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The REAL Radagast The Brown

Goodreads Review!

4 of 5 stars Read in February, 2015
Pretty good book. A lot to wade through initially as the explanations are abound for what the Areht does. Some parts of it seemed a little complex for the average reader to follow.

Once the action picks up, it us full throttle from there on. Then, you see how the characters interact and why.

I found a few if the scenes jumbled but for the most part I found this book ocerall enjoyable.  —Thanks Brien. Love the "full throttle" bit.  Appreciate it. Wade

4 Lies Book Publicists Will Tell You, by Barb Ross

Hi. Barb here. At home in Somerville, MA, but venturing to Maine early next month.
My experience is that, if you write fiction, whether you are a new author, or a mid-career author adapting to the brave new world of publishing, there are people around who will give you incredibly terrible advice.
I don’t mean your mom. (“Why don’t you go on Oprah, dear?” “Gee, thanks. I never thought of that.”) I mean people who make their living publicizing books. Publicists you pay, “experts” in the field, even your assigned publicist at your publisher. And since these people have conversations with your editor who has conversations with your agent, there are many, many channels through which bad advice can reach you.
Of course, I don’t mean all publicists, experts, editors and agents give bad advice. Many will give you great advice. Others will give you honest advice–i.e. they will say, “I have no #$%^ing idea.”
Most of the people who give bad advice don’t mean you any harm. They be…

Have you seen this????!!! The Leviathan teaser:

All I'm saying is, with creative people like this, stop giving money to do Indiana Jones and Ghostbuster reboots—not to mention other weak titles. There are some seriously bad ass and creative people out there doing awesome work. Show them some love.

New Amazon Review: Unprecedented World Building

Unprecedented World Building

By  Walter Rhein "Walter Rhein "This is the kind of science fiction novel that you have to surrender yourself to completely. There is a ton of world building going on here, the author has clearly mapped out whole histories of a complex and fascinating world. When you don't know an author, it's difficult to commit fully to the task of learning everything that must be comprehended to enjoy a novel like this. In this case, however, it is worth it.

This isn't the type of novel for casual readers. The writing is very well done and the book is clearly professionally edited. That being said, the sentence structures are probably too complex for the average reader. If you're a fan of R.A. Salvatore, for example, you're going to be lost if you attempt this book.

Dune, I believe, is the best comparison. I felt that the plot was forwarded more by ambiance than traditional episodes. There's a lot of important action that tak…

Always Contingencies

Things I can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now that I No Longer Teach in One, by Ryan Boudinot

You’re going to need to spend a lot of time alone. James Yamasaki I recently left a teaching position in a master of fine arts creative-writing program. I had a handful of students whose work changed my life. The vast majority of my students were hardworking, thoughtful people devoted to improving their craft despite having nothing interesting to express and no interesting way to express it. My hope for them was that they would become better readers. And then there were students whose work was so awful that it literally put me to sleep. Here are some things I learned from these experiences. Writers are born with talent.
Either you have a propensity for creative expression or you don't. Some people have more talent than others. That's not to say that someone with minimal talent can't work her ass off and maximize it and write something great, or that a writer born with great ta…