As a small child, I watched a cartoon of Gulliver in Lilliput and had firmly formed the image, as so many people do, that this was a children’s book. Having read the book now, this is the most unchildren’s book children’s book I have ever read! Gulliver’s Travels was written in 1725 by the clergyman,… Continue reading Book Review: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
How to Write Funny is a Writer’s Digest book that is a collection of essays and interviews like many of their other how-to books. The essays each cover various aspects of humorous writing, but the last third of the book starts sounding repetitive. In general, I liked the book and learned a lot, but I… Continue reading Book Review: How to Write Funny Edited by John B. Kachuba
So I just realized that I forgot to post anything on my blog for all of last week. So here is an unusual personal post to make-up for my lapse. This is a cute picture of my husband and son dressing up for Literature Day at school. My husband teaches Latin for 3rd through 6th… Continue reading We’ll be back after these messages…
It has been a very busy month and a mountaintop sort of time! I have sent out tons of short stories to various publications and even submitted a book query. Publishers Weekly has offered to review Gryphendale as well. My short story, “Trust Old Juniper” has been accepted to be published in Chantwood Magazine (https://chantwoodmagazine.com/),… Continue reading Writing Update!
***Spoilers*** I don’t often write reviews with spoilers, but I can’t really explain why I like this book so much without talking about the ending. As with many of my reviews of classics, I find that I must review this book in comparison with the movie that I had seen first. The musical “My Fair… Continue reading Book Review: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Tropes. This evil word used in writing circles describes all the types of stories that are old and overdone. I honestly think that we need to stop worrying about tropes for the most part. In the eighties, tons of stories started at an inn or tavern because, well, that is a logical meeting place for… Continue reading So You’re an Assassin too?
Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld series, but I have never read it. One of these days, I will get to the bottom of my stack of books and go out to buy some. Consequentially, I can’t compare this book to any on Terry Pratchett’s more popular novels. Dragons at Crumbling Castle is… Continue reading Book Review: Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett