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"
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!"
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"
Well, it was a close one this week, with the Carolinas getting hit unexpectedly hard by Hurricane Michael. Luckily for me, I was not one of the hundreds of thousands of people to lose power, which means I have been spending my fall break busily working away to get The Dreaming Land II ready for publication. I’m […]Read more "Racing like Wolves: Writing Medieval Russian Epics into Contemporary Fantasy"
Last week those of us in the Carolinas got a reminder of how we’re all connected to everything, including things we’d maybe rather not be, like hurricanes. Nature, as it turns out, is indifferent to those kinds of petty desires. The question of how we are all interconnected, whether we like it or not, and […]Read more "Eowyn and Anna Karenina: Freedom, Responsibility, and Power"
In my last post I talked about how I incorporated the story of Gray Wolf into my books. With Hurricane Florence currently playing will-she-won’t-she with my part of North Carolina, today seemed like a good time to talk about how I worked various forms of magical water creatures into my stories, along with some good […]Read more "Stormy weather: Rusalki, Vodyaniye, and other forms of water magic in modern fantasy"