Site Updates, Plus Two New Article Series Coming Soon!

Housekeeping 2

You can only leave things lying around for so long…

Hi everyone!

I finally got around to some long-overdue site updates. The following pages now contain more accurate information regarding my current writing activities. Plus, I feel more organized now. Yay for getting things done! 🙂

Here are the most recent changes:

  • The About Me page features a new, more brief bio and a new photo.
  • Information regarding music review inquiries has been removed from the Contact page. However, visitors may still use the Contact form for article / interview requests, invitations to literary events, and related items. Teasellers who’d like to have me review their teas at A Bibliophile’s Reverie are also encouraged to use this page.
  • The Awards & Achievements page has been added! It lists writing and blogging awards and related milestones.
  • All freelance articles are now filed under the Freelance Writing umbrella. From there, it branches out into indexes for each venture: A Bibliophile’s Reverie (tea reviews), Grub Street (articles on writing), and Sonic Cathedral / Suite101 (music reviews and interviews).

Also, two new article series are coming soon! They are:

  • Freelance Article Round-Up, which will link out the most recent freelance articles I’ve written for A Bibliophile’s Reverie, Grub Street, and other ventures. These Round-Ups will appear on the last day of the month, with a frequency of once a month or every 2 months (depending on the number of new articles). As always, all new articles will be linked out on Facebook and Twitter as soon as they’re posted, and the respective freelance venture indexes will be kept up-to-date.
  • Author Interviews! Yes, I’m going to periodically feature interviews with published authors, starting in September. Twitter has proven to be an amazing way to connect with writers of all kinds, and those connections have inspired the idea for this series. For now I’m going to start with self-published and debut authors. The first one is already in the works (it just needs to be scheduled), and I already know which writers I’d like to pursue afterwards.

And… there may be more excitement around the corner! I can’t say much right now, as I want to see how things play out over the next couple weeks. But I’m buzzing with joy and anticipation just thinking about all the opportunities. If anything does work out, I’ll let you know as soon as I can confirm it. 😉

Hope you’re all doing well right now and enjoying your summer (or winter, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere)!

All the best,
Sara

Review of Katatonia’s “Dead End Kings” at Suite101

It’s been a while since I wrote for Suite101. So now here’s a review on music that’s not female-fronted metal, but metal nonetheless.

Katatonia is probably one of my top five male-fronted metal bands of all time. Mostly because their 2009 album Night Is The New Day blew me away with its gorgeous, doom-influenced soundscapes. So, I was looking forward to reviewing their new album Dead End Kings for Suite101. And… well, I was disappointed. Not completely, as I enjoyed at least half of the songs, a select few immensely (“The Parting,” “Dead Letters,” and “Buildings”). Otherwise, I felt Dead End Kings wandered more than rocked. I even likened the album to “a ghost keeping its distance from the churning sea below.”

Don’t let my opinion stop you from buying Dead End Kings if you’re a Katatonia fan. That’s just how I feel about the album. And as always, I point out what I think are strengths as well as weaknesses. Never expect a bashfest from me – I’m not that heartless of a reviewer!

Click here to read my review of Katatonia’s Dead End Kings.

New at Suite101.com: Review of Evanescence’s Self-Titled Album

My latest review at Suite 101.com tackles the self-titled third album by the biggest name in female-fronted rock music: Evanescence. It turns out that a five-year hiatus and a more collaborative songwriting process has encouraged the band to steer their music in a (slightly) new direction. The result is Evanescence, a less bombastic and more straight-up rock record than Evanescence’s previous album, The Open Door. However, does this change work in Evanescence’s favor?

Click here to read my review of Evanescence’s self-titled album.

Let me know what you think!

~ Sara