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Top Ten Books on my Spring To Be Read List

Top Ten Books on my Spring To Be Read List

Thank the Goddess! It would appear that we are finally, perhaps teetering at the edge of the dark woods of Winter, staring blearily in to the grayish, cold, yet still promising, sunlight of Spring! After all the pummeling snow that the North East received this year, 30 degree days seem like a gift from Persephone herself. … Continue reading

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s a a spectacularly eerie song, called “Danse Macabre” composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, that is woven through the narrative of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. You should definitely listen to it if you’re thinking about reading this book. It’s fevered, emotional, dark, at times frenzied, rich and innovative; a tone poem set for orchestra that is … Continue reading

Writing Tips and Resources for Camp NaNoWriMo

Writing Tips and Resources for Camp NaNoWriMo

I’ve been meaning to do it for ages, but this year I finally made the commitment and signed up to try and write a novel, or at the very least get one started, in a month. Gulp. NaNoWriMo (the affectionate shorthand for National Novel Writing Month) offers a Camp version in July. The timing was perfect! … Continue reading

Literary Feasts!

Literary Feasts!

There seems to be a recent trend on the internet and in the lives of readers wherein long-time fans of books are recreating (or inventing!) favorite scenes that feature descriptions of food. Whether it’s coming up with recipes inspired by the food in books (see my sister’s recent discovery of the new Downton Abbey Cookbook), … Continue reading

Fantasy Literary Journal Round Up with a Scholarly Tilt

Fantasy Literary Journal Round Up with a Scholarly Tilt

While exploring Portland with my sister in preparation for her Great Oregon Move, we had to make a stop (well, several stops admittedly) to Powell’s Book Store. We spent hours in the YA section, and the Fantasy section before stumbling upon the Poetry stacks, which featured a nook dedicated to literary magazines. Perusing the hodgepodge … Continue reading

On Wrestling your Creative Muse…

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one … Continue reading