Mother’s Day

#RobinWatch2017 has reached its halfway point. The robins on our porch finally hatched, and the past week my kids and I have peeked into the nest every day to see the changes. This video is the robin babies at just a few hours old, peep-peeping away. They're much cuter now with fuller feathers and more … Continue reading Mother’s Day

Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Review: What if there were a group of magicians responsible for getting people out of war zones and oppression to safety? This idea is central to Locke's premise, and delivers well in the two plot lines she puts forth in this book (one during WWII and one in 1988 Berlin). When a balloon designed … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

April Wrap-Up

Reading Life: Books finished: 11 Best of the Month: The Girl with All the Gifts, Lincoln in the Bardo, March trilogy Times sobbed during Lincoln in the Bardo : Six, which was not as many as watching A Man Called Ove with my husband ARCs: 4 (Make sure to check out The Hideaway and Stars over Clear Lake) Books bailed on: 2 … Continue reading April Wrap-Up

Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen

The Review: Hope Nicholson's primer into the history of female characters in comics is excellent. Need more information than that? I'm more than happy to provide. Starting in the 1930s and progressing to today, Nicholson selects a few characters to focus on at each point in time.  Nicholson highlights better known heroines, like Wonder Woman … Continue reading Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen

Shakespeare Stuff

You know how werewolves show themselves at the full moon? That's my Shakespeare geek status today on his birth/death day. Instead of mourning my past days on the stage or shivering at the memory of writing my Master's thesis, I'll point you to a recent project celebrating Shakespeare's heroines that I compiled and edited over … Continue reading Shakespeare Stuff

Random Lines Poem

Thanks to all that contributed! I put all of the individual lines into a list randomizer, took the first item on the randomized list as the title, and added stanza breaks. Behold, our Frankensteinian creation and happy National Poetry Month!   "Must this story be retold?" But when we forgot coffee, we lost ourselves. I’ll … Continue reading Random Lines Poem

March Wrap-Up and Bad Poetry Line Request

Reading Wrap-Up Books Read: 10 Audiobooks: 2 ARCs: 3 Memoirs: 2 Books read for my Goodreads Goal: 33/75 (may have to adjust upward!) Books left in my A-Z Reading challenge: 8 (D,E,I,K,P,Q,X,Y,Z) Best of the Month: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Runners-up: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, and … Continue reading March Wrap-Up and Bad Poetry Line Request

Shiny New Things and Slumps

I got a project successfully off to prom and immediately spent the next week stewing and miserable. I stomped around the house and sighed a lot and refreshed my email like I was giving it rescue breaths. Yesterday, I started outlining something and felt that pressure ease almost immediately. But I feel that slump sneaking up … Continue reading Shiny New Things and Slumps

Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February

The Month in Numbers: Books read: 11 Audiobooks: 3 Nonfiction: 3 Birthdays this month: 1 Girls Nights Out: 3 Hours spend editing new project: 43 Papers graded: 85 Most steps in one day: 14,534 Details Best Books of the Month: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (how had I never read Waters before?) , Homegoing by Yaa … Continue reading Reading and Writing Wrap-Up for February