Archive for the 'Musings' Category

My Ten Favourite Fantasy Novels

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Over at Fantasy Author’s Handbook, editor and author Phil Athans has made a weekly habit of posting interesting and insightful articles on the writer’s (and occasionally the editor’s) craft. In this week’s post, he listed his Ten Favourite Fantasy Novels. It’s an enjoyable list — a little summary of each books with an explanation of […]

Reviewers gush for novelization – is this an alternate universe?

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Timed smack up against the opening of Where the Wild Things are comes The Wild Things, Dave Egger’s adaptation of the screenplay that he co-wrote. In other words, a novelization. A tie-in. Wow. Should we wait for the shunning, the calls of “hack” to begin? Of course not. With utter predictability, mainstream reviewers are wetting […]

Thought for the day: Back-to-back releases

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

So when Orbit put out Brent Weeks‘s awesome Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) last fall, releasing them blam*blam*blam in October, November, and December (or Sept, Oct, Nov, I can’t remember which), I thought it was a great strategy. It reels in the people who like to wait for […]

Enjoyable books

Monday, June 15th, 2009

So I’ve actually had a little time here and there to get some reading (for enjoyment, just to be clear) lately, and I’m please that two have the books I’ve read have really held my attention. First, Jim Butcher’s The Furies of Calderon. I haven’t actually read any Jim Butcher before (yes, I know I […]

A weird feeling

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Okay, so I had something weird happen to me yesterday. I was having a chat with someone who’d kindly read over the first few chapters of the original novel I’m working. She was talking about the characters and suddenly I got this very peculiar sensation, like we weren’t talking about characters but real people. It […]

Pass the Rolaids

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Ooo… home from Christmas visiting and my indigestion is flaring up. I promised myself I wouldn’t overeat this year and I think I mostly managed but I still probably over did it on the sweets. I can’t resist some of the annual goodies that my mother and grandmother make. Plus I got my annual serving […]

Enemies close and sources closer

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Okay, this is a broad appeal for information. I’ve got an interesting scrap of information scribbled down in my notebook but no accompanying note about where I found it. Or if I made it up, but I don’t think I did. Anyway, I’m now looking for a little more information, but I can’t find the […]