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Updates from the Lair 01/14/17

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading and my posts from the week. 

Oh hey look, an Updates post! This is how you can tell that my life is getting somewhat back to normal :D. Now that the contract is signed, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be starting at Grinnell College in the fall as a Computer Science professor! So if you are a high schooler thinking about colleges or an undergrad thinking about computer science, feel free to email me questions and I’ll give what advice I can, ha.

My Week


My ebook has been Dreadnought for a bit here. I’ve been very slow in reading in general despite getting a shiny new Kindle for the holidays. I love Dreadnought though and highly recommend it. It has a trans super hero MC!

FallerI just started the audiobook of Faller and I’m not sure what I think so far. I loved McIntosh’s young adult Burning Midnight, so I’m sticking with it for now. I started getting sleepy listening on my drive and had to switch over to music to stay awake, so that always seems a bad sign….

Save the Cat!I’ve also been reading Save the Cat! I saw it on the shelf at work (yeah, we have random books on our shelves for anyone to borrow) and was hooked immediately. Obviously writing books has a bit more flexibility than mainstream screenwriting, but as a big believer in engrossing fantasy, I’m definitely happy to be reading some of these tips. I had been feeling a bit lost in how to improve the structure of my WIP and now feel much much better. Highly recommended if you want to write fiction!

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

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  1. Way to go and congratulations on your job. Sounds thrilling for you:)
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  2. Congrats on the new job! And welcome to Iowa!

    I love Will McIntosh so am (virtually) sticking my fingers in my ears and yelling la,la, la to avoid bad news about one of his books. I guess no author can be perfect all the time, ‘eh?

  3. Woot! Congratulations on the job! Iowa, right? I forget where you are now – hope it’s not too much of a move/life upset for you location wise!

    Enjoy your reads and return to normalcy :)

  4. Congratulations again on the job!! I hope it’s a smooth transition and a great experience!

    It’s been a slow reading week for me, too. (Technically a “no-reading” week. Thank you law school. :P) I’ve heard of “Save the Cat” before, and it sounds pretty cool. I’m glad it helped you! Have a great week!
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