Writing Tips

It’s NaNoWriMo, and I know many people are bending over backward trying to write half a book this month, and while I’m nowhere near an expert (are any of us, really, when it comes to writing?), I thought it might be helpful to talk about some of the things that have helped me in the […]

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TTT: Characters I’d Name a Pet After

Well, I’ve already got two bookish cats, so I’m definitely going to cheat on two of these, but I’ve thought of so many different characters for my future cats, so this is also going to be a ton of fun. This week’s That Artsy Reader Girl topic is definitely something I think about a lot, […]

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#marywrites: Nobody Told Me That!

My mom has forever joked, “Aren’t you the one writing the story?” And sure, yes, I am the one physically putting the words on paper, but that’s about where it ends. And you might think that sounds crazy, but consider this. But I met a lot of things on the way that astonished me. Tom […]

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#NaNoWriMo: Week Two

I’ve got to start this week off with a story because it’s just truly unbelievable, and I’m lucky to be able to write this right now. I have two cats, whom I’ve talked about often enough on here that I think everyone knows that. Lily is super chill about most things. She loves to be […]

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Bookshelf Tour: High Fantasy, Part IV

Welcome to the bookshelf tour! Previously: Nonfiction | Buddhism & Yoga | Poetry & Adult Fiction | Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels | Horror & Classics | Tolkien | Contemporary Romance | Middle Grade | Middle Grade & Classics | Harry Potter & Shadowhunters | Urban Fantasy, Part I, II, III, IV & Classics | Top of Shelves | High Fantasy, Part I, II, III. ICYMI, since I’m […]

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TTT: Characters I’m Still Screaming about

While reading Return of the Thief recently, I unintentionally tweeted a list of characters that I’m still screaming about because I was currently screaming about Eugenides (yes, he’s on this list), and then realized that I haven’t screamed about any of those characters recently, so here we are! I’ve listed them in alphabetical order by […]

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Urban Fantasy VS High Fantasy

This is not going to be a divisive post. Wow, I just had the hardest time spelling the word divisive. I hate the versus here because it sounds like I’m pitting urban fantasy against high fantasy when, really, I’m just talking about what I like about each, and why they’re such different subgenres of fantasy, […]

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#NaNoWriMo: Week One

Here we gooooooo! OH HELL YOU’RE WELCOME! Starting off good, guys. Seriously, anytime I hear or say the words here we go, I immediately break out into this song. Sim, I am a 90s child through and through. I may honestly have to listen to this to get things started. I’m going to break down […]

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October Haul

This was more unexpected than usual. Even when Erin asked me ahead of time if I wanted to go book shopping, I said that I really didn’t need to, and I definitely can’t go when I see her in a few weeks, or my bookshelves will literally explode. She wanted to swing into her bookstore […]

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Flour, Water, yeast: It’s That Simple

It’s bread time, folks. Recently, one of my coworkers finally got up the courage to try making bread after months of listening to me talk about it, and when he came back to me, it was with, “You were right! It really isn’t that hard!” And it’s not, because bread is really just three ingredients, […]

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