Review of the final entry in Jodi Meadows' Fallen Isles Trilogy
It's Superbowl Sunday! As a Missouri girl, I'm rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs, but I'm kind of "meh" when it comes to actually watching football, so I am cheering for them and eating my Superbowl foods while watching Howard's End and Sanditon on PBS. I did get some good writing done this week, as well as a little reading, … Continue reading Odds & Ends 1/27-2/2
Have you ever set a problem aside to let the "creative juices" soak in, or maybe switched projects halfway through to let an idea "marinate"? Or maybe you've simply given up on an idea, only to have an "aha moment" hours later in the middle of a completely unrelated task? Whether you realized it or … Continue reading The Shower Principle: Strange Ways to Boost Creativity
Review of the third entry in Marissa Meyer's Renegades trilogy
The name of the game this week was productivity. It's a new year and I wanted to hit the ground running, and I think I did alright. I got in and cleaned my apartment now that all the holiday festivities are over and my Christmas decorations are put away, I did some grocery shopping, re-organized … Continue reading Odds & Ends 1/6-1/12
Does Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel top what's come before?
Last December, I gave a preview of what books I hoped to read in the coming year and other reading-related goals. Looking back, I did pretty well in going after those goals. In 2019, I pushed my genre habits a little bit further with mysteries like The Silent Patient and historical fiction like the Poldark series. For 2020, … Continue reading 2020: A Reading Preview
Character names can be tricky. They're one of the first details that introduce readers to your world and what they can expect from your story. They need to be grounded in that world, wherever it may be, unique enough so that you don't get mixed up with any other well-known names, fictional or real, but … Continue reading What’s in a [Character] Name?
It's December 1st and I am almost ready for Christmas! I've been gradually getting my decorations out the past week or so, and after a happy Thanksgiving spent with family, I got the job finished. I also managed to get the last of my Christmas shopping taken care of today (though nothing is wrapped yet) … Continue reading Odds & Ends 11/24-12/01
And so, with one final nail-biting adventure, Poldark came to an end last Sunday night. The show has been a favorite among my family since it first started airing on PBS in 2015, and the finale did not disappoint. Actually, my one complaint regarding the finale is that it was not properly set up by the … Continue reading Review: Poldark Finale