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Reading Challenge 2023

  It’s time for another yearly reading challenge from the Authors Water Cooler! The past three years were disappointing for me, as I hadn’t been able to finish any of them despite my high intentions. 2022 was actually better, because I did make it 3/4 of the way, squeaking through with two books finished the …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 1/4/23: Best of Twittersnips 2022
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My favorite Twittersnip magic items of 2022.   2022 Magic Items Anzha’s Bubble: This glass bubble measures 2” and constantly shifts colors. When held in the palm, it induces memories of the most tranquil place the holder ever visited, inducing in them calm and peace. Bag of the Banshee: This cursed sack screams loudly whenever …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 12/28/22: Best of Twittersnips
xxxx2022 (Spells)

My favorite Twittersnip spells of the year!   2022 Spells Alter Skeletal Alignment: Gives the effect of a visit to the chiropractor on any creature that has bones. Arrow of the Mage: Not a physical arrow, but the dynamics of ‘shooting’ it are the same. Enables one mage to send a spell they know to …

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Don’t Eat the Medusa Christmas Cookies…

Or this might happen to you! …or, more terrifyingly, you may yourself turn into a Christmas cookie…

Hot and Bothered

The very first story I had published professionally (which means, by my definition, I got paid for, and I could hold the book in my hot little hands) was about a woman who turns, or is turned into, an espresso machine, and all the various sensations she experiences as coffee and creamer emerge from her …

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power [Review]

  Much has been said about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime’s new series set in the Second Age of  Middle Earth. Some fans are enthusiastic about the idea, others skeptical. (I can understand the latter after recently watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: Battle of …

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The End of Another Summer of Narnia

Looks like we’ve come to the end of another Summer of Narnia. I thought that this would be the last one, but there’s yet plenty more material to be mined, depictions to critique, maps to draw and characters to analyze. Before I ride off to hunt the White Stag, I’ll say it’s been fun!

Announcement: Narnia Fanfic

Starting this week I’ll be publishing some Narnia fanfic on this site. I’ve had too much fun reading it not to join in!

A New Summer of Narnia

Yes, it’s the start of a new Summer of Narnia! This is the third one. Stay tuned for more Narnian names, essays, worldbuilding, commentary, and artwork, like the marvelous painting above. Which shows the unshowed final meeting of lion and witch, though she’s more resigned than terrified, and looks like she’s rather enjoying it. But …

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Lovecraft March is over

It’s been fun.