Time Is an Aside

Those of you who were paying really close attention might have noted hints that it was Valentine's Day last Friday. One of the hints I received was being asked how I was going to celebrate: to which I responded that I wasn't and yet I was. Ignoring the liminal zone during which our friends commented—after … Continue reading Time Is an Aside

Really Real?

One of the most common statements in writing advice (and something that I mention in my book reviews) is that readers are likely to enjoy a story more if events and actions are realistic or plausible. One of the theories for why this is is that it allows readers to better imagine they are there. … Continue reading Really Real?

Fleeting Ink by Miriam Joy

Joy weaves together hymns in praise of feeling rather than deconstructing poetry with evidence that words cannot be other than a structure around anything of actual meaning, elegantly capturing both the power of language to show reality and its failure. This collection contains twenty-nine of Joy’s poems inspired by the concept of writing. The eponymous … Continue reading Fleeting Ink by Miriam Joy

A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester

Interweaving a fast-paced espionage thriller with a starting-at-a-new-school social comedy, Trester creates a gestalt plot that will appeal to more than fans of either genre. The only child of an American ambassador, Riley Collins has spent most of her seventeen years moving from one dangerous capital city to another. And, with her mother long dead, … Continue reading A Dangerous Year by Kes Trester


Shoulders hunched, Tom placed a small package on the desk. “Happy Birthday.” “Thank you.” Corinne folded the paper back with one perfect nail, revealing a rod with a three-lobed end. “What is it?” “Lockheed Tri-Wing. Asked Sandra what you liked. She said screwdrivers.” Sandra sniggered. “I meant the vodka cocktail, you numpty.” “Sorry.” He shrank … Continue reading Screwed

Adultery by Rod Kierkegaard Jr

Fusing a view of the idle rich that makes Jay Gatsby look sympathetic with an attack on political correctness that offers only futile bumbling as a response, Kierkegaard provides what one desperately hopes is not social realism. Orlando Plummer is employed as a professor of literature at an obsessively liberal US college, but works at … Continue reading Adultery by Rod Kierkegaard Jr

Terms of Endearment

Romantic books and films show the path from first meeting to forever as a series of struggles and reversals; show love as a disruptive rather than supportive force. Which makes sense, as fiction without challenge usually lacks interest. However, this unconscious acceptance that love is pain might go deeper than that; deep enough that we … Continue reading Terms of Endearment