The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1) by Erin Hunter [Book Review]

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Title: The Sun Trail
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Series: Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 5, 2013

The Sun Trail by Erin Hunter is the first book in the prequel for the Warriors series, Dawn of the Clans. We go way back to when there was only a Tribe of cats living in the mountains. When they realize the mountains aren’t a suitable enough home for them anymore, half of the Tribe journeys to a new land.

This book surprised me with the amount of family drama. Gray Wing is the protagonist who stays behind and his brother, Clear Sky, goes on the journey. Jagged Peak, they’re younger brother from another litter, decides to venture out himself and Gray Wing goes after him. Together, they catch up to the journeying cats.

They run into trouble along the way, ultimately finding a new spot to live. Except, they can’t decide which area would be the most suitable for them.

I saw each of these cats showing traits of ThunderClan, WindClan, RiverClan, and ShadowClan, which was awesome. I can speculate how the cats will be divided – and I’m pretty sure ShadowClan is already in the works by the end of the book.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Warriors book and it was awesome to get back to it. No, it’s not the familiar characters I’m used to since this is a prequel, but it was written the same way and still entertaining. I’m getting attached to these cats and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1) by Erin Hunter

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The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1) by Erin Hunter is a great first book in another Warriors series. The characters are well-rounded and they’re facing similar problems at different times.

4.3

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The Merry Writer Podcast: Episode 048 is Here!

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The Merry Writer Podcast

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Episode 048: Which social media platform is the best for writers?

In this week’s episode, Ari and I discuss Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest and which is the “best” for writers by comparing and contrasting the platforms. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag, #TheMerryWriterPodcast. Be sure to give it a listen through the YouTube video below or any of the links below. Enjoy!

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Behind the Scenes by Joseph J. Allen [Book Review]

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Title: Behind the Scenes
Author: Joseph J. Allen
Genre: Nonfiction, Business

Series: Standalone
Publisher: eBooks2go
Publication Date: November 20, 2020

The movies are a fascinating concept. Despite the long list of names in the credits, you don’t realize just how much effort and work is put into a single movie, TV show, or commercial by an enormous team. Behind the Scenes by Joseph J. Allen gives a good example of that.

This book is catered to freelancers who want to get their foot in the door to the film industry. It’s a short read, under 100 pages, and there is some great information included such as discussing safety on set, terminology, equipment used, and more.

However, the information felt rushed. Readers will learn a lot from this book but the short length didn’t give me much time to process it, going from one chapter to the next.

If you’re interested in the film industry, then give this book a short – you will get something out of it. Just remember that this book is best suited for beginners.

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Behind the Scenes: How to Survive in the Movie Business as a Freelance Film Technician by Joseph J. Allen is a good start to get your foot in the door and learn some tricks about the movie industry.

3

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February 2021 Check-In [Mental Health Monday]

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Like every other month, February has seemed to go by in a blur and, no, it’s not because this month is two days shorter than the rest.

It was a productive month though. I got a lot of my own work done. I was able to keep myself busying without killing myself.

I saw my friends (virtually) a few times. Two friends, my sister, and I found a website where you can play games with one another virtually so we got to play Code Names, Scrabble, and Pictionary together. We also made it work to play Scattergories with one another too.

I also virtually got together with my Dungeons and Dragons group, which was a lot of fun as well.

My cousins slept over quite a bit this month too. It was good to hang out with them. My family and I played cards together a few nights, we’ve watched movies, and, of course, WandaVision.

I was fairly motivated throughout the month which was certainly a plus. Overall, February was great.

What about you? How are you doing? Did any highs or lows happen during your month?

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Short Story Sunday: “Fork” [327]

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“Stick a fork in me… I’m done,” Harry said, leaning back in his lawn chair. He put his hands on his belly and closed his eyes.

Angela picked up his paper plate and tossed it into the trash. She sat down opposite of her brother and began to eat. The moment she took a bite of her hamburger, she grinned. It tasted so good. The bun was toasted just right and the meat juices dribbled down as she bit into her lunch.

“Why don’t we do this more often?” Harry asked.

