Recent Reading

1634: The Ram Rebellion by Eric Flint

Now, Flint’s the author I point to when someone asks what you can do with a degree in history. As a rule, his alternative history / sorta sci-fi novels are my favorites without a second thought. I recommend Mother of Demons to just about everyone I know and I’ve reread An Oblique Approach and the other Belisaurius novels every couple of months since mid-high school. I totally fan-girled all over when he came to Conestoga a couple years back. But The Ram Rebellion is not the Eric Flint I know and love. It’s just… weird. It was originally slated to run as a short story collection with a novella tacked on, and really, that’s what it is. The different writing styles of the various writers involved really threw me for a loop in spots. All of the stories stand alone within the Grantville universe, but follow a shared story line. However, that story line didn’t quite make sense in spots — some of the stories feel like authors were given a set of circumstances and told to come up with something, rather than allowing the whole thing to develop in one piece. I won’t stop reading everything he writes, but I’m still just a bit disappointed in Flint

On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells by Leigh Michaels

As writing resources go, this one ain’t half bad. I’ve been toying with the idea of attempting to write a romance novel — it’s a good genre because it’s fairly structured, and lots of publishing options. Michaels lays out several of the important facts (sub-genres, a little background on the who’s and why’s of the main publishing houses) before she launches into the standard novel writing style guide. And, glory be, she actually spends a big chunk of time looking at how to effectively write about relationships: the meat and cheese of a romance novel. And Michaels is talking about something she knows: she’s written over 85 romance novels.

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  1. Steven Clark Bradley   •  

    Looks like you are an avid reader! Your site is a treasure trove for writers! I will definitely bookmark it! I hope you will look at my blog at and read some excerpts from my published novels. Have you heard of I am on there and that also is a very good site to share books written for writers and to see what others are reading. Thanks and keep us informed as you seem to do so well!
    Steven Clark Bradley

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