I’m Scared

I'm scared because I haven't written anything--and I mean anything--since April 2017. I have tried, but my brain can usually only get out only a few words before the chaos of brain fog starts. It all started when I moved down to Ames, Iowa summer 2016, the summer before starting my PhD in Rhetoric and... Continue Reading →


Analyzing Writing VII – Graveyard Shift in Night Shift

Results This tells the story of a crew who are sent in to clean out the basement of a clothing mill during the graveyard shift (late at night).  Soon, they begin encountering rats of increasing sizes until they come upon a trapdoor that leads to the rat Queen. Moments vs. Entirety This is something that... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Writing IV

TW: MENTION OF SCHOOL SHOOTING On the fourth Stephen King book now.  Whoo.  This will be looking at the third book that Stephen King published. RAGE by Stephen King Okay, so a quick history about this: Stephen King published Rage under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman.  Eventually, he let this book fall out of print because... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Writing III

You may notice a pattern of all of the books that I am reviewing right now.  I am doing a Stephen King book marathon this summer where I try to figure out how he writes.  The patterns in each book that mark his own writing style.  I wanted to do it because I've heard so... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Writing II

I don't know if I like the title of this series, but I'll deal with it for now.  I'm wondering about these things, let me know if any of them stick out to you. Reading like a Writer The Writer Reads The Reading Writer I'm kinda partial to The Reading Writer, but that might be... Continue Reading →

Analyzing Writing – Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger”

This is the first of a new series of posts that I will be doing throughout the summer. I am looking at different books that I read for how they write the story, specifically focusing on what kind of sentences they use, how they describe characters' appearances, and just anything that sticks out to me. So, for this first post, I'm going to start with Stephen King's The Gunslinger. Image Description: An image of the book cover for Stephen King's The Gunslinger, the first book of The Dark Tower series. The image shows a figure dressed like a cowboy wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a coat that goes down to his ankles, holding a gun, he's looking down at a crow that is perching on a pile of bones. This figure is standing in the middle of an orange red desert with a sandstorm beginning behind him. On the bottom right, there is a keyhole. In the far background, there is a tower standing alone. At the top, the text reads, "#1 New York Times Bestseller Stephen King The Dark Tower 1 The Gunslinger." At the bottom, the text reads, "A Major Motion Picture Starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey."

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