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There Be Human Dragons: “Firelight” by Sophie Jordan

– Posted in: YA Book Reviews
Looking for a good book about dragons and romance? Check out this review.

I have to say upfront: I am not a fan of romance novels. I am, however, a big fan of dragons. I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was primarily a romance. So, here's the deal: I'm not evaluating this according to my likes or dislikes. I'm evaluating Firelight by Sophie Jordan [...]

Looking for a Good Book on Plot & Structure?

– Posted in: Non-Fiction Book Reviews
Are you looking for a good book about plotting fiction?  I've got a good one for you.

Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell may be the best book for plotting and creating structure in fiction stories that I've read. I have a few instructional writing books I reread; this is one of them. Plot & Structure works [...]

Update: Still Pounding Out the Words

– Posted in: Random Musings
Two Shi or Imperial Guard Lions on either side of my computer, my coffee, notebook, glasses,  I'm ready to write.  Ten days into NaNoWriMo, and I'm managing to keep my head above water.

I'm not superstitious, but I do like the idea of the Chinese Imperial Guard Lions flanking my computer. I usually keep them on the chest at the entrance to my office. When it comes to my writing, I figure I need all the help I can get. This pictures shows how things look as I'm [...]

Fantasy Fun: “The Book of Life”

– Posted in: Film Reviews
"The Book of Life": A visual delight and treat for the whole family.

I wanted to get this review up before the film leaves the theaters. I wrote this right after I saw The Book of Life and then forgot to post it. Although Halloween is past, this film isn't limited to one holiday. It's worth seeing anytime. Okay, the night we saw this, the theater was packed [...]