I was reading Madeleine Bunting’s thoughtful, thought-provoking travel memoir, A Hebridean Journey, earlier today. I’m reading it for two reasons: because I love books that look at landscape and their meanings, and, for setting and cultural research for my work-in-progress. One chapter is on the island known as Lewis and Harris, and the famous, beautiful … More Worldbuilding: The Role of Small Details
A fast-paced sci-fi adventure with competitive, clashing female leads. The story is well-crafted and delivers all the tension expected of this genre, moving both the main plot and subplots along nicely to the explosive climax and a denouement that leads into the next book in the series So why not five stars? The setting is … More Crystal and Flint: Book 1 of the Journey Missions, by Holly Ash: A mini-review
Five thousand kilometers away from where I currently am, a book is being launched this afternoon. I didn’t conceive of this book, or write it, but I have a lot invested in it, and I’m sorry to be missing the launch. A Gap in the Fence, by Kate Anderson-Bernier, is the first book other than … More Launching a Book – and an Idea.
Reposting from Hammerstone Creative: Indie Spotlight via Feb. 3, 2019: PJ Skinner
Legion of Mono captures the resolve of a people’s last military leader in the hours before what he knows will be a final battle. His grief at leaving his partner and their child; his pride in his family’s honour; his strong bonds with his fellow soldiers: all are skillfully expressed. The author has created, in … More Legion of Mono, by C.D. Tavenor: A Mini-Review
A hard truth about being a writer is that we mine everything that happens in our lives, if not to recreate the actual event, then to use the emotions involved. My brother died last week, too young at sixty-four, taken by an aggressive cancer diagnosed too late, a lack of symptoms until it had spread … More A Writer’s Hard Truth
In the third book of my Empire’s Legacy trilogy, my protagonist Lena is thinking about language: “I tried to sort out the inchoate ideas forming in my mind. About language, and meaning, and if all concepts were universal, and could be translated. About the gap between intent and comprehension, between what was meant and what … More Language and Meaning
The newest review of one of the books in my Empire’s Legacy series says, in part, “I am amazed at the complexity of her world building…. ” It’s a common response from readers and reviewers. Without being too self-congratulatory (and because I am giving a talk on world-building for fantasy writers in the spring), I’m going … More Of Worlds in Words, part 1
This is a reflection about coincidence, or synchronicity, or possibly about me seeing connections where there are none, except in my mind. It doesn’t matter, really. I am, by training and education and part of my working life, a scientist; an applied geneticist, precisely, and that training and education spills over … More The Eagle and Child
If you are lucky enough to live in Guelph, Ontario, or nearby, your options to purchase any or all of the Empire’s Legacy trilogy, including the third book, Empire’s Exile, include: The Bookshelf – this would always be where I would direct purchasers first, as buying here supports both the business and myself or directly … More Guelph and Area Readers!