Angela turned her attention away from her food and looked at her brother, who was now staring at her. She shrugged, chewing the bit that was in her mouth. She knew never to talk with food in her mouth, unlike her younger brother.

“We live within 30 minutes of each other. We should make more time to see each other often,” he said.

Angela swallowed while nodding her head. “I agree, but life is busy. And honestly, you never reach out to me. You only called me today to have lunch because your central air broke and you can’t stand the heat.”

Harry blushed, turning his attention away. “I’m sorry. I should be better about reaching out to you. I want to see you for the sake of seeing you too. I don’t mean to only come over whenever I need something.”

Angela snorted. She took another bite from her burger. Something else she had learned over the years in addition to not talking with food in your mouth was that if you didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Harry chuckled. “I know you’re purposefully not talking back because you don’t believe me.”

Angela, still chewing, shrugged.

Harry stood up from his chair. “I’ll prove it to you.”

Angela finished her latest bite. “How?”

He hesitated to reply. “Um… I don’t know exactly how I can do that. Do you want me to call you every day?”

“Oh, please, no!” Angela leaned back in her own chair and laughed. “Harry, I miss you, but not that much. We lived with one another for 21 years of our lives… I don’t know if I could take hearing your voice every day.”

He laughed as well and nodded. “Fair enough.”

Angela stood. She reached her hand over the table and took her brother’s hand in hers. “Joking aside, you know I love seeing you. I love it when you call. I would like you call regularly, sure, but it doesn’t need to be a daily thing. I want you to want to say hello to me. Not just think of me when you need something.”

Harry nodded. He squeezed her hand and cracked a smile.

“We had a hard year. We lost both Mom and Dad. I don’t want us to lose touch and I don’t want things to be weird between us,” Angela said.

“No, I get it. I agree with you,” Harry replied. “Aside from losing Mom and Dad, after my fiance broke off the engagement I’ve been feeling extra alone and distant.”

Angela turned away. Her husband had left her the year before. They were in the process of getting divorced. It was a long process so nothing was final yet. Luckily, he had moved out a while ago and let her keep the house. It was a clean break up, which Angela was thankful for, but it made it all the more hard. She wanted to hate him, but she just couldn’t.

“With everything that’s been going on with me, I haven’t exactly been the one to reach out to you as well,” she said.

Harry shook his head. “No, you called a few times here and there. I just never picked up the phone or bothered to call back.”

Angela sat down in her chair again and let out a sigh. How did their lives become like this? So many things had changed in just a year.

“Hey, you know what I wanted to ask you? I know you said you don’t want to hear my voice every day, but…”

Angela chuckled. “You know I didn’t mean that.”

Harry shook his head with a grin. “I’m going to lose my apartment. My landlord is a jerk and I told him I wasn’t going to renew my lease. But I haven’t found a new place to live yet.”

Angela frowned again and let out a sigh. “You wanted to come here and ask to move in with me, didn’t you?”

“No,” Harry replied quickly. “I was going to ask you if you wanted to find an apartment with me.”

Angela raised an eyebrow. She pointed to the house behind her. “Why would I need an apartment when I have a house?”

“I know he let you keep the house, but is the mortgage something you can do on your own?”

“I’ve been managing…”

Harry stared at her without another word.

Angela rolled her eyes. “Harry, this is a stupid conversation. I have a house. You have no apartment. Just move in with me and we’ll split the mortgage. You can pay rent to me. It’s most likely the same amount you paid at your apartment anyway.”

Harry smiled. “Are you sure? Do you mean that?”

“It’d be stupid to sell the house just to downsize at our ages. Besides, if I tried to sell the house now then I’m sure my ex would come back to haunt me. He’d say, if I didn’t want the house, then I should have just given it to him.”

Harry nodded. “So… it’s settled, then? I can move in?”

“Of course,” Angela said. She walked around to the other side of the table and gave her younger brother a hug. When she pulled away from him she said, “You’re just not allowed to talk every day.” She stuck her tongue out at him.

Harry laughed. “I make no promises.”

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