The Bi-Annual Epic Book Haul

Nefarious. That was our code word. No, we weren’t burgling a dragon or planning a spy mission. But we were sneaking off on a delicious adventure. The Epic Library Book Sale. That’s right! Twice a year, one of the big warehouse rooms at the fairgrounds is filled to the brim with books, and whoever hasContinue reading “The Bi-Annual Epic Book Haul”

Writing Update: June Mermaids and Paganini

Unblocked. I think. Sort of. I am writing about mermaids. Or I will be. Right now I am writing about a shy, stuffy little professor-type in 1901 who blushes whenever a pretty girl is in the room and who is following the plot about as much as a sleepy cat chasing a pussy willow. WhichContinue reading “Writing Update: June Mermaids and Paganini”

Book Review: Dracula

Bram Stoker’s classic tale, a pillar in the vampire genre, a “study of evil,” terrifying work of horror– And it’s boring? Frankly, I’m not sure what this says about me as a person. But over the roughly 18 hour duration of the audiobook, the only constant thought I had was please get on with itContinue reading “Book Review: Dracula”

Book Review: Frankenstein

I stayed away from this book for years because of its reputation. This newfound obsession is entirely my artsy friend’s fault. She was watching the play version by the National Theater online during lockdown–and it is a wonderful production. But, being unaware of the greater requirements of the genre, she saw old-fashioned light bulbs andContinue reading “Book Review: Frankenstein”

Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented.

By now you know I am convinced fantasy is the best and most beautiful genre of fiction in the world. But I don’t often talk about why. A while back (yes, concerts and work and university finals, I know. I’m awake now) I stumbled across Sarah Seele’s lovely post “They Found Loveliness Everywhere.” Do goContinue reading “Mind Magic: Escapism, Fantasy, and why it’s the best thing mankind invented.”

Concert Recipe

Ingredients 1 Violin (or orchestral instrument of choice) too much rosin on the bow if you’re nervous Is the bow hair tight enough now? No, it’s too tight. Now? Maybe. Is it bouncy? Does it bounces? 1 shot caffeine 2 shots adrenaline (administer both caffeine and adrenaline with caution, like peppermint oil or lemon zest)Continue reading “Concert Recipe”

Hello. Did you miss me?

So I’m not dead. Nor have I quit blogging. A dragon still hasn’t swept down and decimated my suburban village, I didn’t disappear into the void or get lost trying to find my way out of hallways stacked full of books. Just thought you might like to know. I meant to post. Regularly. Often. I’veContinue reading “Hello. Did you miss me?”

Violin Recital: The Adrenaline, the Excitement, and the fact that it’s tomorrow

So a little life update. I’m having my first solo violin recital tomorrow. In translation–I’m going to play like 33 minutes of classical music onstage with just a pianist behind me instead of a symphony orchestra around me. The difference is akin to dueling versus being part of a Roman legion.

Submitting a Short Story!/Random 1:00 a.m. Ramble

So here I was again, on the Writers of the Future page, all set to submit my short story for this quarter…
…with two minutes before the quarter ends, checking all the boxes and hoping AutoFill didn’t misspell my name and my formatting is correct because no time to check it now–

Tolkien Reading Day 2021!

All hail the Ring-bearer and the master of words who brought us all to Middle Earth. It’s Tolkien Reading Day, everyone! So grab your nearest Hobbit, eat second breakfast, take a hike, and of course, start reading. In case you are one of the many (like me) who has lamentably finished reading The Lord ofContinue reading “Tolkien Reading Day 2021!”

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