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Bards: A Lacking Role in Fantasy Lit

Bards: A Lacking Role in Fantasy Lit

Posted May 15, 2020 in Uncategorized // 5 Comments

While a lot of fantasy still draws on the old Dungeons & Dragons layout of classes and characters, I find as I read we have a lot of repetitive archetypes – paladins, for example, are hugely popular in epic fantasy.  You have your wizards as well – magic users are increasingly common.  I was excited when another under-appreciated class type appeared as a protagonist in Wicked Saints – the healer. But you know what character archetype is pretty rare?  The bard. And now that everyone has seen The Witcher, you guys have all seen exactly how awesome the bard archetype can […]

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Multiple POVS – Love Them, Or Hate Them?

Multiple POVS – Love Them, Or Hate Them?

Posted April 10, 2020 in Uncategorized // 24 Comments

Until I joined the bookish community, I had no idea that there were people out there who didn’t like multiple POVs.  I suppose it wasn’t something I really thought about because when I pick up a book, I just sort of… accept it the way it is?  I can see both sides of the coin, but personally?  I like multiple POVs. As a reader, I like them because they change up the storytelling and amp up the pacing, particularly in epic fantasy.  For example, George R.R. Martin tells A Song of Fire and Ice in multiple POVs.  There’s some pluses […]

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Phoenixes, Gorgons, & Selkies – Oh My!

Phoenixes, Gorgons, & Selkies – Oh My!

Posted May 7, 2019 in Uncategorized // 8 Comments

This was originally submitted as a guest post for That Artsy Reader Girl’s Magic Myth & Mischief series last fall.  I wanted to share it over on this blog as well!  Some things are a little better represented now – we got a phoenix book in 2019, and there’s a gorgon one slated for 2020! If you would humor me, I would like to open this post with a bit of a game.  I will list a series of names, and Dear Reader, I challenge you to find what they have in common. Edward Cullen Barnabas Collins Jean-Claude Eric Northman Dracula […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4 – Sidetracked

Camp NaNoWriMo Week 4 – Sidetracked

Posted July 27, 2018 in Uncategorized // 6 Comments

As soon as validation begins during NaNoWriMo, I get nervous. Historically, I am finished by now. When you are American and do NaNoWriMo in November, there is the challenge of Thanksgiving to consider.  It’s difficult to write once the end of November rears its head, because there’s a lot of family stuff all of a sudden, and writing is difficult.  July is different, though.  July has no end-of-the-month distractions. Except. Except I’m not done. This morning I wrote this: Dude, what the heck?  Who is Lei?  Why is Arin not with the others? Why am I only in chapter twelve?! […]

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The Books In the Places I Remember

The Books In the Places I Remember

Posted July 24, 2018 in Uncategorized // 26 Comments

In The Hazel Wood, Alice searches through her memories and finds books.  The books  she read when she was living in California, the books from Montana or Ohio… for Alice, her memories are in the places and in books.  I don’t think I’m quite like Alice, but a lot of my memories have books imprinted into them. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak I read The Book Thief aboard the Norwegian Breakaway in 2015.  I had already seen the movie by then – I went to see it by myself at an afternoon matinee on one of my odd Wednesdays off and […]

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