It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia

Nowadays, I have a really difficult time getting into the Christmas spirit.  Maybe it’s because of how commercialism demands that Christmas carols play on the radio and in the stores before Halloween is over so people will blow more money.  I’m a firm believer in only celebrating one holiday at a time, and by the time Christmas arrives, I am completely burned out on the … Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Saturnalia

Writing Tips

NaNoWriMo Week Two–The Worst Week

If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.  About two weeks ago, before this all started, we were all filled with both excitement and dread.  We were all going to write our own novels and reach that goal of 50,000 words.  We didn’t know how, and many of us secretly doubted that we could do it.  Then week … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Week Two–The Worst Week

Why Aspiring Authors Shouldn’t Major in English

This article was originally posted on Insatiable Booksluts. Do you want to be a writer when you grow up?  I know I do.  When I was in high school trying to decide on a college and a major, English seemed like the perfect subject to study.  After all, English is the language I would be writing in, right?  Looking back, I think I made a … Continue reading Why Aspiring Authors Shouldn’t Major in English

Writing Tips

NaNoWriMo Prep

I mentioned in my most recent metablog that I’m getting ready for NaNoWriMo, which starts in just a few days.  I never realized it before, but there is a pretty big community of writers who are participating.  Several of my friends, my blogger/Twitter buddies, and even a few of my coworkers are planning to participate.  The closer November gets, the more excited I am about … Continue reading NaNoWriMo Prep

Click here to save the world

October is Slacktivism Awareness Month

First, let me just throw this out there: “slacktivism” is a fun word to say, and it totally belongs in the dictionary. Now that that’s out of the way . . . Earlier today, I took part in a Facebook exchange where my friend Kate had posted this article about the commercialization and exploitative nature of the breast cancer awareness movement.  One of my favorite … Continue reading October is Slacktivism Awareness Month

Drink and Tweet

Unusual Hobbies: Drinkalongs on Twitter

Some of my favorite things to do include watching campy movies, hanging out with friends, Tweeting, and drinking.  My brilliant friend SJ figured out a way to do all of them at once when she invented the Drinkalong. It all started with Puttin’ the Blog in Balrog when SJ started a group to join her in reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  … Continue reading Unusual Hobbies: Drinkalongs on Twitter

Man Crush: Stephen King

Note: This post was written for Insatiable Booksluts Stephen King Week and has been reblogged here on YFT.  You can view the original post here. My mom used to read Stephen King’s horror stories, and I already knew who he was by the time I was learning to read sentences like, “The boys run.  The girls see the boys.”  I remember one evening when my … Continue reading Man Crush: Stephen King

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Things I Like: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Warning: This post is a total geek out over a fictional universe and a TV show whose demographic was 6 to 11 year-olds.  I’m in my thirties, and I’ve just found a new obsession.  Now that you’ve received your caveat, let me continue. I’m about five or six years behind on this one, but I recently discovered Avatar: The Last Airbender.  It’s been a long … Continue reading Things I Like: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Poison Ivy

Things I Don’t Like: Poison Ivy

I recently got back from a camping trip, and I noticed that the outer edges of my campground was surrounded by poison ivy.  Having lived in Japan for the last four years, I hadn’t really seen the stuff in a while, but I knew how to identify it, and I made it a point not to go near it.  Now that I’ve been back from … Continue reading Things I Don’t Like: Poison Ivy


Things I Hate: Telephones

There are not many things in this world that truly scare me.  I can handle snakes and spiders, and I know people who are terrified of birds, but I’m definitely not one of them.  Being in high places gets my adrenaline pumping; roller coasters and airplanes all give me a sense of thrill.  So if I have no problem with any of these things, why … Continue reading Things I Hate: Telephones