The Heroine’s Journey by Gail Carriger is about the ancient mythic Heroine’s Journey, what it is, how it differs from the more studied Hero’s Journey, and why it’s important for both writers and readers/pop culture consumers to know about, all told in a witty and snarky manner.
Gail Carriger is one of my very favorite fiction authors and in The Heroine’s Journey she goes into what makes her books, and many other stories, so popular and beloved. Topics include The Heroine’s Journey itself, of course, some of it’s foundational myths, it’s messages and themes; why the Heroine’s Journey is important; specific points in how and where it differs from the Hero’s Journey; how the Gothics got involved and what effect they had; how to play with archetypes and tropes (neither of which make a story bad—they’re just patterns); and a practical guide to How To Write Like A Heroine.
The Heroine’s Journey is written not just for writers, but also for readers/watchers/listeners, so people can recognize better what they like and crave out of a story. It’s an easy, fast, informative, and fun read. I’m going to re-read The Heroine’s Journey several times, after my sister gets done reading it. I also bought a copy for my best friend. Go read it and enrich your life.
No Time to Spare is the curated and collected blog posts of Ursula K. Le Guin. Thoughtful, fun, rebellious—Le Guin’s musings are all of these things and more. Le Guin began blogging in her eighties, and the collected posts run from 2010 to 2016. The posts aren’t in chronological order, but rather are arranged according to theme, in sections. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, scattered with musings on her new cat, many of Le Guin’s observations are even more pertinent now than they were when she wrote them. I thoroughly enjoyed No Time to Spare and recommend it to fans of Ursula K. Le Guin and to those who’ve yet to discover her. I’ve known about Le Guin for some time but this is the first book of hers I’ve read, and now intend to read many more.
A week of depression hit, followed by finals week, so I’m still not done with my new fiction book, but I’m getting close. I did finish my non-fiction book, Audio for Authors by Joanna Penn. Highly recommended for anyone of the writerly persuasion curious about doing audiobooks—how to do it, why to do it, etc—podcasting—why to do it, types of podcasts, etc—or using voice technology—AI, voice assistants, dictation, etc. I loved this book and I’ll be rereading it. (Also, if you want more of this kind of information, check out intro and futurist segments of Joanna’s podcast, The Creative Penn.)