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  • The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever

    Last summer while perusing Pinterest I came across this cookie recipe from the blog For Me, For You.  The title and notes in the pins caught my eye – Was this cookie really so good that I’d never want another chocolate chip cookie recipe?  Was this really the be-all-end-all recipe for my absolute favorite cookie?…

  • 2012 Project: Sky Scarf

    I learned to knit a few years ago and loved it, but between work, writing and life I hardly ever have any time to do it. So I’ve decided to ease back into knitting with a 365 knitting project. Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds, but this is project that should be fairly easy…

  • Hello 2012, or What I Was Up To In 2011

    Hello, internet, I’ve missed you. Last winter I started off the year with the belief that I was going to blog regularly.  I thought that if I expanded my blog topics to include, well, everything, that I’d never run out of things to blog about.  What I didn’t realize was that it wasn’t a shortage…

  • Molly Harper: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    Title: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf Author: Molly Harper Genre: Paranormal Chick-Lit Publisher: Simon and Schuster Pocket Books Back Cover Copy: Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern…

  • Coming Out of the Writing Closet

    I have a confession.  It’s a deep, dark secret that I haven’t really talked about here before. I am writing a book. Yes, you heard me right.  I’m just over 30,000 words into my first draft of a young adult novel about a girl who doesn’t know she’s a witch. Please don’t laugh too hard,…

  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    I first saw the trailer for the Fantastic Mr. Fox in the theater in 2009. I fell in love with the look and feel of the animation, but when the movie actually released I was in the midst of preparing to move across the country. The story of Mr. Fox fell off my personal radar…

  • 2011: New Year, New Attitude

    It’s pretty obvious that in 2010 I was a serious blog slacker. My slackage was due in part to simply being busy, between the move, the new city and the day job. The other part was that I just didn’t know what to post. True to its name, this blog has been a through a…

  • My Halloween Reading List

    Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the modern incarnation with kids in costumes, trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns, but I also love the history of the holiday, the idea of thinning of the veil between the world of the living and the dead, and the centuries-old honoring of the balance between death and life.…

  • Kiersten White: Paranormalcy

    Title: Paranormalcy Author: Kiersten White Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Publisher: Harper Teen Evie is 16 and can identify paranormal beings on sight – she can see through their glamors to the creature underneath. She’s working for the IPCA, the International Paranormal Containment Agency, who found her as a child when she screamed at the sight…

  • Rebecca Maizel: Infinite Days

    Title: Infinite Days Author: Rebecca Maizel Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Lenah Beaudonte is a 592 year old vampire whose greatest wish is to become human again. Rhode, her lover and maker, sacrifices himself to allow her to regain her humanity. Alone and in her 16-year-old body, Lenah begins to discover the…

  • TRON: Legacy

    I’m loving the look of the new Tron movie, Tron Legacy. The new film builds on the original and tells the story of Kevin Flynn’s son, who goes in search of his father 20 years after his disappearance. Here’s the official synopsis from Walt Disney Pictures via IMDB: Sam Flynn (Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is…

  • Julie Kagawa: The Iron King

    Title: The Iron King Author: Julie Kagawa Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Publisher: Harlequin Teen Even with all the great press this book got, I almost passed on it as I’m just not crazy about the fey. I’m really glad I didn’t, as this is one of my favorite books of the year so far. The…

  • The Artwork of Camilla d’Errico

    Camilla d’Errico is an artist from British Columbia whose work I’ve been following for a while now. She is a painter and comic book illustrator, and her work can be seen in comics such as Tanpopo, Sky Pirates of New Terra and Burn. Her paintings can been seen at one of her gallery shows, including…

  • Vincent Laforet: The Cabbie

    Vincent Laforet created this video with a Canon 7D as the first chapter in a series for the Canon video contest “The Story Beyond the Still.” Laforet was given a still image to interpret, and this video is his interpretation of that image.  The video ends with another still, which contestants for the second chapter…

  • Meyer/Kim: Twilight the Graphic Novel, Volume 1

    Being a huge fan of Twilight the book and not being a huge fan of Twilight the movie, I had mixed feelings when I heard that a graphic novel was in the works. It is possible to have too much of a good thing, especially when the supplemental materials to the original “good thing” aren’t…

  • Mathias Malzieu: The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

    This is the book trailer for The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu. I’ve seen links to book trailers before, and never thought much about them. I prefer to read the inside flap or reviews from other readers to decide if I want to read a book, and I don’t want to have…

  • Cheers to You and Yours

    As not just a year but an entire decade comes to an end, there’s a certain feeling that one should look back on the last ten years and reflect on the highs, the lows and the changes. And while I have a lot of great memories with friends and family and I’ve grown immensely as…

  • Merry Christmas!!

    On November 30 the movers came and packed and loaded all our belongings, and that evening we got on a plane and flew to Seattle, Washington. In the last 3 weeks we found a new apartment in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, moved in and started unpacking. We’ve barely had time to breathe let…

  • Not Just a Tourist

    If you’re one of the few people that actually read my site on a regular basis (Hi Mom!) you might have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent lately. We’ll it’s been for a very good reason – I’m moving to Seattle! My husband, Jim, has taken a fantastic new job and we’re moving at…

  • Happy Halloween!

    Have a safe and happy All Hallows Eve!

  • Only Today Does the Fire Burn Brightly

    Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow is wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly. -Old Inuit Proverb My copy of Widdershins arrived today. Widdershins, by Charles de Lint, is the sequel to The Onion Girl, which I read recently and loved. This quote was on the inside, next to the table of contents, and when I…