A Pretty Good Year
I don’t tend to do big year-in-review posts, but this year I wanted to take a second. Behind the scenes, there were ups and downs (family, day job, work-life balance, and the like), but I came out the other side of 2011 all right. I even managed to get out of the house enough to attend some lovely cons where I hung out with some lovely people, and there were no champagne fights or anything!…
The Catherine Cookson Experience: “The Moth”
The Catherine Cookson Experience: "The Moth"So, here’s the deal: Part of me always wanted to save the best Cookson for last. However, the moment comes in your life when you realize you are just never going to make it through A Dinner of Herbs, and if I waited for that to happen before I did The Moth, this entry would be dated sometime in 2017.…
“Three Dragons”
Firstly, I hope everyone had or is having a happy nondenominational winter section of time full of some kind of delicious baked goods! (I tend to the Amateur Astronomer Nighttime Appreciation Celebration with iced sugar cookies, myself.) Secondly, something extremely fun happened! (Jade pendant, 3rd century BC) Recently, Esther at Fantasy Magazine asked if I wanted to write about dragons.…
The Catherine Cookson Experience: “The Fifteen Streets”
The Catherine Cookson Experience: "The Fifteen Streets"Welcome to another edition of the infrequent and grainy Catherine Cookson Experience, in which I try to explain why, in the mid-1990s, the BBC lost its marbles and decided to film as many of these low-budget potboilers as they possibly could before some enormous sky-clock ran out (which is as good an explanation as any for why these happened).…
“Breaking Dawn: Part 1”
SPOILERS BELOW, for anyone who has been in a pop-culture hamster ball and doesn’t know what happens in this train wreck. *** In a telling scene in Breaking Dawn, a skeletal Bella stands in front a mirror, running her hands over the bairnsketball that she’s been told is going to rupture her heart before it comes out.…
RT Awards and Cooksoning!
In between rewatches of Catherine Cookson this weekend, I got some lovely news: RT Book Reviews has put Mechanique on the ballot for Fantasy of the Year! I’m in excellent company, and am flattered and thrilled by the nomination. * The Catherine Cookson was not as thrilling. I am really trying to wrap this puppy up, but some of these are surprisingly ponderous.…