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Music Recommendation: Ambient Worlds

| January 15, 2020

Since I do a lot of writing and editing, I’m always on the lookout for good background music–the sort that keeps my brain happy with some sound, but that’s not too distracting. Ambient Worlds on YouTube is perfect for this. I love listening to the Harry Potter-themed tracks, which are generally tranquil and comforting. But […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Early January 2020

| January 8, 2020

Reading: Working my way through Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdez, which I started reading from the library and then had to return. Now I have it on my Kindle. Watching: Aside from seeing Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker on Christmas Day and finally watching Jupiter Ascending right at the end of 2019 (and rewatching […]

Review of Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo

| January 1, 2020

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is up now, this week for Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo. This is a novelette, so it was a really quick read that I read in about an hour. But the title was awesome, and the plot sucked me right in, with a very realistic tale of dealing with the […]

Article Recommendation: Pre-Code Hollywood

| December 25, 2019

I recently came across this article, which talks about how very different Hollywood and American film-making was in the days prior to the Hays Code, also known as the Motion Pictures Production Code. This morality code changed the film-making industry dramatically, particularly for women in the industry, who found that their previously powerful and liberal […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To: December 2019 Edition

| December 18, 2019

Reading: A book to review, and a couple of comics here and there. I finally read the first trade paperback of Doctor Aphra and promptly requested MOAR! Aside from that, though I haven’t read much lately. I had to return the library copy of Chilling Effect, so I bought that for my Kindle (since I was […]

Comic Recommendation: Marvel Rising

| December 11, 2019

I’ve still got a huge stack of comics that need to be read, but I had some downtime between books I was reviewing and managed to read all of Marvel Rising (2018), featuring Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl. Since it was two of my favorite young heroes, it wasn’t hard to get me hooked on this […]

Review of Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming by Jameson Currier

| December 4, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, for Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming? by Jameson Currier. It’s a collection of short stories with gay male protagonists, and it’s a really neat look at how one author has written variations on a common theme! You can check out my review here, or […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Late November 2019 edition

| November 27, 2019

Reading: I got a copy of Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes from the library, so I’m squeezing that in between books I need to read for reviews. Watching: We finished up the last season of Iron Fist (loved the concluding scene so much!) and now are working our way through the last season of Jessica Jones, which […]

My GeekGirlCon 2019 Haul

| November 20, 2019

GeekGirlCon was this past weekend, and while I didn’t bring home TOO much stuff, I did have a couple of awesome things I picked up! The fabric from Fireside Textiles is destined to become a young gamer’s first dice bag, picked out especially for them. They had so much other AMAZING fabric that I wanted, […]

Review of Into Bones Like Oil by Kaaron Warren

| November 13, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, for a surreal Gothic-styled novella called Into Bones Like Oil. This book reminded me about the best parts of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but geared toward adult readers rather than younger readers. The book just came out yesterday, so you can grab it right away! […]