Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gearing Up for WIFYR 2012

So I'm going to be in Carol Lynch Williams' writing workshop at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers this summer.  Things are already gearing up, as we are commanded to write a page of fiction every day, compose a pitch for our novel and do other assignments.  I am very excited and a little nervous.  At least I know what to expect, and there will be many familiar faces there.  I will post my WIFYR journey here.  Feel free to follow along.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Hi all,

So, exciting things this morning. I got published twice!

You can read my creative nonfiction piece Acts of Kindness at The Anthem Exposition. It's a work dedicated to all those who have helped me along my path of healing.


You can read my post-apocalyptic sci-fi tale of survival and loss "Eric" at Wily Writers. You can find my Wily Writers profile here. Scroll down on the "Eric" page and you'll find a link to an audio performance of the story! This is for you Will Terry.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Reviews for March 2012

Dust Lands: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

This is a post-apocalyptic tale with a young adult woman named Saba as the main character.  She's an archer, she engages in battle with other young adults, she has a little sister she risks her own life to keep safe.  Oh wait, sounds like I'm talking about The Hunger Games.  But I'm not.  Katniss and Saba have a lot in common, they're both strong, female, young, surviving in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian landscape.  But the books are very different.  I Blood Red Road a lot.  Saba's voice is great.  I recommend it, especially to people who enjoyed The Hunger Games.  But don't expect it to be the same.  In my opinion, it's much more intense.  I don't want to give anything at all away.  There's romance.  Blergh.  But read it and come talk to me.  I am curious to know what you think.  This means you Kari Larsen.  I'll read the sequel.

Also, Ridley Scott optioned the rights to a Dust Lands film already.

Prose complaint: The are no quotation marks.  Yes, just like Cormac McCarthy.  Some people find this pretentious.  I just find it difficult.  After a while, you get the rhythm, but I think I'd rather not have to work so hard.

Cover complaint: she's walking without alternating her arms and legs.  The only people who walk like that are aliens on Galaxy Quest.

Warnings on: violence.

 Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This is sci-fi.  There's planetary colonization, cryogenic freezing, continuous consideration and analysis of the ship's systems.  There's also a lot of sociopolitical discussion.  And a murder mystery.  You wouldn't think these things would mix as well as they do, but as it says in the book cover, "compulsively readable."  And it really is.  I read 200 pages to Tyler as we drove down to Arizona.  He has dyslexia, so he has difficulty reading aloud.  Instead of taking a break from the book so he could have a break from driving, he drove the whole way so I could read the book out loud.

There is an interesting problem in the book that I'm not sure how Revis is going to handle.  But I am looking forward to seeing her solution.

Warnings on: sexual situations, violence, assault.  Sensitive readers beware.

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

YA graphic novel.  This is a ghost story.  Obviously.  It's sweet and clever and creeeepy.  I heard it was creepy.  But it wasn't creepy for a long time and then it WAS.

Lovely little artwork, accessible main character and a mystery to be solved.  Isn't the cover RAD?

Warnings on: language.