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Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Huh. I thought I read a lot more this week…I seem to remember sitting down every day to read from Moby Dick, but it must’ve only been a page or two each day, because I really didn’t get that far! The action has slowed down, and it’s mostly technical descriptions of how to splice up a dead whale.Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. For instance, I had no idea that there had… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Chapters 1 and 2 of Trinian | An Epic Fantasy

My upcoming novel! I’ve finally set a release date and you can read all about it here! Read the Prologue here. CHAPTER 1 – HEALERS Beneath the brooding gray clouds of the heavens, far below the palace of the gods, gleamed Drian, the central city of Minecerva. It stood tall and brave and alone and, built of red brick, it glistened like a drop of blood on a gloomy canvas. Death, Famine, and Despair had… Read More »Chapters 1 and 2 of Trinian | An Epic Fantasy

8 Steps to Building the Perfect Summer Reading List

Happy Memorial Day! While this may not be, technically, the first day of summer, it’s the day we all think of as the REAL beginning to the season of warmth! And with that season comes a renewed desire to read! Get tan, take it easy, and devour your bookshelves! But how do you decide which books to read this summer? How to narrow down that gigantic list, get something out of it, and not get… Read More »8 Steps to Building the Perfect Summer Reading List

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Over 52% read! I am feeling very accomplished right now!I fell behind in my reading for a little while, and skipped my entry last week altogether because I had read so little that I had nothing new to say. But I’ve gotten over the hump. That 35-50% hump, which seems to be the place that I always stop reading a book, and struggle to pick it up again. By 50% through a book, the turning… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Reclaiming Catholic Culture through Classic Literature

An Interview with StAR Magazine’s Editor, Joseph Pearce You may know him as the acclaimed expert on J.R.R. Tolkien, or you may know him for his Ignatius Press critical editions of the classics, but Joseph Pearce is also the dedicated editor for St. Austin Review (StAR), a publication comitted to reclaiming culture. Getting to Know the Great Works of Our Civilization is Akin to Embarking on a Great Adventure Joseph Pearce The magazine centers on… Read More »Reclaiming Catholic Culture through Classic Literature

Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52

I’ve been rather remiss with my readings this week, and I’ve only gotten through a couple chapters, but they were very exciting, and here’s my recap on them! 🙂 The crew of the Pequod went after their first whale, and in the chase, Ishmael was thrown into the ocean and experienced his first life-threatening episode aboard a whaling ship. He survived, but was discombobulated to learn that his near miss was a common occurrence for… Read More »Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52

Archetypes in the Classics

“Archetype: a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology.” Dictionary.com I love archetypes! It comes from the fact that I see the world through the lens of narrative, and so I love finding the themes and ties that bind the world together, and make stories possible. Archetypes do just that! They present the basic ways in which we can and do relate to the world around us, and the ways that other individuals… Read More »Archetypes in the Classics

22 of the Most Exciting Children's Books of All Time

May the Force be with you! It’s Star Wars day, and in honor of this momentous occasion, I want to direct you to some books that will be as monumental for you to read as Star Wars is for you to watch! Epic adventures don’t just come to life on the screen – there are even richer pastures of imagination beckoning to you from between the covers of classics. Do you love an exciting read… Read More »22 of the Most Exciting Children's Books of All Time

Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 35-47

“What do ye do when ye see a whale, men?” “Sing out for him!” Sorry I missed last week’s update! I was out of town, camping with my family and making new friends. It was a magical weekend, so no regrets on my part. 🙂 But I never stopped reading, so now you’re getting two posts in one! “Corkscrew!” cried Ahab, “aye, Queequeg, the harpoons lie all twisted and wrenched in him; aye, Daggoo, his… Read More »Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 35-47

Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?

Ever sloughed through a painful book, wishing you had not committed to it, but feeling guilty if you put it down and pick up something new? You feel like there’s something wrong with you for not liking a book that everyone else has exuberantly recommended, so you want to finish it to keep up appearances. After all, maybe it will improve as you go? You won’t know until you get to the end, right? The… Read More »Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?