Gravekeeper

I take them to the tombs as soon as they arrive. Marcus brings them out of the trees like a huddle of wet chicks, their hair and clothes drenched by the weeping rain, their eyes wide in their thin faces. I’ve never seen him bring so many, but he says that the silver mines are…

Book Reviews: “The Birdwoman” and “Evocation”

Originally posted on The Edifying Word:
I don’t usually read short stories, though not really for any particular reason, but the two collections I’m reviewing here today make me wonder whether I should more actively seek them out. When I was brand new to Twitter a few short months ago I went on a book-accumulating…

Four Reasons You Definitely Need A Bookshelf In Your Home

I live in a tiny house. I have one bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom, and two bookshelves. I also have two cupboards filled with books that I couldn’t fit on my shelves. So, to convince myself (and you) that I am not a hoarder and do not require an intervention, I’ve come up with four…

Daisy Chains

They take us to the meadows once a month. We aren’t often allowed outside. Most of the time the keepers like to have us where they can see us, and where no one else can, but once a month they let us come to the meadows with them to make a daisy chain. Retta starts…

Roverandom

J.R.R Tolkien is, in my opinion, the greatest fantasy author in our day and age. He created entire cultures, languages, people groups, races, and set the tone for fantasy in our generation. He also wrote Roverandom. Bless this man. For anyone who has ever read The Lord of the Rings, you know that Tolkien was…

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Choosing a favorite author is never an easy thing to do. Most of us could pick ten or twelve names without thinking about it too much, then add another few to that once we’ve had a few minutes to consider. I’ve got a whole list of authors that I admire, both for the books they…

To The Mouse Living In My Woodpile

My cat does not approve of you. I think she would be less annoyed if you stopped pulling faces at her through the window. While it’s true that I don’t let her out of the house very often, she does occasionally find a door open and slip outside for a midnight run. Also, she is…

Journey to the Center of the Earth

I love reading classics. Les Mis, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Villette, Homer, the Odyssey . . . I’ve read them all and enjoyed them all. My reading habits are—diversified, to say the least. I read everything from children’s fiction to YA to historical fiction and non-fiction to adult novels to myth to fantasy to—well,…

Empty House

The house is haunted. All of the kids say so. When we pass it after school they throw rocks at the windows and sticks in the yard, but no one ever dares go past the gate and down the gravel drive. The porch is sloped, nearly collapsing under its own weight, and the garden’s long…

Isle of Swords

Who doesn’t love a good pirate story? Seriously, is there anyone out there who looks at a book, sees a pirate ship on the cover, and says, “No, I’m not really into pirates.” No one does that. No one. Or at least I don’t. Pirates have always fascinated me, whether it was the infamous Captain…