Rating: Five Stars – I came for the bone dog; I stayed for the demon chicken. Well, I also stayed for the dust-wife, the lyrical voice, the imaginative characters, the small stakes (relatively speaking), the fantasy, the gray morals, and the fairy tale vibe. This book isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty damn good, folks.
Oh, the flashback. That fickle bitch of a literary device. I promise you, every single creative writer in the history of the world has agonized over this very question at least once in their career: “Should I do this in a flashback or not?” I would say that most of the time, like 80% of the time, the answer is a resounding “Hell no.” Yes, I did just pull that statistic out of my ass. I’m basing that on the fact that in prep for writing this post, I struggled real hard trying to think of published books that used the flashback.
Rating: Three Stars – A lush, fantasy re-telling of Jane Eyre, what’s not to love about this one? And in the first half, I was all in. I wanted to know how the horrors were going to be resolved, I was loving the slow burn romance, but then… suddenly everything went blah.
A quick and imaginative retelling of the classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty. This is a short story, and that heavily plays into my rating for this one. Because I’m not sure it would have held my attention much longer. But as it is, I can easily say that this story ended at the right time, and that’s a huge plus in my opinion.
I bought the ring for two dollars at a junk store in Pittsburgh. All in all, it was worth the two dollars. But I’m not sure it was worth the heartache. Let me just say, before we get too deep into this, that there is no deeper meaning to this story. There’s no allegory, no personal revelation. It’s just a cheap ring and the manic determination of the author who bought it.
So this week I finished my hundredth rewatch (give or take a few) of Avatar The Last Airbender. Let me start by recommending this show to anyone who enjoys fantasy and adventure, because it’s a literal goldmine of story telling and character. But the thing I wanted to talk about today with ATLA is the way in which it connects all the dots so completely. It’s a story telling technique that I try to use in all my stories, and it’s one that even some trad pub novels occasionally overlook.
I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who binged watched Netflix’s Bridgerton recently. I just finished my watch through last night, and there was a quote from Lady Featherington in the final episode of season two that really intrigued me.
I’ve completed my latest digital art, featuring Gwen and Josephine from Little Owl. This isn’t from any particular scene from the book, but I just wanted to paint something happy. This is how I picture the sisters hanging out when life is a little less exciting. These little slices of life are beautiful to look at and are certainly desirable for our day to day lives, but they don’t make very exciting fiction lol.