Autumn again. Slanting afternoon light and apple cider crispness. Leaves beginning to burn. Wood smoke in the air. It seems as if I’m just looking up from my desk and realizing that the season has changed outside. Suddenly, I’m thinking of wrapping a sweater around my shoulders. Suddenly, I’m noticing the long twilight at … Continue reading Autumn Again
Change Changes Us
Maybe it's just the phase of life I'm in right now, and maybe it's because a dear friend just recently moved to another state, but change has been on my mind. At first blush, I'm not one to enjoy change, but it's really not a bad thing. Not when I think about it. Change changes … Continue reading Change Changes Us
There’s nothing quite like a comic convention. The nearly constant buzz of conversation, occasional shouts and frequent squeaks as people recognize their favorite characters walking around outside of their stories. I’ve just gotten back from Nan Desu Kan, one of the Midwest’s biggest anime conventions, and as usual, it was an adventure. I have … Continue reading Convention(al) Adventures
Learning to Slay Dragons
One question that virtually every book lover gets asked is the inevitable, “What is your favorite book?” As if it were possible to choose only one book, in the entire universe of books, in all of the galaxies of genre, among all of the stars of narratives. And for those of us who collect books, … Continue reading Learning to Slay Dragons
You Can Be More: Writing for Boys
My last post shared some honest thoughts from Dave Rudden about boys and how they are taught by expectation and example not to feel. I hope that if you’re reading this blog post, you’ve given his excellent essay a read first. I have never been a boy, so my experience with this subject is certainly … Continue reading You Can Be More: Writing for Boys
Memory: What We Keep and What We Lose
Another spring break has come and gone, and it’s gone by in the usual fashion, filled up to the brim with projects and gardening. My mother makes a tradition of going out to see her mother whenever she can break away during spring break, and, having the time, I decided to join her for the … Continue reading Memory: What We Keep and What We Lose
No One Expects the Cheery Inquisition
Talking about my experiences with a new favorite video game--now with 100% more gifs.
Paper Wishes: Part Two
Close to this time a year ago, I posted about the senbazuru, or one thousand cranes, that my sister and I folded together. I thought it might be a good time, then (better late than never, right?), to post the pictures of the cranes strung together. They have long since taken flight back to Japan, … Continue reading Paper Wishes: Part Two
Star Wars: The Fan Awakens?
It’s been a year of continuous thrills for the fan communities— the latest installments in the Marvel cinematic universe, “stay-tuned” trailer releases and announcements like the upcoming films in the worlds of X-Men and Harry Potter, a Christmas special for Sherlock fans. And this week’s treat, the release of the brand-new, no kidding, no spoilers … Continue reading Star Wars: The Fan Awakens?
Thankful for Everything?
It is the week of Thanksgiving, which means many things to many people. For some, it is a dreaded week of hectic schedules, preparations, and stressful social events. For some, it’s packed with school activities and projects, the promise of a few days off being the carrot at the end of the stick. For others, … Continue reading Thankful for Everything?