Anxiety Again

Dealing with anxiety again, so my reading is going slowly, as is my tv watching, so I’ve not a proper post this week. But Jenny Lawson, the Bloggess, author of several fine books, is starting a bookshop! Also, her blog is just awesome, and everyone should check it out.

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More Reading About People Reading—The “Dragonriders of Pern” Reread

I apologize for not having posted for a couple of weeks. I’ve been suffering from some anxiety and it’s prevented me from consuming any new media. I saw my doctor and got some medication and that’s helped, so I should have a real post for you next week.

Meantime, over on Tor.com, Mari Ness has started a new Reread (I linked to some of her other stuff earlier), Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series. Check out her commentary, it’s fun.

Stuff For Writers

I’ve been into more non-fiction than fiction lately, so for those of you who are or who’d like to become writers, here are some resources.

1—Write Through the Roof

Write Through the Roof is a podcast where Australian author Madeleine D’Este interviews authors of all sorts and asks them questions, with the primary question being: what one thing took your writing to the next level? Continue reading “Stuff For Writers”

Yet More Tangential Links

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m still working on that doorstopper of a book, but I just forgot to watch a movie this week to review. So here are some more links to some of my favorite sites.

1—The Creative Penn 

The Creative Penn has an excellent blog and podcast. The podcast, which I’ve been working my way through in reverse chronological order, currently has over four-hundred casts, most of which are approximately one hour long. So a nice long listen. Continue reading “Yet More Tangential Links”

More Tangential Links

These are some of my favorite writing advice blogs.

1—Janice Hardy’s Fiction University

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is a great place to get writing advice, with a nice list of subjects in the lefthand column, as well as a list of most popular posts. There are plenty of guest posts, and she also does a mini-series called Real Life Diagnostics where she diagnoses a real work in progress and answers the submitter’s questions. Continue reading “More Tangential Links”

Overly Sarcastic Productions—History, Myths, and All Kinds of Good Stuff

Overly Sarcastic Productions
Overly Sarcastic Productions

Overly Sarcastic Productions is a simply animated Youtube channel hosted by Red and Blue, who recap classic literature—like the Iliad and Beowulf and Paradise Lost—Shakespeare, legends and myths, and history in an informative and amusing way.

1—Trope Talks!

The first playlist I went through is Red’s Trope Talks! These are videos where Red talks tropes. Though she references Tvtropes.org on occasion, I don’t believe she’s affiliated with them. One of my favorite of these videos is Red’s take on Romantic Subplots—I totally agree with all her points. She also talks beginnings, Evil Empires, Paragons, the Five Man Band, and the Power of Friendship, to name a few. As of this writing, there are twenty-two videos in the Trope Talks! playlist. I plan to watch them all again when I get through the rest of Red and Blue’s videos, which currently number about two hundred. Continue reading “Overly Sarcastic Productions—History, Myths, and All Kinds of Good Stuff”

Some of the Un-Book Reporter’s Favorite Heroines

I find myself drawn to stories of girls and women who are clever and brave, and who make their own path. Likely because I seek and struggle to embody those qualities myself. This will be a short post, as I could go on forever if I don’t limit myself. So here are a handful of my favorite book heroines, in no particular order.

Aly—Daughter of the Lioness

All of the heroines in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books fit the bill but Alinanne of Pirate’s Swoop most embodies cleverness. Aly is a quintessential guile hero, trained from the cradle in spycraft and chosen by a Trickster god. Said Trickster sweeps Aly off to the Kyprian Isles to be the last piece in a centuries-old game which is about to culminate in bloody rebellion. It isn’t easy to manipulate allies and enemies alike, much less from the position of slave girl, but Aly has her own tricks and games to play. Continue reading “Some of the Un-Book Reporter’s Favorite Heroines”