Rest and Recovery

Hi. Nearly a month has passed and I’m finally writing something longer than an email. Hooray for progress!! I’m doing very well post surgery and recovering as expected. Reading and writing are still taxing. Focusing takes A LOT of effort and seeing letters and words move quickly across the screen makes me motion sick. It’sContinue reading “Rest and Recovery”

Book Review: Personal Effects

I’m a little nervous to write this review because some of the plot that I loved the most could easily be spoiled. So, I’m trying to be careful here. I really liked this book. E.M. Kokie and I have exchanged a few emails and more than a few rounds of Scrabble. We connected because weContinue reading “Book Review: Personal Effects”

What I Have in Common with Moby Dick, Mr. Roper and Rachmaninof

Much of the last few weeks I’ve been doing my research on Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). A few interesting things I’ve learned include: Norman Fell (aka Mr. Roper from Three’s Company) had TN, as did Jefferson Davis, Sergei Rachmaninof, Gloria Steinem, and Norma Zimmer. A bit character in Moby Dick is noted for having it. “Didn’tContinue reading “What I Have in Common with Moby Dick, Mr. Roper and Rachmaninof”

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Ultimate Negative Reinforcement

This is what my face feels like about 5 to 20 times a day depending on how fussy my trigeminal nerve is feeling. That’s not an exaggeration. You know how when you go to a doctor for some pain issue and they ask you to rate it on a scale from 1-10? Women in laborContinue reading “Trigeminal Neuralgia: Ultimate Negative Reinforcement”

Book Review: Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up was not on my to-read list until it became a Printz Award honor book. But the contemporary young adult nature of it appealed to me after it found my radar. I hadn’t even heard of any of the Printz books that were honored this year. I’m not sure if that’s aContinue reading “Book Review: Why We Broke Up”

39 Bookshelves You Should See

This is a peek into my library. My books  are mostly young adult novels, which happen to come with FANTASTIC colorful covers. So, I ordered them by color, which makes the shelves pretty to look at. I LOVE my bookshelves for being filled with wonderful books like the autographed copy of Stargirl. It also holdsContinue reading “39 Bookshelves You Should See”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (27) – Mike Mullin

In which young adult author, Mike Mullin, gives us a look into his teenage self! We all had our share of Awkward, and most of us go on to have beautiful lives. Some of us even get to be published authors! So, as promised, here is some pre-Super Bowl fun for all my fellow IndianapolisContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (27) – Mike Mullin”

YA Author Interview: Mike Mullin

While many in our community have merged themselves into the mayhem of Superbowl festivities, I’m hunkering down, calling it a Jammies day, and just maybe I’ll get the first-chapter rewrite polished up enough to send to my critique group. Where they’ll destruct it and I’ll say thank you. We call ourselves the cannibals for aContinue reading “YA Author Interview: Mike Mullin”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (17) Brodi Ashton

Welcome back to Self-Deprecating Sunday (It’s been tooooooo long!), which treats of YA  authors sharing the Great and Awkward of their teenage years. I’m recycling an old favorite today in honor of Brodi Ashton’s book launch! Her paranormal YA romance, Everneath debuted this week! Her blog is a must-read–so funny–and surely gives a taste ofContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (17) Brodi Ashton”

A Very Merry Bookmas!

While the girls are  busy today playing Rock Band with the new puppy, I’ll be happily hiding in my library among my books. This year I add two really special books to my shelves. Rackety Boom: My most favorite book from childhood. Not sure why I loved a book about a jalopy so much, butContinue reading “A Very Merry Bookmas!”