It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR

Hope everyone is doing well! My Wifi has been down two for two days, so I’ve taken self-isolation to a whole new level! Thankfully, I’ve gotten a lot of reading and writing done in the meantime and the Wifi works again as of this afternoon.

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Favorite Reads of 2019

It’s that time of year again! Time to post my favorite reads from last year. 2019 wasn’t the best reading year for me – I fell ten books short of my Goodreads reading challenge of eighty books. But I also read a lot of great books! Here are my five-star reads from 2019!

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Rainbow Reads: Pride Month Picks!

June is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean your LGBTQIA reading list has to end.  Here are some of my favorite LGBTQIA books to keep your pride going all year long.

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Favorite Reads of 2018

If you’re stuck in a dreaded reading slump or haven’t picked up a book since Catcher in the Rye in High School English but don’t know where to start, here’s a list that might help.  I read a lot of books in 2018 – some great, some not so great.  But the following books were standouts to me.  I mostly read Young Adult and Fantasy Fiction, but there are some variations, such as Historical Fiction and Mystery.  If you’re interested in seeing all the books I’ve read in 2018, check out my Goodreads.

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Diversity in Fantasy: We Can Do Better.

One of the best things about writing in the fantasy fiction genre is that anything goes. I’m not saying there aren’t rules – there are – Harry Potter wasn’t able to bring his parents back from the dead, the One Ring gave Frodo powers, but not without consequence.  If done correctly, magic or superpowers shouldn’t be a panacea to all life’s problems or there would be nothing at stake, nothing for our hero to overcome or run up against. There are limits to magic and rules that govern fantasy worlds.   But – the good news is, as a writer – you make the rules!  You can create a fictional world of fish people, so long as you can convincingly explain to the reader how they’re able to breath under water, what kind of teeth they have for eating prey and how they’re able to navigate the darkest depths of the ocean.  Fantasy – no matter how far-fetched – must have a basis in reality or you risk the reader suspending their disbelief.

Which is why a lot of fantasy worlds draw from science, historical events, real people or historical periods.  Doing this provides the reader with a recognizable framework through which to view the world.  Going forward, let’s call that framework belief glasses.  As long as the writer provides the reader with a pair of belief glasses, the reader should be able to comfortably navigate the writer’s world and not get taken out of it.  So when you’re creating those glasses, why create ones that only see white people?  Why create glasses that can see dragons but not women in positions of power?  Why not make full-spectrum glasses?

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