Fourth of July 2021 After Action Report

I am a tired woman, but I am on the other side of a lot of work for a Fourth of July/birthday party. Let none say I do not love my husband. My back had been in pain this past week and I think the party might have been a contributing factor. Really this is…

Do I Have a Perfect Puppy?

No, to be honest. Tiberius is great during the day (now that I gave a pen to keep him away from furniture while I work) but he’s an absolute monster during the evening when my husband gets home. However… So, I have an awesome puppy.

Characters Who Fit

I should get back to writing book reviews...unfortunately I haven't been reading much lately, between my recent wedding, the immense number of follow on chores and errands that came from that, finishing an old profitless and pseudonymous project, my new project, and the fact that I work on Eastern time but live in not merely…

Life is Research

I'm working on a new project, which was not the project I meant to work on but it wouldn't leave me alone after I did some thinking about the Kindle Vella (which will arrive...eventually). I had to reach out to a gun nut friend (far gun nuttier than I, alas) to get clarification on something…

Kingdoms of Beasts

Did you ever read the Redwall books? Or the Guardians of Gahoole? Secret of NIMH? You know, those stories of animal civilizations where the animals are a kind of people, but not human. I think Watership Down is one of those sorts of tales, too. I read the Redwall books like crazy. They're pretty big…

Heroes Who Are Wrong Sometimes

Since I wrote about villains, I guess I should address something on the other side that I see a lot. Much hay has been made of stories that teach about failure. Mind you, the failure is not really the fault of the hero, so while it can be interesting because yes, outside forces will screw…

Villains

One of the truths of genre fiction is that any story is only really as good as its villain. Historical fiction doesn’t have to do this, crime fiction plays at it mattering, literary fiction is a beast I have no interest in understanding ...but fantasy and sci-fi? Villains matter. Not that a good villain is…

Amazon Concerns

Amazon has begun removing books that fall outside the primary viewpoint of its executives and I assume employees. They basically came out and said “we do what we want and find this offensive; we don’t have to tell you why specifically.” (I cannot find the statement itself on my work break this morning, so I…