Book in a Minute: Station Eleven


In Emily St. John Mandel’s, Station Eleven, a troop of players and musicians wanders the land some twenty years after a fast-moving virus wipes out 99% of the population. Eerie and evocative. A wonderful hymn of praise to the importance of the arts, even in the most derelict of societies. Filled with vivid, haunting images. Mandel’s style reminded me a bit of Audrey Niffenegger – very dreamy yet grounded in a gritty sense of realism.

My only quibble is the rather flat, stereotypical nature of the one religious figure in the story. But maybe we’ll learn more about him someday in a prequel.

Also, I desperately wanted to see illustrations to go along with the descriptions of the two comic books alluded to throughout the book. Here’s hoping an astute publisher gets to work on releasing the Station Eleven graphic novels ASAP.


5 Ways to Stay a Writer – from Roger Colby

In the absence of time to do my own original blogging (due to writing an actual book and magazine articles galore now that I am free of Froghammer) – here are some great observations from Roger Colby at Writing Is Hard Work. And a  a brief, brilliant observation from Harlan Ellison one of the greatest speculative fiction authors ever. Enjoy!

Writing Is Hard Work

ellison writerThis quote by one of my favorite writers (Harlan Ellison) is irrevocably true.  How many students have I taught to write over the years who most likely do not use that skill now that they are adults?  I’m sure the number is more than I’m willing to admit.

I consider myself a pretty prolific writer.  I’ve been writing since I was 15, and now that I am in my 40’s with a full-on career and a large family taking up most of my time, I have to make time to write.  I do this because I simply love it, but there have been times when I’ve thought about quitting, times when I start thinking that this thing I love to do is just a hobby, something to be cast aside when I grow tired of it.

I haven’t done this yet because thankfully there are five methods or techniques I use to…

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