Realistic Detail

I’ve just finished Dies The Fire, a dystopian thriller set in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. In it **mini-spoiler alert** something causes all electricity to stop working at the same moment. Lots of reactionary, ‘worst-of-humanity’ debacles follow...

10 Reading-Related Habits

As an author, I take it as a given that I should be reading, widely and deeply. This is a rather convenient ‘should.’ This is in addition to the Must Read command my brain gives me a dozen times a day, whether to sate curiosity, escape worrying about a...

Reading Round-up & Reviews

Reading Round-up How many of you have made reading goals for 2018? I am continuing my tradition of increasing my book-reading goal–although since I was close to not making it last year (!), I’m only increasing it by one book: 102. Improvement is...

Fire and Fertility

Burns Season is upon us, and I am certainly celebrating the Scottish poet (come to Backstory this Saturday!), but something else happens this time of year, or did: It was called Candlemas by early Christians, and Imbolc by the pagans. Both groups celebrate this day...