Waking the Muse for NaNoWriMo

| October 27, 2011

It’s that time of year again. No, not cider-making time, or costume party time, or time to go to church and get a bunch of indulgences, or time to cook a lot of sumptuous feasts, though all these things are well and good.  It’s not fall and winter breaking fresh and exciting into the warm […]

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

| October 19, 2011

“This new book, about a girl with naturally blue hair, brought up by monsters, at art school in Prague; it sounded too good. She has ‘true’ and ‘story’ tattooed on each wrist, decorates her flat from Parisian flea markets and wears a necklace made of wishes? And she has kung-fu skills? Too cool. My expectations […]

The Mercy of Dreams

| October 18, 2011

I had two very strange dreams last night, both of them showcasing a theme that is, I think, very close to my heart. I said to one of my friends a few days ago (as nervous as I got about doing only two hours of the rigorous schedule I have adopted), “I think I’m a […]

Recharging the Muse with Austerity

| October 14, 2011

A week and a half ago, I started a five-hour a day series of spiritual austerities beginning at four in the morning.  I have, in the meantime, been attempting to observe just how it affects my mind, my senses, my everyday functioning, and my creative process. I’m tired a lot of the time. I feel […]