As I posted yesterday, I’ve been caught up in the crazy, crazy, crazy story surrounding Russian writer Arkady Babchenko’s alleged murder and subsequent “resurrection,” , with the dramatic revelation at a press conference that the whole thing had been a sting operation and that Babchenko was still very much alive. Although I had not guessed in […]Read more "“Whatever I say is a half-truth”: Arkady #Babchenko and the Hybrid Truth of War Writing #BabchenkoAlive"
Arkady Babchenko As crazy fate would have it, today was the day that the article I co-wrote with WFU student Logan Stinson, “One Soldier’s War and the New Literary War Hero,” about the memoir by war correspondent and journalist Arkady Babchenko, was scheduled to come out. Crazy fate because yesterday afternoon a notification popped up […]Read more "Arkady Babchenko, One Soldier’s War, and Holy Fools"
Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic Pamela Weintraub It’s hard to fathom, especially from the outside but also from the inside, the madness surrounding the Lyme epidemic. How could such a widespread, debilitating, and potentially deadly disease have been allowed to flourish not only unchecked but untreated and unresearched, even actively denied, for so many […]Read more "“Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic” by Pamela Weintraub"
Thus far I’ve been talking about obstacles to writing and how to get over them. I may revisit that topic–I’ve been thinking a lot about the problem of aiming low because you don’t feel like you deserve to have success and nice things, so that’s sure to come up soon–but for the moment I’m going […]Read more "Invoking the Muse: How to Get Inspiration You Can Use I: Hoodoo vs. Hard Work"
Wildness Snow Patrol As you may or may not know, I’ve been a Snow Patrol fan for a number of years, with my fandom gradually gathering momentum like a slow-moving avalanche (you see what I did there?) ever since I heard “Called Out in the Dark” when it was first released. Before then, I’d had vaguely […]Read more "“Wildness” by Snow Patrol"
Footballers: Featuring Ultimate Lacrosse (Tales of Gentalia Book 13) CB Archer “Footballers: Featuring Ultimate Lacrosse” is, and I mean this in the nicest possible way, one of the silliest things I’ve read all year. The only thing that even comes close to it for silliness are the other stories in the same series. Seriously. They’re […]Read more "“Footballers: Featuring Ultimate Lacrosse: The Mistress’s Tale” by CB Archer"
The Winged Horse C.P. Lesley “The Winged Horse” starts up shortly after “The Golden Lynx” ends. This time it’s Ogodai, the dutiful older brother of spitfire Nasan, the heroine of the first book, whose story gets told. Ogodai, oldest son of the khan Bulat, has been betrothed to Firuza, daughter of a bey amongst the […]Read more "“The Winged Horse” by C.P. Lesley"
Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia Samuel Charap and Timothy J. Colton When protest and then war broke out in 2013/14 in Ukraine, many people in the US couldn’t find Ukraine, much less the Crimea or the Donbass, on a map, and for most people that’s probably still the […]Read more "“Everyone Loses” by Charap and Colton"
Last time I talked about overcoming feelings of self-doubt. Today I’m going to finish up with a summary of thoughts on how to deal with or get around material obstacles for writing. Make a list of what your obstacles are. Then make a list of what you might do about them. They probably are not […]Read more "Why Aren’t You Writing VII: Pulling it All Together"
I’m taking a short break from reviewing other people’s books while I proof my own next release, so in the meantime here’s another giveaway event (at which you can *also* pick up a free e-ARC of The Dreaming Land I, my next book). It’s a fun and eclectic event, which you can find here. And the […]Read more "Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Giveaway"