I wrote another review!

Here’s a sample.

Elisa is chosen by God, marked for an act of service for His people.

But she’s also the youngest of two princesses, overweight, and has never done anything remarkable. She’s sure she never will. And now, on her sixteenth birthday, she’s becoming the secret wife of the king from a neighbouring country– which is on the verge of war with a terrifying enemy.

Read more…

I had strong feelings about this book, and I had fun writing this review. Head over to Scape to see what I said! And there is also new short fiction and other awesomeness there to see. 😀

Go! Read!


So, you know how I was talking in my last blog post about how darn useful critiquing is, as a reader and a writer? And how everyone should do it? (Well, I may not have said everyone, but it was implied, right?) I have found a position which will allow you to do almost exactly that!

The magazine I review books for, (first review forthcoming soon,) has a volunteer slush reader position open. It’s a YA spec fic magazine, so young adult fantasy, science fiction, horror and any mixture therein. And as a slush reader you’d read 5-10 stories a week, give brief feedback about whether it works or not, and why, and get an excellent add-on to put on your resume.

So, stats;

  • unpaid
  • 2 hours a week
  • excellent on your resume

You want to apply, yes? Yes. Here is the link.


I always reserve the rights to take my own survey results and run into the sunset with them, giggling maniacally.

So remember that survey I did before vacation, when I thought I was going to accomplish things? Yeah. I tried to forget too, but it’s still hanging around.

So here are the results!

  • The most popular options, with five votes each are;
    •  Sleep. More sleep
    • Work on a short story and send it out for sale. I don’t care what story it is, just send it out! Are you a professional or not?,
  • Close behind, with four votes each;
    •  Work on Expendables
    • Eat all the things.
  • With three votes was;
    • Work on Karma Police! I know that story has a soul in there somewhere…
  • There was still some popularity behind these options, each with two votes;
    • Write that story you said you were working on 4 months ago, the one about the wings and the plants that eat people.
    • Write that story with the first line “The snake in my bed was expected, but the boy underneath it was a surprise.”
    • Write more reviews! I don’t have NEARLY enough snark in my life!,
    • Forget writing, READ ALL THE THINGS,
    • Write something new and creative! I’m sure there’s a shred of creativity in there somewhere!,
    • Learn to play mine craft.
  • With a single vote each, some people felt I should use my time in;
    • I think you should dye your hair a cool colour. Like Orange. Yeah.,
    • Learn to play Halo.
    • Forget writing, learn to play the drums.
    • Forget writing, learn to knit. Like a boss.
    • Dedicate your time to producing a truly excellent tumblr.
  • And finally, there were two write-in votes.
    • Enjoy the simple things in life – crisp winter air, a hot shower, a steaming cup of coffee/tea or cider, a warm bed, the smile of a friend, the laughter of a child, curling up with a good book that no one has told you to read, helping someone do something simple, music that calms your soul…
    • Psanky eggs!!!

As you can see, I have not achieved everything on that list. Not quite.

The good news is that now my “school vacation” extends until September! I can totally manage to get another few things crossed off the list by then! Like dying my hair and/or eating all the things!

Dudes, Dudes, Dudes. Dudes take a look at this.

Erin Bow, talking about a chapbook poem she received funding to work on.

The quotation from Willa Cather that contains the title asks: “what is any art but a mold to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself- life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.” One could replace the word “art” with “magic,” or with “science.” What is any great work of humankind but just such a mold?

If you are not already following Erin’s blog, why on earth not? Go there now and revel in the words!

“Life has never been normal.”

Plausible reasons have never been lacking for putting off all merely cultural activities until some imminent danger has been averted or some crying injustice put right. But humanity long ago chose to neglect those plausible reasons. They wanted knowledge and beauty now, and would not wait for the suitable moment that never comes. Periclean Athens leaves us not only the Parthenon, but, significantly, the Funeral Oration. The insects have chosen a different line: they have sought first the material welfare and security of the hive, and presumably they have their reward. Men are different. They propound mathematical theorems in beleaguered cities, conduct metaphysical arguments in condemned cells, make jokes on scaffolds, discuss the last new poem while advancing to the walls of Quebec, and comb their hair at Thermopylae. This is not panache: it is our nature.

— C. S. Lewis: Learning In War-Time