A blog for writing and books. These days, mostly books I’m reading or have read, plus occasional thoughts on writing styles and techniques.
Originally created in order to submit entries for the ENO’s mini opera competition in May of 2012.
ETA April 2016:
It’s been pointed out by some people that my About page is pretty sparse. So, here goes something a little more, I guess?
Hello, my name is Michelle and I live in Michigan (born, raised, college, the whole shebang). One day, I hope to be a published author but for right now I’m (just) a bibliophile with a very strong preference for speculative fiction (fantasy-leaning more than sci-fi and preferably not much horror), WWII-era fiction, and non-fiction on various topics that catch my interest, although I’ve been branching out into more historical fiction and mystery/crime.
My blog’s purpose has changed quite a bit over the years, since it started life as simply a vehicle to submit to a contest and has since become something I actually enjoy updating and putting effort into. These days, I try to review all the books I read for the first time, although the thought of reviewing a book of short stories still makes me nervous.
In my personal life, I work backstage at various theaters, do part-time work for an electrical contracting company (whatever they need so long as it doesn’t require an electrician’s license), and bake a lot. Maybe soon I’ll have another job.
Now that I am starting to seek out ARCs and other books to review, I have a few policies to lay out:
I will happily review any speculative fiction novel, by which I mean science fiction or fantasy, including all sub-genres such as (but not limited to) urban fantasy, military sci-fi, space opera, epic fantasy, high fantasy, magical realism, dystopian, cyber-punk, steam-punk, paranormal fantasy, etc. I will review both adult and YA novels in these genres. Other genres I will review depending on if the novel’s summary catches my attention or not.
All reviews will be published before the book’s release unless I am asked to hold my review for publication day or later. I will try my best to have my review READY within 1 week of receiving a novel and will post at that point unless asked to hold it.
I do NOT guarantee a rating, let alone a five-star one. If I do not give a rating to your novel I will at least give a recommendation as to who will likely enjoy the novel.
If this does not cover your question, please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.