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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Ghost of a Chance

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to join a UW student union mini-course on being a ghost hunter. It was only a few sessions long, and met once a week. Tuition for the class was cheap, so I figured “why not?” The target of our investigation would be the student union building […]

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A Bird In the Hand…

We had an unusual invitation drop in our laps last week. T posted a comment to a picture by our local zoo. The photo was of a Tawny Frogmouth – a bird native to Australia – and she remarked how it was something both of us would love to see up close some day. As […]

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DC Finally Gets It

With the runaway success of the extended Marvel Universe in film, you’d think DC would be copying everything Marvel did that was successful. They may have been slow on the uptake – or maybe they were absolutely certain that their way was better – but finally, the DC universe is starting to get a slate […]

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