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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Brandon Sanderson's Frugal Wizard: Book Review


Fans of Terry Pratchett’s offbeat humor and world building will enjoy Brandon Sanderson’s The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook For Surviving Medieval England.

This is the first Sanderson book I have read, and it is not linked to any of his other series. However, the fake author of the book-within-a-book, Cecil G. Bagsworth, has appeared in other Sanderson novels. (A fact I learned by reading the Postscript.)


Skewing towards science fiction, the novel is set in an alternate dimension of medieval England, which our totally unprepared, amnesiac hero suddenly finds himself. Sanderson cleverly embarks “Johnny” and the reader on a rollercoaster of partial memories, hopes, fears, love, and shame all while Johnny and his new friends struggle to survive Hoardamen, Vikings, gangsters from Johnny’s past, and Woden, an insecure god.


I appreciated the strong female characters and loved that the bizarre magic eventually made sense. Being inside John’s mind proved to be an excellent journey in self-discovery.

Manuscript Update

I have finally typed THE END on my manuscript for third book in the The Two Realms Trilogy!!!

Once I've done another read-through, revised and polished, I'll send it off to my fabulous editor, Barbara Millman Cole. Stay tuned for more updates.

Happy reading,




Wednesday, February 14, 2024

A.I. For Authors: What Every Writer Should Know About A.I.



“What Every Writer Should Know About AI”

February 16, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 Pacific Standard Time 

Online zoom class for writers

$55.00 PSWG Members

$110.00 Non PSWG Members



In the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence, authors and other creatives

may be tempted by AI’s promise of shortcuts and easy money. But using AI the wrong way can pose several risks to your publishing contracts, your copyrights, and your monetary interests.


·     How generative A.I. collects text, images, and other content

·     The US Copyright Office stance on A.I.

·     Legal challenges and legislative proposals concerning A.I.

·     Audible restrictions on A.I. generated audiobooks

·     Copyright restrictions on A.I. generated images used in graphic novels

·     Positive ways authors, artists, and other creatives can use A.I.


Award-winning author Ariella Moon will walk registrants through the current issues involving generative AI and how (and why) some authors, and several author and creator-led organizations, are fighting to protect writers’ intellectual property and copyrights in the United States and Europe. 

To learn more or to register: Palm Springs Writers Guild Event