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: July 6, 2020

If someone had told me there were secret passages and enchanted maps at Hogwarts, I imagine I would have read Harry Potter a long time ago. Now, I’m only equally delighted at the prospect as my little self would have been, slowly and surely, against all my curmudgeonly better judgement, being lured into the spellContinue reading “Reading Update: July 6, 2020”

The Harry Potter Project…continued (Reading Update: July 3, 2020)

After knitting my way through Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/und der Stein der Weisen (and winding up with a pair of fabulous blue socks), I happened to notice the English audiobook was two chapters longer than the German one. Couldn’t leave it unheard, now could I? It turned out to be another hour ofContinue reading “The Harry Potter Project…continued (Reading Update: July 3, 2020)”

Fantasy Rant: “Hidden Magic”

If the world knew about people with magic, they would want them to solve all their problems. And therefore magic only can exist in a beautiful, hidden world. I’ve heard this excuse so many times I can’t even remember which book I first read it in. Did I think it was a good reason then,Continue reading “Fantasy Rant: “Hidden Magic””

Reading Update: May 31, 2020

So we’ll start with the confession. I have never ever in my life read Harry Potter. I’ve visited bookshops with their own “closet under the stairs.” I’ve had people categorize me into a “house” without really knowing what it means. I’ve listened to people argue over whether it’s worth all the hubbub or not withoutContinue reading “Reading Update: May 31, 2020”

Writing–so very worth it in the end

So about four months ago, I submitted another short story to the Writers of the Future Contest. Urban fantasy. New York. Tabby cat. Ink and glass. The usual works. And as always, I went through the same phases of “submit-a-story-trauma.” Feel free to read the gibbering little blog post on it…or let be enough toContinue reading “Writing–so very worth it in the end”

The Marvelwood Magicians

Book: The Marvelwood Magicians by Diane Zahler Series: (standalone) Genre: Magical Realism/Children’s Fantasy/Circus Books (is that a genre? Someone please tell me). Content for the Sensitive Reader: Virtually none…that I can remember. Presence of fortune-tellers, some slight creepiness with the magical powers/hypnosis of villain/heroes…very tame. BookmarkedOne Rating: 8/10 So I’ve been reading Zahler books for…well,Continue reading “The Marvelwood Magicians”

Just Musician Things…

If there’s one thing that competes with my love of books, it’s my violin. And this week turned out to be more of a violin week than a book week. After writing this post, I’m not sure how much sense it’s going to make to anyone who doesn’t play. Just take it like reading aContinue reading “Just Musician Things…”

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