Voices of the Dead: Terry Pratchett

To me, it’s always a little strange to hear or see recordings of someone who I’ve loved, admired, or been a fan of after they’ve died. In some ways I’m grateful. Preserving the way they talk, and move, and interact … Continue reading

The Carrot is Mightier Than the Sword

((Also posted on my Wattpad.)) The 1st Battalion, Heavy Hop Brigade, known as the Carrot-tops in most circles and Dragontamers in certain circles, stirred restlessly in their ranks. Colonel Brun Auribus rested impassively on his lance, the twitching of his … Continue reading

The Witch’s Crow

Crows gathered by the hundreds, sitting in the trees, on the roof of the small cottage, scattered among the out-buildings. Shoulder-to-shoulder, they sat silently, watching the human woman digging a hole in her garden. A small bundle wrapped in a … Continue reading

“An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir

So, it’s been almost a month since my last post, which I’ll probably talk about in a post later this week. But first I want to talk about this book I read yesterday. It’s the debut novel, and first in … Continue reading

Happy National Novel Writing Month!

I’ve been struggling lately in a lot of ways. I’ve been struggling to finish things, struggling to even want to start things, struggling to write, struggling to take care of myself. But! It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I keep … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge: The Shipwrecked Sailor

Chuck Wendig’s flash-fiction challenge for this past week was to choose a fairy tale and  re-write it in a new style, choosing from a  list of possibles on his blog. There’s nothing like procrastinating writing with other writing, so I … Continue reading

“Curtsies & Conspiracies”

(I haven’t finished The Hippopotamus Pool yet, so here’s another book I read this past month instead.) Curtsies & Conspiracies is the second book in Gail Carriger’s YA Finishing School series. I’ve been waiting eagerly to read this one, and … Continue reading

“The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms”

I’ve been wanting to read some N.K. Jemisin fiction for a while, having heard that she wrote excellent fantasy with lots of diversity. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, her … Continue reading

#DiversityInSFF

So, there’s this hashtag that’s been going around Twitter for a few days now, #DiversityInSFF. It’s great, a place where people are talking about the need for greater and greater levels of diversity (both of characters and of authors) in … Continue reading

“Throne of the Crescent Moon”

A few months ago I saw a retweet from someone about this new author who had won an award for his debut fantasy novel called Throne of the Crescent Moon. I was intrigued by the title and once I’d seen … Continue reading