Ensign’s Log, Entry 6: 2015, A Brief Review

The year is almost gone, and I’m so grateful for everything that’s happened in the past twelve months! So many exciting, wonderful, and unexpected occurrences made 2015 an amazing year for me. Here are a few highlights: March 2015 — Published Augment, my first novella, a YA science fiction story …

Magic Monday: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Once a month I post a book review for a fantasy novel that I’ve read in the recent past. These reviews are posted on “Magic Monday”, the second Monday of every month. Today I’m reviewing Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, a fantasy novel set in Discworld, Pratchett’s wondrous creation of a …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 5: When rewriting becomes writing

The last month has been quite a busy time, hence the reason for no recent updates. I haven’t had a chance to do a lot of work on The Astrals until the past couple of weeks. I also didn’t have reliable internet–although that, thankfully, is now a not-so-fond memory of …

Magic Monday: Foundling by D. M. Cornish

Once a month I post a book review for a fantasy novel that I’ve read in the recent past. These reviews are posted on “Magic Monday”, the second Monday of every month. Today I’m reviewing Foundling by D. M. Cornish, a fantasy novel set in the Dickensian world of Half-Continent, …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 4: Weekend (Re)Writing

Yesterday I worked on The Astrals. Between breaks for food, bathroom runs, and anime marathoning, I spent 7+ hours editing, rewriting, and re-rewriting. Oh, and I had a Eureka! moment that solved several plot problems at once. Never let it be said that chocolate can’t fuel my inspiration. Thanks to …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 3: When motivation isn’t there

There are days when I wake up and am ready to start writing the minute my eyes open. I dive for my computer and am typing almost before the Word document finishes loading. Those are good days. Then there are days when I drag myself through the day without feeling …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 2: One chapter at a time

I’ve been working on my current work-in-progress, The Astrals, for years. Probably close to be a decade, to be honest, if you count all the different drafts back to the original–and believe me, that original draft and the current one don’t have much in common. Even some of the names have …

Magic Monday: Beggar Magic by HL Burke

Once a month I post a book review for a fantasy novel that I’ve read in the recent past. These reviews are posted on “Magic Monday”, the second Monday of every month. Imagine a world where magic is music! Today I’m reviewing Beggar Magic by HL Burke, a fantasy novella …