I am halfway through my yearly reading challenge! So exciting! To my knowledge, I've never read 50 books in a year – and certainly not so many long ones! Making a reading plan at the beginning of the year was definitely a huge help to getting this done. Even 25 books in a year is … Continue reading

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Over 52% read! I am feeling very accomplished right now! I fell behind in my reading for a little while, and skipped my entry last week altogether because I had read so little that I had nothing new to say. But I've gotten over the hump. That 35-50% hump, which seems to be the place … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Little Women

A simpler read, Little Women is a 3 on my 5-Star Reading System *What is this?* Four sisters and their mother navigate the complexities of domestic life and battle with their own inner demons. With humor and pathos, they question the meaning of femininity, the relationships between men and women, the nature of love, and … Continue reading Little Women

My 5-Star Reading System

Think of it as a ‘brownie points’ system. Award yourself as many ‘brownie points’ as there are Stars for each book you read. If you read Diary of a Whimpy Kid, you get 1 brownie point. But if you read Jane Eyre, you get 5! Make sense? If you read Jane Eyre(5 stars), A Tale … Continue reading My 5-Star Reading System

Dining, Drinking, and Reading

WHAT ARE CLASSICS? Before we can really take control of our bookshelves, we must face the classics through the lens of reality instead of the prism of our fear, and to do that, we need to have an understanding of what classics are. CLASSICS ARE, by the simplest definition, the best written books of all … Continue reading Dining, Drinking, and Reading

Wonderous Pain

5 Poems by Elizabeth Russell Curl up beside the fire-side this February with a few poems of Wonderous Pain Wonderous Pain is an ebook collection of 5 poems by Elizabeth Russell These are poems I have previously published here at The Fairy Tale Blog, but now they are compiled into one place in a narrative, … Continue reading Wonderous Pain

17 of the Best of the Ancient Classics (BC)

These are the classical texts I read in high school and college that I actually liked! Full of passion, love, sacrifice, fate, and prime storytelling, they contain deep insights into human life, and I highly recommend them! What’s the oldest book you’ve ever read? Mine is the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I didn’t like that … Continue reading 17 of the Best of the Ancient Classics (BC)

Celestial Castles Beyond Our Own

To write of fairy tales is, as J.R.R. Tolkien once asserted, “a rash adventure.” For fairy tales are enigmas, difficult to define and impossible to believe. And yet we believe them, because they are ultimately more real that real life. They offer us a glimpse of a distant, approaching reality that we cannot see. This … Continue reading Celestial Castles Beyond Our Own

A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

(An add-on article for my original post: how to motivate children to read more and my 2018 reading list) I grew up on Winnie the Pooh. I watched the classic movies, of course, and also the late 90's and early 2000's TV shows on Disney Channel on Saturday mornings, but my fondest memories of Winnie … Continue reading A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

Now that I have enough of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy put together to send into the world for review, I'm getting germinal feedback. I love it! But it's also terrifying. My sisters, who are geniuses with artwork, have already taken a stab at illustrating a couple characters, and my best friend Sophia has started marking … Continue reading The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

Literacy: The Phenomenon that made us Culturally Inept

Just joined Medium.com, and this was my first post! You can read the entirety here. We see illiteracy as a negative thing because without being able to read, we lack the ability to effectively communicate ideas. But, ironically, our reliance on literacy has actually led to a degradation in our confidence to communicate through the … Continue reading Literacy: The Phenomenon that made us Culturally Inept

It’s Not ORIGINAL – How to Write an Organic Story

My new series on Writing! So excited for this debut video - I've been wanting to do this for awhile. I'll still be publishing the Disney series. One writing video a week, and one Disney Video every other week. If you want to see when I publish new videos, you can subscribe to my channel, … Continue reading It’s Not ORIGINAL – How to Write an Organic Story

A Stubborn Story

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who refused to go into her story. It lay open beneath her with colorful illustrations of far off lands, enchanted castles, and speaking frogs, but she refused to go in. “I am a free spirit, and I will sit out here as long as I want.” … Continue reading A Stubborn Story