A Bit of Thanks

Manners are important. They define you are as a person. It drives me crazy when someone can’t manage a please or thank you. Too often, it’s people who believed their entitled who don’t say so. Whether that’s simply them or a failure on their upbringing, I don’t know. What I do know is if you need something, you don’t demand. You ask and add a … Continue reading A Bit of Thanks

Literacy Lunacy: Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Blue is for Nightmares

Blue is for Nightmares came across my path in middle school, possibly at the school’s library. It was about witches, which I shared before is rare of the paranormal/supernatural teen genre. The cover was interesting and the summary on the back was a bit scandalous to my pre-teen mind, so it was a novel I was willing to try. As I read on, I learned … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Blue is for Nightmares

Before It’s Too Late

Get ready because I’m about to get morbid. Death is my inspiration. I am literally dying as I write this. The same way you are literally dying as you read it. You’re in the future and I’m in the past. What we do during the time in between—and after—is up to us. Some pretend death is never coming and waste away the minutes doing thing … Continue reading Before It’s Too Late

Literacy Lunacy: Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

It’s no secret I adore Japanese culture. Since childhood, I gravitated to shows, books, and art relating to almost anything Japanese. In elementary school, I came across Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes and I immediately knew it was meant for me. While its story is a bit nontraditional for a children’s book, it connects with me even today. It stills sit on my shelf … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

What’s A Little Mess?

Cleaning and organizing was my thing since I was a kid and well into my early twenties. Every thing was vacuumed, wiped down, and dusted frequently. Then I became a mom and all of it seemed pointless. At first, it was okay. My son couldn’t move far on his own yet and I was able to maintain everything as usual. Then he learned to crawl. … Continue reading What’s A Little Mess?

Literacy Lunacy: Kami Garcia’s & Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures was gifted to me in box-set of the full series (before a novella and, I believe, a continuation series was released.) It’s another soon-to-be-film motivated read. Garcia’s and Stohl’s novel is different than the mainstream teen paranormal romances because it centers on witches and magic. There’s no mention of werewolves, vampires, or much else that is supernatural, which is refreshing. Ethan Wate dreams … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Kami Garcia’s & Margaret Stohl’s Beautiful Creatures

Literacy Lunacy: Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade

I won’t lie, I picked up Nightshade because of it’s beautiful cover. It was about werewolves, which is a plus, but the cover had my money. Obviously, this is something that should never be done. The premise sounded great, but the story fell flat too soon into reading. After graduating from Mountain School, Calla Tor, will be the mate of alpha wolf Ren Laroche. Together, … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade

The Best Reason To Smile

We burden ourselves too much with negativity. Self-doubt creeps in before we can start on something we’re passionate about. As a child, I learned that smiling always made the people you interacted with smile, too. If you were having a good day, someone else would as a chain reaction. So, naturally, I adopted the habit. It sounds silly, especially in a world where women are … Continue reading The Best Reason To Smile

Literacy Lunacy: Tara Hudson’s Hereafter

I wanted to like Hereafter. It’s about ghosts, which was becoming popular the time it came out. I read it shortly after Anna Dressed In Blood. I went into it unaware what was going to happen, but I was hopeful. Despite having no memory of her life, Amelia is aware she’s dead. She floats aimlessly in her own nightmarish existence in a mysterious river– her … Continue reading Literacy Lunacy: Tara Hudson’s Hereafter