Nonfiction · Writing

Review: Writing and Selling Your Novel by Jack M. Bickham

Do you wanna hear about my favorite book on writing? Yay! If you’ve been around the blog a while, you know I’m an aspiring author. Always have been, due to my obsession with books. (I think readers can’t help but contemplate what they’d write themselves, and most of us give it a try.) Fiction writing…… Continue reading Review: Writing and Selling Your Novel by Jack M. Bickham

Adult Fiction · Writing

Review: Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

I’m picky about short stories. They have to be truly amazing for me to care at all. Where worldbuilding or a few interesting characters might get me through a novel, a short story has limited pages to make an impression. I have some I like, mostly science fiction (or scifi-inflected) with the occasional classic like…… Continue reading Review: Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Queer · Sci-Fi

Re-Reading Childhood Favorites is Super Queer

I’ve been re-reading an increasing number of books this year, books from when I was very young that I don’t remember very well at all. I don’t usually re-read very much, but the more I read, the more they jog my memory and lead me to other books I used to love. As a disclaimer,…… Continue reading Re-Reading Childhood Favorites is Super Queer

Adult Fiction · Queer · Writing

Author Hunter Murphy on Gay Southern Characters

Three weeks ago, I reviewed the new book Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy — a cozy mystery about Jackson Miller, his partner Billy, and Billy’s mother Imogene. I don’t see a lot of Southern fiction with gay characters, let alone central characters in relationships, so I was more than thrilled when Hunter agreed to write…… Continue reading Author Hunter Murphy on Gay Southern Characters

Adult Fiction · Queer

Review: Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Hunter Murphy, author of the gay Southern cozy mystery Imogene in New Orleans! “What in the world is that about,” you ask? Here’s the description: Imogene Deal McGregor has lived nearly three-quarters of a century in Alabama. She has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more…… Continue reading Review: Imogene in New Orleans by Hunter Murphy

History

Novels & Human Rights Part 6: Historical Context (The Book Trade)

When I started this project, I had no idea what a radical century I’d be examining. The 1700s bore a host of social changes and crazy new thoughts coming out of the Enlightenment that started around 1650. One day I’ll read about it more comprehensively, but my year is 1740, and I’ll focus on factors…… Continue reading Novels & Human Rights Part 6: Historical Context (The Book Trade)

Adult Fiction · Romance

Sunday Summary 8/3 – Romance! Feminism! Sci-fi!

New to the Blogroll: Romance Novels for Feminists. I’ve been kinda getting into romance this summer, just a teeny bit. I actually found this blog because I was trying to read Outlander and ended up throwing it down, crying out to the heavens as I have before, “DO ALL ROMANCE NOVELS HAVE TO BE SEXIST??”…… Continue reading Sunday Summary 8/3 – Romance! Feminism! Sci-fi!

History · Writing

The Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged for the Writing Process Blog Tour by CompGeekDavid of DBCII and Comparative Geeks! I appreciate it very much, and I really enjoy both those blogs, check them out! The rules for the tour are simple: Link to the previous blogger Answer the four writing-process-related questions Nominate/tag three more bloggers Here are my…… Continue reading The Writing Process Blog Tour

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Sci-Fi

Complete C.S. Lewis Reading List

You wouldn’t think it would be that complicated to compile a list of all C.S. Lewis’s books in chronological order, but it totally is. I found a few helpful aids online (linked below), but nothing quite like what I wanted. So, fellow Googlers, here it is in all its glory. I took the easy way…… Continue reading Complete C.S. Lewis Reading List