Top 5 Friday

August 7, 2015

  It’s getting to be back to school time. Sylvia Plath’s 10 back to school commandments are an interesting testament to the kind of woman she was. My newest for the Riot is on reading as self-care. This writer sent her novel out to publishers under a male name. Unfortunately, the results aren’t shocking. Looks […]

hello august

August 1, 2015

Hello, August.  Hello vacation, beach, and sleeping in.  Hello stacks and stacks of books.  I know you’ve been waiting for me. I’m eagerly waiting for you, too. Hi planning and writing and working hard on all the things I’ve been too busy to work on.  Hey there, running. Never thought I’d see you pop up […]

The Darkest Part of the Forest

July 29, 2015

This book is a fairy tale. Growing up I never much cared for fairy tales. They were irrelevant, boring, and the morals were a stretch.  There’s a YA trend of fairy tales with kickass heroines that I think YA Nikki would have really appreciated. In The Darkest Part of the Forest, protagonist Hazel is a Gryffindor […]

Top 5 Friday

July 24, 2015

I think about writing a lot.  Spend time doing it, reading it, grading it.  What if I wrote something no one would read?  Who am I kidding, I have a novel sitting on my hard drive no one will probably read.  But I didn’t set out to write it without an audience in mind. Speaking […]

Proper Pie Co

July 22, 2015

One of the things I miss most about Europe is the street food.  Doner kebabs, pastys (not to be confused with pasties), felafel, sausage rolls, fries with mayo, sweet doughs in their various fried forms. Not long ago, I heard about Proper Pie Co. but thought it only offered sweet pies.  Au contraire, mon frere. […]

Top 5 Friday

July 17, 2015

My love for Joseph Gordon Levitt started with his role in 10 Things I Hate About You and hasn’t faltered since.  My heart skipped a beat at this mother lover latest. My Kinda Book is offering a preview of Rainbow Rowell’s new novel Carry On along with a lot of other teasers.  Is it fall yet? […]