First posts to the Reading and Writing blogs have gone up! They're both responses to books, and each includes a few recommendations for further reading, so check them out:

Review: N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

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This book is right up my alley—female protagonist thrown into an unfamiliar and extravagant setting with ulterior motives all around? Yes, please!



(I'll be posting a follow-up to this next week, discussing some feminist issues I had with it, so if you don't mind spoilers you should keep an eye out for that!)

Discussing Stephen King's On Writing

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The contents of craft books (as with any of the self-help genres) are generally hit-or-miss—the advice tends to fall into one of four categories: (1) full disagreement (reader rejects writer’s idea immediately); (2) filler (reader has heard this idea before, and the writer adds nothing new to the discourse); (3) epiphany-once-removed (reader was familiar with the idea but didn’t have the words to fully express it ‘til now); and (4) true epiphany (reader has never had this idea before). Stephen King’s On Writing, at least half consisting of the author’s memoir, adds a new category: irrelevant (ideas that don’t relate to the craft the book is trying to teach). Whether this new category adds anything to the book other than a demographic of potential readers to its market… Well, that’s a matter of opinion. My opinion is a resounding No.

General Site Updates:
I've put together a site header, and subheaders for the various blogs that'll do well enough until I find something I like better. Oh, and added a couple of widgets: a progress bar for my current writing project, and the last twenty books I've read on Goodreads. Other than that, just content. Yay, content!
 





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