The Year In Reading 2014 and Onward to 2015

According to Goodreads -- my only real authority on anything reading-wise -- I read 64 books in 2014. My first thought upon seeing that was, "Bummer. I didn't read the 100 I set out to read."My second thought was "Whoa! 64!"I also made a pretty good dent in what I dub my Complete Works Of... Continue Reading →

King Henry VI, Part 2 by William ShakespeareMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThe Henry plays -- and a great deal of Shakespeare's history plays -- were written prior to 1594. These are Shakespeare's early attempts and a lot of critics have pointed out: it shows. Henry VI, Pt 2, is definitely rough. There are a... Continue Reading →

The Original Pronunciation of Shakespeare

I'm trying to read Shakespeare's works in the (generally) agreed upon order in which they were written. That means there's a lot of histories up front. Right now, I've finished the Henry VI¬†trilogy and am moving on to Richard III.And, really, the only thing clear to me is Shakespeare's historical presentations are quite questionable. There... Continue Reading →

Challenges 2014: EPIC Edition

Because I'm a little insane, I've decided to give myself some challenges this year. (I don't like to call them "resolutions" because then I won't do them. I rebel against that kinda shit.)So, instead, I've decided that I will do a writing challenge, an acting challenge, a blogging challenge, a reading challenge, and a physical... Continue Reading →

Missing Your Goal Doesn’t Mean You Didn’t Accomplish Anything

2013 has five weeks left in it. Back in January I set myself a Goodreads goal to read 100 books this year. By October, I'd fallen so far behind the pace that there was no way for me to hit my goal. I was something like 30 books behind and it would take me the... Continue Reading →

Time to clear the stack:JenRidReadMo

Last month, as you guys know, was National Novel Writing Month. Millions of writers across the country set pen to paper/fingers to keyboard in order to write an entire novel in a month. Which is a crazy idea, when you get right down to it.Partly to recover from this last bout of ridiculousness, and partly... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Post of Accountability! Writing! Yeah!

Ah, Tuesday. Time to be held accountable.Here's what I was up to:1. Writing. Woo-whee! Finished a chapter and am half through another, for a grand total of twenty-odd pages this past week. Since I figured out the schedule that I need to be on, I've been sticking to it pretty consistently. Of course, I only... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Post of Accountability!: Reading Should Count As Writing

It's Tuesday again! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of suffering butt-kicking you have done too!And now we get to why... Continue Reading →

The Animal Angle

I dont' think anyone can talk about Rita Mae Brown's work fairly without discussing the "animal angle."I've never written a story or a novel from the POV of an animal. Mostly because I, personally, have never been inspired to do so. However, Rita Mae Brown has made quite a lucrative career from writing from the... Continue Reading →

Jenny is a Sexist

I admit it.I just started reading Murder Most Frothy. Upon opening the book I was confronted with *gasp* a brief prologue in which the anonymous killer is shooting the hapless victim. I got through the first couple paragraphs (paragraphs about gun models, bullet calibers, etc.) and had the immediate thought: Cleo Coyle is a pen... Continue Reading →

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