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Cool Game Kickstarter: Seance and Sensibility

| March 4, 2020

I’m a Jane Austen fan by proximity and osmosis (I’ve tried to read the books, but I had a difficult time with her writing style, but I really enjoy the movies and the general ideas), but this game, Seance and Sensibility, hits a number of the buttons that I like! It’s Jane Austen. It’s Powered by […]

Review of Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts

| February 26, 2020

I’ve got another book review up at Mad Scientist Journal today, for Tansy Rayner Roberts’ Power and Majesty, which is the first book her her Creature Court series. I’m anxiously awaiting the chance to read the other books in this series (which unfortunately have to wait until I have some free time between review book reading), because […]

TV Show Recommendation: Riverdale

| February 12, 2020

We are, as per the usual, way behind on almost every show there is out there. But Jeremy recently watched the first episode of Riverdale and thought I might like it. He was, unsurprisingly, right. I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t come into comics through the superhero route. My first comics were Archie and Richie Rich. So seeing […]

Review of Key of Astrea by Nicholas Marson

| February 5, 2020

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal for The Key of Astrea by Nicholas Marson. It’s a young adult book that mashes up fantasy and sci-fi. I will note that I had some contents notes about this book, but those can be found in my review. If they don’t push you away, though, you can […]

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

| January 29, 2020

Reading: A book to review, and lots of flash fiction from a contest I’m participating in. Watching: Not much recently. Looking forward to Altered Carbon season 2 in February, though! Listening To: The usual slate of k-pop for fun and workouts, and ambient music for editing and writing. My favorite k-pop boy band, Monsta X, will […]

Movie Recommendation: Jupiter Ascending

| January 22, 2020

I’m only about five years behind, but I finally saw Jupiter Ascending, and I loved it. Yes, I’m fully aware that it’s ridiculous and what I like to call a “popcorn” movie. But it’s visually stunning, and I’m a sucker for those boots that worked like roller skates. I also appreciated that the movie did not […]

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 […]