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

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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)

Tonight is the night! GENRE WARS: Romance vs. Erotica!

Tonight is the night you've all been waiting for, GENRE WARS: Romance vs. Erotica! This workshop will be co-hosted by yours truly J. Jobe and Kassandra Klay and you won't want to miss a moment of it! Here's a snippet from the press release: Romance vs. Erotica Writing Workshop CALS Main Library, 100 Rock St., Little Rock Thursday, September … Continue reading Tonight is the night! GENRE WARS: Romance vs. Erotica!

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero It's especially interesting to go back over my journal from a year ago regarding the lessons in this book and really see a kind of "before" and "after" scenario. Allow me to set the scene for you. Sincero talks about self-sabotaging stories, the things that you hear yourself … Continue reading You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

Now that the secret is out of the bag and you all know I've committed to yet another reading challenge, I feel comfortable telling you I've just finished book 2 of the Anne series, Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The Anne Read Along challenge is one that I heard about it from The Book Date, … Continue reading Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott A passage of Lamott's made me pair two quite disparate characters, those being herself, a Christian dreadlock-haired old white writer lady, and Neil Gaiman's beloved Sandman character Delirium, because both follow goldfish. Lamott is talking about creativity in writing, and following it wherever it takes you. And Delirum happens to … Continue reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott