Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

In just a couple hours, my new monthly book review feature will be going live! Before it starts, I just want to clarify a couple of things about the format and the mission of the reviews. The books I read and review will be chosen based on the authors who write them and the topics… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: The Vision Behind the Reviews

New Blog Feature: Diverse Book of the Month

Unfortunately, Open Ears, Open Minds book club on Goodreads is kind of a bust. This is partly my own fault (I didn’t really advertise it or talk about it with a lot of people — I just kind of invited friends on Goodreads and mentioned it in a brief blog post on here). I’m sure… Continue reading New Blog Feature: Diverse Book of the Month

Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

I just recently finished rereading both volumes of┬áCastle Waiting by Linda Medley for the second time. But I’ve never sat down to write an actual review of it, so that is what I’m doing now because it deserves it. On a whim, I originally checked these graphic novels out of the Canisius College library where,… Continue reading Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

The Archetype, Your Characters, and You

Holy cow, how long has it been since I’ve posted on here? Is anyone even still out there anymore? Sorry for being MIA for a while. I’ve had a… busy summer, to say the least. Lots of things happening, good and bad. Lots of traveling. Lots of feelings. But no matter if these events left… Continue reading The Archetype, Your Characters, and You

Should You Get That Creative Writing Degree?

If you’re a Creative Writing major, you’ve gotten the question (or some variation of it): “What’s the point of that degree? You don’t need one┬áto be a published writer.” And that’s true! You definitely don’t need a degree in Creative Writing to be a writer. Look at J.K. Rowling, who has a degree in French… Continue reading Should You Get That Creative Writing Degree?

In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students

I admit it: I am an awful blogger. I’ve been terribly inactive and I have all of zero ideas when it comes to topics I can write about here at The Sword and the Keyboard. I know it’s probably just laziness on my part, and maybe a little bit of fear because it’s intimidating having… Continue reading In Defense of the Genre(s): A Word of Advice for Incoming Writing Students