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May 11, 2012 by Kiersi

A Friday round-up.

Drinking yerba maté, Argentinian-style

Relaxing with some yerba maté, Argentinian-style

It’s been a truly fabulous two weeks staying with my parents in Colorado. The high-altitude sun has turned my skin a nice medium-brown, and I’ve finally gotten a chance to spend quality time with my two best guy friends from high school–the ones who made me who I am today and taught me that it’s okay to be a girl who likes to do guy stuff.

I decided to put off my blog post about writing racial and ethnic perspectives in lieu of a more relaxing Friday Roundup. Here are the links that made my week.

A Writer’s Guide to The Hunger Games – Though updates have mostly ceased, writer/blogger Jenna Cooper breaks down the first 8 chapters of The Hunger Games into categories of “what you can learn”: how Collins utilizes dialogue, characterization, tension and more to keep the story moving right along. Learn from a master storyteller!

An in-depth review of Daughter of Smoke and BoneThis Ain’t Livin’ dives deep into the plot of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I reviewed earlier this week. Check it out for a slightly contrasting opinion, and a great analysis of the Chimaera social stratification. Reminds me of India.


  1. I haven’t read either of the books mentioned here. LOL

    I’m glad you had a nice time at your parents. I can relate to being the girl who was one of the guys.

    • Kiersi says:

      Wow, you haven’t read Hunger Games? You’re one in a million as usual, Kelly! And yeah, I can see that about you!

  2. Those are two of my favorites – Daughter of Smoke and Bone was my favorite read from last year and I read a LOT of books!
    thanks for the link. I found your blog from SheWrites:)

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