Writing Update (August 14, 2021)

So in case you were wondering if I was hauled off by an errant dragon, got hopelessly lost somewhere between Les Miserables and the present day, or just quit blogging, Hi. I’m not dead. I’d say I needed a vacation, but I’ve been spending almost every spare minute editing a half-written novel, so that wouldContinue reading “Writing Update (August 14, 2021)”

Book Review: Dracula

Bram Stoker’s classic tale, a pillar in the vampire genre, a “study of evil,” terrifying work of horror– And it’s boring? Frankly, I’m not sure what this says about me as a person. But over the roughly 18 hour duration of the audiobook, the only constant thought I had was please get on with itContinue reading “Book Review: Dracula”

Hobbity Cheer for New Year’s

So I was up until almost 1:00 this morning watching The Return of the King. You could pretend to be surprised. The odyssey started on January 30th. This year a few loved ones and I decided to complete the challenge–to line it all up so Theoden says “So it begins” as the clock strikes twelve.Continue reading “Hobbity Cheer for New Year’s”

Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey

Land of Stories by Chris Colfer. I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Literally. We have history. I’ve been reading it since 2012 when the first one made its way to my library. I can’t think of the series without remembering being up with a flashlight after midnight that Christmas Eve, reading page afterContinue reading “Land of Stories: A Reader’s Odyssey”

NaNoWriMo Recap

The end of NaNoWriMo 2020! Plus three days of not posting anything because I really needed sleep. Final stats? November 30th Word Count: 94,889 words Total Mugs of Tea: …frankly, I’ve lost count. Nights writing after midnight: Perhaps a better question would be how many nights I didn’t write past midnight. Which I still can’tContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Recap”

NaNoWriMo Writing Update: The 50,000

Cue two o’clock in the morning me, typing away before crashing hard. Today was the day.
I won NaNoWriMo. For the third year running. Only this time it’s ten days early.
I should be celebrating. Throwing confetti in the air and treating myself to chocolate puddings.
It hasn’t quite registered in my brain, I think.

Writing Update: July 24, 2020

Was up until after two in the morning writing again. Don’t try that at home. But the good news is that I’m beginning to shake off the writing fog that the last rejection seemed to put me under. I successfully redrafted a story from beginning to end before I crashed for the night. It’s aContinue reading “Writing Update: July 24, 2020”

Reading Update: June 28, 2020

Summer is destined for books. That’s just the natural way of life. So what am I reading? That’s…not so simply answered this time around. At the moment: East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon. Norwegian folk tales. Because, y’know, I already read the complete Grimm’s fairytales, the Arabian Nights, and the Longest LayContinue reading “Reading Update: June 28, 2020”

Book Review: Heart of Iron

Book: Heart of Iron by Erkaterina Sedia Genre: Steampunk/Alternate History/Fantasy Content for the Sensitive Reader: mild language, discussions of religion and historical attitudes toward race and gender, implied romantic affair, distantly depicted death of several side characters. Very acceptable for YA and most middle-grade audiences. BookmarkedOne Rating: 4/10 SPOILERS CLEARLY MARKED, read at your ownContinue reading “Book Review: Heart of Iron”

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