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Book Review for The Good Luck Girls

Posted by on September 30, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 1 comment

Book Review for The Good Luck Girls

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis My takeaway: Aster is a kickass heroine who takes no prisoners in this all POC novel of the weird west. Brava, Ms Davis! I could see by the cover that the main character in this book was a person of color, but had not realized that all the characters were until I started reading–all of which made me want to read it even more. I was not disappointed. Charlotte Nicole Smith’s great strength is world-building. Her weird west novel is richly detailed and drawn in vivid and visceral ways....

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Vespasian on my Vision Board & In My Planner

Posted by on September 11, 2019 in The Work In Progress, Untune the Sky, What Pooks Is Writing | 4 comments

Vespasian on my Vision Board & In My Planner

This image of Vespasian isn’t anywhere else and probably won’t be. Yes, I bought an image that would ordinarily be used for a book cover to use for my own inspiration. Seriously. How could I not? What drew me to this image is one word. TORTURED. That is how I view Vespasian, and what I sensed in this image. I would have snatched it up just as quickly if he’d been fully clothed. Yes, really.   Now, you might think I only got the image because of the washboard, but if so, why did I cover part of it  with those other...

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Shooting Windows — Fury Triad Research

Posted by on August 23, 2019 in The Work In Progress, This Crumbling Pageant, Untune the Sky, What Pooks Is Writing | 2 comments

Shooting Windows — Fury Triad Research

I love photographing windows, usually the view from within.  And when it comes to windows, there is nothing I love more than leaded glass. When we were in England in March 2013, I shot several views from Erinyes Manor Baddesley Clinton. It’s difficult to explain what it’s like visiting a place after you’ve already absorbed it into the fantasy world you’re building, absorbed it because of its floorplan, its history–chosen for very practical reasons, when there was a prettier manor actually located in Cornwall that ought to have fit the bill....

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Wallowing in YA Fantasy, the Dark Kind

Posted by on May 11, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 5 comments

Wallowing in YA Fantasy, the Dark Kind

Hold it. We interrupt this program, I mean blog, to announce: I didn’t know when I started writing this post, but– A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in the series I’m about go on and on about? Is only $1.99 everywhere. Could this post be any more timely? I think not! Quick, buy it. We’ll wait. Okay! Back to your regularly scheduled programming, I mean blog.   I just finished listening to and reading* A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third book in the in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It’s a...

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Fanfiction [occasional] Monday [on Thursday] – AO3 & Hugos!

Posted by on April 4, 2019 in Awards, What Pooks Is Writing | 1 comment

Fanfiction [occasional] Monday [on Thursday] – AO3 & Hugos!

Because a writer writes. Because publication does not define who is and isn’t a writer. Because I am a proud member of supporter of @ao3org and because the #hugos2019 rock!     An Internet Fan Fiction Archive Is Nominated for a Hugo Archive of Our Own is a finalist in the prestigious Hugo award’s Best Related Works category—which means thousands of fanfics are Hugo finalists. This week, the Hugo awards—a set of literary awards given to the best science fiction and fantasy works of the year—announced that Archive of Our...

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How much difference is there between a billionaire lifestyle and a half-billionaire lifestyle?

Posted by on March 9, 2019 in What Pooks Is Writing | 4 comments

How much difference is there between a billionaire lifestyle and a half-billionaire lifestyle?

And no, that’s not a trick question. Nor is it a failure of my dys-brain, which as disordered as it is, can actually understand that particular mathematical concept. Just don’t ask me what 7×8=. But, billions and half-billions? I understand the concept and am yet very confused about it. I’m certain there must be a big difference in the lifestyles of those who are worth one amount rather than the other, because if there wasn’t, there wouldn’t be so many billionaires who build their wealth on the backs of...

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Harry Potter & Beautiful Disaster Launch #fanstuffmonday, yay!

Posted by on March 4, 2019 in What Pooks Is Writing | 2 comments

Harry Potter & Beautiful Disaster Launch  #fanstuffmonday, yay!

I love the idea that readers fall in love with books and characters and turn around and want to create their own stories, art, etc. Fan art  can be images representing the author’s creation or images the represent the artist’s ideas of what might have happened, or might happen. Today, this fan art on tumblr grabbed my eye and absolutely wouldn’t let go. I haven’t read Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire but this made me wonder what I’ve been missing! Since it’s a compilation of quotes from the book,...

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker #blackathon 2019

Posted by on March 2, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker #blackathon 2019

This is frustratingly weird. I worked on this post yesterday and it’s gone. While I guess I must have quite the program without saving, I could swear that WordPress also does autosaves? No? And I can’t recreate everything. But here’s what I can tell you quickly.   Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Written by Patricia Hruby Powell Illustrated by Christian Robinson (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books) I wanted to read a biography of Josephine Baker. I’m on a waiting list for Josephine...

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Black Klansman [#Blackathon 2019] Nonfiction, More Than a Color, My Kind of Mystery

Posted by on February 23, 2019 in What Pooks is Reading | 2 comments

Black Klansman [#Blackathon 2019] Nonfiction, More Than a Color, My Kind of Mystery

Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime   Wow. What a wild ride. And I don’t mean roller coaster hang-onto-your-seats-bang-bang ride. I mean an “if this were a novel nobody would believe it” ride, which is such a cliché it’s gotten trite and boring, but I kinda didn’t want to say an “are you shittin’ me???” ride. Ooops. As often happens I’m recommending that you just go grab this and start reading or listening without knowing any of the spoilers that...

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