Summer Reading

My KMom loaned out a few of her books on Mother's day, a little impromptu summer reading book club.  Last night, I finished reading The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver.  Holy wow!  I think this book should be on every writer's "to read" pile.  There are books that are written purely for entertainment, and there are… Continue reading Summer Reading

Random Ramblings, Reading, Writing

Female Protagonists: A Reading Rant

I think it’s admirable when a male writer tries to write a strong, female protagonist.  In my reading experience, men don’t usually write a female character as the main character in their stories.  I see a lot more women do this than men.That said, I had a buddy of mine once tell me that he… Continue reading Female Protagonists: A Reading Rant

Life, Reading, Writing

The “Bechdel Test”

Last week, I was catching up on some of my blog reading and I read something that REALLY intrigued me.  It's called the "Bechdel Test."  It's used to identify gender bias in fiction, especially in films, though it easily crosses over into the written word.  In order to pass the test, the movie or book must contain… Continue reading The “Bechdel Test”