Critical Views

Big Girls Cry

Big Girls Cry

An image scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed the other day. It was a picture of an overweight woman, hanging upside-down by her legs on a stripper pole and crunching up, presumably working her abs. Next to her picture, as a comparison, was a picture of a plump rotisserie chicken on a spit. The caption read, […]

Teacup Review: Avenir Eclectia

Teacup Review: Avenir Eclectia

It’s been a while since we sat down with a cup of tea and a book. But I just finished Avenir Eclectia, with which some of you may be familiar, so I thought I’d share my observations. It’s hard to review a book when its authors and editors are your friends. One always worries about […]

Finally, a writing guide for the 21st Century

Finally, a writing guide for the 21st Century

Last month while I was teaching a writing seminar, one of the students questioned the absence of The Elements of Style from my recommended reading list. “It’s a primer,” I said. “If you’re writing novels, you’re beyond Strunk and White.” That little book is such a milestone for most of us that we often forget […]

Fifty Shades of Rape Culture

Fifty Shades of Rape Culture

Or, The Top Three Ways our Culture Promotes Rape Please note: This post is not for the faint of heart or easily offended. I’m not going to be gentle in my terminology or my treatment of the subject. Please also note that I am well aware that men are raped too, but in this post […]

The Greatest Audiobook of Modern Times

The Greatest Audiobook of Modern Times

When Cary Elwes’s book As You Wish came out last year, I quickly put it on my to-be-read list. But when I saw the audiobook on Audible this week, I had to have it. Best. Audiobook. Ever. This is the story of the making of The Princess Bride, one of my favorite films. When the […]

American Idols

American Idols

Apparently, the internet is in a tizzy today because of Kim Kardashian’s butt. Yeah, that’s a real thing. I have no interest in knowing why her butt is such a spectacle, so I haven’t looked up the pictures that are making her more ridiculously famous than usual, and I have no intention of it. I […]

The Art of Sacrifice

The Art of Sacrifice

My kindle recommends lots of stories. I’ll try new authors from those recommendations sometimes. Most write well with expansive worldbuilding and intriguing story-lines. I must have tried eight or nine samples recently. I’ve bought none. My most recent attempt was so promising. The fantastical elements of the world were unique. The plotline drew me in […]