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Book Review: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

What this book is about:  Cimorene is a princess bored with the princess life. As the youngest daughter, she has little patience for embroidery and other princess lessons. When she is informed that she must marry a boring prince, she instead runs away and becomes the princess of a dragon. As princes come to rescue … Continue reading Book Review: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Learning a new trick: Plotting

Up until now, I've been a one trick pony. Write. Well, and hope. Hope that it's a good story. Hope I can figure out how to make people like it. Hope it flows well. Hope it checks all the boxes. My lovely writing mentor (whose name shall remain secret so that y'all don't try to … Continue reading Learning a new trick: Plotting

Book Review: Forever by Pete Hamill

What this book is about:  This rich fantasy follows Cormac O'Connor as his life takes him from Ireland to New York City in 1740... and right through until today. He is granted immortality, but only under the condition that he never leaves the island of Manhattan. What I liked:  I loved the slow build up … Continue reading Book Review: Forever by Pete Hamill

What I’m Reading: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

What this book is about:  Prue, 12, lives with her family in Portland near the Impassable Wilderness, a woody area of mystery that no one seems to be able enter. But, when Prue is out with 1 year old brother, Mac, he's snatched up by a flock of crows in taken into the Impassable Wilderness. … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

Using The Crown as political writing fodder

Have you heard of the Netflix show The Crown? It is a dramatization of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I'm hooked. In love. I'm there. I adore it. What I love is how well it demonstrates the complexity of her role as a constitutional monarch and one forced to reign in a time of … Continue reading Using The Crown as political writing fodder

Meet the Author: Kristin Funston

I've got another author for you to sit down and meet. This month, I've had the GREAT privilege of interviewing Kristin Funston, author of More for Mom, which I reviewed last week. If her book was anything to go by, this interview confirms it. She's hilarious and I'd love to be her friend. So, pull … Continue reading Meet the Author: Kristin Funston

How Reading is Helping my Writing (I think)

I believe it's Stephen King who says that if you want to be a good writer, you must make time for lots of reading and lots of writing. I've been trying to do lots of reading (let's be honest here, I have book reviews scheduled through July already, plus I have THREE more already to … Continue reading How Reading is Helping my Writing (I think)

Book Review: More for Mom by Kristin Funston

What this book is about:  This rather light-hearted and fun nonfiction explores the ways in which moms in particular can step above the mess of everyday and live out her faith in Jesus. The tagline of the book is "Living Your Whole and Holy Life" and Funston doesn't mince words inside, which is beautifully balanced … Continue reading Book Review: More for Mom by Kristin Funston

Reflections on the day after my birthday

As an introvert, deep thinker, and Enneagram Type 5, I've spent much of my time this week reflecting. It wasn't a BIG birthday, you know, multiples of fives or even tens, but it was the first birthday after the closing of a difficult chapter in my life. For the past two years or so, things … Continue reading Reflections on the day after my birthday

Book Review: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

What the book is about:  T&S follows Arram, Varice, and Ozorne, all student mages, through their studies, forging a nearly unbreakable friendship as they deal with forces outside the school in forms of plagues, politics, and run-ins with various animal gods. What I liked:  I'm a huge fan of Tamora Pierce and this thick book … Continue reading Book Review: Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce