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Show Recommendation Monday: Daria

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 7:30 PM

My teen years called and requested I rewatch this. So I have. A hallmark of the late 90s, early 00s teen scene, our intrepid heroine navigates high school at the vapid school of Lawndale High. I have intentionally and unintentionally worn combat boots with skirts more than once, thanks Daria. Too bad the DVDs and Hulu couldn't get the rights to the original music because that's what helped set the stage and really reminds me of middle and high school.

Book Recommendation Monday: Seeds of America

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 7:30 PM

I would argue the first in the series, Chains, is by far the best and absolutely worth reading even if you don't want to invest in a series. The American Revolutionary War was a fight for independence, but it didn't mean independence for everyone. The story follows Isabel and Curzon as they seek their freedom despite the continued lies and promises from the British and Americans. Theirs is the forgotten and ignored story of slaves during the war.


Show Recommendation Monday: 30 Rock

Posted on June 22, 2020 at 7:30 PM

I resisted this show for a long time because I don't really like Tina Fey beyond Mean Girls, but after season 1 of Kimmy Schmidt, I finally gave this a chance. I've watched the full series a few times since then. It's hilarious and insightful and self-aware, all things I enjoy in my entertainment. "It's not a lemon party without old Dick."

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Posted on June 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM

It inspired the current Clone Wars cartoon, and honestly, it's the better version. It's short, but sweet, bridging the gap, and improving on the story between Episode II and III.

Book Recommendation Monday: Dark Sky Rising

Posted on June 8, 2020 at 7:30 PM

A history lesson is important for everyone right now. I'd also recommend watching or listening to any PBS special or podcast you can find from Henry Louis Gates Jr. He's a fantastic scholar.

Available Now on Wattpad

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 1:10 PM

Much like The Duchess The Way to Dusty Death is now available on Wattpad as a serial.

Macbeth meets the Wild West - The revolution was supposed to put an end to tyrants, but it only made more of them. The once revered General Druas had taken the role of president when Duncan died under mysterious circumstances. With magic to influence the minds of his citizens, he begins his reign of terror to drive out and kill all other mages. Least one of them fulfills the prophecy that spells his own doom. But fate will find him in the form of the outlaw simply known as The Girl. Cursed from childhood the outlaw moves through the world forgotten almost immediately by anyone who meets her. With two revolvers at her side she sets off across the land to bring Druas's doom to him.

Author Recommendation: Jean Plaidy

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 7:25 PM

I discovered Jean Plaidy by accident. I saw a book about Elizabeth I at Barnes and Noble, bought it, then suddenly I was reading nothing but. She has eight pseudonyms depending on the genre (real name Eleanor Hibbert), though I am mostly versed in the Jean Plaidy one. I have read her Victoria books, Borgias, and I am getting ready to start on the Catherine de Medici trilogy, but it is with the Tudors that her work shines the best. The Victoria books can be a bit like wading through mud, but her shorter Tudor books (The Lady in the Tower and The Rose without the Thorn especially) are her best in my opinion. They paint sympathetic portraits of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard that I had not really seen prior. But the woman wrote more than 200 books, if the Tudors aren't your jam, she wrote about the Plantagenets (The Courts of Love is excellent), the French Revolution, the Norman Conquest, gothic romance, and so on and so on.

Game Recommendation Monday: Battle for Middle-Earth

Posted on March 2, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Recommendation Monday: This game is so old and a trip to Amazon will show you it's not impossible to find, it is not easy to play. It's so old it doesn't run as well on newer Windows. And by newer, I mean anything newer than XP. But this is probably my favorite game ever. It's an RTS, but in Middle-Earth! Ignore the issues of Boromir surviving and fighting until the Black Gates and definitely don't ask why the Riders of Rohan are in Mirkwood. Just sit back and pound some baddies into the ground.

Coming to Wattpad in 2021

Posted on March 1, 2020 at 7:55 PM

Book Recommendation Monday: She Came to Slay

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Harriet Tubman is a badass, and if you weren't already aware, you would do well to read this book. It's a quick read, perhaps not the most in-depth analysis, but made it easily accessible to everyone and not just history buffs. It follows the story of Harriet's parents meeting to Harriet's death in 1913, highlighting her service as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and to the U.S. Army during the Civil War.