“The Greeks besieged the city of Troy for nearly ten years.” So begins, The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred Church (and edited by Memoria Press). In the Omnibus class I taught for Chairis last year, we did the full Aeneid and it proved very difficult for 7th graders. I really enjoyed it, but… Continue reading “The Aeneid for Boys and Girls” Review
“The place was large and cold and somehow the instructions lost themselves in so strange a place.” So begins Forty Thousand in Gehenna by C. J. Cherryh. I have a pattern developing here: I go to Half Price Books. I look to see what C.J. Cherryh books they have. I buy them. This one happened… Continue reading “Forty Thousand in Gehenna” Review
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and Claude King is a book I’ve had for a long time. Many years ago I read through it (or at least most of it) and over the years the ideas have always enticed me enough to draw me back for a rereading. The problem is, each rereading would go… Continue reading “Experiencing God” Review
“Machine-Gun fire tore across the narrow, lifeless stretch of muddied earth separating the armies of the Allies and the Central Powers.” So begins Secret Soldiers by Keely Hutton. This was a random pick-up. A couple weeks ago I determined to go to our library and grab a few of the newest middle-grade/young adult books. This… Continue reading “Secret Soldiers” Review
At dinner the other night, I told my kids I had a confession to make. “What,” Ivy said. (whispering) “I’m starting to get excited for school to start.” Unsurprisingly, they did not share my feelings on the matter. But it’s hard for me not to get a bit excited. A couple weeks ago I was… Continue reading A Confession….
“Things there are in the world which have never loved Men, which have been in the world far longer than humankind, so that once when Men were newer on the earth and the woods were greater, there had been places a Man might walk where he might feel the age of the world on his… Continue reading “The Dreamstone” Review
“The creature halted, crouched low against the ground, staring at the tiny points of light that lay ahead, burning softly through the darkness.” So begins, The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak. Another recommendation from the C. J. Cherryh site, this author and title were new to me as well. The trajectory of my experiences… Continue reading “The Werewolf Principle” Review
A couple weeks ago, I posted about map drawing being a large part of my writing process. This was the case with Descending as well, though I foolishly failed to include the map in the Amazon copy. But, wrongs shall be righted…. In case any of you read and enjoyed the book, here’s the map… Continue reading “Descending” Map
“Stark got his final view of Pax from the tender, going out to the spaceport moon, and that was the best view he had had of it.” So begins The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett. This was another recommendation by C. J. Cherryh for which I had little background. Another older title, I was interested… Continue reading “The Ginger Star” Review
I’m beginning a new project this summer, a story that’s been bouncing around in my head for some months now. Of course, with any science fiction or fantasy, there’s some prep work that I have to do before ever setting pen to paper (actually, come to think of it, I never set pen to paper;… Continue reading Drawing to Write?