Book & Book

What would it be when you took the Dust of His Dark Materials and covered it in sin? That would be Dan Vyleta's Smoke. Mr. Vyleta has written a Dickensian tale of class structure, ethical theology, and coming-of-age in the most naked and brutal of ways. What if every sinful thought and compulsion you had were … Continue reading Book & Book

Annihilation & Rosewater

Ever read a book and think, wow...this is super a lot like something else I've read, but also super different and they might be cousins or maybe it's more like the Fibonacci sequence in a sunflower and a seashell meeting in a constellation. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer This was my second time reading the book. … Continue reading Annihilation & Rosewater

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms vs. The Goblin Emperor

You ever read a book and think...wow, this sounds a kinda familiar...like looking into two mirrors at once and watching your otherselves move? Sometimes, you think one of the mirror people is a shard different and you concentrate until you're dizzy to see if you can spot the difference. You get mesmerized by the way … Continue reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms vs. The Goblin Emperor

February’s Quick Look

I didn't read as many books this month, and the books I read were a bit disappointing. I did stumble over a lot of great articles, magnificent poetry, and if you need an audio alternative, I've got you covered. A glimpse of my February mental space: Books You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano - … Continue reading February’s Quick Look

January’s Quick Look

January lasted longer than usual this year, yes? I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that way, or in my escape into the written word. Here is some of where I went: Books Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff - A sloppy book. You'll be … Continue reading January’s Quick Look

Finn Fancy vs. Nine Princes

Ever read a book and think, huh…that sounds like this other book. What if this book and that book fell in love and had kittens? Or what if they hated each other like goodspock vs evilspock and there was a duel and reduced the surrounding coffee shops to rubble? Just me? The fight between these … Continue reading Finn Fancy vs. Nine Princes

An Invitation

Every Monday over on Patreon, I write a book review followed by two writing exercises (one easy, one a bit harder). These exercises are designed to prompt you to write a bit each week, and to think about the mechanics as you write. This week the book is Kristin Cashore's Jane, Unlimited. This weekly post … Continue reading An Invitation

Book Review & a Writing Exercise

2017 was a fun year for me on Patreon. I jumped into an unknown, afraid and yet hopeful. In keeping with that act of adventurous bravery, I've added new tiers and started new projects for 2018. A big thank-you to everyone who gave me inspiration to keep going this year! People seem to like my … Continue reading Book Review & a Writing Exercise