July 2016

Anne Marvin Blog Posts

It’s a Life

It’s a Life

So it’s back to The Beast. I’ve missed you while I was away. But I’ve been troubled by a niggling thought that’s been clamoring for expression. It feels heretical to share my forbidden musings, but I’m going to Hell anyway for suggesting that Mac and Barrons have a dysfunctional relationship, so here goes nothing: there’s something rotten J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood world. Now I get that no one is perfect. And I also understand that Ms. Ward purposefully built her world in such a way that evolution was not only desirable, but inevitable as part of the story progression of the books.  Characters evolve, so why not worlds?  Thus, the misogyny of the Chosen (an elite class of women) being basically brood mares and feeding troughs for the Black Dagger Brotherhood has given way to newly unfettered women who are now free to explore and express their individuality. This… READ MORE

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground

So I have to share. And crow. And toot my own horn. Just a bit. I just learned that an interview I gave for a podcast is now available. The podcast is called “Journal Talk,” and it’s hosted by a cool guy named Nathan Ohren. My interview can be found here, and I also encourage you to take a listen to some of his other interviews.  It’s a great show, and Nathan’s mission to help people explore the benefits and joys of journaling is engaging and worthwhile. In the interview, I talk about this blog as a form of public journaling, which it is. In this space, I ruminate on various topics that tickle my fancy, and I also work through my fears and anxieties, not to mention sharing my triumphs and joy. You guys get it all. And while I might pull my punches a very little bit out… READ MORE

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

So I’m back to reading The Beast by J.R. Ward, after my brief sojourn through Katie MacAlister’s short stories.  I can find blog topics in J.R. Ward’s books faster than my kids can collect Pokemon with their phones.  I worry they will get run over while playing Pokemon Go and not paying attention to reality. And while it may seem like I’m digressing (as I often do), I’m not. Today’s topic is all about anticipation (mostly of bad things happening—which is the definition of “worry”), and the feelings of anxiety we experience when we contemplate catastrophe. In The Beast, Mary contemplates the wound that almost took her mate, and wonders what would have happened if she hadn’t been inspired to intervene as she had. She speculates that, “Sometimes the near miss is almost as traumatic as the impact.” True statement. But, despite the positive outcome, her fear lingers.  I think that… READ MORE

With My Body

With My Body

I took a break from reading The Beast by J.R. Ward to enjoy a short offering from Katie MacAlister, The Perils of Effrijim. This short story features Jim, a sixth class demon who is the servant/sidekick of Aisling Grey, the heroine of many a dragon shifter book by Ms. MacAlister. Jim is a hoot, and I enjoyed my foray into his world immensely. Jim is forced to surrender his preferred form as a large, drooling Newfoundland dog and take on the shape of a human male, which he hates (something to do with a reduction in the size of his “package,” about which he is obsessed—like so many males). And this forced human embodiment got me to thinking about being in our bodies, and what that means to us. Or maybe just to me. But it’s a topic that occupies my thoughts rather a lot these days. To my mind,… READ MORE

All I Need Is a Miracle

All I Need Is a Miracle

I’m just getting into JR Ward’s newest Black Dagger Brotherhood novel, The Beast. It’s as awesome as I knew it would be. I’m reading slowly so I can savor, savor, savor it. And because I know I’ll find inspiration for multiple blogs from this one gold mine of a book, you, dear reader, will be with me every step of the way. For this first Beast-ly blog, I’m thinking about miracles—what they are, where they come from and what they look like. I’m trying to decide if I agree with Albert Einstein. Supposedly, our favorite genius (next to Dr. Seuss, of course), said that there are only two ways to live our lives: One is as though nothing is a miracle; the other is as if everything is. Mostly, I try to align myself with good old Albert. Because he was so smart, ya know. And I think I agree… READ MORE

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