Well, so much for “back to your regularly scheduled programming” I guess.

I don’t really have an excuse, it’s not that I haven’t been writing though. I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo and ended up reaching 50K early, my first time reaching the goal early. It’s not done, much like last years story which took FOREVER to finish (and still hasn’t been edited, but that’s another story, literally) but I’m curious what my word count will be by the end of the month. Maybe I’ll even write a blog post about it…if I remember to post on here. Continue reading

Well it’s been a hot minute hasn’t it? Not that I want to “vaguebook” or anything but to keep it short and sweet (and vague) some stuff happened and I was in a not so good place. I’m slowly but surely getting out of that and am trying to get back into this whole blogging thing.

It’s honestly weird to me that I’ve neglected it for this long. Not just with the lack of posts but even checking it, I used to at least check this blog daily but I completely stopped that. And I know that it’s technically just been over a month since I’ve last posted but it feels a lot longer, which is just a long way of me saying I’m sorry for disappearing and I’m happy I’m back.

But what have I been up to in the meantime? Continue reading

I’m tired. I’ve said this already, too many times in fact. I’m sick of saying it, of feeling it as much as you are of reading it I’m sure. I keep waiting for this time where I’ll feel awake, ready, where I won’t feel bone tired like I’m dragging myself from place to place. Like I won’t fall over in a heap.

This past weekend my sister went to the ER for stomach pain, on Monday she came home after having laparoscopic appendectomy, and since you probably know the meaning of the second word you’ll know she had her appendix removed. I found out at five in the morning on Sunday when she called me to let me know the diagnosis and he upcoming surgery. I didn’t really process what was happening and she didn’t really either. I tried to focus on the positives with her on the phone: that while this was her first time being admitted into the hospital in seven years it wasn’t for her autoimmune disease and that an appendectomy isn’t the most uncommon surgery in the world. For once a health-related incident was semi-normal and common for our family. Continue reading

“Plenty of time. You can take in a lot in a hundred and twenty seconds, and that’s all I came here to do: have a good look,” (Hannah 1).

Beth Leeson and Flora Braid aren’t friends anymore and haven’t spoken to one another in twelve years, but that doesn’t stop Beth from wanting to check up on her former friend when dropping her son off to his football game which just conveniently happens to be near where Flora and her husband now live. Beth ends up seeing Flora, older as expected, but her two children Thomas and Emily look the exact same age they were twelve years ago. Beth heard Flora call the children by their names so it must be them, but how could Flora’s children not age in twelve years? Continue reading

“…everything you’ve seen is built by you. Which is why you’ll never see it again,” (Walden 256).

I absolutely adored Walden’s amazing graphic novel On a Sunbeam so it was crushing not liking Are You Listening?

Bea is running away and ends up running into Lou, an acquaintance of her mom’s who agrees to drive her to wherever she wants to run away too (Bea doesn’t have all the details worked out yet). But as they drive through West Texas things start to change: the landscape, mysterious pit stops, a friendly cat, and they’re being followed by a group of shadowy men. Bea and Lou must trust each other to stay safe and confront hard truths neither of them wants to acknowledge. Continue reading

I haven’t written a post on here that isn’t a book review or advertising a blog post on Sartorial Geek in a while, so let’s get back into it shall we! 

Honestly, there’s a lot I could write about. Since my last post I got my hair cut short and donated 14 inches of it for cancer (hair donations are harder to find but if you’re looking to donate hair for an organization where the patients get the wigs for free then try Wigs for Kids), went up north to cottage country and visited some relatives. It was relaxing as always but different in some ways. Being a rural area their COVID cases were very limited, only one person died in the area and while they also had a bylaw for wearing masks many people didn’t follow it and many businesses didn’t enforce it. It was just strange to see how other places are dealing with the pandemic and how different it is in some areas. Then when I got home I did a pretty drastic change: I dyed my hair teal. Continue reading

“English majors and book nerds and almost everyone in the program knew that a piece of literature can be the perfect antidote to loneliness, but the truth is that creating that antidote often makes the writer more vulnerable to the thing it’s fighting,” (Zancan 58).

I’ve realized I don’t like books about writing, which is ironic but there you have it. I find that books that fictionalize writers and writing tend to be pretentious and full of themselves. While I’ve never been in an MFA program I have been in some writing groups and I know that the caricatures can be true (I’ve met some) but it’s the thing I hate most about writers and writing, and I don’t want it highlighted every time I read about them. So maybe I’m biased, maybe I was doomed to dislike the book from the beginning but I tried, that has to count for something right? Continue reading

Another new article of mine is up on Sartorial Geek! With the release of Midnight Sun I’ve got vampires on the brain and wanted to share some of my favourite vampire books that aren’t Twilight and Dracula. You can read the article here.

What are your favourite vampire books?

“The facts, such as they were, were simple: Alicia was found alone with Gabriel’s body; only her fingerprints were on the gun. There was never any doubt she killed Gabriel. Why she killed him, on the other hand, remained a mystery,” (Michaelides 10).

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a thriller that 1) kept me hooked and 2) kept me guessing and The Silent Patient did all of that and more.

The novel follows a common story structure for the thriller genre: Famous painter Alicia Berenson lives a seemingly perfect life with her fashion photographer husband, but one evening when Gabriel returns home from work Alicia shoots him five times and never speaks another word. Alicia’s silence is what makes the crime different and her artwork skyrockets in price as she is hidden away in a secure forensic unit known as the Grove. But Criminal psychotherapist Theo Farber is convinced he can make it through to Alicia and get her to speak again, it’s been his goal to work with her. So Theo goes on the hunt to solve the mystery of why Alicia murdered her husband, finding her strange friends and even stranger family as he goes down paths that will change the course of his life forever. Continue reading

Long time no post WordPress! Blame summer, it will do that to you. I still have some posts I’m working on here and some book reviews so hang tight, but in the mean time I do have a new article up on Sartorial Geek all about books I’d like to be TV shows. You can check it out on their website here.