Another not-very-savage review: From the Jewish Provinces by Fradl Shtok

With thanks to NetGalley who gave me a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. These stories, originally published in Yiddish, are snapshots of a particular life: Eastern European Jews in the early years of the 20th century. Most take place in a shtetel in Skala, in what’s now Ukraine. … Continue reading Another not-very-savage review: From the Jewish Provinces by Fradl Shtok

A non-savage review of On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith and the Gifts of Neurodiversity by Daniel Bowman Jr

We don't always have to be savage. Seriously. Seriously. With thanks to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is a series of short #ownvoices pieces about autism, faith and life. Like Bowman, I am autistic. We are both creative types. We were both … Continue reading A non-savage review of On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith and the Gifts of Neurodiversity by Daniel Bowman Jr

Misunderstood writing advice part 1: “You don’t have to like a character”

I’ve been doing some more critiquing of other people’s writing recently and it’s been an eye-opening experience. The quality of writing I’ve looked at has varied from publishable literary fiction quality down to buttock-clenchingly piss poor trash. I’m not going to name or quote anyone because that would be shitty behaviour and also against the … Continue reading Misunderstood writing advice part 1: “You don’t have to like a character”

My mother-in-law, her sewing machine, and my sewing machine (that she bought me).

CW for griefhammers Soon after I started this blog, I wrote about my father-in-law, and about the pen he left to me when he died. I thought I’d write something similar about my mother-in-law, who died a week ago. So this is a bit fresh. It’s also a memoriam in the context of an object. … Continue reading My mother-in-law, her sewing machine, and my sewing machine (that she bought me).