Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells | I love Murderbot!

“All I wanted to do was watch media and not exist.” – Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6), Martha Wells 2020 was a troubling year. This is a statement that holds true without any further clarifications. I was no exception to the intensity of pain and anger people felt around the world, and to cope,…

A weird sort of update (?)

I never know how to start these, and the matter is always exacerbated by the fact that I have in fact, nothing much to update in terms of writing. Or do I? The blog has been sparse for the last one month and so, for multiple personal reasons, including the fact that I found myself…

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett| Human nature | Flawed orders

“Down there – he said – are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any inequity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathsomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of mass-produced darkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of…

Underwriting | Burnouts | Multiple projects

For a while, I feel like I’ve been stuck in a rut explaining where I’ve been every time I come out with another writing update blog post. The last update was in January, and it’s not like I did not write in that interval. It’s just . . . a) life, b) I am superstitious…

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert | Romances and brown families?

“This love business is absolutely nonsensical,” she told him unsteadily. “I know,” he replied. “Isn’t it great?” Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by Talia Hibbert I am such a good stickler for the rules and goals I make for myself (not), because in the postscript for the Beach Read review I had mentioned that the…

Beach Read by Emily Henry | Romance is in the air!

“People were complicated. They weren’t math problems; they were collections of feelings and decisions and dumb luck.” – Beach Read, Emily Henry Okay, okay! I have read yet another contemporary adult romance and loved it. A long time ago, my GR bio had mentioned my reading interest to include everything but contemporary romances (and now…

Misery | Horror and Stephen King

“I am your number one fan.” Misery, Stephen King Stephen King is a ubiquitous presence in the Constant Reader’s mind. From Booktube, to reading Subreddits, to year-end lists, to non-fiction, King and his works seem to be everywhere, and perhaps for good reason.  I read On Writing last year, and found his inner workings of…

A poem for January // 2021

full of hope, both the superficial and the real one; and as is the trend for the last few years, still full of despair for humanity. Just a wisp of light,Swaying at the end of the wicker,And I can only stare,For I have not yet learnt,To hold fire in my hands. Just a wisp of…