Using a Pen Name: pros, cons and finding the right name \\ Writing with Marrill 003

I use a pen name if you didn’t know.

I have since I started my original blog if any of you remember that, and I changed names a few times before finally finding the right one and I’ve been using it for about two years. At this point, Marrill is as much my name as my real one.

But it took a long time to get there! Like I said, I went through other names, none of which stuck. So today’s post is about how to choose a writers name and the pros and cons of using one.

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This is My Genre Book Tag \\ can you guess which genre I chose…?

It’s been a minute and a half since I did a book tag!

I decided to do this one because I always talk about how I dislike contemporary books, but I never really talk about my favorite genre? Well, to ME I never really talk about it. So this is perfect for a casual Sunday tag!

Also, I’ve never seen anyone do this and it seemed like a lot of fun.

Created by: The Tattooed Book Geek

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Sky in the Deep \\ Spoiler-Free Review

Sky in the DeepTitle: Sky in the Deep 

Author: Adrienne Young

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardcover (Owlcrate Edition)

Spoiler Review: To be posted


Seventeen-year-old Eelyn’s world is war. Raised to fight alongside her Aska clansmen in a generations-old blood feud against the Riki, her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki if she wants to make it back to the fjord after the thaw. But when she begins to see herself in the people she’s been taught to hate, the world Eelyn once knew begins to crumble. And after the village is raided by a ruthless clan many believe to be a myth, Eelyn is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend who has tried more than once to kill her. Together, they must end the blood feud between their clans or watch their people be slaughtered.

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Representation I Want to See in YA \\ basically what I think is lacking from YA books

YA fantasy books are boring me lately.

All of the worlds are based on England, or at least the UK, and everyone is white and straight and it’s SO BORING. Even though the storylines are different I feel like I’m reading the same thing over and over again.

Especially in fantasy books. Contemporary books have been getting more and more diverse, which is good, but I feel like we’re still working on fantasy.

To be clear: I don’t automatically hate these books or the people writing them. And it’s not like I can’t enjoy these books…but it’s like watching all the Marvel movies in one week. At some point, it starts to become repetitive.

So allow me to make a few requests:

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Fight Like a Girl \\ May Owlcrate Unboxing

This post is up a bit late. That’s an understatement…soz

But better late than never! Plus I figured at this point everyone who is subscribed got their boxes so I don’t have to worry too much about spoilers or anything.

The May box is themed around Vikings and strong women, which I’m obviously here for! Well, I’m more 50\50 on the Vikings – you all know how I feel about Norse mythology and all. Anyway – let’s open the box!

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#ReadingPride June TBR \\

It’s June first!

Just in case you didn’t know. And that means it the start of Pride month and ALSO the start of #ReadingPride!

For those of you who missed it, #ReadingPride is a challenge I created which gives you the opportunity to read some of those LGBTQ+ books on your TBR, get some recommendations and maybe win some bookish things!

I figured a good way to start the month would be to talk about the books I’m planning on reading – and I’ve found many different genres and rep for my TBR! (still no pan characters…I’m not bitter) Along with a few that I’ve had on my TBR for a while.

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Your WIP in Gifs Tag \\ basically getting to share my excitement about my own ideas

This tag could not have come at a better time!

I was just thinking about different ways to talk about my most-recent writing project. Mainly because I finally had a break-through and this world is coming together! Finally, everything is lining up and it’s making me giddy. 

I’m calling it Melora, for now (because book titles are hard and no one warned me).


Thank you to the people who tagged me! Savannah from The Book Prophet & Elizabeth from Redgal Musings! Both of these ladies have really awesome blogs and I highly suggest you check out their WIP posts! 😉  

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#ReadingPride Book Challenge & Giveaway \\ For Bookstagram and\or Book Blogs & Booktube

Hello Bibliophiles!

Exactly one week from today (Friday, May 24th) is June 1st. AKA the start of Pride MonthI’m sure a lot of you already knew that, but this June is particularly important to me because this is the first year that I’m out as pansexual.

So why not celebrate? This challenge is a fun way to help you get through some of the LGBTQ+ books on your TBR, shout out some favs and also get the chance to win some bookish prizes! Because who doesn’t like free bookish things?

I’m going to go over rules for all the different platforms and the prizes will be at the bottom of the page!

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How to Find the Right Character Names \\ Writing with Marrill 002

A character’s name can literally make or break a story.

Of course, a good name can’t guarantee you have a decent story, but a bad name could make a reader want to throw your book into Tartarus.

No pressure or anything.

I also know that it can be hard to write about a character that you can’t find a proper name for. So today my post is about…

A) Some tips for finding a good name and B) a few pieces of advice as to how to not annoy the reader. Both of these are essential (in my very unprofessional opinion).

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