Martin the Warrior: Worst Protagonist Ever?

N. B.-This post contains spoilers.Redwall is a great series by a fine author. It has a wonderful charm all its own that simply draws you in and allows you get lost in the depths of its vividly created world for a whole 22 books and beyond. Of course, it does have its flaws (as IContinue reading “Martin the Warrior: Worst Protagonist Ever?”

‘Little Women’: A Review

Louisa May Alcott’s signature work, Little Women, is undeniably a classic. Though set in the mid-19th century, its themes and lessons are timeless, and its main characters unforgettable in the annals of great literature. It is, in fact, one of only two or three books ever to have brought a tear to my eye. Here IContinue reading “‘Little Women’: A Review”

Pitching to a Literary Agent Live: What It’s Really Like

A couple years ago, I attended the last annual Longview Literary Festival in Lee’s Summit, MO. It was an incredibly fun experience as always, but different from previous years in that, for the first time ever, I got to pitch a novel series to a literary agency in person! Here I am going to tellContinue reading “Pitching to a Literary Agent Live: What It’s Really Like”

Plans for August

July was a bit of a whirlwind month. I had plans and goals, some of which I met: many of which I did not. However, I think it has demonstrated what my priorities are, and what I need to focus on henceforth. This August, I am hoping to oversee the release of my next bookContinue reading “Plans for August”

Plans for July

June was a much busier month than I had anticipated! Between continuing research for nonfiction projects, correcting previous publications, creating illustrations for future volumes, and making new submissions, there was hardly any time left for actual writing! This month should (I hope) be a little less strenuous and a little more exciting. For starters, IContinue reading “Plans for July”

The Art of Translation

One of the trickiest kinds of writing imaginable is translation. For while there is a creative element in that the translator must decide the exact wording involved, it is more restricting in that they are still someone else’s words he is working with. And then of course there’s the fact that one has to knowContinue reading “The Art of Translation”

Plans for May

April was every bit the month I’d hoped, at least as far as writing was concerned. I completed the final review of my book series, drew a more complete-looking map to accompany it via some mapping software (future post topic for sure!), and continued to work on another rough draft. I also reviewed for oneContinue reading “Plans for May”

The Process of Self-Editing

Editing and revising can be the most tedious or the most exciting part of the writing process. On the one hand, you’ve completed your rough draft (a stage many people never make it to) and are well on the way to finishing up. On the other hand, going over the same material again and againContinue reading “The Process of Self-Editing”

Review: ‘Castaways of the Flying Dutchman’ by Brian Jacques

As most of you know, I am a major admirer of the literary work of Brian Jacques (see my previous post on the Redwall series here). His writing has been a source of amusement as well as inspiration for me since the age of 18. I recently read through the Castaways of the Flying DutchmanContinue reading “Review: ‘Castaways of the Flying Dutchman’ by Brian Jacques”

Plans for January

December was a very full and fulfilling month, all told. Though I did not quite get around to everything I’d hoped, all the main goals were met and then some. I reviewed the sequel to Sauragia earlier this month (some changes need to be made, but still planning to publish this summer), as well asContinue reading “Plans for January”