Welcome, my beloved fellow readers! How has your reading shaped up over the past month? I know I have built quite the scary reads TBR thanks to Halloween recommendation lists! I also spent some time exploring some of my favorite presses and I have another wonderful one to share with you today. Small Press: Curbside …

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If I start out rhapsodizing about how much I love the Mass Effect game franchise from Bioware you’ll not want to continue reading this post. Yes, I lurves it. But that’s not why I’m here today. I’m here because I’m Commander Pax Shepard, and Mass Effect is my favorite game franchise in the galaxy. The internet loves Commander Shepard to this day and there is no shortage of squee out there for …

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It’s kind of hard to believe that Saladin Ahmed‘s Throne of the Crescent Moon is about 3 years old already, having debuted in 2012. I snapped that book up so quickly it wasn’t even funny, driven by the need to see fantasy books in non-European based settings.  But, actually, before I picked up Crescent Moon, …

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Today I’m going to talk about Roleplay Stage Fright, which is surprisingly more common than I expected it to be. I mean, that’s basically what that anxiety feeling is when it’s put into context. There’s no stage, there’s no physical audience, but there’s no way your fingers are going to let you type out your …

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I’m reading Marge Piercy’s feminist utopian novel Woman on the Edge of Time with some high school students I work with. At first, I wasn’t sure if this was a great choice as the first novel I read with students. They wanted dystopias, not utopias after all. But while searching for materials to contextualize the …

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Oh, Luna Station Blog, I’ve missed thee! It’s been 11 months since my last confession … So, where was I? Ahhh, yes. Baseball. As a general rule, I don’t like talking about poetry (or writing about it or even thinking about it too much, if we’re being honest). But when the right person catches me …

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I was at a reading by Bonnie Jo Campbell and a group of us writers were talking about poetry versus short stories versus novels and writers asking each other to provide feedback on their work. Campbell said that from her understanding, fiction writers cannot have mentors. Her logic is that there are only so many …

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I’ve had writing instructors tell me in the past to NEVER use adjectives or adverbs because they weaken the prose and become distracting to the reader. They’ve suggested that strong nouns and verbs ALWAYS work better than reliance on the qualification provided by adjectives and adverbs. Not many books you pick up in the library …

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The room is dark.  The only sound comes from the movie playing on the screen in front of me. I sit forward with my hand inches from my face, holding a popcorn kernel – frozen. My eyes are wide as I wait for what will happen…next… I’m not actually certain when I went from being …

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Clementine is the second novel in Cherie Priest‘s steampunk Clockwork Century series, set in the late nineteenth century during a protracted version of the American Civil War. When I was a teenager in the 1990s I had never heard of steampunk but I enjoyed a good alternate history, and the ones I read often included …

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