• Announcements,  News & Updates,  Work-In-Progress

    End of An Era

    Hello! ^_^ Few of bits of housekeeping on this glorious almost springtime day. One, I decided I like suspense novels, so I’ve been having a lot of fun lately shopping for suspense books. Two, I’ve been doing random TBRs this year, where I pick my TBR out of themed jars, and that actually hasn’t been a disaster. I don’t always stick to it, but it’s fun, and it keeps me from having decision paralysis over what to read all the time. Three, I actually am still working on the musical project. I have my plot split up into two acts and 46 musical numbers. I decided to go with a…

  • Books,  Reading

    February Reading Wrap

    Hello. 🙂 DNFs #1 – (Wicked Saints) – ya fantasy that promised to be bloody and fairytale-like – I’m sure it is but the writing style wasn’t working for me; I felt like someone was rambling in my ear and I didn’t care #2 – (A Discovery of Witches) – adult urban fantasy with witches and vampires – issues with the writing style again; it was super wordy and I was just bored It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the books I don’t finish (though there might be). It’s that reading a book isn’t just about the story. It’s also about the experience. I may very well have ended…

  • Facts of Life

    A Basketful of Ideas

    Once upon a time I was going to start a blog about beauty products. I had preliminary sketches of what the site would look like and how it would be organized. It was going to be all about natural and organic beauty products and how to find the right products for your skin. While I’m still into it to a degree, skin care was once a HUGE passion of mine. I was always trying new things: drugstore brands, department store crap, and everything in between. I once gave an entire Oil of Olay set to a friend who almost wouldn’t take it because she thought it was too expensive for…

  • Books,  Reading

    First Reading Wrap of 2021

    Hi there! I’m kind of surprised I ended up having a good reading month. The first 10 days were a bit rough, but it ended really well, and I loved almost everything I read. Per my new “not gonna torture myself with books I don’t like” policy, I DNF’ed four books this month. DNF #1 – (The Mask of Mirrors) mildly interesting but super hard to read fantasy: quit on page 24 of 630 DNF #2 – (The Scavenger) a horror novella that dragged a bit too long: quit on page 13-ish of 84 DNF #3 – (The Countess) dry, textbook-sounding historical novel: quit on page 26 of 284 DNF #4…

  • News & Updates,  Writing Journey

    Random Thoughts & Blog Changes

    Hi there! It’s me. ^_^ So, first on the agenda: Starting in February, because I had too much to say this month, apparently, I’ll be updating the blog less frequently. Likely every other week, but sometimes there’ll be an update two weeks in a row because of reading updates that happen at the very end or top of every month. I know. You’re so heartbroken. Actually, I know it’s totally fine, but I want to bring it up anyway. I’m doing this for only one reason, and it’s because I associate this blog with writing. Since I’m not writing very much, I honestly don’t know what to say. And between…