The Puppeteer (Novel Excerpt)

This is an excerpt from my upcoming novel tentatively titled “Elder Rites”. It was begun on November 1st, 2020 for National Novel Writing Month and is intended to be the first volume of an as yet unnamed dark fantasy series based in a world of myth and magic which now finds itself on the brinkContinue reading “The Puppeteer (Novel Excerpt)”

There’s No Such Thing as Slavic Fantasy (Except…) — Vesna Kurilic Official

There is no such thing as Slavic fantasy. There is no such thing as Slavic fantasy. There… oh, dammit. There’s No Such Thing as Slavic Fantasy (Except…) — Vesna Kurilic Official

The Choice: Shakespeare Or Soma [A Brave New World] — did you blank it?

In part 1 of this three-part series, I addressed how 1984, the defacto king of predicting our dystopian present, may fall short of the mark when assessing the reasons for our current state of ignorance and political control.  You can read that post here, but the TL/DR is that 1984 argues a top-down governmental overhaul, of what we […]Continue reading “The Choice: Shakespeare Or Soma [A Brave New World] — did you blank it?”

Naturist Lives in the Balance — Exposed and Vulnerable

The title sounds a bit ominous, however it is true, naturist lives are in the balance and I am the one who will be responsible for all of it. Naturally, I am referring to the latest novel I am writing. It’s not all black and white as I sit in judgment of a number of […]Continue reading “Naturist Lives in the Balance — Exposed and Vulnerable”

Pesky Words — Story Empire

Hey SE Readers. Joan with you today. I’m going to preface this post by saying I’ve probably made every mistake I mention and then some. I tend to read with a more critical eye these days. It isn’t intentional, but as a learn more about the craft of writing, I pick up on things in […]Continue reading “Pesky Words — Story Empire”

How Long Does It Take to Write a Novel? — Blog About Writing

Since my last post, 2 things have happened which have taken my mind off the global pandemic, at least for a little while, namely: 1. On Sunday, I went out in my car (essential shopping, not a jolly!), for what should have been a 25-minute round trip and got stuck in the snow! It’s hilly […]Continue reading “How Long Does It Take to Write a Novel? — Blog About Writing”

“Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia

This week, I have decided to share my thoughts about Frederick Buechner‘s recent book, The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look, and Listen to Life (2017), and to share some highlights from the text. Drawing materials from his memoirs in a storied approach to his life, Buechner wants to draw out how the transformational moments are […]Continue reading ““Joy Beyond the Walls of the World, Poignant as Grief,” with J.R.R. Tolkien and Frederick Buechner — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Lovecraft Country, MLK, and BLM

This Monday we celebrate MLK Day. I was born just a little over three years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but I remember my mother, a former civil rights activist, telling me stories about him and why he was so important, since before the age of six. I also recall when,Continue reading “Lovecraft Country, MLK, and BLM”

Vintage SF Month: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — Every Day Should Be Tuesday

It is accepted that we live in an Early Dystopian State.  Claiming that we are merely decadent is what passes for optimism these days.  The real debate is not whether things are bad but over which dystopian novel best reflects our current and coming dystopia.  The Handmaid’s Tale is a popular choice despite making no […]Continue reading “Vintage SF Month: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury — Every Day Should Be Tuesday”

Twelfth Night

“If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” ~William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night “Old Christmas is past, Twelfth Night is the last,And we bid you adieu, great joy to the new.” ~”The King” (Traditional Folk Song) Tonight is Twelfth Night (for some; others reckon it as tomorrow night),Continue reading “Twelfth Night”