Update with NaNoWriMo

This November, I started out strong on a National Novel Writing Month adventure! I have this story about a girl, Eri, who wants to travel and explore with her dragon. She leaves with her friend, Argun and his dragon, to the Great Mountains where a disaster occurred a year before the main story line. I am excited to see where these characters take me, as I have no true plot in place. I typically have my entire plot planned out. This year, I have two humans and two dragons telling me what is happening in their world. Yes, the dragons can talk telepathically. I can’t wait until they run into the dwarfs, which they should be doing soon.

I have not been as consistent with NaNoWriMo as I would like, which shouldn’t be a surprise to my followers, given my regular hiatuses. I would say my problem this year has been the lack of defined plot; however, I have had to deal with the passing of my Grandfather last week. This caused me to put my book on hold. I have at least managed to write a few hundred words or so since his passing.

I was told today by a co-worker to keep writing and find ways to get my name out there for publication. He doesn’t usually encourage me with my writing, but he is an avid reader. I appreciated his words. So, here I am writing an update on my blog as a way to keep moving forward.

I hope to get another book or comic review out to y’all again soon. I have been catching up on many of my comics lately. The latest comic I read is Scales & Scoundrels. This comic, published by Image, is a fantasy story about a ragtag group searching for gold. It is fun and enjoyable. There are only 3 issues out so far. I will recommend that to y’all for now!




A Land Called Tarot

I began this blog one year ago! While I may not have been as consistent as I had hoped, I am still proud that I have at least maintained it! I hope you enjoy my coming reviews and writings!

Cover of a land called tarot

Cover (first published February 2017)


A Land Called Tarot by Gael Bertrand

Can you really read a book with no words? I think you can, if the illustrations are done well enough demonstrate the overall theme and plot and characters of the story. To illustrate my point, A Land Called Tarot is a fantasy story told in a comic book format with no dialogue. There are a few fantasy language words between segments and there are roman numerals that correspond with tarot cards. If I had been more familiar with the names of the cards and their association with the roman numerals, I would have had a better understanding about where the story was headed as the numbers were presented. For example, the first roman numeral given is XVI. This is 16, which is named The Tower. The hero travels to [spoiler] a tower! While I am glad I did not bother trying to interrupt the flow of my reading to connect the roman numerals to a name that would show me where our hero was headed, it will be fun to re-read with this knowledge in stow and piece the story together a bit more clearly.

I really enjoyed the flow of the plot. I will admit there were times I was a bit confused as to what was happening, but I came up with my own explanation and moved on. A story with no words requires the reader to develop their own understanding of the plot along with the artist. One of the reasons I purchased this book was because I thought I may be able to read it in a different way each time. I was correct. While I may understand more about the author’s intent as I study the roman numerals, nothing is stopping me from creating a narrative with the pictures in my own way—like reading a picture book to a child and ignoring the text the author provides.

After completing part one, my first thought was that I was reading video game cut scenes. I enjoy watching my fiancé and my former college roommate play video games. A Land Called Tarot seemed to have a similar pacing. Each quest seemed contained, yet connected. This is a positive thing, as I feel it allows for the wordless story to be a little better understood.

I would recommend taking a look at this graphic novel and really delving into the pictures. It is definitely worth seeing how good illustrations do not require text to tell a beautiful story. I am excited to know that an author/illustrator has successfully developed a story without the use of dialogue or words in general. It really demonstrates the power of visual art.


XVI (photo credit: Bertrand, A Land called Tarot)