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 65-70

Huh. I thought I read a lot more this week... I seem to remember sitting down every day to read from Moby Dick, but it must've only been a page or two each day, because I really didn't get that far! The action has slowed down, and it's mostly technical descriptions of how to splice … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

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

Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?

Ever sloughed through a painful book, wishing you had not committed to it, but feeling guilty if you put it down and pick up something new? You feel like there’s something wrong with you for not liking a book that everyone else has exuberantly recommended, so you want to finish it to keep up appearances. … Continue reading Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?

Three Simple Steps to LOVE Reading Classics

Do you want to read more classic literature, but it just feels too overwhelming? Good news! It doesn't have to be!

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)

RISE

With a glance behind and gaze to fore I pushed myself beyond the door Door that closed upon my past And now the future die is cast Cast to breaking on the shore Shore that's breaking on the floor Floor of deep embedded beads That time has wrought to sandy seeds Seeds mix and jumble … Continue reading RISE

Weirdly Whimsical Words

As I was falling asleep the other night I ran through words to help me fall asleep, and I was using the letter W. What came out ended up being a lovely vignette! Why worry when The woman begins To wield the weirdly words? -- A whimsical charm A mystical yarn That reveals itself to … Continue reading Weirdly Whimsical Words

The Barren Garden

Where barren bones bring no life to straggling gardens, some seeds new and vibrant should be planted. But where do we find such soulful seedlings? Where should we plant our special plantlings? Plant and do not worry, for yesterday has passed away. Plant and rejoice, for tomorrow has a way of coming. Plants aplenty come … Continue reading The Barren Garden

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 Classic I Never Knew

Brave New World In January at the beginning of the year, I was staying with a friend in New Hampshire for a couple weeks and browsing her bookshelves. I caught site of A Brave New World, and asked her if she thought I'd like it. As both of us were liberal arts students who had … Continue reading The Classic I Never Knew

How to Motivate Children to Read More, and my 2018 Reading List

They were devastated to hear about some of the books that I was assigning them to read, and the sheer number of them (which really wasn't that much.) But then I decided to make it a competition. They are both very competitive personalities,

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

Favorite Books!

Hey guys! I don't usually break the fifth wall - you know how much I love writing a story and just putting it out there. Without commentary, without introduction. But I'd love to hear more from all of you! So I thought I would share a list of my top ten favorite books, and then … Continue reading Favorite Books!