Fairytale Friday: Bread & Death

They awoke floating in a warm nutrient bath. They had, as yet, no notion of how long they had been sleeping or what their new home would be like, but they must have arrived. They all rejoiced. The first order of business was to build strength. More nutrients poured...

The Man Who Spoke Snakish, review

I love to read and write fantasy, but I’m so tired of the default to the same tropes over and over. Worlds that sprout from the forehead of Tolkien or George R. R. Martin? Been there. Youths with unknown powers and epic destinies? Read that. Kings, princesses,...

What Pinocchio knows about being real

People often ask me why I’m so fascinated by Pinocchio. I’ve written a play and now, a novel about him. The original story ends when he gets his wish to be a real boy, and the assumption that he will live happily ever after. But it’s a funny thing...

The Midnight Library – Review

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is a slow book. And I mean that in the best possible way. It unfolds its pleasures and sorrows a petal at a time, leading you towards an end you can see is inevitable and yet still not want to miss a step of the journey there. At the...

The Tyranny of Fitness

When I was suffering from writer’s block, I found a great solution: commit to a Minimum Viable Daily Action (MVDA) for 100 days. I set the bar low (open the damn file and make one edit) and easily surpassed it because what I really needed to do was just start. I...

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni

“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker is about two mythological creatures: Chava, a golem made of clay and brought to life by an evil rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni freed from his bottle after a thousand years. They become unlikely friends and help each...