Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Introducing Virtual Big Sister, a Thoughtful Blog

Virtual Big Sister is a blog written by Leila Oicles, a writer who has been practicing her craft since she was just twelve years old. Leila is also working on a young adult series called The Last Seeker. While her blog includes tidbits about her YA writing (in fact, you can read the first chapter of Book 1 of her series here), Virtual Big Sister has a broader scope and is more of a blog about life than a blog about the writing process.

I enjoyed recent posts where Leila told stories from her life, such as a description of reaching out to a grieving stranger on the anniversary of 9/11. There are also posts about Leila's interests in movies, music, and more. People like me who grew up in the 1980s will likely enjoy her reflections on icons like John Hughes.

In addition to Virtual Big Sister, Leila has started another blog called The Letter Series, where readers can write and share "the letters you wish you could send... where you can be totally honest without revealing your true identity." She's getting some great submissions for this blog, and I can see it growing and more people find out about it.

I think we'll be seeing more from Leila, especially once she finds the perfect publisher for her YA series. I like her blogs, and I wish her luck!

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