Books on the Shelf 1.9

This is the ninth installment of my aptly-named series “Books on the Shelf,” in which I take any title or object from one of my lovingly alphabetized shelves and write a short post about it. The mask in the center of the picture, the one with the eyebrows painted on, was created specifically for myContinue reading “Books on the Shelf 1.9”

This isn’t about the pandemic.

Well it is. And it’s not. I wasn’t going to post anything about the pandemic, because currently, we’re all being flooded with emails from corporate entities eager to tell us about how they offer 5 days of sick leave and a bottle of hand sanitizer to their employees (or they will once it’s not back-orderedContinue reading “This isn’t about the pandemic.”

Books on the Shelf 1.4

This is the fourth installment of my aptly-named series “Books on the Shelf,” in which I take any title or object from one of my lovingly alphabetized shelves and write a short post about it. I’ve noticed something about Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy: a lot of wannabe sci-fi/fantasy writers love to hate on it. It’sContinue reading “Books on the Shelf 1.4”

The Milford Method, Reconsidered

The Milford Method of critiquing has become so ubiquitous at writer’s conferences that it’s become the default. It’s also terribly flawed, and it needs serious reconsideration. There’s a lot to be said for the Milford Method, of course. Let’s pretend there’s a brand-new writer who’s never attended a critique group before. He has his shortContinue reading “The Milford Method, Reconsidered”