Mini Review: Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey

And now for something completely different. I read a few craft books this semester as part of my reading list. Christopher Vogler, a former Hollywood screenwriter/script doctor turned humble-bragger, wrote The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers. Since the publication of its first edition, The Writer’s Journey has become a foundational text for writers of … More Mini Review: Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey

An update and Some Short Short Story Reviews

I’m back. This past semester I’ve been fairly busy with work at the hotel, reading for my third semester teaching pedagogy project, and actually teaching my writing workshop (in order of priority). My own fiction writing has taken a back seat, which depresses me because I’m nearing the end of my time at Stonecoast (graduation … More An update and Some Short Short Story Reviews

Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Demon’s Lexicon

I decided to take a break from reading fairy tales last month to read some fiction that more closely aligns to my novel-in-progress in terms of the supernatural. Based on the recommendations from several writer friends, I picked up Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Demon Lexicon, the first novel in a young adult urban fantasy trilogy. … More Sarah Rees Brennan’s The Demon’s Lexicon

Catherynne M. Valente’s The Orphan’s Tales (Book 1)

Catherynne M. Valente’s The Orphan’s Tales: In the Night Garden, is the first in a duology (two book series) about a strange girl with tattooed eyes who lives in a palace garden and spins stories for a bored prince. And that’s just the outermost frame story! I added the novel to my reading list this … More Catherynne M. Valente’s The Orphan’s Tales (Book 1)

Elfgren & Strandsberg’s The Circle

             The Circle is the first in a supernatural trilogy by Swedish authors Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandsberg. The novel follows a group of teens who develop magical abilities following the death of a classmate. Elfgren and Strandsberg put a supernatural twist on the trope of strangers banding together to overcome insurmountable odds, in this … More Elfgren & Strandsberg’s The Circle