Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! Friday marked the onset of winter and the turning of the year. And although this is the darkest, deadest time of year, it is also the beginning of the new year. Not entirely coincidentally, I have recently become obsessed with a genre that I’ll call “Viking Rock,” for want of a […]Read more "Winter is Here! Viking Rock, Free Books, and Other Fun Things"
Lads, lads, lads! By which I mean mainly ladies. It’s here! It’s finally here! The official launch of The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice is upon us, and in celebration of that, it’s free on Kindle December 15-19. Grab a free copy of TDLIII for Kindle here. And as always, a huge thanks to reviewers past, present, […]Read more "Giving More Than You Take: Fantasy and Philosophy (And Free New Books!)"
The Monastery Zakhar Prilepin “Humanity is dark and terrifying, but the world is human and warm.” So ends Zakhar Prilepin’s massive historical novel “The Monastery” (Обитель), about the Solovki monastery-turned-prison-camp, the seed of the GULAG system. Following the fortunes of Artyom Goryainov, a prisoner in the camp, the novel charts all the aspects of prison […]Read more "“The Monastery” (Обитель) by Zakhar Prilepin"
I won’t lie: I’ve spent the past couple of days casting about for things to write about this week. It’s the end of the semester for me, which means much madness and burn-out. And while the fact that I’ll be on medical leave next semester (Lyme disease plus probably other things, for those of you […]Read more "Delightful Deer: Celebrating Gentle Creatures in Fantasy (also sneak peeks and free books)"
Happy December! Yes, it’s the last month of 2018 already! How did that even happen? Somehow it seems like this has been such a long year…and at the same time, such a short one. Have I really accomplished anything in the past year? Have any of us? What are we doing with our lives?!?!! (howl […]Read more "Checking up on Chekhov, Part II: Other People’s Suffering (Plus free books to cheer you up afterwards!)"
I hope everyone is having a wonderful post-Thanksgiving weekend! Mine has been productive–so productive, in fact, that I’m thrilled to announce that The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice is live, ready for its pre-launch preparations! I’ll be doing a free giveaway of the ebook for the “official” launch in December, but meanwhile the paperback is available, the […]Read more "Checking up on Chekhov, Part I. Plus Sneak Peek and Free Giveaways!"
The Dreaming Land III is almost here! I’m planning to do the last formatting and prep this weekend, and it should be ready for launch by December. Meanwhile, if you’re thirsting for more fantasy, why not check out the Magic and Fantasy Giveaway, with over 100 free fantasy stories available, including, if you don’t have a […]Read more "What to read, what to read… Recommendations, giveaways, and excerpts."
Goodness! Is it another weekend already? It is! And the leaves are finally starting to turn here in North Carolina, and it might get down below freezing. Not that fall is late or anything. I mean, it’s only November. The world isn’t getting out of balance, is it? Okay, so maybe it is. Scratch that: […]Read more "Two Women are Not Enough: A World Out of Balance"
Happy weekend, everyone! Today’s a very special weekend for me for a whole bunch of reasons, so I’ll just jump straight into them. First of all, I’m doing a free giveaway of The Dreaming Land II: The Journey on Kindle this week! Now seems like a great place to give a shout-out to all everyone who’s posted […]Read more "Virtual FantasyCon, Free New Releases, Giveaways…What More Could a Fantasy-Lover Want?"
It’s an age-old problem–or maybe a problem peculiar to the modern era. Humans are drawn to violence like moths to the flame. Warn them against it, describe its horrors, and you’ll only inflame them further. So how do you create art about violence without inciting it? This is something I’ve been discussing a lot of […]Read more "Torture Without Porn: Can You Write About Violence Without Fetishizing It?"