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Reviews
Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
Canada and the Canadian Question by Goldwin Smith
Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
Don't Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci
Flo by Kyo Maclear and Jay Fleck
A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats
Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #2: Rainbow Dash by Ryan K. Lindsay
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #5: Pinkie Pie by Ted Anderson
The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
Slider by Pete Hautman
Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

Miscellaneous
April 2018 sources
April 2018 summary
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 07)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 14) Reading Current

Road Essays
Getting there: it's the road, stupid
In the upside-down: the hobo life in Oz
Re-Mapping the road narrative project

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


Re-Mapping the road narrative project: 05/05/18

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When I initially started / re-started the road narrative project in 2015, I either reviewed books that I had read as research or I posted essays of either compiled thoughts from the literature read or updates on the over all process. This essay is one of those updates, or roadmark essays, if you will.

Since January, I have been posting one road narrative review and most weeks I am also writing and posting an essay. This means the body of work is steadily growing. Before things get too disorganized, I need make clear what I'm working on and where I am in that process.

In the last three years, the project has amassed 258 reviews (as of posting) and thirty-two essays. At the start of 2018 I realized my reviews had become too numerous to make any sort of sense of what sorts of road narratives I was most interested in. To make my focus of research more obvious, I stopped categorizing them just alphabetically and moved instead to organizing them by the sub-genre or major trope I had classified that book as falling under.

Now although I'm still under three dozen essays, I felt it was time to re-categorize the essays by their broadest topics, rather than just alphabetical. Here, though, the immediate goal is help me focus my efforts. Namely I need to know what essays to write next, especially in areas I haven't focused enough on.

As the project continues I might adjust the categories. With only thirty-two essays I went with very broad topics. I suspect as I put more of my notes, thoughts, and quotes down into essay form I will need more granularity in my topics.

The recategorized essays are available from any page from the Road Essays tap in the header.

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