Morpheus Mondays: Dream Country & Seasons of Mist

March 24, 2014 | tonbird | 9 Comments

Confession: I don’t read comics.  I love movies and TV shows based on comic books.  Give me all the Marvel and all the DC and all the Image–on my TV.  Although I have two volumes of The Walking Dead alongside a few of The Dark […]

How to Write a Love Letter That Doesn’t Suck

February 14, 2014 | tonbird | 4 Comments

The love letter is nearly as old as written language.  It began with cave paintings and stone carvings, and then developed on paper; it lives on today through ILY text messages.  It exists in countless forms: The I-don’t-know-you-but-I-want-to-know-you-letter (this one is pretty creepy in contemporary […]

Five Tips for Enjoying the Movie Version of a Book You Loved

January 21, 2014 | tonbird | 42 Comments

Ender’s Game was finally released to Japanese theaters on Saturday, and although I could have gone to see it at the theater on base a few months ago, I was willing to wait for superior cinema facilities where patrons have enough class not to bring […]

What NaNoWriMo Means to Me

November 14, 2013 | tonbird | 7 Comments

I know some of you booksluttians out there are writers, and I know that quite a few of you are also NaNoWriMo participants. If you’re not familiar with NaNoWriMo (shortened from National Novel Writing Month), it’s a major effort by writers all over the world […]

Why I’m an Audiobookslut

August 17, 2013 | tonbird | 27 Comments

As a reader, I’ve been a long time fan of audiobooks.  When my friend Eric first recommended Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series to me, he actually recommended the audiobooks instead of the paper books.  I read paper anyway, but later on, I was curious […]

The Evolution of an Insatiable Bookslut: Tony’s Tale

May 6, 2013 | tonbird | 25 Comments

Unlike many booksluts, I was not a natural born reader.  I have no stories about teaching myself to read or learning to read before I started school.  But I had a lot of people in my life who read to me at a young age.  […]

Review: The Light of Amsterdam by David Park

January 17, 2013 | tonbird | 3 Comments

Book: The Light of Amsterdam Author: David Park Published: November 13, 2012 by Bloomsbury First lines: “The ink was black, the paper the same shade of blue as a bird’s egg he had found a week before.  In their balanced elegance the capital G and […]

Why Most Writing Advice is Garbage

December 20, 2012 | tonbird | 21 Comments

[In hindsight, that I asked Tony to write this either makes me very wise or kind of a dick. Or both. Yeah, probably both.. nah, really, I\'m still leaning toward dick. -- Susie] A little while back, Susie asked me if I would be interested […]

Why Aspiring Authors Shouldn’t Major in English

October 29, 2012 | tonbird | 46 Comments

Do you want to be a writer when you grow up?  I know I do.  When I was in high school trying to decide on a college and a major, English seemed like the perfect subject to study.  After all, English is the language I […]

Review: Accelerated by Bronwen Hruska

October 28, 2012 | tonbird | 26 Comments

Book: Accelerated Author: Bronwen Hruska Published: October 2, 2012 by Pegasus First Lines: “Sean Benning had put in his time.  He couldn’t risk being caught in another conversation about ERB percentiles and afterschool activities that cost more than he made in a month.  Forty-five minutes […]