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Posts made in October, 2013

Review: Heaven’s Needle by Liane Merciel

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: Heaven’s Needle by Liane Merciel

You know how I said The White-Luck Warrior became horror a few pages in? The White-Luck Warrior would take one look at one page of Heaven’s Needle and run away crying. Which is why, despite it being marketed as high fantasy, Heaven’s Needle is my review of choice for Hallow’s Eve this year. (That’s a warning, by the way, that the following review will contain disturbing imagery and if you aren’t up for that, especially if you’re currently eating tasty food,...

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Return from the 18th Century

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Return from the 18th Century

It may say something about how much I’ve traveled this year that I have not purchased a single bottle of conditioner, instead relying on the cute little bottles they give you in hotel bathrooms. I’d have the same record for soap but this weekend at Colonial Williamsburg their scented and fun-shaped “soap balls” were too much fun to resist. I got peppermint scented and “Castille,” which is actually not the name of the scent (it’s vaguely floral) but the...

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Review: The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review: The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott Bakker

The White-Luck Warrior by R. Scott BakkerFifty pages in, I realized I had come to approach this as a horror story rather than epic fantasy, as if I was reading Stephen King or the Lovecraft Unbound anthology.  I read horror in a much more defensive mode, trying not to get invested in any character’s survival, and nodding my head whenever a particularly disturbing (I would say, dryly, “quite effective”) scene occurred, making terror an aesthetic observation in hopes of...

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Useful Things of the Week

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized, Writing | 0 comments

I don’t know if I’m actually going to make this a weekly post, but I suppose it depends on how much cool and useful stuff I find over the course of the week. An excellent quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Airman’s Odyssey comes to mind as I revise another article:  “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”  Deleting excess words, trimming a piece down to its...

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Personal Organization with “The Ultimate List”

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 0 comments

From GetYeDone to scribbles on post it notes, I think it’s pretty clear that I love to-do lists. They give at least the illusion of control over a busy writer’s life, allowing me to organize tasks verbally and spatially, and most of all there’s something very satisfying about striking through my latest conquest.  Only recently, though, have I seriously considered the motivational effect a well-organized to do list can have, above and beyond the momentary glow of...

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