Month: January 2015

Music Monday: Bizarre Love Triangle

I SWEAR I heard a cover of this old New Order hit on the radio the other day, but I have no idea who the artist was. Either that, or it was a remix that I haven’t yet found on YouTube. Has anyone else heard it, or am I imagining things?! It’s driving me NUTS.

Thought Questions, #218-224

Overhead view of bridge wires

(photo by Vita Vilcina via Unsplash)

#218: What’s the best part of being you? My sassiness. I have very few inhibitions and don’t mind speaking my mind…which sometimes gets me in trouble.

#219: When you look back over the past month, what single moment stands out? I’m going to say Christmas morning, getting to have breakfast and open presents by the tree with the husband. We’ve had very little in the way of traditional holidays in our 6-1/2 years together, due to busy schedules and such, so it was kind of a magical Hallmark moment. (I know, such a schmaltzy thing.)

#220: What do you do to relieve stress? Drink tea, read, and snuggle with my cats.

#221: What is your happiest memory? First thing that springs to mind is dancing in the crowd at the Thirty Seconds to Mars concert this September. Totally awesome.

#222: What is your saddest memory? What pops to mind is a baby bunny that died in our yard when I was a kid, even though we tried to save it. It was just too young–it’s eyes weren’t even open I don’t think. I don’t know what happened or why it was abandoned, but we named it Ragamuffin and tried to nurse it along. Poor baby bunny. Still makes me sad today.

#223: What would you like to change? All the animal cruelty in the world.

#224: How many people do you love? I think I can count them on one hand. I don’t tend to form a lot of close relationships with people. I’m too content being a hermit with my books and cats, I guess!


21-day Kindness Challenge, day nine: give up a guilty pleasure

21-day kindness challenge

I think my guiltiest pleasure is always food. Terrible, I know! Carbs, especially, are my weakness, so today I skipped eating any bread, pasta, etc. in an effort to cut them out as much as possible. You have no idea how hard it is for me to give up bread!! (I suppose, really, I don’t feel guilty about enjoying my food. I just probably should learn to enjoy a little less of the bread basket and a little more of vegetables and fruits!)

Quote for the day (from the daily prompt e-mail): “My riches consist, not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.”  — Joseph Brotherton

Q&A with Greer Macallister, author of ‘The Magician’s Lie’

The Magician's Lie, by Greer Macallister

Happy Saturday everyone! You may remember that back in November I reviewed the novel The Magician’s Lie, by Greer Macallister. Centered around a female illusionist accused of murder, the book is a bit of a cross between The Night Circus and Water for ElephantsThe Magician’s Lie just hit shelves on Tuesday, and Greer Macallister was kind enough to answer a few questions about book plotting, learning to do magic tricks, and some of her favorite books about illusionists! Click below to continue reading!

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Book review: ‘Heroes in a World Reborn’ + author interview with Nathan Ritter

Heroes in a World Reborn

If anyone has ever sat you down to watch The Wizard of Oz while listening to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, then you probably understand how a piece of music can transform a story into something…more. Something bigger and more lively than what is was before (and it may have been very imaginative to begin with!).

That’s kind of the same experience to be found with the children’s book Heroes in a World Reborn, by Nathan Ritter, which is meant to be read while listening to Asia’s 1983 album Alpha.  (You can find the full album for free on YouTube here.) The book is aimed at preteens but I think it would be suitable for kids eight and older, as long as they can handle a bit of scary monster-fighting and fantasy violence. Read on below for the full review, plus an interview with the author!

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