Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn

Think you can crank out a novel about the Knights Templar just because you played a few rounds of Dungeons & Dragons?  Do you feel like you know the Victorian era just because you've read every story featuring Sherlock Holmes?  Do you pepper language with "thee" and "thou" to make your characters feel elevated and … Continue reading Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

This book came to me as the result of a rabbit hole.  I love to listen to intelligent people discuss things because I love the opportunity to learn from those with proven skills and understanding.  I love it more when I can keep up.  The triple crown is when I can be completely gobsmacked with … Continue reading How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

The Rite of Exorcism: The Roman Ritual: Rules, Procedures, Prayers of the Catholic Church by Michael Freze, S.F.O.

Michael Freze, S.F.O. is a name amongst names when it comes to the study of demonology.  He's one of the more popular names in this esoteric field, having quite literally written the book on the subject.  That work is actually a 12-volume series, which stands in addition to the rest of his extensive bibliography.  For the curious, S.F.O. is short … Continue reading The Rite of Exorcism: The Roman Ritual: Rules, Procedures, Prayers of the Catholic Church by Michael Freze, S.F.O.

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