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Check out our new podcast!

Hey everyone! My brother Tim and I have been working behind the scenes all summer on an amazing project, and we've just launched it! Welcome to Literary Leviathans, hunting the great white whales of classic literature, a podcast about the great works of literature, what we think of them, and how they have impacted out … Continue reading Check out our new podcast!

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104

Since I have undertaken to manhandle this Leviathan, it behooves me to approve myself omnisciently exhaustive in the enterprise; not overlooking the minutest seminal germs of his blood, and spinning him out to the uttermost coil of his bowels. Ooooo-kay! In reading that line, I finally understand the long, rambling, un-plotted purpose for ALL THOSE … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 99-104

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 87-98

Well, friends, I haven't done one of these in a while... I've been so busy with launching Trinian that I have neglected my other work! But I'm finally back on track again, and reading regularly. In addition to the book launch, it's also been difficult to keep reading because the storyline is getting a bit … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 87-98

Spread the Word

I'm trying to spread the word about Trinian as far and as wide as I can, across the fantasy-loving reading world! If you could take a minute of your time to share these promotional images and blurbs on your social media platforms, I would be forever grateful! I have made them as easy to share … Continue reading Spread the Word

Online Trinian Launch Party

Join me for the online launch party live feed on July 11th, at 7pm EST. I'll read aloud from the book, and respond to questions posted in real time. Plus, there will be chances for big and small prizes! It's expected to be a small group, so your chances of winning prizes are very high! … Continue reading Online Trinian Launch Party

How Publishing a Novel is Like Completing the Hero’s Journey

At last, I have held a book I wrote in my hands! I have felt the thrill of completing, and perfecting, and publishing a book, and it is both a miracle and an agony! But then, all art is. When I published Halfbreeds three years ago, it was certainly exciting, but ultimately anti-climactic. There seemed … Continue reading How Publishing a Novel is Like Completing the Hero’s Journey

Trinian is Available for Pre-Launch!

I'm so excited! Trinian is now available for purchase on Amazon! You can buy the Print Version for $21.99 or the Kindle Version for $3.99. My dear wordpress followers, you guys have supported me and been behind me on all of this, and I cannot thank you enough! I wanted to make sure you knew … Continue reading Trinian is Available for Pre-Launch!

I am halfway through my yearly reading challenge! So exciting! To my knowledge, I've never read 50 books in a year – and certainly not so many long ones! Making a reading plan at the beginning of the year was definitely a huge help to getting this done. Even 25 books in a year is … Continue reading

Impressions

In the time before smart phones, in that now forgotten time, when life was simpler, because not everyone was online, in the green city of Bartlett outside of Chicago, a little girl would visit her Grammy. It was a time of Easters that were sunny and Easters that were windy, Easters where girls with bowl … Continue reading Impressions

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

I like to think that I've kept an open mind. Through the anatomical inaccuracies of the biology of a whale, the almost maniacal fixation on whaling as relating to every other aspect of life, and even the extreme, chronic, and unremitting diligence to the overuse of descriptive adjectives... yes, through all this, I have stood … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

Through the Looking Glass

A whimsical, psychedelic, beautiful read, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass This is … Continue reading Through the Looking Glass

The Hobbit

One of the first of the modern long-form original fairytales, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again What are Hobbits? You could say they are beings of woolly feet, big stomachs, and small stature, but … Continue reading The Hobbit

Taran Wanderer

I only learned about this series last year, and how I wish I knew about it as a child! I would have devoured these books many, many times, and I cannot recommend them enough! A tale of adventure and personal discovery, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “Trust your luck, Taran Wanderer. But … Continue reading Taran Wanderer

The Silver Chair

The second book with Eustace Scrubb and the first with Jill Pole, and of course, the only one with the one and only, ever-lovable Puddleglum, The Silver Chair is a step above the other Narnia books. Jill’s struggles with belief, Puddleglum’s indomitable fighting spirit, and Eustace’s attempts at chivalry combine into an adorable three-person journey. … Continue reading The Silver Chair

The Once and Future King

When I first read The Once and Future King, I cried allot! “I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob!” But seriously – I did indeed laugh and cry, and most of the time, my chest constricted and tightened and heaved with pain, joy, and beauty, and as much as I wanted to keep reading, … Continue reading The Once and Future King

Peter Pan

A tale of innocence, childhood, and pure imagination, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System. “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”  J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan Second star to the right, and straight on till morning, you will find the world of Neverland! In a place that is pure … Continue reading Peter Pan

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

I love similes as much as a mere mortal loves a far-off, unattainable goddess! Mostly because they come to me with about as much ease as swimming comes to a rock. Even the above similes were as difficult for me to construct as bread rising without yeast. But similes come as easily and fluently to … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

Keeping Up with Sheree

"My life looks completely, totally, 100% different than it did when I first started" What if you could spend your life reading the classics, and could share that experience with the world? Gosh, that’d be amazing! That’s kind of my dream job… Well, that is precisely what Sheree from Keeping Up With The Penguins has … Continue reading Keeping Up with Sheree

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 … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading Chapters 1 and 2 of Trinian | An Epic Fantasy