On Daring to Write…despite all the voices in my head telling me not to…

I think everyone has a small grimy goblin sitting in the back of their head saying all the things we shouldn’t dare to do. Well. At least, that’s the way it seems. Mine is particularly vocal. And I hate it with a passion that is not to be denied. Most people would say caution isContinue reading “On Daring to Write…despite all the voices in my head telling me not to…”

Scribbling Habits…and writerly downfalls…

Have you ever wanted to google your characters? I write a lot from research, as many other writers do. If I’m working on a story, it’s normal for me to pop over to a search engine to ask what are the names of Italian masquerade masks? Victorian era poisons? What do said poisons smell like?Continue reading “Scribbling Habits…and writerly downfalls…”

Unridden Train

I used to live in a house across from a long stretch of railroad track. I could hear it, at night, lying awake in the dark. Freight trains. Not the kind anyone rode. When it was far away, it would be just a wail, almost like the cry of an owl, but longer, airier. Lost.Continue reading “Unridden Train”

Rejection Slip

Got another one tonight. They say after a while, you get used to them. It doesn’t bother you that something you spent months writing gets a simple, unexplained “No.” Everyone gets them. Famous writers have giant stacks of them. But they are still nasty, slimy little things. I’m used to them by now. But somehow,Continue reading “Rejection Slip”

Reading Update: May 18th, 2020

Writing Status: … Just finished another fantasy short story. I was a smidge worried about the reception since I’d written the better half of it during final exams…and, well, that’s not a good idea at the best of times. I massacred an entire city of people in a NaNoWriMo project for the sake of backstoryContinue reading “Reading Update: May 18th, 2020”

The Runaway King

Book Review No 20: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen Series: The Ascendance Trilogy, book 2 Genre: Low Fantasy (YA/Middle Grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Typical level of fantasy violence/bloodshed, two characters killed in-scene, various references to devils as oaths, presence of pirates, branding irons, implied innuendo, thievery and layers of deception necessaryContinue reading “The Runaway King”

Dragonfell

Book Review No. 19: Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas Series: Standalone Genre: Children’s Fantasy (middle-grade) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Family tension, level of battle/suspense/violence typical for fantasy. Completion Date: Summer 2019 BookmarkedOne Rating: 7/10 So after falling in love with Sarah Prineas’ Magic Thief series, I had to snap up Dragonfell. I mean, seriously. Dragons.Continue reading “Dragonfell”

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