When 3 N’s (iNtuition) Get Together…

If you follow my blog, then you know I’m always referring to being an INTJ. According to the Myers-Briggs Test my initials stand for: Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judgement. I’m always researching ways to improve my life. 

One goal that I came up with is to give myself social experiments. I’m a bit socially awkward around strangers and acquaintances hee hee. 

Anyway, one night I hung out with Melissa at Daily Grind and we met a new buddy Aaron. I’m fascinated with solving mysteries of people–one thing I always want to know: what’s your personality type? If the person doesn’t seem excited about the Myers-Briggs test or took it before and doesn’t remember the initials, then I know he isn’t an N. If a person plays along, then I know he’s an N and we can have very interesting conversations.

Exhibit A. Aaron is a N like me and Melissa. N’s (iNtuition) tend to focus on the future with a view toward patterns and possibilities. Therefore, we’re open to discussing ideas and concepts. We can make up random ‘what if’ scenarios and talk the situations to death without getting bored.

I love hanging out with other N’s because they have an active imagination and I can feed off their creativity.  Being a thinker, I love hearing other people’s methods of thinking outside of the box.

Aaron, Melissa, and I spent hours talking about random topics. So much so, we basically got kicked out because Daily Grind was closing hee hee. I go there to write but sometimes it’s good to take a stimulating break.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

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What I’ve Learned By Hanging Out In Books-A-Million

I took a little break from ebooks and my kindle to support Books-A-Million, my favorite spot in The Commons shopping center. For the past few weeks, I bought 2 graphic novels and 3 novels. As a writer wearing my reader’s hat, this is what I learned:

  1. Covers are everything, especially the spines. I picked books from the shelves by appearance alone. Bold colors and large fonts caught my attention.
  2. The 1st couple of pages are EVERYTHING! A few books looked interesting because of the cover and blurb but the beginning was boring, forcing me to put the books back.
  3. There were quite a few books that looked novella length, which is motivation for me. Still having a dream of having my books in a bookstore one day, I need to submit to agents or publishers with at least 1 or 2 books. And, when I do, I won’t necessarily have to write a 400-500 page novel to be considered for publication. Shorter books are making a comeback 🙂

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Getting Into the Submissions Groove–My Short Story Entered Into A Contest

I love Twitter. I’ve been interacting with other writers and even found readers who share the same interest in genres. I love reading horror and thrillers; therefore, I love writing horror and thriller stories.

Last month, I came across The Cult of Me May Short Story Contest on Twitter. Digging the challenge of creating a flash fiction piece (no more than 500 words), I wrote LARS’S MUSE in my favorite spot Daily Grind. I got a couple of people to look over it for feedback, then I submitted my short.

I’ll learn June 1st if I’m a finalist. Wish me luck!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

On Writing: 5 Best-Selling Authors Talk About the Business of Writing Serial Killers

Kellie Larsen Murphy asked 5 successful authors, who write about serial killers, questions to get inside their heads about their writing process. Interesting feedback, especially if you write or read thrillers/horror.

K.L. MURPHY

Norman-batesWhen it comes to villains, serial killers are at the top of the food chain. They have no conscience and, crucial to the plot, they’ve been getting away with it for years, sometimes decades. As readers, we love a good whodunit and nothing beats a serial killer as the bad guy. To be fair, a serial rapist or arsonist or kidnapper will also do (just variations on the serial killer theme). Books and films are littered with them from Norman Bates in Psycho to Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Still, in order for a thriller featuring a serial killer to work, the author has to create a real and believable villain, one we root against and one our hero/heroine will stop at nothing to apprehend. While it sounds simple on the surface, a great deal goes into the creation of the fictional serial villain.

Having recently published a novel featuring my own serial…

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Book Review: Stay of Execution By Kellie Larsen Murphy

***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***

Little Springs was just a small college town, the kind of town where everyone knew everyone and violent crime was nonexistent–until a series of rapes and murders at the college. After an outbreak of fear and hysteria, only the arrest and conviction of Leo Spradlin, the “Co-Ed Killer,” could end the terror.

Years later, Spradlin is suddenly cleared based on unshakable DNA evidence, and no one is more surprised than Detective Mike Cancini. As new questions surround the identity of the true “Co-Ed Killer,” Cancini struggles to accept his role in the conviction of an innocent man. Suspicions mount when Spradlin’s release coincides with a fresh waves of rapes and murders at the college, eerily reminiscent of the original crimes. Cancini is drawn back to Little Springs, caught in a race against time to uncover the identity of the latest “Co-Ed Killer” before the next girl dies…

A tension-filled psychological mystery, STAY OF EXECUTION is also a novel about loyalty, deceit, and the darker side of truth.

I loved this mystery novel. It was placed in Washington D.C. and Virginia. I love reading books that are near my area, especially if I can recognize the scenery and public places with the author’s description. 

Detective Cancini was one of the main characters. As a reader, I respected his problem-solving skills, stubborn yet efficient. He reminded me of Gibbs. Leo Spradlin, the townies, and the Mayor were other main characters.

Spradlin was an innocent man on death row. He had been convicted of raping and murdering female students of Blue Hill College. But was he the true “Co-Ed Killer”? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

There were some repetition areas in interior monologue, especially when Cancini found out Spradlin was released from prison. But, I guess it fit because Cancini was obsessed with finding out the truth, never once believing Spradlin was innocent.

Julia, an ambitious reporter determined to get out of the shadows of her husband’s career, was another character I enjoyed. My favorite scenes were of her investigating in the small town and any scene with her and Spradlin.

My favorite lines: 1) He understood his role. 2) “Mike, the evidence says Spradlin’s innocent. Let it go.” 3) Was it really that something didn’t feel right? Was it really about truth and closure, or was it his own bruised ego?

When Julia started reading Spradlin’s morher’s diary entries, I figured out the mystery. It was fun watching the story unfold to see if I was right. The ending was definitely keeping me on the edge of my seat.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby