Diverse Book of the Month: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Whoa, May already? Welcome to this month’s Diverse Book of the Month review, this time featuring the first book in The Crescent Moon Kingdoms series,┬áThrone of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed, originally published in 2012. I read the 2013 edition with the above image (the bloody throne), but here’s an alternate cover (the original… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Novel Excerpt: The First Two Scenes

Okay, okay. I said I was going to share an excerpt of the opening scenes of my novel’s second draft, and so here they are. Any feedback is appreciated. I’m concerned there might be too much exposition (aka the infamous “info dump”), or that the openings may be a little too… depressing? dark? to hold… Continue reading Novel Excerpt: The First Two Scenes

Short Story: A Woman’s Courage

Author’s Note: This is an old story I wrote way back in the summer of 2014 for a fantasy-writing contest. I never heard back from the company running the contest, so I assume I lost! Still, it’s a story I was proud of at the time and thought I would share it here. It’s a… Continue reading Short Story: A Woman’s Courage

NaNoWriMo Challenge: “A Snippet of Your Work, Please.”

I wrestled with myself over the decision whether or not to take part in the “challenge” Chuck Wendig posted today, which is to post your favorite 1,000 words from your National Novel Writing Month project and share them for friends, family, and fellow NaNo-ers to read. There are a couple of reasons I didn’t want… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Challenge: “A Snippet of Your Work, Please.”

Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan

For my first writing piece, I would like to share my English Honors thesis, which I submitted for review in the Fall 2014 semester. In the essay, I explore gender and power in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia and compare it to those within Elizabeth Cunningham’s Magdalen Rising: The Beginning. I had so much… Continue reading Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan

An Introduction

Hello, readers! Before I post any creative work, let me introduce myself: My name is Lee Ann Kostempski. I’m currently a senior at Canisius College, finishing my degree in English and Creative Writing with a minor in Classics. After I graduate, I will pursue a Master’s degree in Library Sciences. Writers who inspire me include… Continue reading An Introduction