Making Progress

My current reads--Curtsies and Conspiracies, Grave Importance, Dreyer's English
My current reads–Curtsies and Conspiracies, Grave Importance, Dreyer’s English

My two book system worked to get me through the last new book I read, but I haven’t needed it this week. I haven’t yet finished the new book (Grave Importance, by Vivian Shaw, book three in the Dr. Greta Helsing series) I’m reading, but I have managed to read just my new book without resorting to the old favorite (Curtsies and Conspiracies, by Gail Carriger, book two in the Finishing School series) this week. I have been reading some of my non-fiction book (Dreyer’s English, by Benjamin Dreyer), but that doesn’t take as much time as reading the old favorite, and I didn’t switch to it to come down from anxiety so much as because I just wanted to. Also I’ve often gone back to the Grave Importance after, which I’m about 1/3 of the way through! And though I haven’t managed to read every day this week, I’ve read more days of the week than not, which I consider another big win. All in all, I’m happy with my current reading progress.

Art Matters—Because It Does

Art Matters—Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell book cover
Art Matters—Because Your Imagination Can Change the World by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell

Art Matters, by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell, is a short, beautiful book. It consists of four parts—Credo, which is bout ideas; Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming, which is about why all of those things are important; Making a Chair, which is a fun little anecdote; and Make Good Art, which is, to me, a rallying cry, as well as some good advise for creatives. I think my favorite piece of advise is, enjoy it, the whole ride. Don’t not enjoy it because you’re so worried about the future you fail to appreciate the present.

Anyway, it was a short book, one you can read in an evening and I greatly enjoyed it. Now go forth and make something.

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”

Reading About Other People Reading

My current reading obsessions are several erieses of articles on Tor.com. Here they are.

The Lovecraft Reread

A series of articles wherein “two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original sandbox”. Rithanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth summarize a story and the comment on it. Both ladies have great commentary on the cosmic horror stories. Continue reading “Reading About Other People Reading”

Yet More Pet Peeves—Why I Stopped Watching/Reading

And it’s time for me to air more of my pet peeves in storytelling. Though all my examples in this one happen to be from tv shows, they can of course apply to other formats.

1—Won’t Wrap Up a Damn Storyline

There’s a trope page for this. I know a lot of tv shows don’t ultimately get a proper ending but many still manage to wrap up plot lines and then start another. When a single plot line goes on forever and ever though…yeah, no. I need some resolution, dammit. Continue reading “Yet More Pet Peeves—Why I Stopped Watching/Reading”

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”

The Un-Book Reporter’s Thoughts on Book to TV and Movie Series Adaptions

Not a review this time, but my thoughts on a trend I’ve noticed in entertainment. Books have been getting adapted into movies since the beginning but lately I’ve noticed tv shows getting in on the action. The most obvious and prolific example would be all the comic books and super heroes getting their own shows, but if I start on those things I won’t get to anything else. So let’s start elsewhere.

1—Hallmark Channel Mystery Movie Series’s

When Hallmark channel started doing series’s of movies based on murder mysteries, I loved it and was so disappointed when they stopped. The Mystery Woman and Murder 101 series’s were my favorite but there were at least a few others (that I don’t remember right now). But recently Hallmark started making more, of new murder mystery series’s. The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries; Murder, She Baked; and the Flower Shop Mysteries are just some of the book series’s being adapted. I’ve been enjoying this new batch and hope Hallmark continues to produce them. Continue reading “The Un-Book Reporter’s Thoughts on Book to TV and Movie Series Adaptions”