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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 LONG, loooong chapters about the anatomy of the whale! Had the subject of Moby Dick been a mutinous, blood-thirsty minnow,… Read More »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 slow right now, and most of the chapters have been about technical things regarding whales. Once in a while, something… Read More »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 as I could! Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook [with this caption (or whichever you choose) “Check out this new,… Read More »Spread the Word

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

First, the Thrill 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 little difference between when the book was on my computer and I could email it to someone,… Read More »How Publishing a Novel is Like Completing the Hero's Journey

2019 Reading Challenge

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 a huge achievement, and I highly recommend making a reading plan for yourself for the rest of the year! You… Read More »2019 Reading Challenge

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 cuts and frilly floral dresses were flung about in the wind and collected colored eggs worth forty cents. But most… Read More »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 by Ishmael. I have forgiven, overlooked, and tolerated, even allowed him credibility and believed his ‘well-researched’ claims, but no more!… Read More »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 no longer a simple, wild fantasy – Through the Looking Glass is Alice in Wonderland, but older. As Alice learns… Read More »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 the defining characteristic is that they like to sit comfortably at home in their dry, well-stocked Hobbit-holes. So what happens… Read More »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 don’t forget to put out your nets!” Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer Taran, a young man without family or homeland, journeys… Read More »Taran Wanderer