Modern Hero

Have you heard of Fib poems? No, nothing to do with fibbing, it's the Fibonacci sequence that is at play here, with the number of syllables in each line corresponding to the sequence. Needless to say, there are never very many lines...

Here's one of mine for your entertainment.

Modern Hero

New review of DISENCHANTED

"Did I mention she has hips?"

Michelle was quite smitten with Morwen. I am very pleased, because I tried to break out of stereotypes with her: she is smart and independent, but embraces her role as a mother and wife. She doesn't wield a sword or kick down doors or have an impossible photo-shopped body, but her strength is unmistakable. I'm happy to see that she resonated so strongly with at least one reader.

Check out what Michelle has to say. (You might want to squint at the end if you haven't read the book yet; she does discuss things that happen late in the novel.)

The Founding of Coventree

The First Founders of Coventree were a coven of English witches, brought to an Earth in a parallel universe by Mighty Ones who took advantage of a short-lived rift between the two worlds. Seeing as they were being severely persecuted in the England of the time, they did not need much persuading to leave behind everything they knew for a new world empty of all other people. Other covens followed in short order, but the original group took on an almost mythical status in Coventrean society. Children memorized their names in school and those fortunate enough to be descendants of the First Founders usually made a point of telling their neighbours more often than was strictly necessary.

The Founders, whether of the First or subsequent Orders, had only been able to bring with them what they could carry. Because of this they inevitably suffered a technological setback, and some technologies had still not been recovered at the time of the events of Disenchanted. By then they had reached a level similar to that of the late medieval period in our world, but with a very different mentality. They had come with a Renaissance mindset, and although their living conditions brought about quite a few changes, its influence was never erased. The books they had brought with them were reminders of what they could aspire to, and the social restlessness that had grown up by Blayn Goodwin’s time meant that they were starting to look for greater things.

Founder of Coventree
A founder of Coventree

A note to Canadian readers

The only Canadian website supplying paperback copies of Disenchanted to consumers is Unfortunately, like too many American retailers, Amazon does not supply the same level of service to its non-American customers. What this means for you as a consumer is that if you try to buy Disenchanted in paperback format, you will get a message saying that it is temporarily out of stock. That message will never change. But it is misleading. It just means the book is not printed or warehoused in Canada. So you have several options.

  • You can order it on anyway. You will get it eventually, but it will take longer than normal orders.
  • You can order it from Barnes and Noble. Shipping will probably be more, but you will get it faster.
  • You can order it directly from me. I am still working out the details of this, but it will not cost more than an Amazon order, plus you will get it signed. Because I am not always in Canada, I can't always offer personalization unless you are willing to wait. This option will probably be cheaper than Barnes and Noble, and faster than Amazon.
  • You can get the eBook.

We Read Diverse Books August Challenge

For the month of August, your challenge is to read a book by an author of a different religion than yours, and by that I don't mean reading one by a Presbyterian if you're Pentecostal. Step right outside your own religion, whether you adhere to it through conviction or culture. Possibilities include Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bahai, and Wicca. The book should deal with what it means to believe in or belong to that particular religion, although it doesn't have to be the central theme of the story, just something essential to it, if you understand what I mean. It should give you a good feel of what it would be like to be a Buddhist or a Muslim, for example.

Possible authors would include Khaled Hosseini, Chaim Potok, Marilynne Robinson, and Chinua Achebe. Suggestions for specific books and authors are welcome!

And if you are new to this challenge, feel free to start late and read at your own pace. This is a great exercise for expanding your understanding of what other people experience.

The concept

January's challenge

February's challenge

March's challenge

April's challenge

May's challenge

June's challenge

July's challenge

Conversations with Michelle

I haven't been staying home much, have I? Out gallivanting all over the Internet. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.

Today I was being entertained, or perhaps grilled would be a more accurate word, by Michelle, who asks some real doozies of questions. She digs deep, covering academia, the writing process, motherhood... It was a real privilege to be grilled by someone of such depth.

My conversation with Michelle.