Category: Books & Life

Feeling overwhelmed? Make a decision.

Does uncertainty have you feeling so overwhelmed that all you want to do is crawl in bed? It does me. Especially, because it’s been rainy here. I’ve been trying to make the best use of my time. I’m making a slipcover. I’ve learned new things from watching marketing and...

Dear Baby, Don’t Abandon an Idea out of Fear of Failure

Dear Baby, You got your first bike, a pink radio flyer tricycle, for Christmas when you were about 3. It was an adjustable one that would grow as you got bigger. You had no idea how to use the pedals to make it go. But that didn’t stop you...

Sewing Dragons

My daughter asked me to make this dragon for her back in January. It was supposed to be a Valentine’s present, but I got behind. I’m used to sewing teddy bears, so much so, I don’t have to read the patterns anymore. However, this dragon was a bit tricky....

Too Tired to Write

The biggest reason I don’t write as often as I should is that many nights I’m too tired to write. It’s frustrating to read about other writers who stay up until 4 in the morning or people who give up everything so they have time to write. I seriously...

Book Review: Eleanor & Park

Young Adult Fiction Eleanor & Park By Rainbow Rowell 336 pp. St. Martain’s Press $18.99 I confess that I listened to this audiobook and didn’t read a physical copy. The story is the same, but sometimes the voice actors give a book an added emotional element. Eleanor & Park...

Dear Baby – First letter in new series

Dear Baby, I can hear you groaning at this whole letter thing. You’re probably rolling your eyes and shrugging it off as either dumb or embarrassing. But I’m hoping on some level, you secretly love it. As a writer, my mind goes places I sometimes wish it didn’t. But...

Book Review: The Silent Patient

Fiction/Thriller The Silent Patient By Alex Michaelides pp. 336 Celadon Books $14.79 There’s so much I want to say about this book, but then I’d be giving away spoilers. The basic plot centers around the eponymous character, Alicia Berenson, who after being charged with killing her husband is committed...

Book Review: The Devil in the White City

Nonfiction The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America By Erik Larson 447 pp. Vintage $20.50 Years ago you wouldn’t have caught me reading a nonfiction book unless it was assigned as homework. Admittedly, it’s still not my favorite genre. Like...

Book Review: Neverwhere

Fiction Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman 400 pp. Harper Collins $8.99 This is the second Neil Gaiman book I read this year. The first, Ocean at the End of the Lane, was for book club. I read Neverwhere after listening to Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass course. I picked this one up...