Explorer of the Fantastical

Confused About the Different Kinds Editing?

– Posted in: General Writing Guidelines
Confused about the types of editing? Learn more . . .

A few weeks ago, I received an email from another writer, asking if I would explain the different kinds of editing/revision. Since editing and revision are essential to the writing process and some writers struggle with the breakdown, I decided to write a blog post addressing the kinds of edits. So, here’s the deal. If [...]

Harry Dresden: White Knight Complex, Magic Wielding, Fighter of Evil

– Posted in: Fantasy Book Reviews
Want a fun past paced urban fantasy read? Check out the book review. This could be the read you're looking for.

I just finished Grave Peril Book #3 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It's the best one so far. I wasn't sure if I was going to continue the series, but this one convinced me to keep going. There was a little too much religious talk, but since Dresden is a doubter, I can [...]

Traditional Fantasy (What is Fantasy Part 3)

– Posted in: Fantasy
It all begins with "Once upon a time." Discover the roots of modern fantasy.

Traditional fantasy began as oral literature and has no known author. This literature includes folk and fairy tales, myths, legends, as well as creation and religious stories from around the world. Often we think traditional fantasy is for children; however, a genre of stories aimed specifically toward children is a more modern idea. Traditional fantasy [...]

Dragon Slippers By Jessica Day George

– Posted in: YA Book Reviews
Are you looking for a fun read for 9 to 12-year-olds?  Dragon Slippers is a fun, adventure story with a gutsy female protagonist.

I completely enjoyed Dragon Slipper by Jessica Day George. It's definitely a princess type story for girls who want spunky heroines and princesses. Creel, the protagonist, is charming, has a mind of her own, takes chances, and is fun. Girls between 9 and 14 will enjoy the book. Dragon Slippers is the first book in [...]

Fantasy: A Brief History (What is Fantasy? Part 2)

– Posted in: Fantasy
A Brief History of Fantasy (What is Fantasy Part 2)

In the beginning there was Gilgamesh! In "What is Fantasy?" Part 1 post, I dance around the definition of fantasy. Defining fantasy is not as easy as it might seem. Unless, you are taking a test and have to recite a specific answer, most of us come up with our own definition. Another thing that [...]

What Is Fantasy? Part 1

– Posted in: Fantasy
Love fantasy? Read about the genre. Andy Fairhurst is the artist. Check out his work @andyfairhurst.deviantart.com

When I taught children's and young adult literature classes, I always started the class by defining each discipline. Teaching children’s literature is the more challenging class because children’s literature encompasses preschool through middle school books—infants to 13 years—while YA literature covers 12 to 20 years. The challenge is to give students an overview and understanding [...]

Why Make “The Giver” into a Film?

– Posted in: Film Reviews
A brief review of the book and hopes for the film.

I've been excited about this film. I haven't written a book review because it's been required reading in school almost since it was first published, and most people under 40 and many over 40 have read it. The Giver is one of the few books I'd give a 5 star rating. For many people, this [...]

What Will the World Be Like in 2,000 Years?

– Posted in: Science Fiction Book Reviews
What will the world be like in 4000 CE? Find out!

Does the Future Looks Bright? In Michael J. Sullivan’s book Hollow World, he tells us what the world might look like in 4013. Living in modern day Detroit, Ellis Rogers builds a time machine, finds out he has cancer, and takes off to the future to find a cure and escape domestic troubles and a [...]