are generally novel writers, this can be when we’re forced to work in very short bursts of time. This can make it difficult to work on something long-form and keep everything fresh in our minds. In her post, Tracy offers a solution — treat each scene that you write like a short story.

Tracey writes, “if I found myself freaking out over the amount of work I had to do, I should try taking it one scene at a time and telling myself that scene is a story. This approach made sense: I could define specific goals for that dinner-party scene in chapter six, and revise away with those goals in mind. When finished, I could reward myself by going for a walk, having a drink or eating a giant bar of chocolate. Repeat.”

I think this is a great way to deal with an abbreviated work time, and to keep yourself from being freaked out by how long a novel is when stretched out in front of you. I know that I often plot a story to the gills and then get overwhelmed by how much I still need to write and cover. If you treat each important scene in your story as short story of its own, it’ll help you feel more accomplished when you’ve gotten some writing done and it may also force you make some discoveries that you wouldn’t have otherwise made.

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan