Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Review: Immortal Writers

Immortal Writers by Jill Bowers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:
Young up-and-coming author Liz McKinnen has no idea that her life is about to change forever when she comes home from her first book tour. When she's kidnapped and told by her captors that she has to kill her fantasy book's antagonist, she thinks that she's fallen into the hands of crazy, dangerous fans... until her antagonist sends a real, fire-breathing dragon after her. Liz is quickly initiated into the Immortal Writers, a group of authors from throughout time whose words have given them eternal life, and whose prose is so powerful that it's brought stories over from the Imagination Field into the Reality Field. As Liz meets authors such as William Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jane Austen, she has to learn how to control magic, fight dragons, and face her own troubled past before her power-hungry villain takes over the world. Will she survive the ultimate battle against the dragon lord whom she created?

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Its been a very long time since any book that I came across had impressed me to this extent. While going by the Title it doesn't give much of the fantasy effect that the story has, hence when I started reading this I had assumed it to be another fantasy with the chosen one and same plot line with a new batch of mythical creatures. But nah! This book proved me wrong. I totally loved the idea of being an Immortal writer and crafting out worlds that somehow mix with reality.

I loved the way author brought the whole concept of literature and empowering words into fantasy. This book was totally unexpected in terms of central idea. But as we progressed through the book. Sadly, it turned into fantasy cliche again, yet loads of action, drama covered up for it and made the reading experience pleasant.

I wish there had been more exploring and work around with the idea of being an Immortal writer. The story just introduced the concept of Immortal Writer and then dived into your usual fantasy story where a chosen one has to fight through the obstacles and kill the antagonist.

When we talk about character development, it was one of the weak sectors here. For example, I totally loved the idea of Shakespeare being one of the characters inside the book realm where as there was a lack of his character development. Even on the part of Curtis and Healer or Rob, most of the time the book was around Liz aka the main character. We never really got to know the other characters much.

But If I mix the entire thing up and then view it as one whole book, one or the other flaws get compensated and it makes a good read. The narration is good, I enjoyed the narration on the third person POV, but felt it could've been much more effective if it had been 1st person POV since most of the time the story revolved around Liz. I really enjoyed the complexity around the plot as at first it gave you the concept of the world of Immortal writers and then it dived into Liz's created world. Like a world within a world fantasy realm probably, certainly quite an complex idea.

If you are a fantasy lover and are tired of cliched fantasy novels about vampires, werewolves and wizards then this one might be a really good read for you. If you are new around here then do click here to subscribe to blog updates!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Why I decided to turn on email subscriptions for my blog and why should you subscribe?

Hello! It's been long I had a talk kind of post. Its been mostly book reviews and bunch of other things on the blog for a while now. Last month after going through a lot of posts about pros and cons of email lists and social media, I made up my mind to go with the RSS feed and Email Subscriber Notifications.

Currently I am using feedburner which is one of the popular and free options available. I know before most of you barge into comments asking me to go to mailchimp. I feel its not yet needed for me to have an advance thing for my blog where I post 'not-so-often'. Most of you might be thinking why the need of gathering emails and sending notifs? well the simple answer is social media menace.

If you are into any kind of social media marketing you might be probably aware of the whole ruckus through which the social media is going through right now. Most social medias are turning into cheap-ad showcasing platforms these days. While facebook being most notorious in this aspect decided to kill their creators in that aspect.

When we compare Facebook with others like twitter, instagram, snapchat etc, it has probably the worst organic engagement rates. Note carefully when I say worst organic rates. Its like 2-3% in a week. For example, if you made a post now it might reach your audience within a week, that too only 2-3% of the people who'd be following you on your 'official page'.

I feel somehow this is over-boarding with the 'pay for cheap ads thingie'. It somehow tries to push you to your limits where you decide to pay for your organic reach by chopping it down to almost nil. Instagram is on the same path but its not worse like its parent right now. I know this sounds like rant but these are tried facts.

But at the same time If you pay like a 100 bucks for boosting the post, your post reaches where you might not even expect it to reach. Now that's heights! Due to all of these reasons I finally decided to go the old school way of reaching my audience via the Feeds or Email notifications.

If you are someone who loves to read from me and doesn't scroll through socials a lot then you might subscribe to email updates. I promise they're not at all spammy.

One of the another reasons to dive into old school yet effective methods is because of the time most people spend on socials. Most of the people who you'd find active on socials will be teenagers these days. Many times they may or may not be your niche audience. There were several thoughts on to my mind before I took the decision. I also know some of you might be worried about your emails being collected or sold, no sorry. I am not into those ugly marketing practices at all.

I just love to blog and wanna make it easy for people to visit this humble abode of mine over internet and read the articles I upload. Hence If you wanna support this blog do subscribe and show some love!

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Freebie Alert! Get Mystic Soul By Jyoti Patel for Free


A few months back I had reviewed a Book by Jyoti Patel which you can read by clicking here.
Recently she sent me a message stating that the book is "free" for a day. So if you are someone who loves romantic poems and don't wanna miss a freebie which is up for day, then follow the links below and grab your copy!

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

My Thoughts on the Android P Developer Preview

First of all as many of you'd say "Dhawal, its too early to comment on the final version." But yet, I noticed something that I wanted to share out with you'll.

In the Android P Developer Preview which has been just out. There have been many changes that seem to be a bit debatable. I have been following on a lot of sources and read some really wondeful updates about the new version. As its been a tradition I know most won't be getting its update when it releases but lets not crib about that right now.

If anyone of you wants to read the changes summary for the Android P Developer Preview then you can read it from here but don't forget to read this one before going there 😉 (  https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/xda-developers-5233323/heres-everything-new-in-android-p-developer-6204122287 )

So, if you are someone who's into customising Android, making changes deep down into systems and have already made it your business then it might be a warning alert for you.

With every Android version as once which was a feature available into a particular custom ROM or theme-only, is now available slowly ans gradually with stock ROM.

One part of it is that we would no longer to have the hassle of rooting devices by unlocking the boot loaders and doing some other circus. It'd be much easier for Non-Tech Savy people to have all that features on their devices right out of the box.

But here's the catch, it'll also remove the speciality of the custom ROMs and skins that Manufacturers provide with their devices as well as for some developers who earn their living based on these customisations.

Let me give you infamous example of Snapchat. Its the App that most of you used daily. Most developers know that the idea they had wasn't a totally new business idea. Similarly if your business js depending on certain set of root application sales or certain custom ROM sales then your business might be at the risk.

It won't certainly affect huge players a lot but niche developers who are earning based on these particular customisation apps will suffer hugely. Either they'd have to come up with a totally new option which would result in going through whole cycle of customer building. Or they have to find a way to morph their present business into something that can be self-sustaining.

This topic is widely debatable and might have many viewpoints which I even might have missed. But its just a thought that popped up in my mind afterall.

Don't you think if your business idea totally depends on someones else, it always has a risk of being upheavaled.

Let me know your thoughts down below with the help of comments and if you're new here then don't forget to subscribe.
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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Join me In the Camp NaNoWriMo

I have been hearing a lot about the NaNoWriMo for a long time now. I wanted to participate in the November slot but couldn't because I had missed the deadline. But this time I have successfully registered for the CAMP. If I be really honest, I don't know much of the difference between the CAMP and the Month. By far the only difference that I've known is that in the CAMP you can decide your own word limit in comparison to the fixed word limit that's been provided else.

Anyway, I wanted to share this out because any of you are planning to join then I'd like to know. I feel this time I will complete a book in a month, fingers crossed! It usually isn't fun writing on the base of deadlines, at least for me because I feel you can't limit creativity on the base of time. This will be first time I'd be racing against a time limit to write my story. It will be exciting to compete and write with a lot of another authors.

For most of the time I either write like 10 chapters a day or write nothing straight for a month. Yep :') that's my speed. This time I'd have to make sure I fulfil my daily goals for the least. One thing is for sure, I'd be posting a lot about behind the writing scenes on twitter, so if you haven't followed me there then do it right now!

Here is my profile Link to Camp if anyone's interested, click here. Looking forward to some new exciting writing experiences. Do you subscribe to the blog updates if you are new here, click here to subscribe. Also let me know in the comments if you are joining NaNoWriMo CAMP or what are your thoughts about it.
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

How to post blog updates on Blogger via Email

Google's Blogger is one of the best known platforms for blogging out there. Somewhere I feel with wordpress coming out it is often underappreciated and under utilised at times. A few days back I was looking for some options to push my blog posts on a particular schedule. Where on wordpress if you are a free plan you might not be able to use this awesome functionality to upload the blog posts via a simple email but you can do that in blogger as wordpress would need to mess with bunch of plugins to do the same thing.

Blogger is my by far favourite blogging platform and I have my own reasons for that. Yeah you can call me a bit bias about it but, if you are talking about blogging on a free platform Blogger would be my pick any day.

Coming back to topic, with all this new functionalities and other stuff coming up, I decided to play with something which was already present on my blogger for a while now.

If you open your Blogger admin panel settings and go to the settings option, you'll find an email option.

Then go to email option, and have a look at the first option there.




Add the secret keywords that you think won't be known easily to others and then click save. So for example if your email address is xyz@gmail.com that account with which you have logged into the blogger, the email to post your updates will be xyz.keywords@blogger.com remember this in itself is an email address so you can save it to your contacts as well.



There are a few options where in you can decide whether you have to directly publish the post or you want to save it to drafts and then publish it later. This can be super handy and easy to post thing where you don't need to play or mess around with a whole new app to push updates to your blog. All you need to do is make and send in an email. Isn't it easy?

To schedule the posts at a particular time, you can just schedule the email and voila your post will be uploaded on the blog. You can do a bunch of things if you play around with options here and there as well. Like adding the pictures, quotes etc. Play with bunch of bold,italic, underline and other formatting options.

The fun part? All the things you can do with a versatile email app, can be done with this too. Like play with it as and explore new functions, do share with others.

This post was also sent by using this email feature!

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