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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Anyone who knows me may think this post title refers to my thoughts regarding spiders, but I went with something far less drastic this time.  I recently reviewed The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan, the first book of his The Draconis Memoria series.  I didn’t find the second book, The Legion of Flame, to be quite as interesting as the first, but I still ran right through it in about three days. … Read More

This post brought to you by the number 50, or 50k, which is the number of words I’ve written in November.   I crossed that mark just this morning, so I’m still basking in the glory of my win.  Bask with me, dear reader. I’m not yet done with my novel.  I’d say I’m approaching the end of Act II, with my character just now getting really, really aggravated at the bad guy. … Read More

Let’s talk about The Martian by Andy Weir. I saw the trailer before reading the book, and read the book before watching the movie, so the only things I knew going in was from the trailer.  Matt Damon gets left on Mars, must figure out how to feed himself and not die until rescue comes, and decides to “science the shit out of it.”  And he does. The book was an interesting… Read More

A year or so ago, I read the Raven’s Shadow series by Anthony Ryan.  This was a fantastic trilogy that left me thinking about the characters long after I’d finished reading, so I was excited to read the first of his new series.  The Waking Fire did not disappoint. Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or… Read More

Last week, I told you I reached 10,000 words for NaNoWriMo.  Today, I’m happy to report I’ve hit 21,762!  I am finally out of Act I, and my character is running away.  Flee! Flee for your lives!  I don’t think it is going to work out for her, sadly.  I still need Acts II and III. It has been a busy week, but I’ve remained ahead of the target word count and… Read More

Recently, I had the pleasure to read His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik.  Published in 2006, Goodreads was kind enough to recommend it to me, and my library was kind enough to lend it to me.  I found it enjoyable enough I didn’t put it down at all, finishing it one blissful Saturday on my couch. Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty… Read More

I told you there would be graphs!  As we begin this beautiful Sunday, I have 10,000 words added to my story since November 1.  That means I’m 20% done with my NaNoWriMo goal! It has only been four days, but I’ve already learned quite a bit more about writing and my novel than I did on October 31. I’ve added 10,000 words to what I started with, which was just over 9,000… Read More