3 Important Tools To Help You Through NaNoWriMo

3 Important Tools To Help You Through NaNoWriMo

Posted November 17, 2021 in Writing // 0 Comments

NaNoWriMo is such an exciting initiative. There’s something magical to joining a community of writers all working simultaneously to accomplish the same goals and build stories. Writing is very much a “solo hobby”, so it’s nice to feel part of a community, even if just for one month. That said, NaNoWriMo can also be extremely stressful. Writing 1,667 words/day is no small task. Many writers have other obligations, like their day jobs. For others, the sheer required numbers to write a 50k novel in a month is overwhelming. This event is extremely fun, but it has its downsides too. Today, […]

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Posted November 15, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Whelp. That was an ending I didn’t anticipate. For my first book by Ibi Zoboi, American Street hit hard! In a good way, but also in a sad way. I quickly fell in love with Fabiola “Fabulous” Toussaint. From the way her dialogue is written, to her vibrant internal monologue, to her flow of emotions and determination and love and fear… Fabiola is a beautiful multi-faceted character and the perfect one to be telling this story. From the first pages of the book, the world challenges Fabiola. Upon entering the United States, her mother is detained in immigration. Detroit is […]

Saxman Native Village & Lumberjacks in Ketchikan (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Saxman Native Village & Lumberjacks in Ketchikan (Alaska Cruise 2021)

Posted November 12, 2021 in Around the World // 0 Comments

Ketchikan was our final stop on our brief southeastern Alaska tour, and it was a bittersweet day. As I’m sure you’ve gleaned from the previous three posts in this series, I really loved Alaska. It has shot up my list of favorite places in the world to Top Three, and I feel like at this point I’ve travelled enough that Top Three is impressive. Our itinerary in Ketchikan included two things: the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show and a visit to Saxman Native Village. This excursion is the only one that’s stayed the same since we first booked the cruise back […]

Editing Classics to Remove Racism & Cultural Appropriation:  Your Thoughts?

Editing Classics to Remove Racism & Cultural Appropriation: Your Thoughts?

Posted November 10, 2021 in Bookish Things // 2 Comments

Last spring, I revisited The Story of Doctor Dolittle – a story from childhood. As I mentioned in my review at the time, I was surprised discover a forward in my edition of the book noting that some of the content had been changed due to deep racial insensitivity. In the original story, the African prince sought Dr. Dolittle’s services because he wanted to be transformed into a white man. Yikes! Obviously, this is hugely problematic and it’s disturbing that Hugh Lofting ever considered it a good idea, but here we are, basking in the glory of white supremacy. In […]

A Little Change, & Little Disney, a Little October 2021 Wrap Up

A Little Change, & Little Disney, a Little October 2021 Wrap Up

Posted November 8, 2021 in Checking In // 0 Comments

Hello my beautiful monsters! I came across a reel of Anne Frances Murphy singing “A Little Bit Alexis” in Schitt’s Creek a couple weeks ago, and it’s been annoyingly in my head ever since. We actually just finished Schitt’s Creek (I’m not a binge-watcher) so a year later, I’m finally caught up with the rest of the world! October is my favorite month of the year. At the beginning of October, we were just coming back from Alaska and at the end of October, we headed south to Orlando, Florida. In between these two adventures, we’ve been lucky to have […]