The Fantasy Series Everyone Should Read

Book covers are meant to communicate something about the stories inside the pages, and I think the covers of the Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling do a good job of that -- just not necessarily in the way you would expect.  They touch on the classic feel of the books, and the fun of them,…

5 Things I’ve Learned (about myself) in Quarantine

In just a few days, I will have been in almost full lockdown for five months. It doesn't feel real when I think about it, because my life has changed so dramatically in that time, but while there was a period of adjustment, I have, for the most part, grown accustomed to this new way…

Open Letter to Querying Writers

Dear writer, Querying is pretty much universally accepted as being the Worst part of writing, and I know how hard every step of it is.  It's hard sending that first query out.  It's hard waiting for a response.  It's hard watching the rejections roll in. And I know how difficult the cocktail of emotions surrounding…

It’s Time for Me to Talk About My Chemical Romance

As a young teenager, I used to get up early in the morning to finish my homework before school.  In order to actually get out of bed before the sun had even thought about rising, I set my radio alarm clock on the other side of the room, so that I had to climb down…

O.W.L.s Readathon Make-Up Exam

I've loved readathons for a few years now -- ever since a friend and I discovered Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon and went hard, staying awake for the full 24 hours and reading the entire time.  And I guess this makes sense, because I have always loved a good event.  A party, a movie marathon, anything, and…

On Mentors, the Cold of Singularity, and Giving Gifts to One’s Self

I'm sitting in a local coffee shop, a new book in my hands and on my my hidden tongue, behind my teeth, moving with the rhythm of the words as I speak them in my head.  Beside me, a cup of yerba mate steams against the cold from the window, and a arm buttermilk biscuit…