On Basilisk Station by David WeberMy rating: 3 of 5 starsHonor Harrington is an officer in the Royal Manticoran (Space) Navy. She has been assigned as captain of the Fearless, a light cruiser that has been outfitted with a newly designed grav lance weapon that is supposed to be able to penetrate a ship's shielding. … Continue reading Friday Review: On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington 1) by David Weber
It's at the center of every story. It is the thing that drives the action forward. It's what causes the characters to act and react. What is it? Conflict.Conflict arises when a character wants something and there are obstacles in the way of his getting that thing. It can be big (the hero must stop … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Conflicted
We did it. We went to Burger King and had an Impossible Whopper. We'd seen the Impossible Burgers at a local grocery store but didn't buy them right away. Of course, they haven't had them since. We did want to try one, though, because- well, just because.One thing I have to note right away is … Continue reading Monday Musings: Impossible
Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe My rating: 2 of 5 starsAugust Adams is an archeaobibliologist. He specializes in rare antique books and is currently employed by collectors looking to add to their collections at any price. He is on a plane returning to New York with a copy of the Gutenberg bible he has obtained for … Continue reading Friday Review: Illuminated by Matt Bronleewe
Well, for me at least, it looks something like this: Yes, I do my revising, at least the first pass, on paper. It seems to help me if I can mark on, scribble notes, cross out, highlight, and rewrite sentences on an actual piece of paper. Later passes will probably get done on the computer, … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: What Does Revision Look Like?
Oh, yes, there is a definite chill in the air these last few days, especially in the morning. We've dipped into the mid-30s overnight already, and the mornings are, if not really cold, at least requiring a light jacket for walking the dog. We've had some gray and rainy stuff but also those deep blue … Continue reading Monday Musings: The Times, They Are A-Changing
My rating: 4 of 5 starsThis is the second in Bledsoe's Tufa series. Living in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the Tufa are an enigmatic people. They keep to themselves and are wary of outsiders. Legends and tales of otherworldly abilities surround them. They have been in Cloud County longer than the first settlers on … Continue reading Friday Review: Wisp of a Thing (Tufa #2) by Alex Bledsoe
I have been busy for the last year writing the third installment of my urban fantasy series. The first draft is now done, and I am letting it sit for a while before I dive into the revision process. I do this with most of my writing, and many other writers do, as well. Why? … Continue reading Wednesday On Writing: Should You Start Revising a Story as Soon as You Finish a Draft?
I don't often make recommendations about who to follow on social media, but this is one I think everyone would enjoy and benefit from.Tim Cotton is a sergeant in the Bangor, Maine police department. He writes the Bangor PD facebook posts also, where he mainly chronicles the visitors to the department's Duck of Justice, a … Continue reading Monday Musing: Follow This Fellow On Facebook
World-Walker by Melisa MichaelsMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThis urban fantasy was originally released in 2004. World-Walkers are able to use Gatestones to travel between alternate reality worlds. Central, the guiding organization behind the Walkers, tasks them with keeping the worlds separate and to prevent unauthorized walking which Central feels will result in chaos and … Continue reading Friday Review: World-Walker by Melisa Michaels