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  • Facebook Fails
    on Jul 12, 2013 in Facebook Fails
    What are these fails that I speak of?  Grammatical fails, of course!  Sometimes when I'm surfing Facebook, I just have to facepalm (badum tss).  I am way too passive to correct people outright or tell them to their faces that I can't t...
  • A Kindle for Dad: 4th Gen Pros & Cons
    on Jul 10, 2013 in Gifts Product Reviews Life Holidays
    On Father's Day, my husband and I went down to Alabama to visit my parents.  I'd been all keyed up for this holiday, because for the first time, I was able to afford to get my dad something really neat.  In the past, presents for the people...
  • Weekly Words: The Birthday Cometh
    on Jul 8, 2013 in Weekly Words Life Books
    What's up this week?Another lesson learned: I am perceptibly getting older.  My birthday is coming up later this month, and when I look at my sheer lack of resilience in the face of young people things, I know that I am becoming old.  When...
  • Reception: A Narrative
    on Jul 7, 2013 in Life My Prose Relationships
    A little forward to this beauty: Are you ever just casually browsing social media and see a picture of someone that just makes you feel huffy and violated all over again, even though you'd forgotten about the whole thing?  That's exactly what...
  • A Poem for the 4th
    on Jul 4, 2013 in Poems and Poets Holidays
    Fireworks over Green Lake in Seattle, July 4, 1947, courtesy of MyGreenLake.comThe 4th of July is the essence of summer. It's also the essence of the U.S. It takes place right at that golden moment, when the weather has grown hot but not too hot.
  • Help Start the Cthulhu WarsThis is a call for donations to make possible what may turn out to be one of the best board games ever made.  The game is called Cthulhu Wars.  Just in case you didn't already know, I am a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos.&...
  • Bookstore of the Month: Hall's BookshopRemember my post a few days ago about a little movie called The Last Bookshop?  Because I loved the film so much, I thought it would be very appropriate to make the very first Bookstore of the Month Hall's Bookshop, where much of the filming too...
  • Bookstore Tourism
    on Jun 28, 2013 in Bookstores Books Travel
    Buy a copy of Portzline's book hereSo I've always been one to fall in love with the book stores I go to, and sometimes I'll even travel quite a ways just to visit the special ones.  That's why I'm so captivated by this fairly new concept of book...
  • Weekly Words: A Little Respect
    on Jun 26, 2013 in Weekly Words Life
    So I've noticed (and my husband has pointed out to me) that this blog provides information but is somewhat lacking my personal voice.  My new weekly post is part of my effort to change that and to thereby take this blog into a less boring and bl...
  • The Last Bookshop
    on Jun 24, 2013 in Suggested Watching Movies
    The other day, I came across this short independent film from a group called The Bakery in the U.K.  It was released about two months ago, and from what I understand, it has enjoyed a mild amount of fame.  I know that this blog doesn't have...
  • Writspo: Oscar Wilde Quotes
    on Jun 20, 2013 in Writspo Philosophy
    For those of you who didn't know, I try to post writing inspiration, or Writspo for short, fairly often to keep those of my readers who are also writers galvanized and hopeful.  After all, inspiration to write can come from a great many places,...
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins Cave Discovered
    on Jun 18, 2013 in Current Events Books
    Portrait of Juana Mariataken after rescueMany of us encountered Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell in elementary and middle school, but I honestly never knew before today that it was based on a true story.  Apparently, the Newbery Medal...
  • The Whole Diary of a Young GirlYesterday, June 12th, marked what would have been Anne Frank's 84th birthday.  It was also on this day in 1942 that Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday and wrote the very first entry in it.  The life she wrote within those pag...
  • Library Porn
    on Jun 10, 2013 in Suggested Reading Libraries
    Something I've noticed lately while surfing reddit and Pinterest is the skyrocketing popularity of "library porn," or pictures of libraries so ridiculously gorgeous that they get us bibliophiles hot and bothered.  Seriously, there should be a wa...
  • Quick English Lesson: Commas & Conjunctions
    on Jun 5, 2013 in Tips Quick English Lesson Education
    When it comes to commas, the thing that people seem to struggle with most is whether or not to put a comma before the conjunctions "and," "but," and "or."  I just want you to know that knowing when to put a comma before a conjunction is not one...
  • Book Review: Foul Play
    on May 26, 2013 in Books Book Reviews
    I bet you all know why I wrote about this book.  Just look at the cover; it's easy to guess.  Just like The Sweetheart of Prosper County, there is a rooster on it.  I know a lot of people don't like romance novels or take them seriousl...
  • Hunger Games Fan Art
    on May 22, 2013 in Movies Books Fan Art
    So I don't know about all of you, but I love fan art.  For those of you who don't know, fan art is art drawn/painted/photoshopped/etc by fans of a book/anime/movie/etc.  Deviantart is practically exploding with it.  And that is where I...
  • Blog Makeover
    on May 20, 2013 in Suggested Reading Updates
    Mucha by Sarah MuchaAs you can see, my blog has received a super fancy, Art Nouveau-style makeover, and it is looking more awesome than ever!!  Also, because this big redesign is out of the way, that means I can get back to writing the kinds of...
  • Bleh
    on May 17, 2013 in Life
    Why?  Why do I let this wonderful blog lapse?  I suppose I've been very caught up in life-type things.  Mostly I think it is because I like doing this blog so much, yet it requires a bit of work, therefore, I feel guilty for putting th...
  • Nicholas Sparks' Advice For Writers
    on Dec 20, 2012 in Author Updates Writer's Tips
    Photo courtesy of goodreadsEven though there are a lot of people out there that will say that Nicholas Sparks just recycles his stories, I personally find them all touching and think he's a master at writing the kind of story he writes, even if I don...