Book review: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares

I have a new favorite author. Laini Taylor writes YA fantasy novels of unexpected magic, detailed characterization, romance, and adventure. Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares, are her most recent, and I am hooked. If you like soaring, imaginative epics grounded in realistic, complex emotion, you will be too. In Strange the…Continue reading Book review: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares

Book review: 3 grown-up fairytales

Just right for long, dark nights before the fire (real or electric), these three fairytales for adults kept me reading past my bedtime. Beautiful language, strange and mysterious happenings, and a sense of magic link The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Melmoth by Sarah Perry, and Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. But be…Continue reading Book review: 3 grown-up fairytales

Book review: 3 sci-fi books for kids

Recently, Alban Lake Publishing sent me a trio of middle-grade sci-fi books to review. If your kids are looking for fun, quick reads–and you’re interested in supporting an independent press–check out Debby Yeo’s Meet the Mercusons and Tyree Campbell’s series, Pyra and the Tektites. Meet the Mercusons is a collection of short fiction, poems, and…Continue reading Book review: 3 sci-fi books for kids

Revising a revision strategy, part 1: Scenes

I’m finally diving into revisions of the book I finished in May with a whole new revision strategy. That is, with a strategy at all. Usually I just start reworking everything all at once, from structure to punctuation, becoming pretty overwhelmed by my big mess. Well, early drafts are always a mess, but I’m feeling more in…Continue reading Revising a revision strategy, part 1: Scenes

Summer reading

During all our adventures this summer, I made time to read (or listen) to some good books, both kidlit and grownup. (One of the places we stayed had the PERFECT reading nook. Sigh. I miss that nook.) I came home with even more books, which I look forward to reading here at home (nook or…Continue reading Summer reading