Howdy, adventurers, I am very very excited to share that I’ve launched into a new project with no prep work or careful consideration. Huzzah! I’m not sure how much I want to say about it yet, as the vague plot-shaped thing in my mind already has many secret parts to it that I do notContinue reading “A New Project”
5/5 stars. This is a sort-of-review because first I want to tell a story. I saw the cover of this book on a big fancy electronic billboard, and it was a kick in the gut. Both in a good way and a bad way. On the one hand, my little monkey brain was like, ohContinue reading “Review (sort of): Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir”
4/5 stars. Slowly tumble into a chaotic, lush world, childhood fairy tales and nightmares vividly brought to life for adults in this stately and rich fantasy. Meet Agniezka, (ag-NYESH-ka, according to the author’s note) our persistent witch-heroine, the Dragon, a strange and solitary wizard who rules over her valley, and the Wood–a place that quiteContinue reading “Review: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik”
Foreeever ago I wrote about plotting vs. pantsing, and how I’m trying something new with my latest manuscript: pantsing! I promised updates, so here’s the first one. After a long, cold, brutal slog through the wastelands of Where Is This Going and a trek across the bitter mountains of All My Writing Is Just DrivelContinue reading “A Pantsing Update”
4/5 stars I picked up this book with the bald-faced interest of watching the Netflix series, but quickly got hooked. What started out as a fairly typical stock fantasy turned pretty entertaining by the end. Meet Mal and Alina, war orphans both, and journey with them across Ravka, a beautiful but unsubtly Russian-coded land hemmedContinue reading “Review: Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo”
I have a “don’t read spin-offs” rule, but I break it all the time. A really common gripe readers have with spin offs is that “they’re just money grabs.” Here’s the thing: they’re not. The first book in a series almost always does the best in sales, and it usually just goes down from thereContinue reading “On Spin-Offs”
Ah, Winterkeep. Return to the land of Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue, and sail off into a previously unknown corner of this ever-expanding world. Follow a cast of both returning and new characters, including some animal narrators, as they dive deep into a treacherous republic known as Winterkeep.
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