Adult Fiction · History

Review: Ireland by Frank Delaney

Ireland, by Frank Delaney, published in 2005. A 576-page novel about Ireland, oral traditions, family, and the texture of history. It doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, really, but it turned out to be incredible. Here’s the description: One wintry evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller — a Seanchai, the very last practitioner of a…… Continue reading Review: Ireland by Frank Delaney

Adult Fiction · History

Lazy Lambs Book Club: Lamb by Christopher Moore

Welcome to the first official meeting of the Lazy Lambs Book Club! It’s a slightly convoluted story how we came to be, but my friends Diana and Allison and I have been reading Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore together, and decided to make an informal book club out of…… Continue reading Lazy Lambs Book Club: Lamb by Christopher Moore

Nonfiction · Writing

How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Plot

In my last novel update, I mentioned the book My Story Can Beat Up Your Story and how it’s been useful to me as a writing guide. Something I should’ve clarified in my novel update is that this book is really about story structure on a basic level. That’s one of the reasons it can…… Continue reading How “My Story Can Beat Up Your Story” Works: The Plot

Adult Fiction · Comics · Fantasy · TV & Movies

Batman, The Hobbit, and Modern Mythmaking (spoiler-free)

My friend Rose posted the other day about why LeVar Burton is awesome, and that reminded me I’d been meaning to write this post. I’m sure this is weird coming from me, since I often don’t like adaptations and usually am not excited about them, but reimaginings, adaptations, remakes, sequels, and reiterations are how new…… Continue reading Batman, The Hobbit, and Modern Mythmaking (spoiler-free)