Comic Con on a Budget 101 (ft. EventBrite)

As many of you know, I love cosplaying and attending local geek conventions.  There’s really something quite magical about walking around a huge building full of other fandom geeks for an entire day.  This summer, I’m sharing that magic with my friends, who I’m taking to their very first Comic Con.  In honor of this…

Evolve by Imagine Dragons

I’ll note, I did not like Imagine Dragon’s last album.  After Night Visions, the Tolans left the band and I felt like Imagine Dragons didn’t sound quite the same.  The harmonies on Smoke and Mirrors lacked a woman’s (or simply a soprano’s) touch, if that makes any sense.  (On the bright side, a bunch of my…

Starting the Piano

I think I resisted playing piano for a long time because I naively felt that “everyone else” was doing it.  Practically all the goody-goody girls in the books I grew up reading practiced piano dutifully before embarking on their little adventures.  Those who did it in real-life seemed to view piano-playing as cultured and classy….

Abortion Stats vs. the Holocaust – REALLY?

Note: I’m bringing up the Holocaust because that’s what I saw being talked about; I also bring it up because it relates to me culturally; so I may be biased in that respect.  But I think the sentiment definitely applies to every significant historical human tragedy.   I know I shouldn’t react so strongly to…

Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (2017)

I remember reading that Fleetwood Mac’s 1987 album Tango in the Night was meant to be a collaboration solely between Buckingham and Mcvie, the band’s guitarist and keyboardist respectively, who’d remained close friends despite the various personal crises which shook their band.  Then the others got involved (namely Stevie Nicks) and it became a Fleetwood…

Five Reasons to Smile (Activity)

I first heard of this activity on my favorite young writers’ website.  Every so often, we tag each other to share five reasons why we’re smiling today or why others should too.  Sometimes, the reasons I come up with are far too personal to share online, but that doesn’t stop me from tallying them up…

Shirred Eggs

Photo credit: Annette Young, licensed under Creative Commons, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic. I recently discovered the recipe for these magical, pillowy, cheesy baked eggs while researching more interesting ways to make them for breakfast. The Dough Mama shared this recipe on HuffPost, and I’ve adapted it to suit my needs (e.g. I changed cream out for…

Movie Review: Pride and Prejudice (1940)

Originally posted at ATW. Usually, I’ll encourage people to read a book before watching its film adaptation, or just read the book exclusively. I’ve had a very hard time getting my head around Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, mostly because the plot is sooooo long-winded and monotonous, so I did the unthinkable and watched…

Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Note: This will eventually get posted on ATW. Scythe follows two teenagers, Citra and Rowan, through their apprenticeship to the Honorable Scythe Faraday.  (All Scythes take on new names, after “Patron Historics,” aka historical personalities, when ordained.)  Neither want to join the next generation of population-controlling killers, which is why they are deemed perfect to…

Movie Review: La La Land (2016)

I won’t bore you with a brief rundown of the plot in my own words; I’ll just tell you what I thought of it: The movie, in its 2-hour glory, is basically eye candy of a tasteful variety.  Lots of colors and dancing and aesthetics and good-looking Hollywood people.  I’m not saying that’s a bad…

Out of the Blue by Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

The first time I heard this album (on a vinyl record, at that), I was thoroughly weirded out.  Let’s just say listening to music you like with headphones on is a completely different experience than having it blare out of an old stereo system where all the non-ELO-loving nerds can hear it. I just realized,…