The Cuckoo's Calling & Decadent Fudge Ice Cream

Having been (who am I kidding? I still am) a devoted fan of the Harry Potter series, I jumped at the chance to read J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy. Yet I was largely disappointed and unengaged during my many attempts to appreciate it....more

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photo credit: I have been sitting here at my computer for hours trying to come up with something ...more

J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy": The Reviews Are In!

J.K. Rowling's first post-Harry Potter book has been placed on bookshelves and downloaded to e-readers across North America. Will the public accept The Casual Vacancy, her first book written for adults, for what it is? Or will they be too focused on what it is not? The reviews are in and well, people are having a hard time leaving Harry Potter behind....more
Even though it shocked "Potterheads" with its foul language, confronting characters, and tragic ...more

Ray Bradbury and J.K. Rowling: A Study in Storytelling

I didn't know Ray Bradbury.  I never met him, never got to go to a signing.  But his passing yesterday made me very, very sad - almost like I lost a friend.  Somehow the world was just a little more interesting because there was always the possibility that he would publish something - an essay, a short story, an interview, a letter to the editor.  I'm so sad....more
@TheBlackTortoise Thank you so much!  As a matter of fact, I've decided that 2013 is my Year For ...more

J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy" Coming September 27

Mark your calendars! J.K. Rowling's publisher, Little Brown Book Group, has released details regarding her first post-Harry Potter novel. The Casual Vacancy, a dark comedy set in a small British town, will hit stores worldwide on September 27. It is Rowling's first novel for adults. ...more
I feel for her--it will not be unlike Lucas finally doing the first 3 Star Wars movies--everyone ...more

Harry Potter Lexicon In Stores Now: Does Anybody Care?

Last week the Steve Vander Ark finally saw his Harry Potter Lexicon hit bookstore shelves. Yes, the one that is based on the Harry Potter Lexicon website. And yes, it is the book that J.K. Rowling sued Vander Ark over and won. So how did it make its way to shelves? Good question. ...more

Beedle was okay.  A cute little book with cute little storie that I'll be able to read to my ...more

A Forbes list that I'd actually like to be on

During one of my daily writing procrastithons, I perused Forbes and found this: Forbes list of the World's Best Paid Authors. After looking at the list I decided that Tom Clancy probably doesn't stare at Twitter for three hours when he isn't up to writing just five. more. words. ...more

I'm behind on my reading but I just found this while putting together my new freelance ...more

J.K. Rowling Reveals Dumbledore is Gay

At an event earlier late last week at Carnegie Hall, author J.K. Rowling announced that Albus Dumbledore, Hogwart's famed headmaster in the Harry Potter series, is gay. The announcement was greeted with cheers by fans. And it quickly hit the news sites even though the last book was released this past summer. It was picked up by Newsweek and The Washington Post. The Globe and Mail called it "the biggest outing in the entertainment industry since Ellen DeGeneres". The New York Times' The Lede posted on the "Blogospheric Reaction of the Outed Wizard". ...more

Oh, I can't resist.... yes, I outed one of my characters. (Though, raised by a gay dad, I've ...more