The Five Things Tag

Greetings, citizens! I felt like doing a tag today, so I'm borrowing this one from Eva@Coffee, Classics, and Craziness.  It's basically six sets of five things . . . pretty self-explanatory.  And fun 🙂 Five things you'll find in my purse:   1. my wallet 2. my keys 3. my driver's license 4. my library card... Continue Reading →

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, John Donne admonishes us.  It tolls for thee.  'Kay, now I've hit you with that entirely random Elizabethan quote, let me back up and start again.  I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming Avengers: Endgame lately, which means I've been thinking a lot about tragedy and human mortality. ... Continue Reading →

Pride and Prejudice: Dream Cast

Last week, I wrote a post in which I mused on certain Unpopular Opinions™ of mine.  In the course of which, I mentioned I'm not a fan of BBC's 1995 Pride and Prejudice, starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Many of you were surprised to hear this.  Naturally, you wanted an explanation.  I gave it... Continue Reading →

On Being Heard

Gentle reader, I come before you today to make an announcement. I have weird opinions. I'm not saying this in a self-congratulatory way, like "I hAvE wEiRd OpInIoNs."  I'm not patting myself on the back.  This is simply a fact I've observed over time:  my reactions, especially in the realm of literature/fiction, tend towards the... Continue Reading →

Captain Marvel: Review

'Sup. I finally saw Captain Marvel, and I'm here to tell you, it's . . . marvelous. (Sorry.  Couldn't resist.) But in all truth, this is an excellent, powerful, inspiring, fun-filled movie, which I believe everyone ought to see.  It's not knock-your-socks-off-with-emotional-trauma like Infinity War, but it's deep and rich in its own way.  While... Continue Reading →

The Narnia Writing Tag

Hallo, all! I'm borrowing this tag from the lovely Eva@Coffee, Classics, and Craziness.  Basically, it's a set of Narnia-themed questions about your current WIP.  Since anything Narnia-themed is automatically my idea of fun, I thought I'd give it a shot. All these answers apply to my as-yet-untitled Western fantasy series.  I'm on the second draft... Continue Reading →

She’s Always a Woman to Me

Last week, I was chatting with folks online about the latest MCU movie, Captain Marvel. During this conversation, a criticism was expressed that Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, didn't seem "feminine enough" from the trailers we'd seen. My first thought?  "She's WEARING MAKEUP . . . which is a greater concession to femininity than I'll... Continue Reading →

The Silver Sword: Review

The Silver Sword is a WW2 children's classic, written in 1956 by a British novelist named Ian Serraillier.  (The book was published in America as Escape From Warsaw, but I refuse to use that title here 'cause it's inaccurate to the plot.)  Even though it's such a classic--in my favorite genre, no less--I had never read it... Continue Reading →

So . . . I Wrote a Book

Originally, I wasn't planning to dedicate a post to this, because it was early February when I finished the first draft and lots of blog-party stuff was going on and I was a wee bit swamped with work anyways . . . but then I smacked myself upside the head and said, "YOU WROTE A... Continue Reading →

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