Hi there. My name is Lydia.

I’m an apprentice fantasy writer on a quest for wonder and expertise.

I grew up in a small town where I was on a first-name basis with all the librarians. Every summer, they bribed me to read.

As I got older, I would drag books up into the flowering cherry tree in my parents’ backyard and read until I ran out of comfortable-ish ways to defy gravity.

On clear nights I would climb out my bedroom window onto the roof with my sleeping bag, boom box, and headphones. There I would gaze up at the stars, imagining adventures in other worlds, yet to be written. Maybe, just maybe, I would write them.

I’ve been toting around notebooks and scribbling down stories since I was ten years old. I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month every year since 2008. I devour writing craft books.

I want to find (and write) stories that create the sense of wonder and enchantment I had as a child. My favorite books combine good prose with great storytelling and explore deep themes without preaching.

On this blog, I review a lot of books and other stories, especially fantasy and classics. Some of my reviews are a little technical since I read as a writer and know the jargon, but I try to be clear. One of the best things that studying story craft has taught me is how to identify what isn’t working for me in a story and explain it--which can be difficult to do without spoilers, but I try.

I also have a series of roundup posts called An Eclectic Writing Class where I collect my favorite writing resources into monthly lessons with sections on productivity, writing craft, writing prompts, grammar, and vocabulary. At the end of these posts, I give a short update on how my own writing goals are progressing.

My current work-in-progress is a fantasy novel with a kick-ass female protagonist who must protect her princess on a pilgrimage through demon-infested mountains or face the slow destruction of her country and everything she cares about. Will she have the courage to tell the truth and sacrifice for the people she loves?

I live in the Willamette Valley with my techie husband and the hairless ghost lemur that’s been staking me since I started my first blog at age sixteen. I blame him for all of the tech hiccups around here—the lemur, not the husband! Our dimension-hopping hamster also occasionally visits when he’s on Earth for his next sugar-free candy cane fix.

My favorite pastimes include chugging pot after pot of hot tea, playing the recorder, crocheting, studying languages, taking bad photos for social media, and reading Wikipedia articles—it’s not procrastination, it’s research!

I'd love it if you would check out my blog. Be sure to leave comments, or my hairless ghost lemur will haunt your dreams.

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