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Bookshelf OCD

I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Plays, novels, cookbooks, history books, art books, classics, short stories, essays, poetry, sociology, gardening…you name it, I’ve got it! I love having so many books on so many subjects. It’s like having my own library, where there’s something for […]

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Literature in Action: In the Mood for Love

My latest post to the Literature in Action part of my blog is up! https://christiestratos.com/literature-in-action/in-the-mood-for-love/. Check out my analysis of the beautiful foreign film In the Mood for Love. I’ve watched it at least four times since I first discovered it and can always watch it again. It’s a fascinating study of psychology with a backwards […]

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Beta Reading Special Offer!

In 2013, I will be opening my own beta reading business dedicated to the meticulous proofreading and editing of independent authors’ works. Before I open my business, I would like some testimonials. What does this mean for you? I will beta read the first 10 fiction manuscripts I receive before March 31, 2013 for free, […]

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WWW Wednesdays!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (novel); Black Woods by Laura Wright LaRoche (novel); “A Horse and Two Goats” […]

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Writing Competition: Your Vote Counts!

I’m very excited to say that I recently entered a really fun Valentine’s Day writing competition and made it as one of four finalists! Read all the stories (each one is no more than 1200 words) and vote for your favorite: http://mistressofthedarkpath.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/february-2013-writing-contest-finalists/ The voting deadline is February 13th at midnight (EST), so make sure to get your vote […]

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Valentine's Day Haikus

There are only 4 days left until Valentine’s Day, a holiday when poems, music, and other forms of art are shared between couples as an extra special way to say “I love you”. To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, I’ll be posting at least one romance-based haiku per day on Twitter. Here are my first two […]

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Uncovering Your Old Works

I recently found a large stash of old poetry from high school and college. I was able to split it into three piles: one for amateur teen angst, one with the potential for improvement, and one for pieces that are already good to go. I think the second pile, the one I can improve, is […]

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eBooks vs. Print Books vs. Audio Books

Instead of preferring one format of book over another, I read all three formats of books for different kinds of literature: Print Books: I read print books most of the time. I use them for research because I like being able to flip through the pages, but most of all, I love owning classic literature as […]

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Clean Up Your (Food) Act!

My latest published article is called “Clean Up Your (Food) Act!” and revolves around how to start and maintain a strict, healthy diet. What’s different about this article from all the other “healthy eating” articles out there? Instead of giving you the usual either barely usable or very obvious tips, I provide exact details on […]

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The Constant State of Writing

There are times when I can’t stop writing, but the timing is not convenient. This happens most often on weekdays, when I write at every stoplight I hit while driving, in between bites of meals, and while waiting to meet friends at restaurants. I almost always carry a notebook with me because of this, and I sometimes even end […]

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