Life off the Page Update

I met the Goblin King today. And Queen Elizabeth I. And milady Fleur, whom we usually call the Squirrel. And the Knights of Mayhem, and at least four Plague doctors, and a giant crow (or was it a raven?), and a dragon named Lily and someone who looked like Robin Hood… …there was also aContinue reading “Life off the Page Update”

Renaissance Fair (Part II!)

It was sort of like getting your birthday twice in a year. I hadn’t expected to make it to any fair this year, and here I was, out of the blue, going to two, one after the other. The week in between? I’ll admit it, there wasn’t the same giddy adrenaline shock of the firstContinue reading “Renaissance Fair (Part II!)”

Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented.

By now you know I am convinced fantasy is the best and most beautiful genre of fiction in the world. But I don’t often talk about why. A while back (yes, concerts and work and university finals, I know. I’m awake now) I stumbled across Sarah Seele’s lovely post “They Found Loveliness Everywhere.” Do goContinue reading “Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented.”

(Book Review) Land of Stories: Worlds Collide

Wanted thief Goldilocks, a baby on an adventure, witches in Manhattan, an old writer with memory problems, the fairytales you know and love in a bright shiny Land of Stories No. 6–what could possibly go wrong?

(Book Review) Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey

It’s been a really long time since I read a Chris Colfer book. And while it wasn’t Monte Carlo and Neuschwanstein castle, it was nice to have a reunion.
What did I like? Honestly, it’s hard to know where to begin. First off, it isn’t an “eleven-year-olds must save the world” book. The parents of the main characters are involved. More than that, they are vitally important. It’s a fabulous thing to see when most middle-grade books exclude parents entirely, dead before the opening, or write them as total killjoys (Harry Potter, All Four Stars, A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans–don’t get me started). Seriously, I dare you to name 5 that have healthy relationships.

Writing Update/Library Card

So I hadn’t realized my library card had expired. For someone who considers it a more important ID than a driver’s license, this is significant. As I was renewing it, I discovered that my library has a “responsible party” signature on cards issued to young readers. And since I’ve been a patron hither and thitherContinue reading “Writing Update/Library Card”

Book Review No. 25: MG Fantasy Ahoy

So it’s been a while! What with NaNoWriMo and my neglect of the Harry Potter Project, I haven’t posted a book review in some time. Never fear! I picked up The Castle Behind Thorns for a little light reading, swallowed it up within 24 hours, and now we’re back to the original purpose of thisContinue reading “Book Review No. 25: MG Fantasy Ahoy”

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.

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…”

Someday-Never

Everyone has a Neverland. That’s what J.M. Barrie seems to say. He says a lot of other things that people have henpecked bloody over the years. That’s not the point. Everyone has something, somewhere, someone, they keep close when they shut their eyes. And, so it would seem, it’s only by forgetting, by refusing toContinue reading “Someday-Never”

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