Splendid Isolation

Like most everyone I know, the pandemic isolation is starting to get to me. I’ve avoided contact with people as much as possible. I could do more, but I still go out grocery shopping every ten days or so. I could order delivery, but a) it seems super complicated – how to avoid substitutions, and […]

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Horrific Women

Besides being Black History Month, February is also Women in Horror Month. (Who decides these things?) I thought I’d take a moment to highlight some of my favorite women horror authors, because what’s better than having a new book to read, or finding a new favorite author? Sarah Hans has written successfully in a variety […]

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Black is the New Black

To help kick off Black History Month, I’m highlighting several books I’ve enjoyed that were written by black authors, as well as some that I have on my to-read list. I’ve been heavily involved with a monthly virtual book club dedicated to steampunk and steampunk-adjacent books – Temporal Textual Talks, aka Virtual Steampunk Book Club […]

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Snow Day!

When I was a kid, those two words sent an electric thrill up and down my spine. Free day off from school – Yay! Of course the neighborhood kids would all get up early and congregate, hoping to make the most of a school-free weekday. As an adult, snow days were much less exciting – […]

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Coin of the Realm

On a whim, I bought a grab-bag full of coins. I happened to be on a site that sells coins anyway for other reasons, and this package caught my eye: an assortment of random coins from around the world sold by weight, available in 1/2-pound, 1-pound, and 5-pound lots. It was like candy to someone […]

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My Own Little World

With everything going on, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I’m getting by. It isn’t easy, what with a political coup and a global pandemic both still going on. The concept of the disaster bingo card, while hilarious, is also very on-point for 2020-2021, as we reel from one piece of horrible news […]

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Hit Refresh

A brand new year, and in keeping with a fresh start, there’s some junk from last year that I’d like to get rid of. Call it a kind of emotional/mental housecleaning, if you must. Please bear with me as I vent just a bit. First, the word “staycation” has got to go. It’s a word […]

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The Nostalgia of Molten Plastic

I came across something that caught my eye the other day. I was scrolling through Facebook, and saw an ad: “Mold-A-Rama Machines For Sale” I clicked on it. It was a business called “Moldville” that specialized in such things, and they listed a phone number with the caution in all caps: SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. We […]

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Blog Post Takeover!

Hi there, I am T, occasionally mentioned in this blog, long-suffering author’s wife and gamer-by-marriage. It’s a Blog Takeover!  While it’s tempting to just tell you embarrassing stories about Bill, I suspect that my account would not be published here. And after all, he’s already told you that he’s a hoarder of stuff (see the […]

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