Movies

Gothel and Maleficent: A Study in Contrasts

I recently watched both Tangled* and Maleficent* for the first time, and I was absolutely enchanted by both! Tangled is a feat of pure Disney magic, easily one of the best "Disney Princess" movies I've ever seen, and hilarious to boot. As for Maleficent... talk about a powerful film that turned an old and, quite frankly, two-dimensional story on its head! The… Continue reading Gothel and Maleficent: A Study in Contrasts

writing

How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)

The debate is a hot one: traditional publishing, or independent publishing? (Note: I was recently encouraged to start calling it "independent/indie publishing" rather than "self-publishing." It sounds less vain-glorious, but still confident.) I've been researching the pros and cons of both sides ever since I completed my second draft of Lionhearted--and I must say, each… Continue reading How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)

tags

Two Tags For a Scatterbrained Weekend

I've been so mentally busy these past two weeks with studying the publishing process for Lionhearted, I reached this weekend with very little to blog about! Thankfully both Amelie of the Swordmaiden of the King and Emily of The Altogether Unexpected each sent me a tag about a month ago, so I'm gonna do them both in one… Continue reading Two Tags For a Scatterbrained Weekend

Life Updates, writing

A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

I really, really, really wanted chips in my soup. I had been looking forward to that meal all day long: Chicken Fajita Soup--an "E" meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan--and the one excuse I'd have all week to eat tortilla chips without guilt! I was so ready, especially after a long, tiring day in… Continue reading A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification

Life Updates

Reflections on a Month-Long Social Media Hiatus

July 20th isn't just the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing (although that is a very momentous occasion!). For me, it also marks the end of a self-imposed, month-long break from social media. Now, I say this with a caveat: I did get on Twitter a week or so ago when Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry advanced on… Continue reading Reflections on a Month-Long Social Media Hiatus

Movies, Television

Summertime Mini-Reviews in 100 Words or Less

A year ago I did 6 Movie Reviews in 100 Words or Less. Today, amid preparations for our annual "deep housecleaning" and continuing the long, hard slog of finishing Lionhearted 4.0 (finally hit the halfway point, thank goodness), I'm once again setting for myself this fun little summertime challenge! Here are four mini-reviews for you in 100… Continue reading Summertime Mini-Reviews in 100 Words or Less

history, Television

The D-Day Blogathon: “Band of Brothers” Spotlight

Last month, Eva of Coffee, Classics, & Craziness and Hamlette of Hamlette's Soliloquy announced they'd host a "blogathon" in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. They encouraged the blogging world to write about the Normandy landings, and if we liked, we could review books, movies, and TV shows on the subject. These articles would… Continue reading The D-Day Blogathon: “Band of Brothers” Spotlight