January First by Michael Scholfield

I took a break from blogging during November to focus on Nanowrimo but I finished reading several books and got behind on my write-ups. I'm going to try to do these books justice despite having let them sit for too long before writing down my thoughts. I read January First by Michael Schofield in record … Continue reading January First by Michael Scholfield

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Defining Fictionalized Memoir

So in one corner, there's fiction. Made up, though just as often as not, inspired by some real stuff. In the other corner, memoir. The Truth, capital T, unless specifically noted, liked "names changed to protect my ass." But somewhere in the middle, there's this weird subgenre called fictionalized memoir. What is it, and when do you … Continue reading Defining Fictionalized Memoir

Genre Wars: Romance vs. Erotica

So my friend Kassandra Klay and I co-taught a workshop entitled "Genre Wars: Romance vs. Erotica." We talked about the similarities and differences of the two, and we talked about how blurry the line can get sometimes. All in all, we had a blast teaching an impressive turn out all about it! For anyone curious … Continue reading Genre Wars: Romance vs. Erotica

Nano Real Talk, Calendars, and Memes

Nanowrimo is a time of solemn peace and reflection... Hah! Just kidding. It's chaotic, and nerve-wracking, and completely insane! I've written about preparing before (in 2016, 2015 here and here, 2014 here and here...) so this time I'm just going to say: do it. You'll be glad and proud you did. It is 1,000% worth … Continue reading Nano Real Talk, Calendars, and Memes

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

My latest read was Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. Okorafor does a splendid job of placing her work in the stream of those that have come before, and it struck me that this would be another volume particularly suited for providing you with a list of "books mentioned in another book" (No. 50 on the … Continue reading Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor