Kevin Hearne

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Anticipation

Anticipation

It’s a week later and I’m no longer slogging. I’m into A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne and I can’t wait to find out how it all turns out. If this is the first in a series and I don’t find out what happens until the end of the series, I’m going to be angry.  In the meantime, it seems like every other page has a deep thought that inspires further rumination, which is why I love Kevin Hearne. Today’s perfect line describes “perfect contentment. That sublime moment when you’re at peak anticipation of something and you know you’ll get it soon. I often think that moment is better in some ways than getting the thing itself: it’s the awareness of your own joy at being alive…” Interesting concept. Can the anticipation of a thing can be more enjoyable than the experience itself? And further, does memory sharpen or blur the… READ MORE

It’s a Dog’s Life

It’s a Dog’s Life

I love Kevin Hearne. The Iron Druid is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. Hearne’s humor always makes me chuckle – I sometimes laugh out loud. I also appreciate his insight and advice; he’s one of my best literary therapists. It’s no wonder, then, that I eagerly awaited the release of his novella, The Purloined Poodle, despite the fact that it’s written in the first “person” from the perspective of the Iron Druid’s Irish Wolfhound, Oberon. [And no, it hasn’t escaped me that I’m reading a lot of books whose main characters are named Oberon. Truth is definitely stranger than fiction]. I’m not normally the kind of person who reads books written by dogs. Or by humans channeling dogs. But I love Oberon, and the first of his Meaty Mysteries did it for me in a big way. Not just because I was entertained and amused. But also because… READ MORE

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle

I just whipped through the beginning of a new series by MaryJanice Davidson. I love MaryJanice, creator of such memorable characters as Queen Betsy, Fred the Mermaid and the royal family of Alaska.  She makes me laugh out loud, even while she explores meatier topics. In Deja Who, Leah Nazir is an Insighter, a therapist of sorts who helps people explore aspects of their past lives that are leaking into their present reality. In this world, all of us ride the karmic wheel, reincarnating over and over again until we’ve learned our lessons or paid our debts.  Leah is no exception to this rule. She is living out her karmic destiny to endure a mother from hell only to get murdered by a psychopath who follows her through lifetimes. She seems resigned to her fate, at least at first. Eventually, though she realizes that karma is not inevitable and she… READ MORE

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground

So I have to share. And crow. And toot my own horn. Just a bit. I just learned that an interview I gave for a podcast is now available. The podcast is called “Journal Talk,” and it’s hosted by a cool guy named Nathan Ohren. My interview can be found here, and I also encourage you to take a listen to some of his other interviews.  It’s a great show, and Nathan’s mission to help people explore the benefits and joys of journaling is engaging and worthwhile. In the interview, I talk about this blog as a form of public journaling, which it is. In this space, I ruminate on various topics that tickle my fancy, and I also work through my fears and anxieties, not to mention sharing my triumphs and joy. You guys get it all. And while I might pull my punches a very little bit out… READ MORE

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