Renaissance Fair (Part II!)

It was sort of like getting your birthday twice in a year. I hadn’t expected to make it to any fair this year, and here I was, out of the blue, going to two, one after the other. The week in between? I’ll admit it, there wasn’t the same giddy adrenaline shock of the firstContinue reading “Renaissance Fair (Part II!)”

Book List: WWII Books

So after making my way through Amy McAuley’s Violins of Autumn, it seemed only fair to make a list of World War II books that I actually did enjoy…or at least find deeply accurate to history. It’s a fascinating topic and makes for some thrilling (and sometimes tragic and deeply introspective) reading. So! Here’s theContinue reading “Book List: WWII Books”

Book Review: Violins of Autumn

Book: Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley Series: (standalone) Genre: YA WWII Historical Fiction (emphasis on women in the French Resistance) Content for the Sensitive Reader: Three violent but not particularly graphic on-page deaths, amount of violence otherwise typical in WWII stories, some PG-13 and mild language scattered throughout, mild romantic themes, underage smoking andContinue reading “Book Review: Violins of Autumn”

Life off the Page: Castle Music

Where was I today? Umm…playing “Meditation” on my violin inside a castle chapel/great hall and listening to the fantastic acoustics as my music reached the painted clouds? Serious, I wasn’t just daydreaming when I was reading. It was real. The castle is called Chateau Charmant, and it’s smack in the middle of a patch ofContinue reading “Life off the Page: Castle Music”

Writing Update: August 30, 2019

It’s strange what things will set off my mind down a different path. Four days ago, it was a single photograph of a Neolithic sculpture depicting a conquering warrior. In a dry history text, no less. It wasn’t as if I’d traveled halfway across the world to look at the original stone, thinking about theContinue reading “Writing Update: August 30, 2019”

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