UPCOMING EVENT – Come meet me in person! (there will be kittens)

Hello Dear Readers! M.L. Wang here with more details on the actual physical event I'll be attending this August! The Crafty Cat Rescue has invited me to be part of an amazing line-up of authors doing signings at their Books, Crafts & Cats fundraiser, so yes, I'm actually going to crawl out of my hermit… Continue reading UPCOMING EVENT – Come meet me in person! (there will be kittens)

June (Pride Month) Wrap-up

I began this summer excited by my newfound free time and swelled with delusions of magically overcoming my inability to read. When I made this TBR, I was Icarus. I had forgotten that my wings are paper, like the lies I used to turn in instead of book reports. What is that supposed to mean?… Continue reading June (Pride Month) Wrap-up

Thoughts on MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller (Let’s talk about assassins)

SUMMARYSallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home. When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The… Continue reading Thoughts on MASK OF SHADOWS by Linsey Miller (Let’s talk about assassins)

THE SWORD OF KAIGEN Blog Tour – SIGN-UPS OPEN!

Hello Dear Readers! M. L. Wang here with some exciting news! The wonderful Karina at Afire Pages, is hosting a blog tour for my standalone military fantasy, The Sword of Kaigen! (If you’re unfamiliar with Karina’s work, she’s hosted blog tours for MacMillan and Harper Collins, including the recent tour for With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo). What this… Continue reading THE SWORD OF KAIGEN Blog Tour – SIGN-UPS OPEN!

Thoughts on GIRLS OF PAPER & FIRE by Natasha Ngan (slow-build stories and reader investment)

SUMMARYLei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's… Continue reading Thoughts on GIRLS OF PAPER & FIRE by Natasha Ngan (slow-build stories and reader investment)

Why I Can’t Write Book Reviews – My History as the Worst Reader

NOTE: Reading back over this post, I'm not very happy with it. I don't hate it enough to delete it - since I do want an answer on hand for when people ask why someone who writes books doesn't read or review them with any regularity. If you're here for the quick explanation, here is… Continue reading Why I Can’t Write Book Reviews – My History as the Worst Reader

July 2019 Writing Update

Giving progress updates on City of Ghosts is difficult because the book has already been drafted multiple times (the most recent draft having been completed during my senior year of college, 2014) so most of the work involves rewriting and restructuring. As far as that process goes, I'd estimate that I'm about 25% done. It's… Continue reading July 2019 Writing Update

June (Pride Month) TBR

I don't normally make TBRs owing to the fact that I am such a slow and distractible reader. This one came about because I was planning on using some of my newfound time this summer to read a bunch of novellas better suited to my terrible attention span and realized that almost all the books… Continue reading June (Pride Month) TBR

Africa from the Air: scrawlings from my 2014 flight from Belgium to Cameroon

I see a big family of snakes, slithering south and another swimming east. And here is a field of electrical burn scars, all of which break into tiny reptile scales at their edges and--oh my god! Humans! Disclaimer: Not only is this writing five years old as of this posting, it was also scribbled in… Continue reading Africa from the Air: scrawlings from my 2014 flight from Belgium to Cameroon

Finding a Fantasy World (by turning ours upside down): An Uncomfortably Personal Look Back on the Creation of Duna

A lot of weird things happen to a story when you work on it from age twelve to twenty-six. The Theonite Series has gone with me through puberty, my first crushes, my Harry Potter phase, my Batman phase, my Star Wars phase, my Shounen anime phase, changing shape with each one. That much thematic confusion… Continue reading Finding a Fantasy World (by turning ours upside down): An Uncomfortably Personal Look Back on the Creation of Duna