The Weapons Tag (in which I fling references about willy-nilly while knowing very little about weapons)

Good old tag backlog. When I can't adequately marshal my words to craft an original blog post (or answer comments, or comment on other people's fabulous posts - I'm sorry, guys, my brain Just Ain't Having It, and hopefully it will start Having It again with dispatch), you are always to be depended upon. Many … Continue reading The Weapons Tag (in which I fling references about willy-nilly while knowing very little about weapons)

Things I Like About Books I Don’t

I feel the need to be aggressively positive today; hence this post. Spoiling its own ending: The Book Thief I know it bothers some people that our friendly narrator Death is continually going, "Oh, and by the way, this person is going to die, tragically - but we've got at least two hundred pages to … Continue reading Things I Like About Books I Don’t

The April-May Story Report: Editing, Westerns, and a Whole Lot of Fluff

"Ah, summer," says Russell Baker, "what power you have to make us suffer and like it." Russell Baker is a man of uncanny prescience, because he said that a long time ago, and yet here I am, in the Present Day and Age, positively rejoicing that summer's here. Well...almost here. It's going to be hot … Continue reading The April-May Story Report: Editing, Westerns, and a Whole Lot of Fluff

On Moral Complexity in Stories (and does LOTR have any?)

So, I love The Lord of the Rings. (For which work of literature the following post contains many a spoiler. Be ye warned.) It's always rather bothered me that some people don't, which in one sense is silly - people's tastes are different, and there's nothing you can do about it. Even if it's something … Continue reading On Moral Complexity in Stories (and does LOTR have any?)

Do I Have That Book? (a challenge, in which Sarah is Rather Opinionated About Covers)

I've seen this challenge several places here recently, and every time I think, "How fun! I want to do this! I should steal this!" I have so far refrained from theft, however. But when the wonderful human (sponge?) known as the Story Sponge did it, 'twas the straw that broke the camel's back. I have … Continue reading Do I Have That Book? (a challenge, in which Sarah is Rather Opinionated About Covers)

Murder, Middle Grade, and Old Favorites ~ What I Read in February and March

Greetings and salutations, dearest bloggerly friends. How have you all been?  Well, I hope. Since I saw you last, I have become an expert fence-builder and also read some books.  I'm sure you're dying to hear about all my nifty techniques for pliers-manipulation and making the dadgum fence stay where it's put, but today I … Continue reading Murder, Middle Grade, and Old Favorites ~ What I Read in February and March

The Writer’s OTP Challenge (in which there is romance, death, and some rather embarrassing information about old stories)

Okay. So. I saw Arielle had made this blog tag for, if you're a writer, romances you've written, and so then I wondered, have I even written fourteen whole romantic relationships? Ever? And that turned into quite a fun jaunt down memory lane, and then I just had to write this post because it was … Continue reading The Writer’s OTP Challenge (in which there is romance, death, and some rather embarrassing information about old stories)