OnReview: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

An early April mist covers world the morning Shadow and Bone comes out on Netflix. It’s an instant hit, full of fantasy and beauty and intrigue and romance. The world falls in love.

But of course, me being me, I can’t join in the adoration. I have to read the book first. It took me a while, but I finally got around to Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. Let me tell you what I thought.

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Take One Shot At It

The ocean of stars turns the inky black night into a sea of suns stretching out above you. It’s near overwhelming, the sheer vastness of it all. You look down, unsure of how to comprehend it. You then see before you a garden: a visage of color, beauty, and life in various shapes of flower, bush, and tree. It’s all painted over in shades of gray in this night.

And, at the far end of this garden is a mansion. Impossibly tall and impossibly foreboding, the curtains are drawn and the doors shut tight. Only the semblance of candlelight seeps through. Do you dare enter?

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The Process of Publishing

Big news! I recently covered The Webster University Orchestra’s debut of a brand new concerto for the newspaper, and I want to share what that process was like.

This was my first video project to be published, and it feels like a huge accomplishment. But, it took a lot of work to get there. Feel free to check it out, and then come back to read my behind the scenes notes.

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Christmas in Backwater

Welcome back to The Workshop! I’ve just put the finishing touches on a draft of another short fiction piece, and I’m very excited to share it with you.

This project is centered around a young girl in a small, boring town full of small, boring people, and a woman she finds she relates to the most, despite knowing her through very strange circumstances.

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A Strict Regime

Welcome to the advent of a new series on my journalism page! I want to start posting more of the work I’ve been doing in my journalism classes to show you, my dear reader, just what the heck I’m talking about in all these posts about “journalistic writing,” whatever that means. So, without further ado, welcome to the first post of The Newsroom!

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Top 5 of the First 8

For me, it’s been eight weeks since my college semester began, and I’ve learned, for lack of a better phrase, a hell of a lot in these past two months. From gathering facts and perspectives, to editing footage together in video formats, I’ve covered a lot of ground when it comes to creating a news story. So, here are the top five things I’ve learned as a multi-media journalist in these first eight weeks.

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Old Grira

Yesterday, you might have seen my post about sharing your own stories, and how absolutely terrifying that may be. But, it’s also one of the most important parts of writing.

Which brings me to introduce a sort of series I’ll be posting on my page. As I write my own fiction pieces, I want to begin posting editions of my drafts, both for your reading pleasure, and to receive feedback from you, my readers, on my personal work so far.

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Sharing the Story

To write is to open up about yourself. Whether the story you’re creating is about a past experience or something completely fantastical, writing things down and sharing it with other people feels exposing. It’s like you’re letting someone into a little piece of your mind that previously was reserved only for you. It’s a terrifying and delighting prospect, and it’s entirely necessary for writing a stellar story.

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