In honor of the upcoming anthology, Sirens, I have one of its lovely contributors, Amanda Kespohl, on the blog today to talk about the titular creatures and how the myth remains relevant to readers today. Take it away, Amanda! The Call of Sirens As Pedro Mendia-Landa writes in his article, “Universal Myths and Symbols: Animal Creatures and Creation,” mythology is a strange mixture of science, philosophy, and religion.[1] It endeavors to explain why and how the world and the things in it came to be.[2] Our ancient ancestors had no other way of explaining the world around them. Yet even now, in an age of DNARead More →

For those who know me, you’ll know that Anne Boleyn is one of my favorite historical figures. She is, in fact, one of the reasons I became so invested and interested in history to begin with. Her story resonates with me, despite the centuries of separation between us. In many ways, Anne was an anachronism—a woman ahead of her time, confident in her own ideas, and unwilling to be bullied by opposition. Various historians have argued that it is that powerful, modern personality which ultimately got her killed. Regardless of the cause—which is still debated to this day—and after having her death delayed twice, Anne BoleynRead More →

We’ve all heard of method acting, where actors live and breathe the characters they play for the duration of filming, even when the lights and cameras are off. But what about method writing? Does such a thing exist? Allow me to answer that with a story. A story about johnnycakes. Mormon Johnnycakes, to be exact. For those who do not know what a Mormon Johnnycake is, it’s basically dense, sugarless cornbread. And not the fluffy kind either, more flatbread-esque. Quick trivia: this particular variety received the name “Mormon” because many Mormons traveling west in the nineteenth-century would partake of johnnycakes on the trail, as long asRead More →