Journal Lost & Found, aka, the Commonplace Book

One of the staples of the writerly life is a penchant for blank books. A long, long time ago, I discovered this book at Wordsworth Books (whose old weblink no longer works because they're under new ownership) and, though I was there to buy a gift for someone else, I couldn't resist this purchase for myself. I wrote … Continue reading Journal Lost & Found, aka, the Commonplace Book

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Reading Challenges Progress Report

[ // JANUARY // FEBRUARY // MARCH // APRIL // MAY // JUNE // JULY // AUGUST // ] With August done our year is 2/3 finished with 1/3 to go. I’ve read 33 books so far. Challenge Completed Status PopSugar 33 of 40 83% main 33 of 52 63% advanced Audiobooks 1 100% bit … Continue reading Reading Challenges Progress Report

Cold Days by Jim Butcher

After thirteen books of building up a life, Harry's had everything is destroyed. In the rubble of book fourteen, he has to relearn everything, starting with a very pretty physical therapist named Sarissa who will teach him the basics before Mab gives him some hands-on daily experience of how not to die. By, you know, … Continue reading Cold Days by Jim Butcher

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

  Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone is the start of a five book series (soon to be six) that's garnered a lot of attention. Gladstone has been selected for several prestigious nominations, including finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in both 2013 and 2014, and a Hugo finalist in … Continue reading Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Banned Books Week is coming up!

In only a month Banned Books Week will be here! There's a WRITING CONTEST, a BAKING CONTEST, and a workshop co-hosted by yours truly J. Jobe and Kassandra Klay. You won't want to miss a moment of it! Check it out!!!!! For our part, K and I will be co-hosting a writing workshop including discussion and prompts. Here's a … Continue reading Banned Books Week is coming up!

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

  If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo is the story of a transgirl written by a transwoman, and they even used a beautiful trans model for the book cover. The setting is high school, and any reader will recognize the familiar trappings---divorced parents who don't see eye to eye, teens who are or are … Continue reading If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Collage Class with Jobe: Reflection

So I tried to teach a collage class at everybody's favorite art store and I got schooled by a tough reminder that knowing how to do something is not the same as knowing how to teach others how to do it. The class was fine and the attendees turned out great work, but I could … Continue reading Collage Class with Jobe: Reflection

The Dark Tower comic book series by Stephen King

The Dark Tower. You've probably heard of them. The comics are based on the novels by Stephen King, and are "plotted by Robin Furth and scripted by Peter David" per the wiki entry. You may have heard the buzz about the new movie, which stars Idris Elba, which prefaces the upcoming series of the same star. That's … Continue reading The Dark Tower comic book series by Stephen King