Reading Roundup — November edition

Happy Thanksgiving. If you, like me, had a virtual Thanksgiving this year then I wish you the best of luck with your wifi connection. In the meantime, here are the books I've been reading in order to get through my Covid-generated quarantine and general since of weirdness this month. My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady... Continue Reading →

Docile: Social critique and erotica

A while ago I read Docile by K.M. Szpara, sort of out of curiosity. The book was marketed as a queer 50 Shades of Grey, and having never read 50 Shades (largely because of reviews which cited harmful gender and class dynamics that were poorly explored) but having recently wandered into reading a ton of... Continue Reading →

Resisting the neat ending

Recently I've been thinking a lot about endings for stories. Sticking the landing for an ending to a book or short story is often a very difficult aspect of writing. There's a tendency in writing to try to wrap things up in a neat bow, brought on no doubt by plenty of Hollywood and Disney... Continue Reading →

Fruits Basket: trauma and healing

Way back during MystiCon this year, I got to take part in a very lovely conversation with Sarah Oliver, Black Dahlia, and Wickedly Stitched Cosplay about Fruits Basket, one of the most beautiful, tender, and strange stories on hereditary chains of abuse that I have read. And it got me thinking about why I love... Continue Reading →

Reading Round-up: June 2020

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris The Gunnie Rose books were an unexpected find. My mother and I have been trading books during the pandemic, since all the libraries are closed and I'm trying to buy a lot less from Amazon. Strangely enough, these books feature a pandemic too -- an alternate timeline caused by... Continue Reading →

Reading Round-up, quarantine edition

Helloooo, fellow humans. April is over and things are bumping along here in good ol' Virginia. We're still under lockdown and cases are peaking across the state. Which is...fun. But hey! I've read a lot of books. So here's my reading roundup for the past few (semi-eternal) weeks. The City We Became This is definitely... Continue Reading →

FROZEN II Rewrite

Hey, friends! As obligated given it is one of the key quarantine movies shared by the masses, I watched FROZEN II a week or so ago. And wow, I kind of hated this movie. Don't get me wrong -- there were wonderful songs, the animation continued to be on point and there was a lot... Continue Reading →

Steel Crow Saga: Violence infects

Violence is a disease. I think about this fact a lot. Violence done unto one person begets a kind of contagion. It's generational - passed down from parent to child. It's societal - normalization of violence against certain groups or within certain contexts. And it's codified in politics - the hegemonic powers of war, of... Continue Reading →

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