REVIEW: Think Again


Renee Marie Philomena Therese Kray’s collection of short stories, “Think Again” Kray’s first collection of short stories were wonderfully unique, mysterious, and playful. She mixed realism, magic, and mystery flawlessly to create a “Tim Burton” like collection of stories. Every story had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next.

“First Love” is a flash fiction piece tells the story of a woman’s love for the young man she meets at the coffee shop. However, the love she feels for this man is different from the average love story, and Kray uses this twist to amp up the emotion in the piece.

“The Ghost in the Walls” is the tale of a haunted house and the past events that lead to its ghostly fame. It’s easy to get absorbed in the tale, just as young James does. Kray blends the sense of lightheartedness with eerie suspense in this fantastic urban legend.

“Love is Blind” twists what you would expect completely on its head. A tale of infatuation and love that is not at all what it seems. Kray plays with your mind in this piece, and just when you think you have it figured out, she gives another twist!

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LIFE: Searching for Agents

I am currently looking for agents who might be interested in The Art of Falling. So far, I’ve sent queries to a good number of agents.

Back in August, I sent out four to test the waters. Of those four, I received two rejection letters. The other two simply didn’t respond. Ever. So those are rejections as well.

I was prepared for that (and it honestly didn’t sting as much as I feared!) I simply tweaked my query letter and sent out eight more yesterday.

Almost immediately I got a response from one. It was a rejection letter (although the title of their e-mail – “The Art of Falling” Contact Request” – was very misleading!) I’m still waiting on the other seven to respond – or not respond. I should know my answer to all of them by the end of the year.

I think I’ll continue to search for agents while I work on the sequel and finish school. Eventually, when I run out of agents to submit to, I’ll look more seriously into self-publishing or a small publishing house.

For now, it’s the waiting game!

LIFE: I Have a New Job!


Good morning, Renaissance Center. It’s strange to see you not filled to the brim with Youmacon-goers.

Only a month after graduating, I have landed my first full-time job! I’m going to miss being in school (sort of) and working for The Oakland Post, however I am excited to start this new chapter in life.

I’ll be working as a Marketing Support Advisor for General Motors. My role is to take chats from participating dealerships across the country and providing customer service for those who are interested in getting into their next vehicle!

This was my first week of training, and I’m quickly learning that I know nothing about cars. However, I’m sure I’ll soak up all the information needed and know all there is about Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. Wish me luck on this new venture!