Hamlet – Inspiration Playlist

I typically move from “Momming” directly into writing, and sometimes need to do both at once. I use music to help with that transition, or inspirational You Tube playlists.

Since Marissa Meyer of The Lunar Chronicles is a huge influence on me, her writing playlist easily gets me into the mood of my Horatio story. It starts with Firefly, for criminy’s sake.

Reader Review: Dorothy Must Die

I had a hard time getting into Amy, the protagonist. At first, I thought it was because we

had so little in common; then I realized that I felt too close to her experiences being bullied (though my family situation is quite different). I purposely distanced myself from her pain because we had similar high school experiences. 


Once we’re into the story and her training, though, I flew through it. Struggling with who to believe and having a real stake in who is good vs who is evil is a pretty great hook. I do wish there was a little more dimension to Dorothy, but I suppose that’s how the original villain (Wicked Witch of the West) is portrayed…and that’s why we have prequels

It’s hard not to compare re-tellings, so Gregory Maguire’s Wicked kept popping into my brain. I mostly thought about it when Paige described the settings, and how differently Oz appears in both books versus THE MOVIE. They are not at all the same stories, thankfully, with Paige focusing on magic within the politics of Oz. Every character introduced keeps you guessing, and it may be the most interesting interpretation of Dorothy’s companions as I’ve ever seen. I also became interested in reading Baum’s original books, which is always a good sign in a re-telling.

More details on Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige at Goodreads