I watch the candle flame grow lower. How foolish, to have a candle here, on this craft. But I take these little comforts where I can. The dancing, the movement. The light, the warmth. So many things I left behind, to travel here. Trees. I also miss trees. I shuffle down the dark passages slowlyContinue reading “Have a random story”
5/5 stars This book has EVERYTHING. A quarantined city. A life on the rooftops, under the open sky, flying from building to building on zip lines and planks. Storytelling late into the night, to mark time and milestones and to send people into the next world and to keep them in this one when they’dContinue reading “Review: City of the Uncommon Thief, by Lynne Bertrand”
Forever ago I mentioned that I am trying a new revision strategy and that I’d share it in a post “soon.” Here is that post…several months later. Ta da! In the past I’ve written about threads, and how I like to envision the whole plot at once. A “macro” approach to the first round ofContinue reading “Revising Strategies: Chapter Maps”
Hmm, things tend to dry up in the realm of readership when you don’t post for several months. What a shocker. But I have good news: I am not dead. Yay! I am also not doing Nano this year, largely because my brain forgot to tell me that Nano was a thing until basically Halloween.Continue reading “General Update: Not Dead”
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”
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