Book Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman, 4.9 Stars

This story beautifully captured two things for me: depression and dissatisfaction with the futility of life. The main character, Quentin Coldwater, lives a lifestyle that he thinks will make him happy, but doesn’t. Drugs and sleeping around don’t bring him fulfillment, they only make him more miserable. One scene perfectly encapsulates this realization that hisContinue reading “Book Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman, 4.9 Stars”

Book Review: Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd 4.5 Stars

2 words: MAGE GUNS Stranger of Tempest is an epic fantasy with a heavy dose of… modernish warfare? (due to guns). The mage-guns use element-based ammo forged by mages, who have been coerced into service by various religious military orders (think Knights Templars or other crusade-era religious armies). The protagonist, a middle-aged war veteran, isContinue reading “Book Review: Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd 4.5 Stars”

Book Review: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – 5 stars

Warbreaker is a wonderful stand-alone epic fantasy. There are 4 main POV’s, two sister princesses (one refined, one irreverent), a god returned from the dead, and a mysterious vagabond with a talking sword and a mysterious agenda. Brandon Sanderson does an excellent job building out his characters, who all sound unique and have their ownContinue reading “Book Review: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson – 5 stars”

Writing Conferences 2018, 2019

Hey all! As an update to all of my writing friends about conferences I’m attending: LUW Spring Conference (35$, Apr 14) https://www.eventbrite.com/…/2018-spring-conference… Fyrecon (40$ Jun 21-23) https://www.fyrecon.com UVU Book Academy 2018 (95$, Sep 18) https://www.uvu.edu/conferences/book-academy/program.html Local Authors and You (Free! Nov 3-4) http://www.viridiancenter.org/ev…/authors_LocalAuthorsAndYou NEXT YEART Superstars Writing Seminars (Many $$’s, I have a 100$ offContinue reading “Writing Conferences 2018, 2019”

Bad Research example: Trump’s Media Survey

This is an example of how to analyze research as related to my blog post Recognizing Bad Social Research or News Articles. I swear I’ll analyze good examples too! But the bad ones are just such fun. 🙂 The other day I read a survey on Trump’s website that hurt my soul. It is leading, biased,Continue reading “Bad Research example: Trump’s Media Survey”

Recognizing Bad Social Research or News Articles

If you don’t have the time to read the whole article, ask yourself these questions every time you read some research or a news article: Did they recruit enough people from all appropriate groups to represent the population? (Recruiting) Did they ask non-biased and unleading questions which allow for neutral and other opinions? Did theyContinue reading “Recognizing Bad Social Research or News Articles”