• Reading

    2015 Reading Journey: Shadow

    by   Shadow by Amanda Sun Shadow is a prequel novella to Amanda’s Paper Gods trilogy. I have read it before, when it first came out, but when I wrestled Storm (the final volume) away from my oldest daughter, I decided I’d like to read the whole set of stories as a single, continuous tale. I don’t do re-reads very often, and I haven’t done a trilogy in one go more than a handful of times as an adult, but I thought I’d like to do real reviews of each story in the sequence, and that makes Shadow a good place to start. So, taking it as the first piece…

  • Fiction,  Reading

    What I’m Reading: Rain

    by Lately, I don’t seem to spend all that much time sitting still. I’m far, far behind on my reading goals for this year, at least when it comes to books. I am doing plenty of reading, but it’s mostly online, mostly electronic. And I’ve come, in the past few years, to somehow look at a print book as a luxury, something to sit down and savour, rather than devour. So it is with my current primary fiction reading. Rain, by Amanda Sun. This is the second book in her Paper Gods trilogy, and I’m ashamed to say that, much as I want to find a couple of hours to…

  • Days of Geek,  Podcast

    DoG Ep 06: Interview with Amanda Sun

    by 00:00 Episode ID Days of Geek, Episode 6: with Amanda Sun, recorded at Ad Astra 2013.   00:05 Music “Split In Synapse”, courtesy of Kevin McCleod at incompetch.com.   00:13 Intro Where I offer some contact info and then quote Bilbo Baggins on how dangerous it is to leave your front door because you don’t know where you’ll wind up. I make the point that the same is true of books.   01:12 Main A very quick intro to the ancient interview with Amanda Sun (it was recorded in April).   02:01 Main The Interview. Amanda talks mostly about Ink, touching on characters, kendo, kami, locations in, and background…

  • Writing

    Things I Brought Home from World Fantasy Convention 2012

    by A list, if you hadn’t guessed. 1. Virtual friendships made real: I met quite a few people I’d only known on twitter up until this weekend. Uniformly an awesome group, I’m happy and better to have met them all. 2. More new friendships than I’m going to try counting. See point number 1, but also people that I met randomly or was introduced to by other people. 3. Tonnes of awesome experiences. In the bar, restaurants, panels, hallways. And all about the people. 4. Two (or maybe three) semi-crystallized ideas of potential novel scope and I don’t know how many short story possibilities, all rubbing up against each other…