Book Review: The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce (Book 4 of The Immortals)

What this book is about:  Daine and Numair are closing in on the final chapter of quest to save Tortall from the hands of the Carthaki empire. The immortals are bigger, badder, and in more places than ever before. What I liked:  A beautiful little surprise tucked away at the end that had me cheering, … Continue reading Book Review: The Realms of the Gods by Tamora Pierce (Book 4 of The Immortals)

Book Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

What this book is about:  Imogene moves to a new school, where she immediately befriends Maxine, and then meets the ghost of a boy who died on the school grounds and haunts the school. Imogene then finds herself in the middle of all kinds of fairy weirdness and for the first time in her life … Continue reading Book Review: The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint

Book Review: Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

What this book is about:  This fantasy novel, book 3 of the Immortals Series, follows Daine and Numair (Arram Draper) through their voyage to the Carthaki capital to secure negotiations between Carthak and Tortall and avoid war. What I liked:  It's a Tamora Pierce novel. I loved it all. Seriously. Daine, of course, gets herself … Continue reading Book Review: Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

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

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

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

Fine As Alabaster

Prompt: Write a story about an empty jar I wrote this exploring description without killing the forward movement of the story.  I hope you enjoy it.  -------------------------------------------------------------------- Telondra wandered through the rows of shelves, dimly lit in the dusty air, amazed by all the strange and bizarre things contained on them. Jars of unlabeled powders. … Continue reading Fine As Alabaster

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

"Look at this place, isn't it neat. Wouldn't you think... ...a great fantasy story could happen here?" Okay, okay, maybe I fudged on the lyrics a little bit. But really, have you ever found yourself totally enamored with an idea of a world, but you don't have anything else figured out? Someone once told me … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Setting

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Conflict. The tension. The driver. The REASON for the story. But what if that's all you have? You know that you need some characters and they need to live somewhere, but all you can think about is "It would be so cool if... [insert awesome conflict here]". You're right. It WOULD be so cool, which … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Conflict

Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character

Hey! Thanks for joining me for the next section of Pantsing Fantasy. Today, I want to dig into characters a bit. Characters are the reason anyone gives a crap about your book. If your readers don't feel connected or invested in your characters, it's going to be hard for them to enjoy the book and … Continue reading Pantsing Fantasy: Generating Ideas: Character