Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn

If you happen to be an independent author, or want to be, this little resource comes recommended by some bestselling, longtime professional authors.  That's really the only thing that should sway your decision to read it and implement what you find here. For myself, I found this book an easy read, but the concepts in it were … Continue reading Business for Authors: How to Be an Author Entrepreneur by Joanna Penn

Becoming a Great Essayist by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black (The Great Courses)

With the construction of a new website comes the desire to step up my writing game.  When in doubt, I like to start with ever-reliable offerings from The Great Courses. This is one of those series where I find I'm grateful for the accompanying PDF course outline.  Prof. Cognard-Black utilizes a great many examples in … Continue reading Becoming a Great Essayist by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black (The Great Courses)

What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin

Based on everything I've seen, this appears to be a love it or hate it book.  Personally, I love it.  I think the book's detractors were perhaps looking for a beginner's book on the subject that spoonfeeds the material rather than helping the reader to grow as a listener.  That's not what this book is … Continue reading What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin

Fighting with the German Longsword by Christian Henry Tobler

German longsword studies are part of the ever-expanding world of HEMA, Historical European Martial Arts.  Tobler is an international rock star in this world who's been training others since 2000 with a focus not only on the techniques of the 14th century masters, but also on the chivalric traditions that went hand-in-hand with the combat … Continue reading Fighting with the German Longsword by Christian Henry Tobler

Teach Yourself To Play The Folk Harp 30th Anniversary Edition by Sylvia Woods

It's truly weird to pick up a book like this where you're already familiar with the music as performed by the book's author.  It's good insight to have, and it's worth it for that alone.  For my purposes, however, I'm still limited to 12 strings in the key of C, so a book like this is … Continue reading Teach Yourself To Play The Folk Harp 30th Anniversary Edition by Sylvia Woods