Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: The Sunshine Coast

               I’ve already waxed poetic about the ocean, putting my feet in the cold water for the first time in years, but I still can’t get over how magical this trip has been. Since early 2020, I’ve rarely left Reno and stuck close to home. This year, however, I’ve gone to multiple countries, a horror… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: The Sunshine Coast

Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: The Gold Coast

            I have reached the point in this holiday where it always seems as if I’m unpacking and simultaneously packing a suitcase. The benefit of traveling with multiple destinations, especially a new country, is the chance to see more places. The downside is how rushed everything can feel and a certain kind of sameness that… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: The Gold Coast

Lifestyles

Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

            Most of the time, my accommodations fall cleanly into the ‘affordable’ category. On family road trips, we’d sometimes stay in Best Westerns or Motel 6s: pools rarely open, itchy comforters, views of small towns or open fields, free cable TV, and reasonable pricing for a night between here and there. My current holiday will… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: A Night at The Cordis

Reviews

“More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

            When I say beach read, what do you imagine? Perhaps you think of a tantalizing summer romance in a coastal town where the passion is as hot as the sun and sand. Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cozy mystery about a body washing up on the shore, and the quirky local… Continue reading “More Seawater Than Blood”: They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe

Reviews

“Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

            I have been told by the author to share that this is a book best avoided because of the suffering and pain it will cause. If, however, you are immune to danger and tantalized by fast food ghosts then I can only give my honest review of what I discovered in the pages of… Continue reading “Do You Taste the Taste in My Mouth?”: The Ghost That Ate Us by Daniel Kraus

Lifestyles

Little Free Libraries in The Biggest Little City

               I first heard about Little Free Libraries back in 2016. One of my professors would give us updates on the development, build, and creation of his. Even so, this non-profit book exchange program faded from my mind for several years. Then, in the midst of a TikTok session, a pair of BookTok-ers filmed their… Continue reading Little Free Libraries in The Biggest Little City

Reviews

“A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

               Have you ever read something and had that little click where you realize that long-forgotten thrill of discovery has returned? I remember it used to happen all the time when I was younger: new fantastical worlds, interesting characters, staying up all night to finish the story. Post-degree and analytical to a fault, I’ve had… Continue reading “A Little Bruja Magic”: Goddess of Filth by V. Castro

Writing

Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books

               Earlier this year, I read an article by Sadie Hartmann, well-known reviewer of horror, explaining why she was no longer rating books with stars. Her reasons included how subjective and reductive such explanations can be, especially when compared to a written review. This spurred my own thoughts on the matter, and I decided to… Continue reading Why I Stopped Using Stars to Rate Books

Writing

StokerCon Comes Back to Life (Virtual Edition)

                In my recap of the 2022 StokerCon in Denver, I said I wasn’t sure if the price of hybrid registration was worth how little I’d used it during the event. After all, $250 is quite a bit. I did promise to revisit my opinion, and here I am a week later with a few… Continue reading StokerCon Comes Back to Life (Virtual Edition)

Lifestyles

StokerCon 2022 Book Haul

               One of the things I love most about writing conferences are the books. I’ve attended four conferences now and, somehow, I manage to walk away from each of them with a stack of new reads no matter how I try to control myself. The benefit of StokerCon, of course, is that these books are… Continue reading StokerCon 2022 Book Haul