Christmas Pierogi

Aren’t they pretty? This is my potato batch, and they’re not cooked, yet. I made about four dozen of these and about four dozen sauerkraut. It was a two-day event, because I am slow at pierogi-making. Anyway, they went over rather well at the end-of-semester, ostensibly-holiday-but-actually-just-food party I made them… Continue reading

Me and In the Shadow of the Mountains

Time for another dorky, self-congratulatory photopalooza. Obviously, I love ebooks, but paperbacks just smell better. I like the heft to them. Anyway, it’s totally tradition, now. So, once again, I present myself, a book, and a hat. So first I was like “VANNA HANDS”… And then I was like “That… Continue reading

Review – Chemistry (Jodi Lamm)

Chemistry Jodi Lamm ASIN: B009YLVXH0 151 pages   From Amazon: “You don’t want to read this book. I’m warning you. This isn’t a heartwarming, boy-meets-girl, high school romance. I wish it were—God, do I ever. No, if you read this, you’re going to be angry… with me, mostly. You’ll probably… Continue reading

Review – Eggs, Butter, Sugar and Disaster (Alicia Wright)

Eggs, Butter, Sugar and Disaster Alicia Wright ISBN-10: 0956785212 256 pages   From Amazon: “An entertaining comic fantasy in which Seralina accidentally becomes the Goddess of Puddings, meets dwarves and valkyries and sets about trying to help other Gods and Goddesses as well as figure out what she will do for… Continue reading

Me and The Wailing!

So here is my dorky, self-congratulatory photopalooza. You know, because that’s what I do.  So, first I was like… And then I was like… And then I went… And then something went wrong…   In case anyone was wondering (which no one was), yes, the sweater has reinforced elbows. I… Continue reading

The Living Past

2 October, 1835, the Texas Revolution began at Gonzales, Texas. Several years earlier, the Mexican government had granted the town a cannon for protection against the Comanche raids that were common in that region. In 1835, however, after a revolt orchestrated by several other Mexican states, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea,… Continue reading

Faith, Beating the Bad Guys, and Hope in Fiction

Proposition: All stories are, to some extent, allegory. Yes, writers often write to entertain, to divert people from mundane life, to get the stories out of their heads. Often, it is no more than that. As someone who was writing stories since I could hold a pen and telling them… Continue reading

Real Vampires Get Knocked Down, but They Get Up Again (You’re Never Gonna Keep Them Down)

Yes, I think this pretty much sums up my feelings. I’m all for the death-by-impalement – it’s reciprocal penetration, destroying the penetrator by turning its own symbolism against it and thus denying its power both sexual and lethal – but… scary vampires are better. I mean, walking allegory, hello. What’s… Continue reading