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

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Series (comic books)

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger series is the second set of Dark Tower comics put out by Stephen King and Robin Furth. The entire arc is our main character Roland Deschain chasing after the Man in Black, and what happens when they finally meet. Book 1 is The Journey Begins. Roland tells part of his tale to … Continue reading Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Series (comic books)

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

A million years ago (ok, ok, earlier this year) I read The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey. The Boy on the Bridge is its prequel. Carey's new spin on the zombie apocalypse is precipitated by the cortyceps fungus, making an army of mindless undead who know only hunger--that's the premise established … Continue reading The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

Skin Game by Jim Butcher

  I can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye to Harry Dresden. He’s been part of my life for most of two years! I remember when Ender was my best friend for so many audiobooks and it was hard to let him go, too. Well, at least I can tell you about this last book … Continue reading Skin Game by Jim Butcher

The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (a Byliner book)

The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett fit the primary criteria for the kind of book I was looking for: very short & filled with writing advice. I downloaded the Kindle book at the airport between flights. This mini-memoir, which is a dainty 45 pages, was the perfect book to finish out the tail end of … Continue reading The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (a Byliner book)

Jobe’s September in Pictures

Proof of my living the writerly life (celebrate rejections!) and my writing group's schedule through the end of the year. I haven't talked much on the blog about Second Set, the writing group I organized to read and critique each other's work, but they're completely and utterly stellar, and I'm so glad to have a writing … Continue reading Jobe’s September in Pictures

Manage Your Day-to-Day (a 99U book)

Manage Your Day-to-Day was a book I had heard about, forgotten about, and heard about again. I downloaded the Kindle book and highlighted as I went along. It was a great short book for travel, comprised of short essays by some great minds---including my man Leo Babauta of mnmlist and Zen Habits---and interspersed throughout with quotable … Continue reading Manage Your Day-to-Day (a 99U book)