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As Jamie Lee Curtis explains, hurt people hurt people…

An anti-bullying video which tells us all something important about dealing with bullies. And not becoming them.

Please reblog this. Let’s spread it around.

Heck yes. (Also, is it weird that this gave me insight about the ending to the novel I’m struggling to finish? It’s hard to figure out how to end a villain’s villainy without resorting to violence, but I’m trying.)


Book Nerd Problems | Traveling With Books

Ha! Yes. I’m leaving in two days to go to a family friend’s wedding and this is totally a problem. Thank goodness for my kindle…now I only have to take that. Oh, and maybe the physical copy of Greenglass House by Kate Milford because I’ve been waiting for it to come in on hold for me forever and it finally came last week. Also possibly Ptolemy’s Gate by Jonathan Stroud because I’m halfway through it and I don’t know if I can finish it before I go…

Now you see why this video is so accurate.


I kind of want to teach an art class except I don’t.

What I really want to do is host a semi-weekly gathering of artists where we talk shop and have themed drawing days and experiment with different mediums and encourage a low stress environment where I ensure there’s enough hot chocolate for everybody.

Umm, yes. This please. One of my friends and I occasionally get together and draw, but I would love for something like this to be a regular thing.

Also, hot chocolate. That is a vital piece of the equation I have been missing.

Writing snippet: clothing prompt

So my dear friend Rion wrote a blog with a challenge to write a <500 word story about a piece of clothing being important to a character. Since several of the characters in my novel-in-progress have plot-significant clothing, I decided to give it a shot. I’ll probably do another too because this one is kind of sad. 

This scene (if it ends up in the eventual finished book/series at all) comes at the very end of things, so I won’t bother with exposition. Let’s just say that everyone has been through a lot.

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Today’s Flight of Fancy: The afternoon rush

Sometimes I imagine I work in a giant building with a sign out front that says,


  • Books
  • Audiobooks
  • E-books
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Internet access
  • Computer assistance
  • Meeting space
  • Homework help
  • Resume assistance
  • Job Search advice
  • Unlicensed therapy
  • And more!”

And then, at roughly 3:30 pm on weekdays, I imagine someone sneaks up to that sign and adds a note at the bottom:

Available for a limited time only! Offer expires in 15 minutes!

That first imagining is no dream; the “Public Library" sign out front might as well list those services because we provide them all.

The second flight of fancy (that our services are available for a very short window of time) is not true. But sometimes when I’m giving people their print-outs, explaining library card signup to teenagers, and checking out one stack of DVDs after another, that is how it feels.

(In other news, September is National Library Card month. If you don’t have one, visit your local library today!)


Steel City Day 1! I met some awesome Studio Ghibli cosplayers! Unfortunately I only got a picture with Kiki, but there was a really cool Totoro too.  (If either of you see this, let me know so I can tag you).  I also ran across my high school French teacher and her daughter in artist alley with Ashes to Ashes FX & Accessories (go check them out!).  SCC is big on famous cars.  Today I got pictures of the DeLorean, the Ecto-1, and the 1966 Batmobile.  Hopefully I’ll get KITT from Knight Rider and the Munsters’ Dragula.  Today was mostly just getting the lay of the land, although I did do a little shopping.  I’ll do an overall shopping post at the end of the con and link to it when I post it.

Psst…I’m the Totoro! I don’t know why we didn’t get a picture together, your Captain America costume was awesome. I don’t think Meghan (my housemate who was cosplaying Kiki) has a tumblr or I would send you her way.

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