• My Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    Sometimes, I review the books I read. Here’s one I read over the summer. It’s December and I read this book back in July. Well, book is sort of a misnomer here. It’s actually a script for a stage production. The Cursed Child has gotten very mixed reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, in part because most frequent readers of prose have limited experience reading scripts. I actually really liked this story. It made more sense to me than it might have if I wasn’t a recovering performance artist. When I read stage plays, the scene direction and repetitions make sense in the context of my imagination as I visualize a live performance.…

  • Here Be Dragon (Professional Individual 15).

    I’m unleashing the Dragon because it’s drafty in here. This post is a bit more for writers than readers. It’s about working with Dragon dictation software by Nuance. I haven’t been at it for too long but here’s my take. First of all, it’s not natural at first. I know the name says “naturally speaking: but remembering to give commands like open quotes, period, and new paragraph along with the story takes practice. I’ve talked to more than a few authors who gave up on it after a trial period. It’s not the easiest software to work with. The settings aren’t intuitive. But I had a little help from a friend.…